United States men's national under-20 soccer team

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United States Under-20
Nickname(s) Team USA
The Stars and Stripes[1][2]
The Yanks
Association United States
Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Brad Friedel
FIFA code USA
First colors
Second colors
First international
 Jamaica 1 – 1 United States  (Guatemala City, Guatemala April 2, 1964)
Biggest win
 United States 9 – 0 D.Republic Dominican Republic
(Bayamon, Puerto Rico July 22, 1976)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7 – 1 United States 
(Bayamon, Puerto Rico, September 30, 1976)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 12 (First in 1989)
Best result Fourth Place 1989

The United States U-20 men's national soccer team is the national under-20 soccer team of the United States of America and is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation. The highest level of competition in which the team competes is the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every two years.

The United States' best finish came in the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship when the U.S. beat Iraq in the quarterfinal before losing to Nigeria in overtime in the semifinal and Brazil in the third-place match. Steve Snow tied for second in the tournament with three goals.

The U.S. reached the quarterfinals in 1993 but lost to Brazil. After missing out in 1995, the U.S. began a run of six consecutive qualifications in 1997, reaching the second round in five consecutive tournaments. Of those tournaments, the best U.S. performance came in 2003, when the U.S. reached the quarterfinal and led Argentina 1–0 in the final minutes before falling 2–1 in extra time. The U.S. also reached the quarterfinal of the 2007 Cup before losing 2–1 in extra time to Austria.

Major Tournament Results[edit]

CONCACAF U-20 Championship Record[edit]

  • 1976: Third place. Won preliminary round Group 2. Finished 2nd in 2nd round Group A. Lost to Honduras in semifinal. Beat Guatemala for third place.
  • 1978: Second round. Won 1st round Group B. Finished 4th in 2nd round Group A.
  • 1980: Second place. Won 1st round New Jersey Group. Beat Bermuda in quarterfinal. Beat Honduras on penalties in semifinal. Lost to Mexico in final.
  • 1982: Second place. Won 1st round Group A. Won 2nd round Group A. Beat Guatemala in semifinal. Lost to Honduras in final. Qualified when Honduras was disqualified.
  • 1984: Fourth place. Finished 2nd in 1st round Group 2. Finished 2nd in 2nd round Group A. Lost to Mexico in semifinal. Lost to El Salvador for third place.
  • 1986: Second place. Won Group B. Finished 2nd in final group.
  • 1988: Third place. Finished 2nd in Group 1. Finished third in final group. Qualified when Mexico was disqualified.
  • 1990: Third place. Won Group 3. Finished third in final group.
  • 1992: Second place. Won Group C. Finished second in final group.
  • 1994: First round. Finished second in Group C.
  • 1996: Third place. Won Group 2. Finished third in final round.
  • 1998:† Qualified. Won Group B.
  • 2001:† Qualified. Finished 2nd in Group 1.
  • 2003:† Qualified. Finished 2nd in Group B.
  • 2005:† Qualified. Won Group A.
  • 2007:† Qualified. Won Group A.
  • 2009: Runner-up and qualified to the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Finished first in Group 1, ahead of Honduras, Jamaica, and El Salvador. They defeated Trinidad and Tobago in a penalty shootout, 4–3, after a scoreless, 120-minute, regulation draw in the semifinals. In the finals the US team lost by a score of 3–0 to Costa Rica.
  • 2011: Quarterfinal. Did not qualify for World Cup.
  • 2013: Runner-up and qualified to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Won Group A. In the finals the US team lost by a score of 3–1 to Mexico in extra time.
  • 2015: Qualified to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Finished second in Group A. Defeated El Salvador 2–0 in the playoff stage. Lost to Serbia in the Quarterfinals on a penalty shootout 6–5, after a scoreless, 120-minute, regulation draw.

The tournament was played with a two-group, qualification format from 1998–2007. There was no championship round.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Record[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Tunisia 1977 Did Not Qualify
Japan 1979
Australia 1981 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 1 8
Mexico 1983 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 3 5
Soviet Union 1985 Did Not Qualify
Chile 1987 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 3
Saudi Arabia 1989 Fourth Place 6 2 1 3 7 9
Portugal 1991 Did Not Qualify
Australia 1993 Quarter-final 4 1 1 2 8 6
Qatar 1995 Did Not Qualify
Malaysia 1997 Round of 16 4 1 0 3 2 6
Nigeria 1999 Round of 16 4 2 0 2 7 7
Argentina 2001 Round of 16 4 1 1 1 5 5
United Arab Emirates 2003 Quarter-final 5 3 0 2 9 6
Netherlands 2005 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 4 4
Canada 2007 Quarter-final 5 3 1 1 12 6
Egypt 2009 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 4 7
Colombia 2011 Did Not Qualify
Turkey 2013 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 9
New Zealand 2015 Quarter-final 5 3 0 2 7 4
Total 14/20 56 21 7 27 74 85

Current Cycle Results and Fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

Further information: 2014 in American soccer

2015[edit]

Further information: 2015 in American soccer

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following 21 players were named to the roster that will compete in the 2016 NTC Invitational from June 29-July 3.[3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1GK Jonathan Klinsmann (1997-04-08) April 8, 1997 (age 19) United States California Golden Bears
1GK JT Marcinkowski (1997-05-09) May 9, 1997 (age 19) United States Georgetown Hoyas

2DF Hugo Arellano (1998-03-05) March 5, 1998 (age 18) United States LA Galaxy II
2DF Marcello Borges (1997-09-13) September 13, 1997 (age 19) United States Michigan Wolverines
2DF Marlon Fossey (1998-09-09) September 9, 1998 (age 18) England Fulham
2DF Aaron Herrera (1997-06-06) June 6, 1997 (age 19) United States New Mexico Lobos
2DF Andrew Lombard (1997-07-20) July 20, 1997 (age 19) United States Northeastern Huskies
2DF Tommy Redding (1997-01-24) January 24, 1997 (age 19) United States Orlando City SC
2DF Miles Robinson (1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 (age 19) United States Syracuse Orange
2DF Auston Trusty (1998-08-12) August 12, 1998 (age 18) United States Bethlehem Steel FC

3MF Mukwelle Akale (1997-01-18) January 18, 1997 (age 19) Spain Villarreal CF
3MF Luca De La Torre (1998-05-23) May 23, 1998 (age 18) England Fulham
3MF Weston McKennie (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 (age 18) Germany Schalke 04
3MF Eryk Williamson (1997-06-11) June 11, 1997 (age 19) United States Maryland Terrapins
3MF Jackson Yueill (1997-03-19) March 19, 1997 (age 19) United States UCLA Bruins

4FW Coy Craft (1997-05-03) May 3, 1997 (age 19) United States FC Dallas
4FW Jeremy Ebobisse (1997-02-14) February 14, 1997 (age 19) United States Charleston Battery
4FW Victor Mansaray (1997-02-22) February 22, 1997 (age 19) United States Seattle Sounders FC
4FW Sebastian Saucedo (1997-01-22) January 22, 1997 (age 19) Mexico Veracruz
4FW Brandon Vazquez (1998-10-14) October 14, 1998 (age 17) Mexico Tijuana
4FW Isaiah Young (1998-03-30) March 30, 1998 (age 18) United States Players Development Academy

Previous Call Ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Mason Stajduhar (1997-12-02) December 2, 1997 (age 18) United States Orlando City SC January 2016 Miami Camp
GK Justin Vom Steeg (1997-04-05) April 5, 1997 (age 19) Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf January 2016 Miami Camp
GK Christian Herrera (1997-04-20) April 20, 1997 (age 19) United States Real Monarchs 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament

DF John Nelson (1998-07-11) July 11, 1998 (age 18) United States Internationals SC 2016 Dallas Cup
DF Matt Olosunde (1998-03-07) March 7, 1998 (age 18) England Manchester United 2016 Dallas Cup
DF Jonathan Bell (1997-08-26) August 26, 1997 (age 19) United States D.C. United January 2016 Miami Camp
DF David Burns (1997-08-22) August 22, 1997 (age 19) United States Sacramento Republic FC January 2016 Miami Camp
DF Malcolm Jones (1997-04-18) April 18, 1997 (age 19) United States UCLA Bruins January 2016 Miami Camp
DF Mauricio Pineda (1997-10-17) October 17, 1997 (age 18) United States Chicago Fire January 2016 Miami Camp
DF Nick Hinds (1997-10-15) October 15, 1997 (age 18) United States Seattle Sounders FC 2 2015 Four Nations Tournament
DF Henry Martin (1997-04-11) April 11, 1997 (age 19) United States Princeton Tigers 2015 Four Nations Tournament
DF James Murphy (1997-09-17) September 17, 1997 (age 19) England Sheffield Wednesday 2015 Four Nations Tournament
DF Kyle Duncan (1997-08-08) August 8, 1997 (age 19) France Valenciennes FC 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament
DF Justen Glad (1997-02-28) February 28, 1997 (age 19) United States Real Salt Lake 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament
DF Christian Onalfo (1997-07-26) July 26, 1997 (age 19) United States LA Galaxy II 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament
DF Erik Palmer-Brown (1997-04-24) April 24, 1997 (age 19) 5 0 Portugal FC Porto 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament
DF Pablo Pelaez (1997-07-26) July 26, 1997 (age 19) United States Seattle Sounders FC Academy 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament

MF Danny Acosta (1997-11-07) November 7, 1997 (age 18) United States Real Salt Lake 2016 Dallas Cup
MF Amir Bashti (1997-03-21) March 21, 1997 (age 19) United States Stanford Cardinal 2016 Dallas Cup
MF Brooks Lennon (1997-09-22) September 22, 1997 (age 19) England Liverpool 2016 Dallas Cup
MF Cameron Lindley (1997-07-18) July 18, 1997 (age 19) United States Indiana Fire 2016 Dallas Cup
MF Josh Perez (1998-01-21) January 21, 1998 (age 18) Italy Fiorentina 2016 Dallas Cup
MF Lucas Mendes (1997-12-29) December 29, 1997 (age 18) United States D.C. United January 2016 Miami Camp
MF Martin Salas (1997-01-27) January 27, 1997 (age 19) United States North Carolina Tar Heels January 2016 Miami Camp
MF Evan Waldrep (1997-05-08) May 8, 1997 (age 19) United States Creighton Bluejays January 2016 Miami Camp
MF Alex Zendejas (1998-02-07) February 7, 1998 (age 18) Mexico Guadalajara January 2016 Miami Camp
MF Amirgy Pineda (1997-01-03) January 3, 1997 (age 19) United States LA Galaxy 2015 Four Nations Tournament
MF Kyle Scott (1997-12-22) December 22, 1997 (age 18) England Chelsea 2015 Four Nations Tournament
MF Sean Wilson (1997-02-02) February 2, 1997 (age 19) United States North Carolina Tar Heels 2015 Four Nations Tournament
MF Christian Lucatero (1997-06-17) June 17, 1997 (age 19) United States Houston Dynamo 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament
MF Abuchi Obinwa (1997-01-15) January 15, 1997 (age 19) Germany Hannover 96 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament
MF Ben Swanson (1997-07-18) July 18, 1997 (age 19) United States Columbus Crew SC 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament

FW Sebastian Elney (1997-06-26) June 26, 1997 (age 19) United States Maryland Terrapins 2016 Dallas Cup
FW Emmanuel Sabbi (1997-12-24) December 24, 1997 (age 18) Spain Las Palmas 2016 Dallas Cup
FW Juan Flores (1997-07-30) July 30, 1997 (age 19) United States Rio Grande Valley FC Toros January 2016 Miami Camp
FW Yosef Samuel (1997-07-03) July 3, 1997 (age 19) United States Philadelphia Union January 2016 Miami Camp
FW Diego Silva (1997-03-13) March 13, 1997 (age 19) United States Maryland Terrapins January 2016 Miami Camp
FW Abu Winter (1997-03-21) March 21, 1997 (age 19) United States Philadelphia Union January 2016 Miami Camp
FW Collin Fernandez (1997-02-13) February 13, 1997 (age 19) United States Chicago Fire 2015 Four Nations Tournament
FW Nebojsa Popovic (1997-08-01) August 1, 1997 (age 19) United States Saint Louis University 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Year(s) U-20 Goals
1 Freddy Adu 2003–2009 16
2 Eddie Johnson 2003 12
3 Romain Gall 2015 9
4 Jose Villarreal 2013 6
5 Taylor Twellman 1999 4
5 Jozy Altidore 2007 4
5 Rubio Rubin 2015 4

Coaches[edit]

 
Name Years
Angus McAlpine 1983
Derek Armstrong 1987
Bob Gansler 1989
Bobby Howe 1993
Jay Hoffman 1997
Sigi Schmid 1998-1999
Wolfgang Suhnholz 1999-2001
Thomas Rongen 2002-2004
Sigi Schmid 2005
Thomas Rongen 2006-2011
Tab Ramos 2011–present

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