United States men's national soccer team

The United States men's national soccer team (USMNT) represents the United States in men's international soccer competitions. The team is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and is a member of FIFA and CONCACAF.

United States
Nickname(s)The Stars and Stripes[1]
The Yanks[2]
AssociationUnited States Soccer Federation (USSF)
ConfederationCONCACAF
Sub-confederationNAFU
Head coachGregg Berhalter
Most capsCobi Jones (164)
Top scorerClint Dempsey
Landon Donovan (57)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeUSA
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 20 (May 27, 2021)[3]
Highest4 (April 2006[4])
Lowest35 (July 2012[5])
First international
 Sweden 2–3 United States 
(Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916)[6]
Biggest win
 United States 8–0 Barbados 
(Carson, California, U.S.; June 15, 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 11–0 United States 
(Oslo, Norway; August 6, 1948)[7]
World Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1930)
Best resultThird place (1930)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances17 (first in 1985)
Best resultChampions: (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017)
CONCACAF Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Copa América
Appearances4 (first in 1993)
Best resultFourth place: (1995, 2016)
Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1992)
Best resultRunners-up: (2009)
Medal record
Olympic Games[lower-alpha 1]
1904 St. LouisTeam
1904 St. LouisTeam

The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the first in 1930, where they reached the semi-finals. The U.S. participated in the 1934 and 1950 World Cups, winning 1–0 against England in the latter. After 1950, the U.S. did not qualify for the World Cup until 1990. The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, where they lost to Brazil in the round of sixteen. They qualified for five more consecutive World Cups after 1994 (for a total of seven straight appearances, a feat shared with only seven other nations),[8] becoming one of the tournament's regular competitors and often advancing to the knockout stage. The U.S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Germany. In the 2009 Confederations Cup, they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final, their only appearance in the final of a major intercontinental tournament. United States will co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Canada and Mexico.

The U.S. also competes in continental tournaments, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América. The U.S. won six Gold Cups, and has achieved a fourth-place finish in two Copa Américas, including the 2016 edition. The team's head coach is Gregg Berhalter, since November 29, 2018. Earnie Stewart is the team's General Manager since August 1, 2018.

History

Early years

The first U.S. national soccer team was constituted in 1885, when it played Canada in the first international match held outside the United Kingdom.[9] Canada defeated the U.S. 1–0 in Newark, New Jersey. The U.S. had its revenge the following year when it beat Canada 1–0, also in Newark, although neither match was officially recognized. The U.S. earned both silver and bronze medals in men's soccer at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Olympics through Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish, though the tournament is declared official only by the IOC (FIFA doesn't endorse tournaments held before 1908). The U.S. played its first official international match under the auspices of U.S. Soccer on August 20, 1916, against Sweden in Stockholm, where the U.S. won 3–2.

The first U.S. official formation in 1916, Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Sweden

The U.S. fielded a team in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, the first ever World Cup to be played. The U.S. began group play by beating Belgium 3–0. The U.S. then earned a 3–0 victory over Paraguay, with FIFA crediting Bert Patenaude with two of the goals.[10][11][12][13] In November 2006, FIFA announced that it had accepted evidence that Patenaude scored all three goals against Paraguay, and was thus the first person to score a hat trick in a World Cup.[14] In the semifinals, the U.S. lost to Argentina 6–1. There was no third place game. However, using the overall tournament records in 1986, FIFA credited the U.S. with a third-place finish ahead of fellow semi-finalist Yugoslavia.[15] This remains the U.S. team's best World Cup result, and is the highest finish of any team from outside of South America and Europe.

The U.S. qualified for the 1934 World Cup by defeating Mexico 4–2 in Italy a few days before the finals started. In a straight knock-out format, the team first played host Italy and lost 7–1, eliminating the U.S. from the tournament. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the U.S. again lost to Italy in the first round and were eliminated, although this time with a score of 1–0.

The 1950 World Cup in Brazil was the next World Cup appearance for the U.S. as it withdrew in 1938 and the tournament wasn't held again until 1950. The U.S. lost its first match 3–1 against Spain, but then won 1–0 against England at Independência Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Striker Joe Gaetjens was the goal scorer. Called "The Miracle on Grass", the result is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the World Cup.[16][17] Months before the World Cup, England had beaten an all-star "rest of Europe" side 6–1 in an exhibition match. In their third game of the tournament, a 5–2 defeat by Chile saw the U.S. eliminated from the tournament. It would be four decades before the U.S. would make another appearance in the World Cup finals.

Drought (1960s–1980s)

The national team spent the mid-to-late 20th century in near complete irrelevance in both the international game and the domestic sporting scene. There was only one World Cup berth for CONCACAF during this period until 1982.[18] The emergence of the North American Soccer League in the 1960s and 1970s raised hopes that the U.S. national team would soon improve and become a global force. However such hopes were not realized and by the 1980s the U.S. Soccer Federation found itself in serious financial struggles, with the national team playing only two matches from 1981 to 1983. U.S. Soccer targeted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1986 World Cup as means of rebuilding the national team and its fan base. The International Olympic Committee declared that teams from outside Europe and South America could field full senior teams, including professionals (until then, the amateur-only rule had heavily favored socialist countries from Eastern Europe whose players were professionals in all but name). The U.S. had a very strong showing at the tournament, beating Costa Rica, tying Egypt, losing only to favorite Italy and finishing 1–1–1 but didn't make the second round, losing to Egypt on a tiebreaker (both had three points).

To provide a more stable national team program and renew interest in the NASL, U.S. Soccer entered the national team into the NASL league schedule for the 1983 season as Team America. This team lacked the continuity and regularity of training that conventional clubs enjoy, and many players were unwilling to play for the national team instead of their own clubs when conflicts arose. Team America finished the season at the bottom of the league, with U.S. Soccer canceling the experiment and withdrawing the national team from the NASL after one season. By the end of 1984, the NASL had folded, leaving the U.S. without a single professional-level outdoor soccer league.[19]

The U.S. bid to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup after Colombia withdrew from contention due to economic concerns, but FIFA selected Mexico to host the tournament. In the last game of CONCACAF qualifying for the 1986 World Cup, the U.S. needed only a tie against Costa Rica to reach the final qualification group against Honduras and Canada. U.S. Soccer scheduled the game to be played in Torrance, California, an area with many Costa Rican expatriates, and marketed the game almost exclusively to the Costa Rican community.[20] Costa Rica won the match 1–0, and kept the U.S. from reaching its fourth World Cup finals.[21]

In 1988, U.S. Soccer attempted to re-implement its national-team-as-club concept, offering contracts to players to train with the national program full-time while occasionally loaning them to club teams as a revenue source for the federation. This brought many key veterans back into the program and allowed the team to begin playing more matches which, combined with an influx of talent from new youth clubs and leagues established across the nation in the wake of the NASL's popularity, allowed the national team to end the 1980s with optimism and higher hopes of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup than had existed for previous tournaments.

Rise in the U.S. (1990s)

In 1988, FIFA named the U.S. as the host of the 1994 World Cup (success of the 1984 Summer Olympics played the major role), but it did so under significant international criticism because of the perceived weakness of the national team and the lack of a professional outdoor league. This criticism diminished somewhat when a 1–0 win against Trinidad and Tobago, the first road win for the U.S. in nearly two years, in the last match of the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, earned the U.S. its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.

The team was managed by Bob Gansler in preparation for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, with two of the team's more experienced players, Rick Davis and Hugo Perez, recovering from serious injuries and unavailable for selection. Rather than fill out his team with veteran professionals from U.S. indoor soccer leagues as suggested by some, Gansler and his assistant Stejem Mark chose to select many younger players with better conditioning for the outdoor game, including some amateurs playing for college teams. The U.S. entered the tournament as massive underdogs and suffered defeats in all three of its group games to Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Austria.

In a noteworthy match, in 1993 U.S. Cup, the U.S. beat England by 2–0.[22]

After qualifying automatically as the host of the 1994 World Cup under Bora Milutinović, the U.S. opened its tournament schedule with a 1–1 tie against Switzerland in the Pontiac Silverdome in the suburbs of Detroit, the first World Cup game played indoors. In its second game, the U.S. faced Colombia, then ranked fourth in the world, at the Rose Bowl. Aided by an own goal from Andrés Escobar, the U.S. won 2–1.[23] Escobar was later murdered in his home country, possibly in retaliation for this mistake.[24] Despite a 1–0 loss to Romania in its final group game, the U.S. made it past the initial round for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. lost 1–0 to the eventual champion Brazil.[25] Despite this success, the team fired Bora in 1995, reportedly because he was not interested in administrative duties.[26]

In a 1995 friendly, the U.S. came back from 3–0 to win 4–3 against Saudi Arabia, the biggest comeback in the team's history.

In the 1998 World Cup in France, the team lost all three group matches, 2–0 to Germany, 2–1 to Iran, and 1–0 to Yugoslavia, finishing dead last in the field of 32. Head coach Steve Sampson received much of the blame for the performance as a result of abruptly cutting team captain John Harkes, whom Sampson had named "Captain for Life" shortly before, as well as several other players who were instrumental to the qualifying effort, from the squad. Thomas Dooley became the Captain at that point.[27] It emerged in February 2010 that Sampson removed Harkes from the team due to Harkes allegedly having an affair with teammate Eric Wynalda's wife.[28]

Success in the 2000s

Claudio Reyna during practice

In the 2002 World Cup under Bruce Arena, the U.S. reached the quarterfinals, its best finish in a World Cup since 1930. The team advanced in the group stage with a 1–1–1 record, beginning with a 3–2 upset win over Portugal, followed by a 1–1 tie with co-host and eventual semi-finalist, South Korea. The third and final match was a 3–1 loss to Poland, but the team still got to the round of 16 when South Korea defeated Portugal. This set the stage for a face-off with continental rivals Mexico, the first time they met in a World Cup. The U.S. won the game 2–0. Brian McBride opened the scoring, and Landon Donovan scored the second goal. That victory advanced the team to the quarterfinals, where it met Germany. The team lost 1–0 after being denied a penalty when Torsten Frings handled the ball to prevent a Gregg Berhalter goal. All of the U.S. games in the 2002 World Cup were played in South Korea and all their victories came wearing the white kit while their only defeats came while wearing the blue kit.

In the 2006 World Cup, after finishing top of the CONCACAF qualification tournament, the U.S. was drawn into Group E along with the Czech Republic, Italy, and Ghana. The United States opened its tournament with a 3–0 loss to the Czech Republic. The team then tied 1–1 against Italy, who went on to win the World Cup.[29] The U.S. was then knocked out of the tournament when beaten 2–1 by Ghana in its final group match, with Clint Dempsey scoring the U.S.'s only goal in the tournament – the goal against Italy had been an own goal by Italian defender Cristian Zaccardo.[30] Following the tournament, Arena's contract was not renewed. After the national team remained dormant for the rest of 2006 while negotiating with various coaches, the federation hired former Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA manager Bob Bradley in early 2007.

Bradley began his competitive career with the national team with the 2007 Gold Cup. In the final, the United States beat Mexico 2–1, which qualified it for the 2009 Confederations Cup.[31]

The U.S. had a notable performance at the 2009 Confederations Cup.[32] In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Spain 2–0.[33] At the time, Spain was atop the FIFA World Rankings and was on a run of 35 games undefeated. With the win, the United States advanced to its first-ever final in a men's FIFA tournament. The team lost 3–2 to Brazil after leading 2–0 at half time.[34]

The United States then hosted the 2009 Gold Cup.[35] In the final, the United States was beaten by Mexico 5–0. This defeat broke the U.S. team's 58-match home unbeaten streak against CONCACAF opponents, and was the first home loss to Mexico since 1999.

In the Fourth round of the 2010 World Cup qualification, the U.S. began by beating Mexico 2–0. The February 2009 loss extended Mexico's losing streak against America on U.S. soil to 11 matches.[36] Jozy Altidore became the youngest U.S. player to score a hat-trick, in a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.[37] Near the end of the summer of 2009, the United States lost 2–1 to Mexico at Estadio Azteca. On October 10, the U.S. secured qualification to the 2010 World Cup with a 3–2 win over Honduras. Four days later, the U.S. finished in first place in the group with a 2–2 tie against Costa Rica.

2010–present

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. team was drawn in Group C against England, Slovenia and Algeria. After drawing against England (1–1) and Slovenia (2–2), the U.S. defeated Algeria 1–0 with a stoppage-time goal from Landon Donovan, taking first place in a World Cup Finals group for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. was eliminated by Ghana, 2–1.[38] On FIFA's ranking of World Cup teams the U.S. finished in 12th place out of the 32-team field.

The U.S. again hosted the Gold Cup in 2011. The U.S. advanced past the group stage, then defeated Jamaica 2–0 in the quarterfinals and Panama 1–0 in the semifinals before losing to Mexico 4–2 in the final. Later in the summer, Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties and former German national team manager Jürgen Klinsmann was hired as head coach.

The U.S. had some success in friendlies in 2012 and 2013. The U.S. team won 1–0 in Italy on February 29, 2012, the team's first-ever win over Italy. On June 2, 2013, the U.S. played a friendly against Germany at a sold-out RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., with the U.S. winning 4–3. In July 2013, the U.S. hosted the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup where it went undefeated in the group stage and won with a 1–0 victory over Panama in the final, with Landon Donovan winning the tournament's golden ball award.

A 4–3 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in an international friendly match in Sarajevo represented the 12th straight win for the USMNT, the longest winning streak for any team in the world at that time.[39][40][41][42] The 12 game winning streak ended September 6, 2013, when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica 3–1 in San José.[43] In 2013 the national team played the final round of qualification,[44][45] and by defeating Mexico in September, the U.S. clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup.[46]

The U.S. absorbed many German elements leading up to the 2014 World Cup. U.S.'s German head coach Jürgen Klinsmann surprised the U.S. soccer world by calling up five "Jürgen Americans"—half-blooded Germans born and professionally trained in Germany—to the 23-men squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[47][48][49][50] The U.S. was drawn into Group G, along with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal.[51] The U.S. took revenge on the Ghanaians, winning 2–1.[52] They tied their second group game against Portugal 2–2. In the final game of the group stage, the U.S. fell to Germany 1–0, but moved on to the knockout stage on goal difference.[53] This was the first time that the team made two consecutive trips to the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup.[54] In the round of 16, the U.S. lost 2–1 to Belgium in extra time, despite goalkeeper Tim Howard making a World Cup record 15 saves[55][Note 1] during the match.[56]

Clint Dempsey with the U.S. in 2011

The national team's next tournament under Klinsmann was the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. were eliminated by Jamaica 2–1 in the semifinals, before losing to Panama on penalties in the third place match. The fourth-place finish was the worst Gold Cup performance by the national team since 2000, and the first time the team failed to make the tournament final since 2003. In the 2015 CONCACAF Cup playoff to determine the region's entry to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the U.S. were defeated 3–2 by Mexico at the Rose Bowl. In June 2016, the U.S. played as hosts of Copa América Centenario. The U.S. topped Group A on goal difference against Colombia. The U.S. beat Ecuador 2–1 in the quarter-finals, but then fell to Argentina 4–0 and lost to Colombia again 1–0 in the third place match. They finished fourth at the Copa América, tying their best finish ever in 1995.

Following consecutive losses to Mexico and Costa Rica in the opening games of the final round of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Klinsmann was removed as national team coach and technical director and replaced by previous U.S. manager Bruce Arena. World Cup qualification resumed on March 24, 2017, where Arena and his team had a record 6–0 win over Honduras.[57] Four days later, the team traveled to Panama City, drawing Panama 1–1. After beating Trinidad and Tobago 2–0, the U.S. got their third ever result in World Cup Qualification at the Estadio Azteca when they drew 1–1 against Mexico. In July 2017, the U.S. won their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 2–1 win over Jamaica in the final. Following an agonizing 2–1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on October 10, 2017, the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, missing the tournament for the first time since 1986.[58] Many pundits and analysts called this the worst result and worst performance in the history of the national team.[59]

Following Arena's resignation on October 13, 2017, assistant coach Dave Sarachan was named interim manager during the search for a permanent replacement.[60] The search for a permanent head coach was delayed by the USSF presidential election in February 2018 and the hiring of Earnie Stewart as general manager in June 2018.[61][62] Gregg Berhalter, coach of the Columbus Crew and a former USMNT defender, was announced as the team's new head coach on December 2, 2018.[63][64]

Team image

Uniforms and crest

Since their first unofficial game against Canada, the most common U.S. uniform has been white tops with blue shorts. In 1950, the U.S. adopted a Peru-styled diagonal stripe or "sash" across the shirt. The stripe has been on third uniforms for 2003, 2004, and 2006, as well as the 2010 home, road and third uniforms. An additional color scheme based on the U.S. flag has been occasionally used (most prominently in the 1994 World Cup and 2012–13 qualifiers as well the 1983 Team America franchise of the North American Soccer League) comprising a shirt with red and white stripes with blue shorts.

German brand Adidas provided the uniforms for the United States from 1984 until 1994. Since 1995, American company Nike has been the uniform supplier.[65]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period Notes
Adidas[66] 1984–1994
Nike 1995–present will run until at least late 2022.[67]

Rivalries

The teams of Mexico and the United States are widely considered as the two major powers of CONCACAF. Matches between the two nations often attract much media attention, public interest and comment in both countries. Although the first match was played in 1934, their rivalry was not considered major until the 1980s, when the teams began to frequently compete in CONCACAF cups. On August 15, 2012, the United States defeated Mexico at Estadio Azteca in the first victory for the U.S. against Mexico on Mexican soil in 75 years.[68] Ever since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 70 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 36–19–15 (W–L–T), outscoring the U.S. 142–80. However, since the 1990s, the tide began to change due to a rapid growth of soccer in the United States. During the 21st century, the series has favored the U.S. 14–9–6 (W–L–T). Either the United States or Mexico has won every edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup except one (the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup was won by Canada).

In recent years the United States has also begun to develop a rivalry with Costa Rica.[69][70][71][72][73]

Supporters

Sam's Army at a U.S. vs. Jamaica match

There have been two main supporter groups backing the United States men's national soccer team, Sam's Army and The American Outlaws. Sam's Army started shortly after the 1994 World Cup in the United States[74] and were active through 2014. Sam's Army members wore red to matches and sung or chanted throughout the match. They often brought huge U.S. flags and other banners to the game.

The American Outlaws was started in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2007 as a local supporters' group.[75] The group's membership attempted to address a lack of consistency from game to game in supporter organization and social events on match days.[76] To achieve this goal the American Outlaws became a nationwide, non-profit supporters' group. Some American Outlaws members wear U.S. flag bandanas over their faces and commonly wear soccer supporter scarves.[77] Some branches of the American Outlaws have their own scarves specific to their branch.[78]

The US Men's National team has had a tremendous following on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram in recent years. Interest in young American players and the attention they bring has led to an increase in foreign investment in US players. [79]

Home stadium

RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. has hosted over 20 USMNT matches.

The United States does not have a dedicated national stadium like other national teams; instead, the team has played their home matches at 112 venues in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, located in the national capital of Washington, D.C., has hosted 24 matches, the most of any stadium.[80] The State of California has hosted 113 matches, the most of any state, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area has hosted 74 matches at several venues in and around the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted 20 matches from 1965 to 2000, but fell out of use due to its age. The Rose Bowl, a 92,000-seat venue in Pasadena, has hosted 17 national team matches, as well as the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, and the 1984 Olympics Gold Medal Match.[81]

Media coverage

ESPN and Fox Sports 1 evenly split the English language rights for U.S. Soccer broadcasts from 2015 to 2022. Univision Deportes has the Spanish language rights to all U.S. Soccer broadcasts from 2015 to 2022.[82] These agreements do not apply to FIFA World Cup away qualifiers, whose rights are distributed by the host country.[83] Therefore, these matches can often be found on other networks such as beIN Sports and Telemundo.[84]

Recent schedule and results

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2020

November 12 Friendly Wales  0–0  United States Swansea, Wales
14:45 ET Report Stadium: Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 0 (closed door)
Referee: Nick Walsh (Scotland)
November 16 Friendly United States  6–2  Panama Wiener Neustadt, Austria
14:45 ET
  • Reyna  18'
  • Gioacchini  22', 26'
  • Soto  83', 90+1'
  • Lletget  87'
Report
  • Fajardo  8', 79'
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 0 (closed door)
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)
December 9 Friendly United States  6–0  El Salvador Fort Lauderdale, Florida
19:30 ET
  • Arriola  17'
  • Mueller  20', 25'
  • Lletget  23'
  • Akinola  27'
  • Aaronson  50'
Report Stadium: Inter Miami CF Stadium
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Jose Raul Torres Rivera (Puerto Rico)

2021

January 31 Friendly United States  7–0  Trinidad and Tobago Orlando, Florida
19:00 ET
  • Lewis  2', 55'
  • Ferreira  9', 62'
  • Arriola  22', 41'
  • Robinson  52'
Report Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 3,503
Referee: Hector Said Martinez (Honduras)
March 25 Friendly United States  4–1  Jamaica Wiener Neustadt, Austria
13:00 ET
  • Dest  34'
  • Aaronson  52'
  • Lletget  83', 90'
Report
  • Lowe  70'
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 0 (closed door)
Referee: Christian-Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
March 28 Friendly Northern Ireland  1–2  United States Belfast, Northern Ireland
12:00 ET
  • McGinn  88'
Report
Stadium: Windsor Park
Attendance: 0 (closed door)
Referee: Robert Jenkins (Wales)
May 30 Friendly Switzerland   2–1  United States St. Gallen, Switzerland
13:15 ET
Report
  • Lletget  5'
Stadium: Kybunpark
Attendance: 0 (closed door)
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
June 3 Nations League SF Honduras  v  United States Denver, Colorado
Report Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
June 6 Nations League 3rd/F United States  v Winner or loser of Match 2 Denver, Colorado
Report Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
June 9 Friendly United States  v  Costa Rica Sandy, Utah
Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
July 11 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup United States  v Winner prelims match 7 Kansas City, Kansas
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
July 15 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Martinique  v  United States Kansas City, Kansas
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
July 18 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup United States  v  Canada Kansas City, Kansas
Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
September 2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Winner of A v F v  United States
Report
September 5 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying United States  v Winner of B v E
Report
September 8 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Honduras  v  United States
Report
October 7 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying United States  v  Jamaica
Report
October 10 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Winner of C v D v  United States
Report
October 13 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying United States  v  Costa Rica
Report
November 12 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying United States  v  Mexico
Report
November 16 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Jamaica  v  United States
Report

2022

January 27 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying United States  v Winner of A v F
Report
January 30 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Winner of B v E v  United States
Report
February 2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying United States  v  Honduras United States
Report
March 24 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Mexico  v  United States Mexico City, Mexico
Report Stadium: Estadio Azteca
March 27 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying United States  v Winner of C v D
Report
March 30 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying Costa Rica  v  United States
Report

Coaching staff

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Gregg Berhalter
Assistant coach B.J. Callaghan
Assistant coach Nico Estevez
Goalkeeper coach Aron Hyde
Head performance expert Steve Tashjian
Movement and conditioning coach Darcy Norman

Technical staff

Position Name
Sporting director Earnie Stewart
General manager Brian McBride

Players

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see List of United States men's international soccer players.

Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals.[85]

Caps and goals are updated as of May 30, 2021, after the match against   Switzerland.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Zack Steffen (1995-04-02) April 2, 1995 21 0 Manchester City
1GK Ethan Horvath (1995-06-09) June 9, 1995 5 0 Club Brugge
1GK David Ochoa (2001-01-16) January 16, 2001 0 0 Real Salt Lake

2DF DeAndre Yedlin (1993-07-09) July 9, 1993 63 0 Galatasaray
2DF Tim Ream (1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 43 1 Fulham
2DF John Brooks (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 41 3 VfL Wolfsburg
2DF Matt Miazga (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 21 1 Anderlecht
2DF Reggie Cannon (1998-06-11) June 11, 1998 15 0 Boavista
2DF Antonee Robinson (1997-08-08) August 8, 1997 10 0 Fulham
2DF Sergiño Dest (2000-11-03) November 3, 2000 8 1 Barcelona
2DF Mark McKenzie (1999-02-25) February 25, 1999 3 0 Genk

3MF Kellyn Acosta (1995-07-24) July 24, 1995 28 2 Colorado Rapids
3MF Weston McKennie (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 22 6 Juventus
3MF Sebastian Lletget (1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 21 7 LA Galaxy
3MF Tyler Adams (1999-02-14) February 14, 1999 12 1 RB Leipzig
3MF Jackson Yueill (1997-03-19) March 19, 1997 10 0 San Jose Earthquakes
3MF Yunus Musah (2002-11-29) November 29, 2002 5 0 Valencia

4FW Christian Pulisic (1998-09-18) September 18, 1998 36 15 Chelsea
4FW Josh Sargent (2000-02-20) February 20, 2000 14 5 Werder Bremen
4FW Timothy Weah (2000-02-22) February 22, 2000 11 1 Lille
4FW Brenden Aaronson (2000-10-22) October 22, 2000 5 2 Red Bull Salzburg
4FW Giovanni Reyna (2002-11-13) November 13, 2002 5 2 Borussia Dortmund
4FW Jordan Siebatcheu (1996-04-26) April 26, 1996 3 0 Young Boys

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the United States squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Chituru Odunze (2002-10-14) October 14, 2002 0 0 Leicester City v.   Switzerland; May 30, 2021
GK Sean Johnson (1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 9 0 New York City 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
GK Matt Turner (1994-06-24) June 24, 1994 1 0 New England Revolution 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
GK Matt Freese (1998-09-02) September 2, 1998 0 0 Philadelphia Union v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
GK JT Marcinkowski (1997-05-09) May 9, 1997 0 0 San Jose Earthquakes v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021 PRE
GK Bill Hamid (1990-11-25) November 25, 1990 8 0 D.C. United v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020
GK CJ dos Santos (2000-08-24) August 24, 2000 0 0 Benfica B v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020

DF Bryan Reynolds (2001-06-28) June 28, 2001 1 0 Roma v.   Switzerland; May 30, 2021
DF Justin Che (2003-11-03) November 3, 2003 0 0 Bayern Munich II v.   Switzerland; May 30, 2021
DF Aaron Long (1992-10-12) October 12, 1992 21 3 New York Red Bulls 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
DF Walker Zimmerman (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 13 2 Nashville SC 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
DF Miles Robinson (1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 3 1 Atlanta United 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
DF Chris Richards (2000-03-28) March 28, 2000 3 0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
DF Sam Vines (1999-05-31) May 31, 1999 3 0 Colorado Rapids 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
DF Erik Palmer-Brown (1997-04-24) April 24, 1997 2 0 Austria Wien v.  Northern Ireland; March 28, 2021
DF George Bello (2002-01-22) January 22, 2002 1 0 Atlanta United v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
DF Kyle Duncan (1997-08-08) August 8, 1997 1 0 New York Red Bulls v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
DF Aaron Herrera (1997-06-06) June 6, 1997 1 0 Real Salt Lake v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
DF Mauricio Pineda (1997-10-17) October 17, 1997 0 0 Chicago Fire v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
DF Julian Araujo (2001-08-13) August 13, 2001 1 0 LA Galaxy v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021 PRE
DF Tristan Blackmon (1996-08-12) August 12, 1996 0 0 Los Angeles FC v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021 PRE
DF Marco Farfan (1998-11-12) November 12, 1998 1 0 Los Angeles FC v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020

MF Julian Green (1995-06-06) June 6, 1995 15 4 Greuther Fürth v.   Switzerland; May 30, 2021
MF Cristian Roldan (1995-06-03) June 3, 1995 20 0 Seattle Sounders 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
MF Luca de la Torre (1998-05-23) May 23, 1998 3 0 Heracles Almelo 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
MF Owen Otasowie (2001-01-06) January 6, 2001 1 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
MF Christian Cappis (1999-08-13) August 13, 1999 0 0 Hobro v.  Northern Ireland; March 28, 2021
MF Andrés Perea (2000-11-14) November 14, 2000 1 0 Orlando City v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
MF Tanner Tessmann (2001-09-24) September 24, 2001 1 0 FC Dallas v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
MF Benji Michel (1997-10-23) October 23, 1997 0 0 Orlando City v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
MF Cole Bassett (2001-07-28) July 28, 2001 0 0 Colorado Rapids v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020
MF Frankie Amaya (2000-09-26) September 26, 2000 0 0 New York Red Bulls v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020 PRE
MF Johnny Cardoso (2001-09-20) September 20, 2001 2 0 Internacional v.  Panama; November 16, 2020
MF Richard Ledezma (2000-09-06) September 6, 2000 1 0 Jong PSV v.  Panama; November 16, 2020

FW Daryl Dike (2000-06-03) June 3, 2000 2 0 Barnsley v.   Switzerland; May 30, 2021
FW Matthew Hoppe (2001-03-13) March 13, 2001 0 0 Schalke 04 v.   Switzerland; May 30, 2021
FW Gyasi Zardes (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 56 12 Columbus Crew 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
FW Paul Arriola (1995-02-05) February 5, 1995 35 8 D.C. United 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
FW Tyler Boyd (1994-12-30) December 30, 1994 10 2 Sivasspor 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
FW Nicholas Gioacchini (2000-07-25) July 25, 2000 3 2 Caen 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
FW Konrad de la Fuente (2001-07-16) July 16, 2001 1 0 Barcelona B 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals PRO
FW Jonathan Lewis (1997-06-04) June 4, 1997 7 2 Colorado Rapids v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
FW Jesús Ferreira (2000-12-24) December 24, 2000 2 2 FC Dallas v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
FW Chris Mueller (1996-08-29) August 29, 1996 2 2 Orlando City v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021
FW Jozy Altidore (1989-11-06) November 6, 1989 115 42 Toronto FC v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021 PRE
FW Jordan Morris (1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 39 10 Seattle Sounders v.  Trinidad and Tobago; January 31, 2021 PRE
FW Djordje Mihailovic (1998-11-10) November 10, 1998 6 1 Montréal v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020
FW Sebastian Soto (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 2 2 Norwich City v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020
FW Ayo Akinola (2000-01-20) January 20, 2000 1 1 Toronto FC v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020
FW Efraín Álvarez (2002-06-19) June 19, 2002 0 0 LA Galaxy v.  El Salvador; December 9, 2020 PRE
FW Ulysses Llanez (2001-04-02) April 2, 2001 3 1 Heerenveen v.  Panama; November 16, 2020

PRE Preliminary squad / standby
PRO Provisional roster

Player records

As of May 30, 2021.[86]
Players in bold are still active with the United States.

Competitive record

For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page.
For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.

The U.S. regularly competes at the FIFA World Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the Summer Olympics. The U.S. has also played in the FIFA Confederations Cup, Copa América by invitation, as well as several minor tournaments.

The best result for the United States in a World Cup tournament came in 1930 when the team reached the semifinals. The team was composed of six naturalized internationals, five of them from Scotland and one from England.[87] The best result in the modern era is the 2002 World Cup, when the U.S. reached the quarterfinals. The worst world Cup tournament results in the modern era were group stage eliminations in 1990, 1998, and 2006, although the country failed to even qualify for the final tournament in 2018.

In the Confederations Cup, the United States finished in third place in both 1992 and 1999, and were runner-up in 2009. The United States appeared in their first intercontinental tournament final at the 2009 Confederations Cup.[88] In the semifinals, the United States upset top ranked Spain 2–0, to advance to the final. In the final, the United States lost 3–2 to Brazil after leading 2–0 at halftime.

The U.S. men's soccer team have played in the Summer Olympics since 1924. From that tournament to 1980, only amateur and state-sponsored Eastern European players were allowed on Olympic teams. The Olympics became a full international tournament in 1984 after the IOC allowed full national teams from outside FIFA CONMEBOL & UEFA confederations. Ever since 1992 the men's Olympic event has been age-restricted, under 23 plus three overage players, and participation has been by the United States men's national under-23 soccer team.

In regional competitions, the United States has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup six times, with their most recent title in 2017.[89] Their best ever finish at the Copa América was fourth-place at the 1995 and 2016 editions.[90][91]

FIFA World Cup

United States's FIFA World Cup record
Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
1930 Semifinals[Note 2] 3rd 3 2 0 1 7 6 Squad
1934 Round of 16 16th 1 0 0 1 1 7 Squad 1 1 0 0 4 2
1938 Withdrew Withdrew
1950 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 8 Squad 4 1 1 2 8 15
1954 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 7 9
1958 4 0 0 4 5 21
1962 2 0 1 1 3 6
1966 4 1 2 1 4 5
1970 6 3 0 3 11 9
1974 4 0 1 3 6 10
1978 5 1 2 2 3 7
1982 4 1 1 2 4 8
1986 6 3 2 1 8 3
1990 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 8 Squad 10 5 4 1 11 4
1994 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 4 Squad Qualified as hosts
1998 Group stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 5 Squad 16 8 6 2 27 14
2002 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 7 7 Squad 16 8 4 4 25 11
2006 Group stage 25th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad 18 12 4 2 35 11
2010 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad 18 13 2 3 42 16
2014 15th 4 1 1 2 5 6 Squad 16 11 2 3 26 14
2018 Did not qualify 16 7 4 5 37 16
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 10/23 0 titles 33 8 6 19 37 62 - 154 77 36 41 266 181

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship 1963–1989, CONCACAF Gold Cup 1991–present

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1963Did not enter
1965
1967
1969Did not qualify
1971Did not enter
1973Did not qualify
1977
1981
1985Group stage6th421143
1989Runners-up2nd843163
1991Champions1st5410103
1993Runners-up2nd540155
1996Third place3rd430183
1998Runners-up2nd430162
2000Quarter-finals5th321062
2002Champions1st541091
2003Third place3rd5401134
2005Champions1st6420113
20071st6600133
2009Runners-up2nd6411128
20112nd640296
2013 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 20 4
2015Fourth place4th6321125
2017Champions1st6510134
2019Runners-up2nd6501152
2021 Qualified
Total17/256 titles9167131117261

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1896 No soccer tournament
1900 Did not enter
1904 Silver medalists 2nd 3 1 1 1 2 7
Bronze medalists 3rd 3 0 1 2 0 6
1908 Did not enter
1912
1920
1924 Round of 16 12th 2 1 0 1 1 3
1928 Round of 16 9th 1 0 0 1 2 11
1932 No soccer tournament
1936 Round of 16 9th 1 0 0 1 0 1
1948 Round of 16 11th 1 0 0 1 0 9
1952 Round of 32 17th 1 0 0 1 0 8
1956 Quarter-finals 5th 1 0 0 1 1 9
1960 Did not qualify
1964
1968
1972 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 0 10
1976 Did not qualify
1980 Qualified, later withdrew
1984 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 2
1988 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 3 5
Since 1992See United States men's national under-23 soccer team
Total2nd2236131371

Copa América

South American Championship 1916–1967, Copa América 1975–present

Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1916–1991Not invited
1993 Group stage 12th 3 0 1 2 3 6
1995 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 6 7
1997–2004Not invited
2007 Group stage 12th 3 0 0 3 2 8
2011–2015Not invited
2016 Fourth place 4th 6 3 0 3 7 8
2019–2021Not invited
Total Invitation 0 titles 18 5 2 11 18 29

FIFA Confederations Cup

United States's FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1992Third place3rd210155
1995Did not qualify
1997
1999Third place3rd530253
2001Did not qualify
2003Group stage7th301213
2005Did not qualify
2009Runners-up2nd520389
2013Did not qualify
2017
Total4/10Runners-up156181920

CONCACAF Nations League

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
2019–20 A A 4 3 0 1 15 3 TBD
2022–23 A To be determined
Total 4 3 0 1 15 3

Honors

Major competitions

Third place (1): 1930
  • FIFA Confederations Cup
Runners-up (1): 2009
Third place (2): 1992, 1999
Champions (6): 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017
Runners-up (6): 1989, 1993, 1998, 2009, 2011, 2019
Third place (2): 1996, 2003
  • Summer Olympics
Silver medal (1): 1904
Bronze medal (1): 1904

Minor competitions

  • U.S. Cup
Champions (3): 1992, 1995, 2000
Runners-up (1): 1999
Third place (2): 1993, 1996
  • Marlboro Cup
Champions (2): 1989, 1989
Runners-up (3): 1987, 1988, 1989
Third place (1): 1990
  • North American Nations Cup
Runners-up (2): 1949, 1991
Third place (2): 1947, 1990

See also

  • Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year
  • United States men's national under-17 soccer team
  • United States men's national under-20 soccer team
  • United States men's national under-23 soccer team
  • U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association
  • U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year
  • United States women's national soccer team

Notes

  1. These medals are recognized by the IOC, but not by FIFA.
  1. FIFA's initial match statistics showed 16 saves, and many news sources continue to use this number. The official FIFA statistics were updated on July 5, 2014, to show 15 saves.
  2. "1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay 1930". FIFA.com. Retrieved July 17, 2018. The United States earned 3rd place over the loser of the other semi-final, Yugoslavia, because of a better goal differential (+1 to Yugoslavia's 0). No third place match was played.

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