The United States men's national soccer team, often referred to as the USMNT, represents the United States in international soccer. It is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the inaugural edition, where they achieved their best result by reaching the semi-finals, placing third in modern rankings. The U.S. would go on to participate in the 1934 and 1950 World Cups, winning in a 1–0 upset over England in the latter. After the 1950 World Cup, the U.S. did not qualify for the World Cup again until 1990.

The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, where they advanced to the round of sixteen and lost to Brazil. The team qualified for five consecutive World Cups after 1990, becoming one of the tournament's regular competitors and often advancing to the round of sixteen. The U.S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Germany. Another notable result came during the 2009 Confederations Cup, where they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final, their only appearance in a FIFA men's competition final. The team missed the 2018 World Cup after being eliminated in continental qualifying, ending the streak of consecutive World Cups at seven.

The U.S. also competes in continental tournaments, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América. The U.S. has hosted fourteen editions of the Gold Cup, winning six, and has achieved a fourth-place finish in two Copa Américas, including the 2016 edition that they hosted. The team's head coaching position is currently vacant, with most recent coach Bruce Arena having resigned in October 2017.

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. 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 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.[16][102][102][102] 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.[102] 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.[102] 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.[102][102] 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 near complete irrelevance in both the international game and the domestic sporting scene. For the World Cup qualifications, there was only one berth for CONCACAF during this period until 1982.[102] 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), that had never played in a World Cup. U.S. Soccer rearranged its Olympic roster, cutting many collegiate players and replacing them with professionals, but the U.S. finished 1–1–1 and failed to make the second round.

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.[102]

The U.S. bid to host the 1986 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.[102] Costa Rica won the match 1–0, and kept the U.S. from reaching its fourth World Cup finals.[4]

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, 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 U.S.'s first road win 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 American indoor soccer leagues as suggested by some, Gansler 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 historic match, in 1993 U.S. Cup, U.S. beat England by 2–0.[4]

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.[4] Escobar was later murdered in his home country, possibly in retaliation for this mistake.[4] 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.[4] Despite this success, the team fired Bora in 1995, reportedly because he was not interested in administrative duties.[4]

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.[4] 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.[114]

Success in the 2000s

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. The team started 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 lost 1–3 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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[103]

The U.S. had a notable performance at the 2009 Confederations Cup.[103] In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Spain 2–0.[103] 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.[103]

The United States then hosted the 2009 Gold Cup.[103] 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.[103] Jozy Altidore became the youngest U.S. player to score a hat-trick, in a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.[103] 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

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Claudio Reyna during practice.

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. team were 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 Landon Donovan stoppage time goal. The U.S. won its group for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. was eliminated by Ghana, 2–1.[103] 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 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 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.[103][103][104][104] The 12 game winning streak ended September 6, 2013, when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica 3–1 in San Jose.[104] In 2013 the national team played the final round of qualification,[104][104] and by defeating Mexico in September, the U.S. clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup.[104]

For the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. was drawn into Group G, along with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal.[104] The U.S. took revenge on the Ghanaians, winning 2–1.[104] 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.[104] This was the first time that the team made two consecutive trips to the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup.[104] 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[41] during the match.[42]

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 the summer of 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, where Arena and his team had a record 6–0 win over Honduras.[120] 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. After losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on October 10, 2017, the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, missing the tournament for the first time since 1986.[121] On October 13, 2017, Bruce Arena resigned.[122]

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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.[10] These agreements do not apply to FIFA World Cup away qualifiers, whose rights are distributed by the host country.[123] Therefore, these matches can often be found on other networks such as beIN Sports and Telemundo.[124]

Uniforms

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.

Adidas provided the uniforms for the United States from 1985 until 1994. Since 1995, Nike has been the uniform supplier.[65]

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.[66] Ever since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 65 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 33–18–14 (W–L–T), outscoring the U.S. 131–75. However, since the 1990s, the tide began to change due to a rapid growth of soccer in the United States. During this decade, Mexico continued to hold an edge over their arch-rivals but since the 2000s the series has favored the U.S. 13–6–5 (W–L–T).

In recent years, the United States has begun to develop a rivalry with Costa Rica, the second strongest team in CONCACAF, behind Mexico.[67][68][69][70][71]

Supporters

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[125] and were active through 2014. Sam's Army members wore red to matches and sung or chanted throughout the match. They often brought huge American 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 American flag bandanas over their faces and commonly wear soccer supporter scarves.[73] Some branches of the American Outlaws have their own scarves specific to their branch.[74]

Home stadium

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Clint Dempsey with the U.S. in 2011.

The United States does not have a dedicated national stadium like other national teams; instead, the team has played their home matches at 107 venues in 27 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. The state of California has hosted 109 matches, the most of any state, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area has hosted 73 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.[127]

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coachVacant
Associate head coach Dave Sarachan
Assistant coach
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Sam's Army at a U.S. vs. Jamaica match.
Pat Noonan
Assistant coach
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RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. has hosted over 20 USMNT matches.
Kenny Arena
Assistant coach Richie Williams
Goalkeeping coach Matt Reis
Conditioning coach Daniel Guzman
Chief scout Thomas Rongen

Players

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

Current squad

The following 20 players were named to the squad for the friendly against Portugal on November 14, 2017.[128]
Caps and goals are updated as of November 14, 2017 after the match against Portugal.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKEthan Horvath(1995-06-09) June 9, 1995 20 Club Brugge
121GKBill Hamid(1990-11-25) November 25, 1990 40 Midtjylland
221GKJesse González(1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 00 FC Dallas

22DFDeAndre Yedlin(1993-07-09) July 9, 1993 490 Newcastle United
32DFMatt Miazga(1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 41 Vitesse
52DFTim Ream(1987-10-05) October 5, 1987 261 Fulham
62DFJohn Brooks(1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 333 Wolfsburg
152DFEric Lichaj(1988-11-17) November 17, 1988 141 Nottingham Forest
162DFCameron Carter-Vickers(1997-12-31) December 31, 1997 10 Sheffield United
212DFJorge Villafaña(1989-09-16) September 16, 1989 150 Santos Laguna

43MFTyler Adams(1999-02-14) February 14, 1999 10 New York Red Bulls
73MFKelyn Rowe(1991-12-02) December 2, 1991 31 New England Revolution
83MFWeston McKennie(1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 11 Schalke 04
113MFAlejandro Bedoya(1987-04-29) April 29, 1987 662 Philadelphia Union
193MFDanny Williams(1989-03-08) March 8, 1989 232 Huddersfield Town
203MFLynden Gooch(1995-12-24) December 24, 1995 30 Sunderland
233MFKellyn Acosta(1995-07-24) July 24, 1995 171 FC Dallas

144FWDom Dwyer(1990-07-30) July 30, 1990 42 Orlando City
174FWJuan Agudelo(1992-11-23) November 23, 1992 273 New England Revolution
184FWC. J. Sapong(1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 30 Philadelphia Union

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKBrad Guzan(1984-09-09) September 9, 1984 580 Atlanta Unitedv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
GKTim Howard(1979-03-06) March 6, 1979 1210 Colorado Rapidsv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
GKNick Rimando(1979-06-17) June 17, 1979 220 Real Salt Lakev.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
GKSean Johnson(1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 50 New York City FC2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup GS
GKJoe Bendik(1989-04-25) April 25, 1989 00 Orlando City2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
GKDavid Bingham(1989-10-19) October 19, 1989 30 San Jose Earthquakesv.  Panama; March 28, 2017
GKLuis Robles(1984-05-11) May 11, 1984 30 New York Red Bullsv.  Jamaica; February 3, 2017
GKStefan Frei(1986-04-20) April 20, 1986 00 Seattle Sounders FCv.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE
GKBrian Rowe(1988-11-16) November 16, 1988 00 LA Galaxyv.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE

DFDaMarcus Beasley(1982-05-24) May 24, 1982 12617 Houston Dynamov.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
DFMatt Besler(1987-02-11) February 11, 1987 471 Sporting Kansas Cityv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
DFGeoff Cameron(1985-07-11) July 11, 1985 554 Stoke Cityv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
DFOmar Gonzalez(1988-10-11) October 11, 1988 483 Pachucav.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
DFGraham Zusi(1986-08-18) August 18, 1986 555 Sporting Kansas Cityv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
DFMichael Orozco(1986-02-07) February 7, 1986 294 Tijuanav.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017 PRE
DFMatt Hedges(1990-04-01) April 1, 1990 50 FC Dallasv.  Honduras; September 5, 2017 PRE
DFJustin Morrow(1987-10-04) October 4, 1987 30 Toronto FC2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
DFSteve Birnbaum(1991-01-23) January 23, 1991 111 D.C. United2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFGreg Garza(1991-08-16) August 16, 1991 100 Atlanta United2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFMatt Polster(1993-06-08) June 8, 1993 00 Chicago Fire2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFJonathan Spector(1986-03-01) March 1, 1986 360 Orlando City2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
DFTimothy Chandler(1990-03-29) March 29, 1990 291 Eintracht Frankfurtv.  Venezuela; June 3, 2017 PRE
DFWalker Zimmerman(1993-05-19) May 19, 1993 10 FC Dallasv.  Panama; March 28, 2017
DFBrad Evans(1985-04-20) April 20, 1985 271 Seattle Sounders FCv.  Jamaica; February 3, 2017
DFChad Marshall(1984-08-22) August 22, 1984 121 Seattle Sounders FCv.  Jamaica; February 3, 2017
DFTaylor Kemp(1990-07-23) July 23, 1990 00 D.C. Unitedv.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE
DFKeegan Rosenberry(1993-12-11) December 11, 1993 00 Philadelphia Unionv.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE

MFPaul Arriola(1995-02-05) February 5, 1995 152 D.C. Unitedv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
MFMichael Bradley(1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 14017 Toronto FCv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
MFBenny Feilhaber(1985-01-19) January 19, 1985 442 Sporting Kansas Cityv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
MFDax McCarty(1987-04-20) April 20, 1987 130 Chicago Firev.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
MFDarlington Nagbe(1990-07-19) July 19, 1990 241 Portland Timbersv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
MFChristian Pulisic(1998-09-18) September 18, 1998 209 Borussia Dortmundv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
MFFabian Johnson(1987-12-11) December 11, 1987 572 Borussia Mönchengladbachv.  Honduras; September 5, 2017
MFCristian Roldan(1995-06-03) June 3, 1995 10 Seattle Sounders FCv.  Honduras; September 5, 2017 PRE
MFJoe Corona(1990-07-09) July 9, 1990 203 Tijuana2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFChris Pontius(1987-05-12) May 12, 1987 50 Philadelphia Union2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
MFKenny Saief(1993-12-17) December 17, 1993 10 Gentv.  Ghana; July 1, 2017
MFThomas McNamara(1991-02-06) February 6, 1991 00 New York City FC2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFWil Trapp(1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 20 Columbus Crew SC2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup PRE
MFJermaine Jones(1981-11-03) November 3, 1981 694 LA Galaxyv.  Panama; March 28, 2017
MFSacha Kljestan(1985-09-09) September 9, 1985 526 New York Red Bullsv.  Panama; March 28, 2017
MFSebastian Lletget(1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 31 LA Galaxyv.  Honduras; March 24, 2017
MFKekuta Manneh(1994-12-30) December 30, 1994 00 Columbus Crew SCv.  Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE

FWJosh Sargent(2000-02-20) February 20, 2000 00 St. Louis Scott Gallagherv.  Portugal; November 14, 2017 PRE
FWJozy Altidore(1989-11-06) November 6, 1989 11041 Toronto FCv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
FWClint Dempsey(1983-03-09) March 9, 1983 14157 Seattle Sounders FCv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
FWChris Wondolowski(1983-01-28) January 28, 1983 3511 San Jose Earthquakesv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
FWBobby Wood(1992-11-15) November 15, 1992 3610 Hamburger SVv.  Trinidad and Tobago; October 10, 2017
FWGyasi Zardes(1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 376 LA Galaxyv.  Panama; October 6, 2017 PRE
FWJordan Morris(1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 245 Seattle Sounders FCv.  Honduras; September 5, 2017

Notes:

  • GS = Group stage squad
  • PRE = Preliminary squad

Results and schedule

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

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

2017

2018

Player records

As of November 14, 2017 . Active players are shown in Bold.

Competitive record

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 came in 1930 when they reached the semifinals.[81] The best result in the modern era is the 2002 World Cup, when the U.S. reached the quarterfinals. The worst result in the modern era was a first round elimination in 1990, 1998, and 2006.

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.[82] 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.

The U.S. men's soccer team have played in the Summer Olympics since 1924. From that tournament to 1976, only amateur players were allowed on Olympic teams per Olympic rules. The Olympics became a full international tournament in 1984 after the IOC allowed full national teams from outside FIFA CONMEBOL & UEFA confederations. Since then the U.S. national team results have dramatically improved. 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.[130] Their best ever finish at the Copa América was fourth-place at the 1995 and 2016 editions.[84][85]

FIFA World Cup

World Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWTLGFGA
1930Semi-Finals3rd[48]320176
1934Round 116th100117
1938Withdrew
1950Group Stage10th310248
1954Did Not Qualify
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978
1982
1986
1990Group Stage23rd300328
1994Round of 1614th411234
1998Group Stage32nd300315
2002Quarter-Finals8th521277
2006Group Stage25th301226
2010Round of 1612th412155
2014Round of 1615th411256
2018Did Not Qualify
2022TBD
Total10/200 titles3386193762
World Cup highlights
First match  3–0 Belgium 
(July 13, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Biggest win  3–0 Belgium 
(July 13, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
  3–0 Paraguay 
(July 17, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Biggest defeat Italy 7–1  
(May 27, 1934; Rome, Italy)
Best resultThird place at the 1930 FIFA World Cup
Worst result32nd place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup

Confederations Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWTLGFGA
1992Third Place3rd210155
1995Did Not Qualify
1997
1999Third Place3rd530253
2001Did Not Qualify
2003Group Stage7th301213
2005Did Not Qualify
2009Runners-up2nd520389
2013Did Not Qualify
2017
Total4/100 titles156181920

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
TypeYearResultPositionPldWTLGFGA
Amateur 1908Did not enter
19121920Did not qualify
1924Round 214th210113
1928Round 116th1001211
1936Round 116th100101
1948Round 116th100109
1952Round 126th100108
1956Round 18th100119
19601968Did not qualify
1972Group Stage14th3012010
1976Did not qualify
1980Withdrew
National
Team
1984Group Stage11th311152
1988Group Stage12th202135
Total9/160 Titles1524101258
Under-231992 – presentSee United States national under-23 team

CONCACAF Gold Cup

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

CONCACAF Gold Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWTLGFGA
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
2007Champions1st6600133
2009Runners-up2nd6411128
2011Runners-up2nd640296
2013Champions1st6600204
2015Fourth Place4th6321125
2017Champions1st6510134
Total16/206 titles8562131015759

Copa América

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

Copa América record
YearResultPositionPldWTLGFGA
19161991Did Not Enter
1993Group Stage12th301236
1995Fourth Place4th621367
19972004Did Not Enter
2007Group Stage12th300328
20112015Did Not Enter
2016Fourth Place4th630378
TotalInvitation0 titles1852111829

Honors

Major competitions

Third place (1): 1930
Quarter-Finals (1): 2002
Runners-up (1): 2009
Third place (2): 1992, 1999
Champions (6): 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017
Runners-up (5): 1989, 1993, 1998, 2009, 2011
Third place (2): 1996, 2003
Fourth place (2): 1995, 2016

Minor competitions

Champions (3): 1992, 1995, 2000
Runners-up (1): 1999
Third place (2): 1993, 1996
Champions (2): 1989, 1989
Runners-up (3): 1987, 1988, 1989
Third place (1): 1990
Runners-up (2): 1949, 1991
Third place (2): 1947, 1990

See also

Notes

  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.