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 Tab Ramos
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 15 (first in 1981)
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: Tied for third and qualified to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Finished second in Group A. Defeated El Salvador 2–0 in the playoff stage.
  • 2017: Champion and qualified to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Finished second in Group B. Won Classification Stage Group D. They defeated Honduras in a penalty shootout, 5–3, after a scoreless, 90-minute, regulation draw in the finals.

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
South Korea 2017 Qualified
Total 15/21 56 21 7 27 74 85

Honors[edit]

Current Cycle Results and Fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following 21 players were named to the roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jonathan Klinsmann (1997-04-08) April 8, 1997 (age 20) 0 United States California
1GK JT Marcinkowski (1997-05-09) May 9, 1997 (age 20) 0 United States Georgetown
1GK Brady Scott (1999-06-30) June 30, 1999 (age 17) United States De Anza Force

2DF Danny Acosta (1997-11-07) November 7, 1997 (age 19) 1 United States Real Salt Lake
2DF Cameron Carter-Vickers (1997-12-31) December 31, 1997 (age 19) England Tottenham Hotspur
2DF Justen Glad (1997-02-28) February 28, 1997 (age 20) 0 United States Real Salt Lake
2DF Aaron Herrera (1997-06-06) June 6, 1997 (age 19) 1 United States New Mexico
2DF Erik Palmer-Brown (1997-04-24) April 24, 1997 (age 20) 1 United States Sporting Kansas City
2DF Tommy Redding (1997-01-24) January 24, 1997 (age 20) 0 United States Orlando City
2DF Auston Trusty (1998-08-12) August 12, 1998 (age 18) 0 United States Philadelphia Union

3MF Tyler Adams (1999-02-14) February 14, 1999 (age 18) 1 United States New York Red Bulls
3MF Luca de la Torre (1998-05-23) May 23, 1998 (age 19) 2 England Fulham
3MF Derrick Jones (1997-03-03) March 3, 1997 (age 20) United States Philadelphia Union
3MF Eryk Williamson (1997-06-11) June 11, 1997 (age 19) 2 United States Maryland
3MF Gedion Zelalem (1997-01-26) January 26, 1997 (age 20) England Arsenal

4FW Jeremy Ebobisse (1997-02-14) February 14, 1997 (age 20) 8 9 United States Portland Timbers
4FW Lagos Kunga (1998-10-20) October 20, 1998 (age 18) United States Atlanta United
4FW Brooks Lennon (1997-09-22) September 22, 1997 (age 19) 5 4 United States Real Salt Lake
4FW Emmanuel Sabbi (1997-12-24) December 24, 1997 (age 19) 6 Spain Las Palmas
4FW Josh Sargent (2000-02-20) February 20, 2000 (age 17) 1 2 United States Scott Gallagher Missouri
4FW Sebastian Saucedo (1997-01-22) January 22, 1997 (age 20) 8 United States Real Salt Lake

Previous Call Ups[edit]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Justin Vom Steeg (1997-04-05) April 5, 1997 (age 20) Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf 2016 Four Nations Tournament
GK Mason Stajduhar (1997-12-02) December 2, 1997 (age 19) United States Orlando City SC January 2016 Training Camp

DF Marlon Fossey (1998-09-09) September 9, 1998 (age 18) 0 England Fulham 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
DF Hugo Arellano (1998-03-05) March 5, 1998 (age 19) United States LA Galaxy February 2017 Training Camp
DF John Nelson (1998-07-11) July 11, 1998 (age 18) United States Internationals SC February 2017 Training Camp
DF Marcello Borges (1997-09-13) September 13, 1997 (age 19) United States Michigan January 2017 Training Camp
DF Miles Robinson (1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 (age 20) United States Atlanta United January 2017 Training Camp
DF Toni Suddoth (1998-08-20) August 20, 1998 (age 18) Germany VfB Stuttgart 2016 Four Nations Tournament
DF Robert Castellanos (1998-05-11) May 11, 1998 (age 19) United States LA Galaxy II July 2016 Training Camp
DF Andrew Lombard (1997-07-20) July 20, 1997 (age 19) United States New York Red Bulls II July 2016 Training Camp
DF Chad Poarch (1997-12-30) December 30, 1997 (age 19) United States High Point Panthers July 2016 Training Camp
DF Matthew Olosunde (1998-03-07) March 7, 1998 (age 19) England Manchester United 2016 Dallas Cup

MF Jonathan Gonzalez (1999-04-13) April 13, 1999 (age 18) Mexico Monterrey 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
MF Jeremiah Gutjahr (1997-08-10) August 10, 1997 (age 19) 1 United States Indiana 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
MF Jonathan Suarez (1997-02-22) February 22, 1997 (age 20) Mexico Querétaro February 2017 Training Camp
MF Weston McKennie (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 (age 18) Germany Schalke 04 2016 Four Nations Tournament
MF Cameron Lindley (1997-07-18) July 18, 1997 (age 19) United States North Carolina Tar Heels July 2016 Training Camp
MF Jackson Yueill (1997-03-19) March 19, 1997 (age 20) United States San Jose Earthquakes July 2016 Training Camp
MF Mukwelle Akale (1997-01-18) January 18, 1997 (age 20) Spain Villarreal CF 2016 NTC Invitational
MF Amir Bashti (1997-03-21) March 21, 1997 (age 20) United States Stanford Cardinal 2016 Dallas Cup
MF Josh Perez (1998-01-21) January 21, 1998 (age 19) Italy Fiorentina 2016 Dallas Cup

FW Coy Craft (1997-05-23) May 23, 1997 (age 20) 1 United States FC Dallas 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
FW Jonathan Lewis (1997-04-06) April 6, 1997 (age 20) 5 1 United States New York City 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
FW Victor Mansaray (1997-02-22) February 22, 1997 (age 20) United States FC Cincinnati February 2017 Training Camp
FW Brandon Vazquez (1998-10-14) October 14, 1998 (age 18) United States Atlanta United February 2017 Training Camp
FW Isaiah Young (1998-03-30) March 30, 1998 (age 19) Germany Werder Bremen 2016 Four Nations Tournament
FW Sebastian Elney (1997-06-26) June 26, 1997 (age 19) United States Maryland Terrapins July 2016 Training Camp
FW Jeremy Kelly (1997-10-21) October 21, 1997 (age 19) United States North Carolina Tar Heels July 2016 Training Camp

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Year(s) U-20 Goals
1 Brek Shea 2007–2009 17
2 Freddy Adu 2003–2009 16
3 Romain Gall 2014-2015 13
4 Eddie Johnson 2003-2004 12
4 Jacob Peterson 2004-2005 12
6 Will John 2005 10
7 Chad Barrett 2004-2005 9
7 Jeremy Ebobisse 2016– 9
9 Jose Villarreal 2011-2013 8
9 Sebastian Saucedo 2016- 8
11 Rubio Rubin 2014-2015 6
11 Emmanuel Sabbi 2015- 6
13 Peri Marošević 2008-2009 5
13 Daniel Cuevas 2012-2013 5
13 Zach Pfeffer 2014-2015 5
13 Ben Spencer (soccer) 2014-2015 5
13 Bradford Jamieson IV 2015-2016 5
13 Brooks Lennon 2016- 5
19 Taylor Twellman 1999 4
19 Jozy Altidore 2007 4
19 Andre Akpan 2007 4
19 Bobby Wood 2010-2011 4
19 Conor Doyle 2010-2011 4
19 Joe Gyau 2010-2011 4
19 Luis Gil 2011-2013 4
19 Mario Rodriguez 2012-2013 4
19 Benji Joya 2012-2013 4
28 Troy Dayak 1988-1989 3
28 Miles Joseph 1992-1993 3
28 Chris Faklaris 1993 3
28 Robbie Rogers 2004-2007 3
28 Danny Szetela 2005-2007 3
28 Kelyn Rowe 2010-2011 3
28 Victor Pineda 2012-2013 3
28 Andrija Novakovich 2014 3
28 Emerson Hyndman 2014-2015 3
28 Tommy Thompson (soccer) 2014-2015 3
28 Maki Tall 2015 3
28 Mukwelle Akale 2015- 3

Coaches[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Tab Ramos
Assistant coaches Omid Namazi
Brad Friedel

History[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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