United States men's national under-23 soccer team

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United States Under-23
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Team USA[1]
The Stars and Stripes[2]
The Yanks
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF
First colors
Second colors
First international
 United States 1 - 2 Italy 
(Barcelona, Spain; 24 July 1992)
Biggest win
 United States 6 - 0 Cuba 
(Nashville, U.S.; 22 March 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 4 - 0 United States 
(Guadalajara, Mexico; 10 February 2004)
Records for competitive matches only
Appearances 4 (First in 1992)
Best result Fourth Place: 2000

The United States U-23 men's national soccer team, also known as the United States men's Olympic soccer team, is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is qualification into and competition at the quadriennial Olympic Football Tournament, the next of which is to be held during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team's most recent major tournament was the tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in which the United States team did not qualify.

The roster can be augmented with three "overage" players, ostensibly possessing veteran experience, during Olympic competition, in accordance with FIFA regulations.


Men's Olympic soccer became an under-23 competition for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. In the group stage, the Americans defeated Kuwait but lost to Italy and only managed a draw with Poland. As a result, they were eliminated in the first round. Several US players on the roster, however, would go on to have a major influence with the United States men's national soccer team in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, which the United States would host.

The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia would be the first time that teams could add overage players to their rosters. With the advantage as the host nation and with Major League Soccer in the middle of its inaugural season, the USSF tapped then-D.C. United head coach Bruce Arena to manage the Olympic team. They would fall short again, however, as a loss to eventual-silver medalists Argentina offset a win against Tunisia and a draw with Portugal.

The 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia marked a significant turnaround in the fortunes of the team. This time, the United States, led by head coach Clive Charles, won their group on goal difference on the strength of draws with the Czech Republic and eventual-gold medalists Cameroon and a win over Kuwait. A tense quarterfinal match against Japan ended in a penalty shoot-out which the United States won. Losses to Spain in the semifinals and Chile in the bronze medal match left the Americans short of medal dreams, but the fourth-place finish in a sixteen-team tournament was the program's greatest youth team.

The team did not compete at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece; the United States, led by head coach Glenn Myernick, failed to qualify after a defeat to Mexico in the semifinals of the 2004 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament.

In late 2006, former Chivas USA head coach Bob Bradley was given the reins to both the senior national team and under-23 national team. His tenure would be brief as his elevation to full-time head coach of the senior team would result in him handing control of the under-23 team to his assistant head coach, Piotr Nowak. Under Nowak, the United States qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics after a 3-0 win over Canada in the 2008 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament, thanks to goals by Freddy Adu and Sacha Kljestan. The Olympics began promisingly; the Americans defeated Japan and led Holland late. However, a stoppage time goal equalized for the Dutch, and the Americans followed up with a loss to Nigeria.

Under the leadership of new coach Caleb Porter, the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, hosted by the United States, began with a 6-0 win over Cuba. However, the favored hosts were upset by Canada and surrendered a late lead against El Salvador, causing them to miss the Olympics for the second time in three tournaments.



Current squad[edit]

The following 19 players were named to the roster for an April 22, 2015 friendly against Mexico.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1GK Cody Cropper (1993-02-16) February 16, 1993 (age 22) England Southampton F.C.
1GK Jon Kempin (1993-04-08) April 8, 1993 (age 22) United States Sporting Kansas City
2DF Christian Dean (1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 21) Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2DF Juan Pablo Ocegueda (1993-07-13) July 13, 1993 (age 21) Mexico Oaxaca
2DF Boyd Okwuonu (1993-02-24) February 24, 1993 (age 22) United States Real Salt Lake
2DF Shane O'Neill (1993-09-02) September 2, 1993 (age 21) United States Colorado Rapids
2DF Oscar Sorto (1994-08-08) August 8, 1994 (age 20) United States Los Angeles Galaxy
2DF Sam Strong (1996-08-23) August 23, 1996 (age 18) United States UC Santa Barbara
2DF Walker Zimmerman (1993-02-24) February 24, 1993 (age 22) United States FC Dallas
3MF Benji Joya (1993-09-22) September 22, 1993 (age 21) United States Chicago Fire
3MF Fatai Alashe (1993-10-21) October 21, 1993 (age 21) United States San Jose Earthquakes
3MF Luis Gil (1993-11-14) November 14, 1993 (age 21) United States Real Salt Lake
3MF Alejandro Guido (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 21) Mexico Club Tijuana
3MF Daniel Metzger (1993-08-06) August 6, 1993 (age 21) United States New York Red Bulls II
4FW Alonso Hernández (1994-03-01) March 1, 1994 (age 21) Mexico C.F. Monterrey
4FW Jordan Morris (1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 (age 20) United States Stanford
4FW Mario Rodriguez (1994-05-12) May 12, 1994 (age 21) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
4FW Alfred Koroma Shams (1994-04-19) April 19, 1994 (age 21) United States Austin Aztex
4FW Jose Villarreal (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 21) United States LA Galaxy

Recent Call Ups[edit]

The following players have been called up during the current Olympic cycle.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1GK Charlie Horton (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 20) Wales Cardiff City
1GK Tyler Miller (1993-03-12) March 12, 1993 (age 22) Germany SVN Zweibrücken
1GK Zack Steffen (1995-04-02) April 2, 1995 (age 20) Germany SC Freiburg
2DF Will Packwood (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 22) England Birmingham City
2DF A. J. Cochran (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 (age 22) United States Houston Dynamo
2DF Ramon Martin del Campo (1993-07-05) July 5, 1993 (age 21) United States UC Davis
2DF Bryan Gallego (1993-03-10) March 10, 1993 (age 22) Unattached
3MF Ariel Lassiter (1994-09-27) September 27, 1994 (age 20) United States LA Galaxy II
4FW Alonso Hernández (1994-03-01) March 1, 1994 (age 21) Mexico Monterrey
3MF Victor Pineda (1993-03-15) March 15, 1993 (age 22) United States Chicago Fire
3MF Wil Trapp (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 22) United States Columbus Crew
4FW Jerome Kiesewetter (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 (age 22) Germany VFB Stuttgart
4FW Omar Salgado (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 21) Mexico Tigres UANL
4FW Khiry Shelton (1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 (age 21) United States New York City FC

Recent Results[edit]

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 1992 Group Stage 13th 3 1 1 1 6 6
United States 1996 Group Stage 14th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Australia 2000 Fourth Place 4th 6 1 3 2 9 11
Greece 2004 Did Not Qualify
China 2008 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 4
United Kingdom 2012 Did Not Qualify
Total Fourth Place 4/6 15 4 6 5 23 25

Pre-Olympic Tournament[edit]

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 Champions – Qualified 10 8 1 3 35 12
Canada 1996 Qualify as hosts - - - - - -
United States 2000 Runners-up – Qualified 4 2 1 1 8 2
Mexico 2004 Fourth Place 5 3 1 1 11 11
United States 2008 Runners-up – Qualified 5 3 1 1 5 2
United States 2012 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 9 5
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

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