U.S. Cup

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U.S. Cup (also known as the USA Cup, United States Cup and Nike U.S. Cup) was a soccer competition held annually in the United States from 1992 to 2000, except for the World Cup years of 1994 and 1998. The tournament, hosted by the United States Soccer Federation, was contested between the United States and three guest teams.

The cup was created to train the American soccer team and to popularize the sport in the US. Originally known as the U.S. Cup, the name was changed to the Nike U.S. Cup after Nike, Inc. signed a ten-year, $120 million contract with the United States Soccer Federation to sponsor the U.S. national teams in October 1997. As part of the contract, USSF added Nike's name to the U.S. Cup title.[1]

In 1995, USSF added a women's competition which ran every year until 2002. The 2001 edition was abandoned after three matches due to the September 11 attacks.

Format[edit]

The cup was traditionally played in a single round-robin format between the four participating national teams.

The 1999 edition of the men's and 2000 edition of the women's tournaments, were played in single elimination format. The first round was the semifinals. The losers of the semifinals played for third place, and the winners of the semifinals played the Final match.

List of champions[edit]

Men's Tournament[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Third place Fourth place
1992
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 United States  Italy  Republic of Ireland  Portugal
1993
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 Germany  Brazil  United States  England
1995
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 United States  Colombia  Mexico  Nigeria
1996
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 Mexico  Republic of Ireland  United States  Bolivia
1997
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 Mexico  Denmark  Peru  United States
1999
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 Mexico  United States  Guatemala  Bolivia
2000
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 United States  Republic of Ireland  Mexico  South Africa

Women's tournament[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Third place Fourth place
1995
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 United States  Norway  Australia  Chinese Taipei
1996
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 United States  China PR  Japan  Canada
1997
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 United States  Italy  Australia  Canada
1998
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 United States  Brazil  Russia  Mexico
1999
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 United States  Brazil  Finland  South Korea
2000
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 United States  Canada  Mexico  South Korea
2001
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abandoned due to September 11 attacks
2002
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 United States  Australia  Italy  Russia

Titles by country[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

Women's tournament[edit]

  •  United States 7 times (all, except for the abandoned 2001 edition)

National team appearances[edit]

Men’s[edit]

Rank Team Appearance
1
 United States (hosts)
7
2
 Mexico
5
3
 Republic of Ireland
3
4
 Bolivia
2
5
 Brazil
1
 Colombia
 Denmark
 England
 Germany
 Guatemala
 Italy
 Nigeria
 Peru
 Portugal
 South Africa

Women’s[edit]

Number of appearance excludes the abandoned 2001 edition.

Rank Team Appearance
1
 United States (hosts)
7
2
 Australia
3
 Canada
3
 Brazil
2
 Italy
 South Korea
 Mexico
 Russia
4
 China PR
1
 Finland
 Japan
 Norway
 Chinese Taipei

Venues[edit]

External links[edit]