United States men's national soccer team
The Stars and Stripes
|Sub-confederation||NAFU (North America)|
|Head coach||Bruce Arena|
|Most caps||Cobi Jones (164)|
|Top scorer||Landon Donovan (57)|
|Current||28 (January 12, 2017)|
|Highest||4 (April 2006)|
|Lowest||36 (July 2012)|
|Current||32 (January 18, 2017)|
|Lowest||85 (October 1968)|
| Sweden 2–3 United States
(Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916)
| United States 8–0 Barbados
(Carson, California, U.S.; June 15, 2008)
| Norway 11–0 United States
(Oslo, Norway; August 6, 1948)
|Appearances||21 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Third place, 1930|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1993)|
|Best result||Fourth place, 1995 and 2016|
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||15 (first in 1985)|
|Best result||Champions, 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2013|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1992)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 2009|
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 and hosted the 1994 edition. They achieved their best result when they reached the semi-final at the 1930 World Cup, finishing third; this remains the highest finish of any team outside of the UEFA (European) and CONMEBOL (South American) confederations. After qualifying for the 1934 World Cup, and withdrawing in 1938, the next World Cup participation came at the 1950 tournament, causing an upset by defeating England 1–0 in its second group match. After 1950, the U.S. did not qualify for the World Cup again until 1990.
Following the 1990 World Cup, the U.S. qualified automatically as hosts of the 1994 World Cup, eventually losing to Brazil in the round of sixteen. The team has qualified for all five World Cups since, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2002 tournament, where it lost to Germany 1–0. In 2009 it finished runner-up at the Confederations Cup, eliminating top-ranked Spain 2–0 in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil 3–2 in the final.
The team's current head coach is Bruce Arena, who took over in November 2016 and previously managed the team from 1998 to 2006.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Roster
- 5 Results and schedule
- 6 Player records
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Honors
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 Notes
- 12 External links
The first United States national 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 United States 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 has since been unofficiated by FIFA. The United States played its first official international match under the auspices of U.S. Soccer 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. 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. 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. In the semifinals, the U.S. lost to Argentina 6–1. Using the overall tournament records, FIFA credited the U.S. with a third-place finish ahead of fellow semi-finalist Yugoslavia. The finish 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.
There was no official soccer tournament in the 1932 Olympic Games. In an informal tournament, the United States finished first, followed by Mexico and Canada. The U.S. qualified for the 1934 World Cup by defeating Mexico 4–2. The team played Italy and lost 7–1, eliminating them from the tournament. The Olympic soccer tournament was reinstated in the 1936 Olympic Games.
The 1950 World Cup in Brazil was the United States's next World Cup appearance (it withdrew from the tournament in 1938). 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. The result is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the World Cups. Months before the famous World Cup loss to the U.S., England had beaten an all-star "rest of Europe" side 6–1 in an exhibition match. Sports Illustrated and Soccer Digest have called World Cup upset by the Americans in 1950 the "Miracle on Grass,". In the U.S. third game of the 1950 tournament, a defeat by Chile by a 5–2 margin saw the U.S. eliminated from the tournament. It would be four decades before the United States would make another appearance at the World Cup.
After the creation and rise of the North American Soccer League in the 1960s and 1970s, it seemed as though the U.S. national team would soon become a force in world soccer. Such hopes were not realized, however, and the United States played only two international matches from 1981 to 1983.
To provide a more stable national team program and renew interest in the NASL, U.S. Soccer entered the national team into the NASL 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. Team America finished the season at the bottom of the league. U.S Soccer canceled this experiment and withdrew the national team from the NASL. By the end of 1984, the NASL had folded, and there was no senior outdoor soccer league operating in the United States.
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, 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.
The United States 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. Costa Rica won the match 1–0, and kept the United States from reaching its fourth World Cup finals.
In 1988, U.S. Soccer attempted to re-implement its national-team-as-club concept, offering contracts to national team players to build an international team with something of a club ethos, while loaning them out to their club teams, saving U.S. Soccer the expense of their salaries. This brought many key veterans back to the team, and the success of the NASL during the 1970s had created an influx of talent from burgeoning grass-roots level clubs and youth programs. Thus U.S. Soccer sought to establish a more stable foundation for participation in the 1990 World Cup than had existed for previous tournaments.
Rise in the U.S. (1990s)
In 1989, FIFA named the United States 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 United States its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.
For the 1990 World Cup in Italy, two of the team's more experienced players, Rick Davis and Hugo Perez, were recovering from serious injuries and unavailable for selection, and manager Bob Gansler selected many inexperienced players and recent college graduates. The U.S. lost all three of its group games to Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Austria.
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 United States won 2–1. Escobar was later murdered in his home country, possibly in retaliation for this mistake. Despite a 1–0 loss to Romania in its final group game, the U.S. made it to the knockout round for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. lost 1–0 to the eventual champion Brazil. Despite this success, the team fired Bora in 1995, reportedly because he was not interested in administrative duties.
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 ironically named "Captain for Life" shortly before, as well as several other players who were instrumental to the qualifying effort, from the squad. 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.
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 reached the knockout stage after a 1–1–1 record in the group stage. It started with a 3–2 upset win over Portugal, followed by a 1–1 tie with co-host and eventual semi-finalist, South Korea. It then lost its third and final match 1–3 to Poland but still qualified for the second round when South Korea defeated Portugal. This set the stage for a Second round 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.
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. The United States 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. Following the tournament, Arena's contract was not renewed. After the national team remained dormant for the remainder of 2006, the federation hired former Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA manager Bob Bradley in early 2007.
The U.S. had a notable performance at the 2009 Confederations Cup. In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Spain 2–0. 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; however, the team lost 3–2 to Brazil after leading 2–0 at half time. The United States then hosted the 2009 Gold Cup. 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.
The U.S. qualified for the Fourth round, or Hexagonal, of the 2010 World Cup qualification. The U.S. began the Fourth round by beating Mexico 2–0 in February 2009, a loss that extended Mexico's losing streak against America on U.S. soil to 11 matches. Jozy Altidore became the youngest U.S. player to score a hat-trick, in a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago. Near the end of the summer of 2009, the United States lost 2–1 to Mexico at Estadio Azteca. On October 10, 2009, the United States secured qualification to the 2010 World Cup with a 3–2 win over Honduras. Four days later, the U.S. secured first place in the Fourth round with a 2–2 tie against Costa Rica.
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 through a Landon Donovan stoppage time goal, the first time the U.S. had won its group since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. was eliminated by Ghana, 2–1. On FIFA's ranking of World Cup teams the U.S. finished in 12th place out of the 32-team field.
The United States again hosted the 2011 Gold Cup. The U.S. advanced past the group stage, and defeated Jamaica 2–0 in the quarerfinals and Panama 1–0 in the semifinals, to advance to its fourth consecutive Gold Cup final. In the final, the U.S. was beaten by Mexico 4–2. Later in the summer, Coach 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 and played in 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. The 12 game winning streak ended September 6, 2013, when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica 3–1 in San Jose. In 2013 the national team played the final round of qualification By defeating Mexico in September, the U.S. clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup.
For the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. was drawn into Group G, along with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal. The U.S. took revenge on the Ghanaians, winning 2–1. 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. This was the first time that the team made two consecutive trips to the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup. 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[Note 1] during the match.
The national team's next tournament under Klinsmann was the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, 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 US were defeated 3–2 by Mexico at the Rose Bowl. In the summer of 2016, the United States 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
The main supporter groups backing the United States men's national soccer team are Sam's Army and The American Outlaws. The two groups are usually put together in a "supporters' section" at U.S. home games. Sam's Army started shortly after the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Sam's Army members wear red to matches, sing or chant throughout the match. They are so dedicated that they often bring huge American flags and other banners to the game. Both The American Outlaws and Sam's Army both commonly wear soccer supporter scarves. Some branches of the American Outlaws have their own scarves specific to their branch.
The American Outlaws was started in Lincoln, Nebraska as a local supporters' group. The group's membership attempted to address a lack of consistency from game to game in supporter organization and social events on match days. 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.
The United States does not have a national stadium; they instead play their home matches at numerous venues. Overall, the team has played in 101 venues in 26 states and the District of Columbia. RFK Stadium in the capital city of Washington, D.C. has hosted more national team matches than any other stadium, hosting 21 times. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California near Los Angeles, is also a notable stadium, hosting the national team 17 times, as well as hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, and the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal Match.
|Head coach||Bruce Arena|
|Associate head coach||Dave Sarachan|
|Assistant coach||Pat Noonan|
|Assistant coach||Kenny Arena|
|Goalkeeping coach||Matt Reis|
|Chief scout||Thomas Rongen|
For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see United States men's national team players.
Caps and goals are updated as of November 15, 2016 after the match against Costa Rica.
The following players have also been called up to the United States squad within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Stefan Frei||April 20, 1986||0||0||Seattle Sounders FC||v. Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE|
|GK||Bill Hamid||November 25, 1990||2||0||D.C. United||v. Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE|
|GK||Brad Guzan||September 9, 1984||53||0||Middlesbrough||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|GK||Ethan Horvath||June 9, 1995||1||0||Club Brugge||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|GK||William Yarbrough||March 20, 1989||3||0||León||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|GK||Tim Howard||March 6, 1979||111||0||Colorado Rapids||v. Mexico; November 11, 2016|
|GK||Zack Steffen||June 2, 1995||0||0||Columbus Crew||v. Puerto Rico; May 22, 2016|
|GK||Sean Johnson||May 31, 1989||5||0||New York City FC||v. Canada; February 5, 2016|
|DF||Matt Hedges||April 1, 1990||1||0||FC Dallas||v. Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE|
|DF||Matt Besler||February 11, 1987||39||1||Sporting Kansas City||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|DF||John Brooks||January 28, 1993||29||3||Hertha BSC||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|DF||Cameron Carter-Vickers||December 31, 1997||0||0||Tottenham Hotspur||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|DF||Timothy Chandler||March 29, 1990||29||1||Eintracht Frankfurt||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|DF||Omar Gonzalez||October 11, 1988||35||1||Pachuca||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|DF||Fabian Johnson||December 11, 1987||54||2||Borussia Mönchengladbach||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|DF||Michael Orozco||February 7, 1986||29||4||Tijuana||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|DF||DeAndre Yedlin||July 9, 1993||43||0||Newcastle United||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|DF||Tim Parker||February 23, 1993||0||0||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||v. New Zealand; October 11, 2016|
|DF||Geoff Cameron||July 11, 1985||49||4||Stoke City||v. Cuba; October 7, 2016|
|DF||Edgar Castillo||October 8, 1986||18||0||Monterrey||Copa América Centenario|
|DF||Eric Lichaj||November 17, 1988||11||0||Nottingham Forest||v. Puerto Rico; May 22, 2016|
|DF||Matt Miazga||July 19, 1995||2||0||Vitesse||v. Puerto Rico; May 22, 2016|
|DF||Tim Ream||October 5, 1987||21||1||Fulham||v. Puerto Rico; May 22, 2016|
|DF||Ventura Alvarado||August 16, 1992||13||0||Santos Laguna||Copa América Centenario PRE|
|DF||Eric Miller||January 15, 1993||0||0||Colorado Rapids||v. Canada; February 5, 2016|
|DF||Matt Polster||June 8, 1993||0||0||Chicago Fire||v. Canada; February 5, 2016|
|DF||Brandon Vincent||May 1, 1994||1||0||Chicago Fire||v. Canada; February 5, 2016|
|DF||Marc Pelosi||June 14, 1994||0||0||San Jose Earthquakes||v. Iceland; January 31, 2016 PRE|
|MF||Kellyn Acosta||July 24, 1995||4||0||FC Dallas||v. Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE|
|MF||Kekuta Manneh||December 30, 1994||0||0||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||v. Serbia; January 29, 2017 PRE|
|MF||Lynden Gooch||December 24, 1995||2||0||Sunderland||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|MF||Julian Green||June 6, 1995||8||3||VfB Stuttgart||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|MF||Christian Pulisic||September 18, 1998||11||3||Borussia Dortmund||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|MF||Caleb Stanko||July 23, 1993||1||0||FC Vaduz||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016 PRE|
|MF||Paul Arriola||February 5, 1995||3||2||Tijuana||v. New Zealand; October 11, 2016|
|MF||Perry Kitchen||February 29, 1992||5||0||Heart of Midlothian||v. New Zealand; October 11, 2016|
|MF||Danny Williams||March 8, 1989||22||2||Reading||v. New Zealand; October 11, 2016|
|MF||Kyle Beckerman||April 23, 1982||58||1||Real Salt Lake||v. Trinidad and Tobago; September 6, 2016|
|MF||Emerson Hyndman||April 9, 1996||2||0||Rangers||v. Puerto Rico; May 22, 2016|
|MF||Alfredo Morales||May 12, 1990||13||0||Ingolstadt 04||v. Puerto Rico; May 22, 2016|
|MF||Mix Diskerud||October 2, 1990||38||6||New York City FC||Copa América Centenario PRE|
|MF||Lee Nguyen||October 7, 1986||9||0||New England Revolution||Copa América Centenario PRE|
|MF||Tony Tchani CMR||April 13, 1989||1||0||Columbus Crew||v. Canada; February 5, 2016|
|MF||Fatai Alashe||October 21, 1993||0||0||San Jose Earthquakes||v. Iceland; January 31, 2016 PRE|
|FW||Alan Gordon||October 16, 1981||2||0||Colorado Rapids||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|FW||Aron Jóhannsson||October 26, 1990||19||4||Werder Bremen||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|FW||Bobby Wood||November 15, 1992||29||8||Hamburger SV||v. Costa Rica; November 15, 2016|
|FW||Terrence Boyd||February 16, 1991||14||0||RB Leipzig||v. New Zealand; October 11, 2016|
|FW||Rubio Rubin||March 1, 1996||3||0||FC Utrecht||v. Trinidad and Tobago; September 6, 2016|
|FW||Clint Dempsey||March 9, 1983||130||52||Seattle Sounders FC||Copa América Centenario|
|FW||Amando Moreno||September 10, 1995||0||0||Tijuana||v. Puerto Rico; May 22, 2016|
|FW||Fafà Picault||February 23, 1991||1||0||FC St. Pauli||v. Puerto Rico; May 22, 2016|
|FW||Ethan Finlay||August 6, 1990||3||0||Columbus Crew||Copa América Centenario PRE|
|FW||Jerome Kiesewetter||February 9, 1993||2||0||Fortuna Düsseldorf||v. Canada; February 5, 2016|
|FW||Khiry Shelton||June 26, 1993||0||0||New York City FC||v. Canada; February 5, 2016|
- PRE = Preliminary squad
- CMR = Decided to represent Cameroon at international level
Results and schedule
|January 31, 2016 Friendly||United States||3–2||Iceland||Carson, California|
|16:00 EST||Altidore 20'
|Stadium: StubHub Center
|February 5, 2016 Friendly||United States||1–0||Canada||Carson, California|
|22:45 EST||Altidore 89'||Report||Stadium: StubHub Center
Referee: Marlon Mejía (El Salvador)
|March 25, 2016 WCQ R4||Guatemala||2–0||United States||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|22:00 EST||Morales 7'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Mateo Flores
|March 29, 2016 WCQ R4||United States||4–0||Guatemala||Columbus, Ohio|
|19:00 EST||Dempsey 12'
|Report||Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium
|May 22, 2016 Friendly||Puerto Rico||1–3||United States||Bayamón, Puerto Rico|
|12:00 EST||Betancur 41'||Report||Ream 20'
|Stadium: Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium
Referee: Kimball Ward (SKN)
|May 25, 2016 Friendly||United States||1–0||Ecuador||Frisco, Texas|
|20:00 EST||Nagbe 90'||Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Referee: José Alfredo Peñaloza (MEX)
|May 28, 2016 Friendly||United States||4–0||Bolivia||Kansas City, Kansas|
|20:00 EST||Zardes 26', 52'
|Report||Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Referee: Elmer Bonilla (El Salvador)
|June 3, 2016 Copa América GS-A||United States||0–2||Colombia||Santa Clara, California|
|21:30 ET||Report (US Soccer)
Rodríguez 42' (pen.)
|Stadium: Levi's Stadium
Referee: Roberto García Orozco (Mexico)
|June 7, 2016 Copa América GS-A||United States||4–0||Costa Rica||Chicago, Illinois|
|20:00 ET||Dempsey 9' (pen.)
|Report (US Soccer)
|Stadium: Soldier Field
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
|June 11, 2016 Copa América GS-A||United States||1–0||Paraguay||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|19:00 ET||Dempsey 27'||Report (US Soccer)
|Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Referee: Julio Bascuñán (Chile)
|June 16, 2016 Copa América QF||United States||2–1||Ecuador||Seattle, Washington|
|21:30 ET||Dempsey 22'
|Report||Arroyo 74'||Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|June 21, 2016 Copa América SF||United States||0–4||Argentina||Houston, Texas|
|19:00 ET||Report (US Soccer)
Higuaín 50', 86'
|Stadium: NRG Stadium
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
|June 25, 2016 Copa América 3rd Place||United States||0–1||Colombia||Glendale, Arizona|
|20:00 ET||Report (US Soccer)
|Bacca 31'||Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (Uruguay)
|September 2, 2016 WCQ R4||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||0–6||United States||Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|15:30 ET||Report||Wood 28'
Altidore 43' (pen.)
Pulisic 71', 90+2'
|Stadium: Arnos Vale Stadium
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau (Canada)
|September 6, 2016 WCQ R4||United States||4–0||Trinidad and Tobago||Jacksonville, Florida|
|20:00 ET||Kljestan 44'
Altidore 59', 63'
|Report||Stadium: EverBank Field
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|October 7, 2016 Friendly||Cuba||0–2||United States||Havana, Cuba|
|16:00 ET||Report||Wondolowski 62'
|Stadium: Estadio Pedro Marrero
Referee: Jafeth Perea (Panama)
|October 11, 2016 Friendly||United States||1–1||New Zealand||Washington, D.C.|
|20:00 ET||Green 27'||Report||Patterson 72'||Stadium: RFK Stadium
Referee: Juan Carlos Guerra (Guatemala)
|November 11, 2016 WCQ R5||United States||1–2||Mexico||Columbus, Ohio|
|19:45 ET||Brooks 15'
Layún 20', 70'
Salcedo 76', 90+3'
|Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (Guatemala)
|November 15, 2016 WCQ R5||Costa Rica||4–0||United States||San José, Costa Rica|
|21:00 ET||Salvatierra 9'
|Stadium: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
Referee: César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
|January 29, 2017 Friendly||United States||v||Serbia||San Diego, California|
|16:00 ET||Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
|February 3, 2017 Friendly||United States||v||Jamaica||Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|19:00 ET||Stadium: Finley Stadium
|March 24, 2017 WCQ R5||United States||v||Honduras||San Jose, California|
|Stadium: Avaya Stadium
|March 28, 2017 WCQ R5||Panama||v||United States||Panama City, Panama|
|Stadium: Estadio Rommel Fernández
|June 8, 2017 WCQ R5||United States||v||Trinidad and Tobago||United States|
|June 11, 2017 WCQ R5||Mexico||v||United States||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Stadium: Estadio Azteca
|July 8, 2017 Gold Cup Group B||United States||v||TBD||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Stadium: Nissan Stadium
|July 12, 2017 Gold Cup Group B||United States||v||TBD||Tampa, Florida|
|Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
|July 15, 2017 Gold Cup Group B||United States||v||TBD||Cleveland, Ohio|
|Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium
|September 5, 2017 WCQ R5||Honduras||v||United States||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
|October 10, 2017 WCQ R5||Trinidad and Tobago||v||United States||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Stadium: Hasely Crawford Stadium
- As of November 15, 2016 v Costa Rica. Active players are shown in Bold.
- For the all-time record of the national team against opposing nations, see the team's all-time record page.
The United States regularly competes at the FIFA World Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. has also played in the FIFA Confederations Cup, Copa América by invitation, as well as several minor tournaments.
The U.S. men's team have played in the Summer Olympics since 1924. 1924 to 1976 when the U.S. national team played, only amateur players were allowed on olympic teams per olympic rules. From when that tournament became a full international tournament after the IOC allowed full national teams from outside FIFA CONMEBOL & UEFA confederations in 1984, the U.S. national team results 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.
The best result for the United States in a World Cup came in 1930 when they reached the semifinals. The best results in the modern era include the 2002 World Cup, when the U.S. reached the quarterfinals, and the 2010 World Cup, when the U.S. won its group. 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 the 2009 Confederations Cup. During the 2009 Confederations Cup, the United States appeared in their first ever intercontinental tournament final. 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.
In regional competitions, the United States has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup five times, with their most recent title in 2013. Their best ever finish at the Copa América was fourth-place at the 1995 and 2016 editions.
FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1954||Did Not Qualify|
|1994||Round of 16||14th||4||1||1||2||3||4|
|2010||Round of 16||12th||4||1||2||1||5||5|
|2014||Round of 16||15th||4||1||1||2||5||6|
|First match|| United States 3–0 Belgium
(July 13, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
|Biggest win|| United States 3–0 Belgium
(July 13, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
United States 3–0 Paraguay
(July 17, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
|Biggest defeat|| Italy 7–1 United States
(May 27, 1934; Rome, Italy)
|Best result||Third place at the 1930 FIFA World Cup|
|Worst result||32nd place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1995||Did Not Qualify|
|2001||Did Not Qualify|
|2005||Did Not Qualify|
|2013||Did Not Qualify|
|Summer Olympics record|
|1908||Did not enter|
|1912–1920||Did not qualify|
|1960–1968||Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not qualify|
|Under-23 National Team|
|1992 – present||See United States national under-23 team|
CONCACAF Gold Cup
CONCACAF Championship 1963–1989, CONCACAF Gold Cup 1991–present
|CONCACAF Gold Cup record|
|1963||Did Not Enter|
|1969||Did Not Qualify|
|1971||Did Not Enter|
|1973||Did Not Qualify|
South American Championship 1916–1967, Copa América 1975–present
|CONMEBOL Copa América record|
|1916–1991||Did Not Enter|
|1997–2004||Did Not Enter|
|2011–2015||Did Not Enter|
- Winners (5): 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013
- Runners-up (5): 1989, 1993, 1998, 2009, 2011
- Third place (2): 1996, 2003
- Winners (1): 1989
- Soccer in the United States
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- Fútbol de Primera Player of the Year
- US National Soccer Team Players Association
- U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year
- United States national soccer team results
- United States men's national soccer team all-time record
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