United States men's national under-23 soccer team

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United States U-23
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; July 24, 1992)
Olympics
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.

History[edit]

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.

Coaches[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 19 players were named to the roster for two friendlies against Brazil on November 11 and November 15.[3]

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
22 1GK Cody Cropper (1993-02-16) February 16, 1993 (age 22) 7 England Milton Keynes Dons
12 1GK Jon Kempin (1993-04-08) April 8, 1993 (age 22) 1 United States Sporting Kansas City
1 1GK Charlie Horton (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 21) 4 Unattached
5 2DF John Brooks (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 23) 2 Germany Hertha BSC
2 2DF Eric Miller (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 23) Canada Montreal Impact
6 2DF Shane O'Neill (1993-09-02) September 2, 1993 (age 22) 9 England Cambridge United
14 2DF Dave Romney (1993-06-12) June 12, 1993 (age 22) 1 United States LA Galaxy
17 2DF Oscar Sorto (1994-08-08) August 8, 1994 (age 21) 8 United States LA Galaxy
3 2DF Boyd Okwuonu (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 22) 11 United States Real Salt Lake
4 2DF Cameron Carter-Vickers (1997-12-31) December 31, 1997 (age 18) 4 England Tottenham Hotspur
11 3MF Julian Green (1995-06-06) June 6, 1995 (age 20) 6 Germany Bayern Munich
8 3MF Alejandro Guido (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 21) 2 Mexico Tijuana
7 3MF Dillon Serna (1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 21) 13 United States Colorado Rapids
13 3MF Matt Polster (1993-06-08) June 8, 1993 (age 22) 6 United States Chicago Fire
15 3MF Fatai Alashe (1993-10-21) October 21, 1993 (age 22) United States San Jose Earthquakes
10 3MF Gedion Zelalem (1997-01-26) January 26, 1997 (age 19) 5 Scotland Rangers
18 4FW Jerome Kiesewetter (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 (age 23) Germany VfB Stuttgart
9 4FW Khiry Shelton (1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 (age 22) United States New York City FC
16 4FW Maki Tall (1995-10-30) October 30, 1995 (age 20) 4 Switzerland Sion

Recent Call Ups[edit]

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

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1GK Zack Steffen (1995-04-02) April 2, 1995 (age 20) Germany SC Freiburg
1GK Ethan Horvath (1995-06-09) June 9, 1995 (age 20) Norway Molde FK
1GK Tyler Miller (1993-03-12) March 12, 1993 (age 22) United States Seattle Sounders FC
2DF Matt Miazga (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 (age 20) England Chelsea
2DF Will Packwood (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 22) Unattached
2DF Christian Dean (1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 21) Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2DF A. J. Cochran (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 (age 23) United States Houston Dynamo
2DF Ramon Martin del Campo (1993-07-05) July 5, 1993 (age 22) Costa Rica Deportivo Saprissa
2DF Bryan Gallego (1993-03-10) March 10, 1993 (age 22) Unattached
2DF Juan Pablo Ocegueda (1993-07-13) July 13, 1993 (age 22) Mexico Oaxaca
2DF Jalen Robinson (1994-05-08) May 8, 1994 (age 21) United States D.C. United
2DF Sam Strong (1996-08-23) August 23, 1996 (age 19) United States UC Santa Barbara
2DF Tyler Turner (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 (age 19) United States Orlando City
2DF Walker Zimmerman (1993-02-24) February 24, 1993 (age 22) United States FC Dallas
3MF Wil Trapp (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 23) United States Columbus Crew SC
3MF Emerson Hyndman (1996-04-09) April 9, 1996 (age 19) England Fulham
3MF Luis Gil (1993-11-14) November 14, 1993 (age 22) Mexico Querétaro
3MF Marc Pelosi (1994-06-17) June 17, 1994 (age 21) United States San Jose Earthquakes
3MF Gboly Ariyibi (1995-01-18) January 18, 1995 (age 21) England Chesterfield
3MF Dennis Flores (1993-09-23) September 23, 1993 (age 22) Mexico León Premier
3MF Marlon Hairston (1994-03-23) March 23, 1994 (age 21) United States Colorado Rapids
3MF Benji Joya (1993-09-22) September 22, 1993 (age 22) Mexico Necaxa
3MF Ariel Lassiter (1994-09-27) September 27, 1994 (age 21) United States LA Galaxy II
3MF Dan Metzger (1993-08-06) August 6, 1993 (age 22) United States New York Red Bulls II
3MF Esteban Rodriguez (1994-02-11) February 11, 1994 (age 21) Mexico Atlante
3MF Victor Pineda (1993-03-15) March 15, 1993 (age 22) United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers
4FW Jordan Morris (1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 (age 21) United States Seattle Sounders FC
4FW Alonso Hernández (1994-03-01) March 1, 1994 (age 21) Mexico Juárez
4FW Alfred Koroma Shams (1994-04-19) April 19, 1994 (age 21) Unattached
4FW Sean Okoli (1993-02-03) February 3, 1993 (age 23) United States New England Revolution
4FW Zach Pfeffer (1995-01-06) January 6, 1995 (age 21) United States Philadelphia Union
4FW Mario Rodriguez (1994-05-12) May 12, 1994 (age 21) Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach II
4FW Rubio Rubin (1996-03-01) March 1, 1996 (age 19) Netherlands Utrecht
4FW Omar Salgado (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 22) United States Tampa Bay Rowdies
4FW Ben Spencer (1995-03-28) March 28, 1995 (age 20) Norway Molde FK
4FW Jose Villarreal (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 22) United States LA Galaxy

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Year(s) U-23 Goals
1 Steve Snow 1992 10
2 Brent Goulet 1988 6
3 Freddy Adu 2008-2012 5
3 Jerome Kiesewetter 2015 5
5 Carl Gentile 1964 4
5 Mike Seeray 1972 4
5 Chris Albright 2000 4
5 Alecko Eskandarian 2004 4
5 Bobby Convey 2004 4
5 Joe Corona 2012 4
5 Jordan Morris 2015 4

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 9th 3 1 1 1 6 5
United States 1996 Group Stage 10th 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
Brazil 2016 Play-off round TBD
Japan 2020 TBD
Total 4/6 15 4 6 5 23 24

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
United States 2015 Third Place 5 4 0 1 15 4
United Nations 2020 TBD
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan American Games[edit]

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
United States 1959 Third Place 6 4 0 2 25 15
Cuba 1991 Champions 5 5 0 0 10 4
Canada 1999 Third Place 6 3 1 2 6 8
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Toulon Tournament[edit]

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