United States men's national under-23 soccer team
|Nickname(s)||Team USA |
The Stars and Stripes
|Association||United States Soccer Federation|
|Head coach||Jason Kreis|
| United States 1–2 Italy |
(Barcelona, Spain; July 24, 1992)
| United States 6–0 Cuba |
(Nashville, United States; March 22, 2012)
| Mexico 4–0 United States |
(Guadalajara, Mexico; February 10, 2004)
|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 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The team's most recent major tournament was the tournament at the 2016 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 U.S. 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. Being 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 in the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the Americans defeated Cuba but were then beaten by Canada and surrendered a late lead against El Salvador, causing them to miss the Olympics for the second time in three tournaments.
- 1988–1992: Lothar Osiander
- 1994–1995: Timo Liekoski
- 1995–1996: Bruce Arena
- 1996–2003: Clive Charles
- 2003–2004: Glenn Myernick
- 2006–2007: Bob Bradley
- 2007–2009: Piotr Nowak
- 2011–2012: Caleb Porter
- 2013–2014: Tab Ramos
- 2015–2016: Andreas Herzog
- 2019–present: Jason Kreis
The following 20 players were named to the squad for the 2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship.
Caps and goals are current as of November 7, 2019.
The following players were named to a squad in the last 12 months.
This list may be incomplete.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Brady Scott||June 30, 1999||0||0||Nashville SC||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|DF||Cameron Carter-Vickers||December 31, 1997||11||1||Tottenham Hotspur||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|DF||Kyle Duncan||August 8, 1997||1||0||New York Red Bulls||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|DF||Chris Richards||March 28, 2000||1||0||Bayern Munich||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|DF||Antonee Robinson||August 8, 1997||2||0||Fulham||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|DF||Sam Vines||May 31, 1999||1||0||Colorado Rapids||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|DF||Manny Perez||February 19, 1999||North Carolina FC||v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019|
|DF||Auston Trusty||August 12, 1997||Colorado Rapids||v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019|
|DF||Miles Robinson||March 14, 1997||Atlanta United||v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019 PRE|
|MF||Christian Cappis||August 13, 1999||1||0||Hobro IK||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|MF||Alex Mendez||September 6, 2000||2||0||Ajax||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|MF||James Sands||July 6, 2000||0||0||New York City FC||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|MF||Johnny Cardoso||September 20, 2001||Internacional||v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019|
|MF||Chris Durkin||February 8, 2000||Sint-Truiden||v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019|
|FW||Brooks Lennon||September 22, 1997||2||2||Atlanta United||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|FW||Emmanuel Sabbi||December 24, 1997||2||0||OB||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|FW||Mason Toye||October 16, 1998||2||2||Montreal Impact||United International Football Festival; November 14–17, 2019|
|FW||Omir Fernandez||February 8, 1999||New York Red Bulls||v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019|
|FW||Sebastian Soto||July 28, 2000||Telstar||v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019|
- PRE: Preliminary squad
CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
2016 Summer Olympics CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off
2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship
|2004||Did not qualify|
|2012||Did not qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
|2024||To be determined|
|2028||Qualified as hosts|
|1992||Champions – Qualified||10||8||1||3||35||12|
|1996||Qualify as hosts||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2000||Runners-up – Qualified||4||2||1||1||8||2|
|2008||Runners-up – Qualified||5||3||1||1||5||2|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Pan American Games
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- 1989 Third Place –
- 1990 8th Place
- 1991 5th Place
- 1992 5th Place
- 1994 8th Place
- 1997 5th Place
- 2001 5th Place
- 2008 8th Place
- 2013 7th Place
- 2015 Third Place –
- United States Soccer Federation
- United States men's national soccer team
- Football at the Summer Olympics
- "Your comments on Team USA's win over Algeria and advancing to knockout round". Nj.com. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
- Wilson, Paul (June 26, 2010). "USA 1–2 Ghana". The Guardian. London.
- U-23 MNT official homepage at United States Soccer Federation