United States men's national under-23 soccer team
The Stars and Stripes
|Association||United States Soccer Federation|
| United States 1 – 2 Italy
(Barcelona, Spain; July 24, 1992)
| United States 6 – 0 Cuba
(Nashville, U.S.; 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Coaches
- 3 Players
- 4 Top goalscorers
- 5 Recent results
- 6 Competitive record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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. 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.
- 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
- 2014: Tab Ramos
- 2015–2016: Andreas Herzog
Recent Call Ups
The following players have been called up during the 2016 Olympic cycle.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Club|
|GK||Jon Kempin||April 8, 1993||LA Galaxy|
|GK||Charlie Horton||September 14, 1994||Retired|
|GK||Zack Steffen||June 2, 1995||Columbus Crew SC|
|GK||Bernie Magaña||August 16, 1993||UNAM|
|DF||John Brooks||January 28, 1993||VfL Wolfsburg|
|DF||Will Packwood||May 21, 1993||Unattached|
|DF||Christian Dean||March 25, 1994||Chicago Fire|
|DF||A. J. Cochran||February 9, 1993||Saint Louis FC|
|DF||Ramon Martin Del Campo||July 5, 1993||Unattached|
|DF||Juan Pablo Ocegueda||July 13, 1993||Orange County SC|
|DF||Jalen Robinson||May 8, 1994||D.C. United|
|DF||Sam Strong||August 23, 1996||UC Santa Barbara|
|DF||Tyler Turner||March 4, 1996||LA Galaxy II|
|DF||Dave Romney||June 12, 1993||LA Galaxy|
|DF||Oscar Sorto||August 8, 1994||Orange County SC|
|DF||Boyd Okwuonu||February 23, 1993||Unattached|
|DF||Cameron Carter-Vickers||December 31, 1997||Sheffield United|
|MF||Marc Pelosi||June 17, 1994||Unattached|
|MF||Gboly Ariyibi||January 18, 1995||Milton Keynes Dons|
|MF||Dennis Flores||September 23, 1993||León|
|MF||Marlon Hairston||March 23, 1994||Colorado Rapids|
|MF||Benji Joya||September 22, 1993||Unattached|
|MF||Ariel Lassiter||September 27, 1994||LA Galaxy|
|MF||Dan Metzger||August 6, 1993||Unattached|
|MF||Stevie Rodriguez||February 11, 1994||Unattached|
|MF||Victor Pineda||March 15, 1993||Orange County SC|
|MF||Alejandro Guido||March 22, 1994||Tijuana|
|MF||Gedion Zelalem||January 26, 1997||Arsenal|
|FW||Alonso Hernández||March 1, 1994||Monterrey|
|FW||Alfred Koroma Shams||April 19, 1994||Retired|
|FW||Sean Okoli||February 3, 1993||Unattached|
|FW||Zach Pfeffer||January 6, 1995||Retired|
|FW||Rubio Rubin||March 1, 1996||Stabæk|
|FW||Omar Salgado||September 10, 1993||Tigres UANL|
|FW||Ben Spencer||March 28, 1995||Toronto FC|
|FW||Jose Villarreal||September 10, 1993||Unattached|
|FW||Maki Tall||October 30, 1995||Tours|
CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying
2016 Summer Olympics CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off
|2004||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did not Qualify|
|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.
- United States Soccer Federation
- United States men's national soccer team
- Football at the Summer Olympics
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- Wilson, Paul (June 26, 2010). "USA 1–2 Ghana". The Guardian. London.
- "Herzog Names 23-Man Roster for 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff Against Colombia". U.S. Soccer. March 19, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
- U-23 MNT official homepage at United States Soccer Federation