United States at the FIFA World Cup

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The United States men's national soccer team has played in several World Cup finals, with their best result occurring during their first appearance at the 1930 World Cup, when the United States finished in third place.[1] After the 1950 World Cup, in which the United States upset England in group play 1–0, the U.S. was absent from the finals until 1990. The United States has participated in every World Cup since 1990 until 2014, but they failed to qualify for the 2018 competition after a loss to Trinidad and Tobago in 2017.

The World Cup is an international football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II. The current format of the World Cup involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.[2]

Record at the FIFA World Cup[edit]

United States's FIFA World Cup record
Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Third place[Note 1] 3rd 3 2 0 1 7 6
Italy 1934 Round of 16 16th 1 0 0 1 1 7 1 1 0 0 4 2
France 1938 Did not qualify Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 4 8 4 1 1 2 8 15
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 7 9
Sweden 1958 4 0 0 4 5 21
Chile 1962 2 0 1 1 3 6
England 1966 4 1 2 1 4 5
Mexico 1970 6 3 0 3 11 9
West Germany 1974 4 0 1 3 6 10
Argentina 1978 5 1 2 2 3 7
Spain 1982 4 1 1 2 4 8
Mexico 1986 6 3 2 1 8 3
Italy 1990 Group stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 8 10 5 4 1 11 4
United States 1994 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 4 Qualified as hosts
France 1998 Group stage 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 5 16 8 6 2 27 14
South Korea Japan 2002 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 1 2 7 7 16 8 4 4 25 11
Germany 2006 Group stage 25th 3 0 1 2 2 6 18 12 4 2 35 11
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 12th 4 1 2 1 5 5 18 13 2 3 42 16
Brazil 2014 15th 4 1 1 2 5 6 16 11 2 3 26 14
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 16 7 4 5 37 16
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 10/23 Third place 33 8 6 19 37 62 154 77 36 41 266 181
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

By Match[edit]

World Cup Round Opponent Score Result Venue Scorers
1930 Group stage  Belgium 3–0 W Montevideo B. McGhee, T. Florie, B. Patenaude
 Paraguay 3–0 W Montevideo B. Patenaude (3)
Semi-finals  Argentina 1–6 L Montevideo J. Brown
1934 Round of 16  Italy 1–7 L Rome A. Donelli
1950 Group stage  Spain 1–3 L Curitiba G. Pariani
 England 1–0 W Belo Horizonte J. Gaetjens
 Chile 2–5 L Recife F. Wallace, J. Maca
1990 Group stage  Czechoslovakia 1–5 L Florence P. Caligiuri
 Italy 0–1 L Rome
 Austria 1–2 L Florence B. Murray
1994 Group stage   Switzerland 1–1 D Pontiac E. Wynalda
 Colombia 2–1 W Pasadena A. Escobar (o.g.), E. Stewart
 Romania 0–1 L Pasadena
Round of 16  Brazil 0–1 L Stanford
1998 Group stage  Germany 0–2 L Paris
 Iran 1–2 L Lyon B. McBride
 FR Yugoslavia 0–1 L Nantes
2002 Group stage  Portugal 3–2 W Suwon J. O'Brien, J. Costa (o.g.), B. McBride
 South Korea 1–1 D Daegu C. Mathis
 Poland 1–3 L Daejeon L. Donovan
Round of 16  Mexico 2–0 W Jeonju B. McBride, L. Donovan
Quarter-finals  Germany 0–1 L Ulsan
2006 Group stage  Czech Republic 0–3 L Gelsenkirchen
 Italy 1–1 D Kaiserslautern C. Zaccardo (o.g.)
 Ghana 1–2 L Nuremberg C. Dempsey
2010 Group stage  England 1–1 D Rustenburg C. Dempsey
 Slovenia 2–2 D Johannesburg L. Donovan, M. Bradley
 Algeria 1–0 W Pretoria L. Donovan
Round of 16  Ghana 1–2 (a.e.t.) L Rustenburg L. Donovan
2014 Group stage  Ghana 2–1 W Natal C. Dempsey, J. Brooks
 Portugal 2–2 D Manaus J. Jones, C. Dempsey
 Germany 0–1 L Recife
Round of 16  Belgium 1–2 (a.e.t.) L Salvador J. Green

Record by Opponent[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches (by team)
Opponent Wins Draws Losses Total Goals Scored Goals Conceded
 Algeria 1 0 0 1 1 0
 Argentina 0 0 1 1 1 6
 Austria 0 0 1 1 1 2
 Belgium 1 0 1 2 4 2
 Brazil 0 0 1 1 0 1
 Chile 0 0 1 1 2 5
 Colombia 1 0 0 1 2 1
 Czech Republic 0 0 1 1 0 3
 Czechoslovakia 0 0 1 1 1 5
 England 1 1 0 2 2 1
 FR Yugoslavia 0 0 1 1 0 1
 Germany 0 0 3 3 0 4
 Ghana 1 0 2 3 4 5
 Iran 0 0 1 1 1 2
 Italy 0 1 2 3 2 9
 Mexico 1 0 0 1 2 0
 Paraguay 1 0 0 1 3 0
 Poland 0 0 1 1 1 3
 Portugal 1 1 0 2 5 4
 Romania 0 0 1 1 0 1
 Slovenia 0 1 0 1 2 2
 South Korea 0 1 0 1 1 1
 Spain 0 0 1 1 1 3
  Switzerland 0 1 0 1 1 1

Individual tournament results[edit]

Uruguay 1930 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group 4 final standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 4
 Paraguay 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 2
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0

Games[edit]

All times local (UYT)

Group 4
United States 3–0 Belgium
Report
Attendance: 18,346

Group 4
United States 3–0 Paraguay
Report
Attendance: 18,306

Semifinal
Argentina 6–1 United States
Report
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 72,886

Italy 1934 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Game[edit]

Round of 16
Italy 7–1 United States
Report
Attendance: 25,000

Brazil 1950 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group 2 final standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 0 6 1 6
 England 3 1 0 2 2 2 2
 Chile 3 1 0 2 5 6 2
 United States 3 1 0 2 4 8 2

Games[edit]

All times local BRT (UTC-03)

Spain 3–1 United States
Report

United States 1–0 England
Report

Chile 5–2 United States
Report

Italy 1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group A final standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 6
 Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
 Austria 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
 United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0

Games[edit]

All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

Group A
United States 1–5 Czechoslovakia
Report

Group A
Italy 1–0 United States
Report
Attendance: 73,423

Group A
Austria 2–1 United States
Report
Attendance: 34,857

United States 1994 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group A final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Romania 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6 Advance to knockout stage
2   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
3  United States (H) 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Colombia 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.


Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D  Argentina 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage
2 F  Belgium 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 6
3 A  United States 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4 E  Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
5 B  Russia 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1 3
6 C  South Korea 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
Source: FIFA


Games[edit]

Group A
United States 1–1  Switzerland
Report

Group A
United States 2–1 Colombia
Report
Attendance: 93,869
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)

Group A
United States 0–1 Romania
Report
Attendance: 93,869

Round of 16
Brazil 1–0 United States
Report
Attendance: 84,147

France 1998 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group F final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
3  Iran 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  United States 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Source: FIFA


Games[edit]

All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

Group F
Germany 2–0 United States
Report
Attendance: 45,500

Group F
United States 1–2 Iran
Report
Attendance: 39,100

Group F
United States 0–1 FR Yugoslavia
Report

South Korea-Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group D final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea (H) 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  United States 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
3  Portugal 3 1 0 2 6 4 +2 3
4  Poland 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
(H) Host.


Games[edit]

All times local (UTC+9)

Group D
United States 3–2 Portugal
Report
Attendance: 37,306

Group D
South Korea 1–1 United States
Report
Attendance: 60,778

Group D
Poland 3–1 United States
Report
Attendance: 26,482
Referee: Lu Jun (China)

Round of 16
Mexico 0–2 United States
Report

QF
Germany 1–0 United States
Report
Attendance: 37,337

Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group E final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ghana 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
3  Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4  United States 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria


Games[edit]

All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

Group E
United States 0–3 Czech Republic
Report

Group E
Italy 1–1 United States
Report

Group E
Ghana 2–1 United States
Report

South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group C final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3  Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

Games[edit]

All times local (UTC+02)

Group C
England 1–1 United States
Report

Group C
Slovenia 2–2 United States
Report

Group C
United States 1–0 Algeria
Report

Round of 16
United States 1–2 (a.e.t.) Ghana
Report

Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Group G final standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  United States 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3  Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 7 −3 4
4  Ghana 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

Games[edit]

Group G
Ghana 1–2 United States
Report
Attendance: 39,760

Group G
United States 2–2 Portugal
Report
Attendance: 40,123

Group G
United States 0–1 Germany
Report
Attendance: 41,876

Round of 16
Belgium 2–1 (a.e.t.) United States
Report
Attendance: 51,227

Record players[edit]

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Landon Donovan 12 2002, 2006 and 2010
2 Cobi Jones 11 1994, 1998 and 2002
Earnie Stewart 11 1994, 1998 and 2002
DaMarcus Beasley 11 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014
5 Brian McBride 10 1998, 2002 and 2006
Claudio Reyna 10 1998, 2002 and 2006
Clint Dempsey 10 2006, 2010 and 2014
8 Tab Ramos 9 1990, 1994 and 1998
Eddie Pope 9 1998, 2002 and 2006
10 Marcelo Balboa 8 1990, 1994 and 1998
Eric Wynalda 8 1990, 1994 and 1998
Michael Bradley 8 2010 and 2014
Tim Howard 8 2010 and 2014

Top goalscorers[edit]

Player Goals 1930 1934 1950 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014
Landon Donovan 5 2 3
Bert Patenaude 4 4
Clint Dempsey 4 1 1 2
Brian McBride 3 1 2
Michael Bradley 1 1
Jim Brown 1 1
Paul Caligiuri 1 1
Aldo Donelli 1 1
Tom Florie 1 1
Joe Gaetjens 1 1
Julian Green 1 1
Joe Maca 1 1
Clint Mathis 1 1
Bart McGhee 1 1
Bruce Murray 1 1
John O'Brien 1 1
Gino Pariani 1 1
Earnie Stewart 1 1
Frank Wallace 1 1
Eric Wynalda 1 1
John Brooks 1 1
Jermaine Jones 1 1
Own goals 3 1 1 1
Total 37 7 1 4 2 3 1 7 2 5 5
Own goals scored for opponents

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Helms, Andrew (July 1, 2014). "USA 3, Belgium 0! Or, Looking for Hope in the 1930 World Cup". The New Republic. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  2. ^ 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage Archived June 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (PDF), FIFA.com. Retrieved on June 6, 2007.
  3. ^ "Referee designations for matches 1-16" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. June 5, 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 5, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  4. ^ "Referee designations for matches 17-24" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. June 14, 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010.

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