United States men's national soccer team explained

United States
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Nickname:Team USA[1]
The Stars and Stripes[2]
The Yanks
Association:United States Soccer Federation
Confederation:CONCACAF
Coach:Jürgen Klinsmann
Asst Manager (S):Tab Ramos
Martín Vásquez
Thomas Dooley
Ian Feuer
Chris Woods
Most Caps:Cobi Jones (164)
Top Scorer:Landon Donovan (46)
Captain:Carlos Bocanegra
Fifa Trigramme:USA
Fifa Rank:27[3]
Fifa Max:4[4]
Fifa Max Date:April 2006
Fifa Min:35
Fifa Min Date:October 1997
Elo Rank:30
Elo Max:9
Elo Max Date:24-27 June 2009, 8–10 July 2009
Elo Min:85
Elo Min Date:October 1968
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First Game:Unofficial:
0–1
(Newark, New Jersey, United States; November 28, 1885)
Official:
2–3
(Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916)[5] [6]
Largest Win: 8–0
(Carson, California, United States; June 15, 2008)
Largest Loss: 11–0
(Oslo, Norway; August 6, 1948)
World Cup Apps:9
World Cup First:1930
World Cup Best:3rd place, 1930
Regional Name:CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Regional Cup Apps:13
Regional Cup First:1985
Regional Cup Best:Champions, 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007
2Ndregional Name:Copa América
2Ndregional Cup Apps:3
2Ndregional Cup First:1993
2Ndregional Cup Best:Fourth Place, 1995
Confederations Cup Apps:4
Confederations Cup First:1992
Confederations Cup Best:Runners-Up, 2009
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The United States men's national soccer team represents the United States in international association football (soccer) competitions. 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 is ranked 27th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, and 30th in the World Football Elo Ratings. They have appeared in the last six FIFA World Cups and hosted the 1994 edition.

The men's national team competes in the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup, in addition to the CONCACAF Gold Cup and other competitions by invitation. They achieved a CONCACAF-best 3rd place in the 1930 World Cup. After qualifying for the 1934 World Cup, and withdrawing in 1938, the next World Cup participation came in the 1950 tournament, causing an upset by beating England 1–0 in their second group match. After 1950, the USA didn't qualify for the World Cup again until 1990.

After the 1990 World Cup, the USA qualified automatically as hosts in the 1994 World Cup, losing to Brazil in the round of sixteen. From then on, the team has qualified for every World Cup since, up to and including the 2010 World Cup.

The national team has improved in international level, reaching the finals of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, eliminating top ranked Spain in the semi-finals and narrowly losing to five time champion Brazil 3–2.

History

1880s to 1940s

In 1884, the United States and Canada played at Newark, New Jersey, making it the first international match held outside of the United Kingdom; the Canadians won the match 1–0. The following year, a fixture at the same venue resulted in the U.S. winning after scoring the only goal of the game. Neither match was officially recognized. Thirty years later, the United States played its first official international match under the auspices of U.S. Soccer against Sweden in Stockholm, which the U.S. won 3–2, with goals from Dick Spalding, Charles Ellis and Harry Cooper.[7]

The U.S. won both the silver and bronze medals in men's soccer at the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St. Louis, Missouri. The tournament featured only three teams: Galt F.C. from Canada and Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish from the United States. Galt defeated both American teams to win the gold. Christian Brothers defeated St. Rose in a third match after two scoreless draws.

In the 1930 World Cup, the U.S. finished third, beating Belgium 3–0 at Estadio Gran Parque Central in Montevideo, Uruguay.

In the next match, the United States earned a 3–0 victory over Paraguay. For many years, FIFA credited Bert Patenaude with the first and third goals and his teammate Tom Florie with the second.[8] Other sources described the second goal as having been scored by Patenaude[9] [10] or by Paraguayan Ramon Gonzales.[11] In November 2006, FIFA announced that it had accepted evidence from "various historians and football fans" that Patenaude scored all three goals, and was thus the first person to score a hat trick in a World Cup finals tournament.[12]

Having reached the semifinals with the two wins, the American side lost 6–1 to Argentina. Using the overall tournament records, FIFA credited the U.S. with a third place finish ahead of fellow semi-finalist Yugoslavia.[13] The finish remains the team's best World Cup result and is the highest finish of any team from outside of CONMEBOL and UEFA, the South American and European confederations, respectively.

Due to FIFA not wanting interference with the newly founded FIFA World Cup no official tournament was fielded in the 1932 Olympic Games. FIFA claimed the tournament would not be popular in the United States, so it would not be cost efficient to assist in the running of the tournament during struggling economic times. As a result, an informal tournament was organized including local rivals with the United States finishing first, followed by Mexico and Canada. The Olympic Tournament was reinstated in the 1936 Olympic Games.

1950s to 1970s: A trip to the World Cup and Decline

The 1950 World Cup was the United States's first World Cup appearance since 1934. The USA lost its first match 3–1 against Spain, but then won 1–0 against England at Independência Stadium, in the city of Belo Horizonte. The result is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports. Months before the famous World Cup loss to the USA, 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,"[14] a reference to the Miracle on Ice. In USA's third game of the 1950 tournament, a defeat to Chile by a 5–2 margin saw the U.S. eliminated from the tournament. It would be four decades before the United States made another appearance at the World Cup Finals.

1980s

After the enthusiasm caused by the creation and rise of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s, it seemed as though the U.S. men's national team would soon become a powerful force in world soccer. Such hopes were not realized, however, and the United States was not considered a strong side in this era. From 1981 to 1983, only two international matches were played.

To provide a more stable national team program and renew interest in the NASL, U.S. Soccer entered the national team into the league 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 team instead of their own clubs. Embarrassingly, Team America finished the season at the bottom of the league. Recognizing that it had not achieved its objectives, U.S Soccer cancelled this experiment, and the national team was withdrawn from the NASL.

U.S. Soccer made the decision to target the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California and the 1986 World Cup as means of rebuilding the national team and its fan base. The International Olympic Committee provided what appeared to be a major boost to the United States' chances of advancing beyond the group stage when it declared that Olympic teams from outside Europe and South America could field full senior teams as long as those senior players had never played in a World Cup, including professionals. U.S. Soccer immediately rearranged its Olympic roster, cutting many collegiate players and replacing them with professionals. Despite this, the U.S. finished 1–1–1 and failed to make the second round.

By the end of 1984, the NASL had folded and there was no senior outdoor soccer league operating in the United States.[15] As a result, many top American players, such as John Kerr, Paul Caligiuri, Eric Eichmann, and Bruce Murray, moved overseas, primarily to Europe.

The United States did bid to host the 1986 World Cup after Colombia withdrew due to economic concerns. However, Mexico beat out the U.S. and Canada to host the tournament, despite concerns that the tournament would have to be moved again because of a major earthquake that hit Mexico shortly before the tournament.

In the last game of the qualifying tournament, the U.S. needed only a draw against Costa Rica, whom the U.S. had beaten 3–0 in the Olympics the year before, in order to reach the final qualification group against Honduras and Canada. U.S. Soccer scheduled the game to be played at El Camino College in Torrance, California, an area with many Costa Rican expatriates, and marketed the game almost exclusively to the Costa Rican community, even providing Costa Rican folk dances as halftime entertainment.[16] A 35th minute goal by Evaristo Coronado won the match for Costa Rica and kept the United States from reaching its fourth World Cup finals.[17]

In 1988, U.S. Soccer attempted to re-implement its national-team-as-club concept, offering contracts to national team players in order 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, while the success of the NASL a decade earlier 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.

1990s: The rebirth of American soccer

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 games to Czechoslovakia, Italy and Austria.

In March 1991, the United States won the North America Cup, tying Mexico 2–2 and beating Canada 2–0. This was followed in May by a 1–0 victory over Uruguay in the World Series of Soccer. The national team then went undefeated in the 1991 Gold Cup, beating Mexico 2–0 in the semifinals and Honduras 4–3 on penalty kicks after a 0–0 draw in the final. In 1992, the U.S. continued its run of success, taking the U.S. Cup with victories over Ireland and Portugal, followed by a draw with Italy.

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 away 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.

Having qualified automatically as the host of the 1994 World Cup, the U.S. opened its tournament schedule with a 1–1 draw 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.[18] (Escobar was later murdered in his home country, possibly in retaliation for this mistake.[19]) 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 group of 16, the U.S. lost 1–0 to the eventual champion Brazil.[20]

In the 1998 World Cup in France, the team lost all three group matches, 2–0 to, 2–1 to Iran, and 1–0 to, and so finished in last place in its group and 32nd 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.[21] 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.[22]

21st century

2002 World Cup cycle

The United States won the 2002 Gold Cup to set up the team's best performance since 1930 in the 2002 World Cup, where the U.S. team reached the quarterfinals. The team reached the knockout stage after a 1–1–1 record in the group stage. It started with a surprising 3–2 win over Portugal, followed by a 1–1 tie with co-host and eventual fourth place finisher, South Korea. It then lost its third and final match 1–3 to Poland but still qualified for the second round when Park Ji-Sung of South Korea stunned Portugal with the eventual game winning goal.

This set the stage for a Second Round face-off with familiar continental rivals Mexico. Although the teams had played many times in both friendlies and in qualifying, they had never met in the World Cup. The U.S. would win the game 2–0. Brian McBride opened the scoring early in the match and Landon Donovan scored a second goal from a header off an Eddie Lewis cross. That victory advanced the team to the quarterfinals, where they met Germany. The team lost 1–0; after being denied a penalty when Torsten Frings handled the ball to prevent a Gregg Berhalter goal. Germany went on to finish runners-up, losing to Brazil in the final.

2006 World Cup Cycle

The United States followed up this success by winning its third Gold Cup, and second out of three, in 2005.

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 drew 1–1 against Italy, thanks to an own goal from Zaccardo, ending up being the only opponent together along with France the Italian side failed to defeat in the tournament (officially, according to FIFA, France and Italy drew 1–1, although Italy won the tournament after a penalty shoot out).[23] The United States was then knocked out of the tournament when beaten 2–1 by Ghana in its final group match.[24]

2010 World Cup Cycle

After failing to maintain his 2002 success at the 2006 World Cup, Bruce Arena was eventually replaced by his assistant with the national team and Chivas USA manager, Bob Bradley, whose reign began with four wins and one draw in friendlies leading up to the 2007 Gold Cup, hosted by the United States.

The U.S. won all three of its group stage matches, against Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and El Salvador. With a 2–1 win over Panama in the quarterfinals, the U.S. advanced to face Canada in the semifinals, winning 2–1. In the final, the United States came from behind to beat Mexico 2–1.[25]

The team's disappointing Copa América 2007 campaign ended after three defeats in the group stage to Argentina, Paraguay, and Colombia. The decision by U.S. Soccer to field what many considered a second-tier team was questioned by fans and media alike.[26]

One of the hallmarks of Bradley's tenure as national team manager has been his willingness to cap a large number of players, many for their first time. This practice has been praised by those wanting to see a more diverse player pool for the national team, as well as criticized by those hoping for more consistency and leadership from core players.[27] This has coincided with many young American players like Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Brad Guzan, Eddie Johnson, and Michael Parkhurst making their first moves from MLS to European clubs, meaning that more American players are gaining experience at the highest levels of club and international soccer than at any other time in the team's history.

In Summer 2009, the United States had one of the busiest stretches in its history. For the 2009 Confederations Cup the U.S. was drawn into Group B with Brazil, Egypt, and Italy. After losing 3–1 to Italy and 3–0 to Brazil, the United States made an unlikely comeback to finish second in the group and reach the semi-final on the second tie-breaker, goals scored, having scored four goals to Italy's three. This was achieved on the final day of group play when the United States beat Egypt 3–0 while Brazil beat Italy 3–0.[28]

In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Spain 2–0.[29] At the time, Spain was atop the FIFA World Rankings and was on a record run of 15 straight wins and 35 games undefeated (a record shared with Brazil). 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.[30]

Only a few days after the Confederations Cup Final, the United States hosted the 2009 Gold Cup, and was drawn into Group B with Grenada, Haiti, and Honduras. Due to the fact that the U.S. had just played in the Confederations Cup and still had half of its World Cup qualifying campaign to go, Bob Bradley chose a side consisting of mostly reserves who had never really played together on the international stage and was criticized for selecting a "B Side" for the Continental tournament.[31] The U.S. began group play with a pair of victories over Grenada and Honduras, and won the group with a draw against Haiti.

In the quarterfinals, the United States defeated Panama 2–1 after extra time. In the semifinals the U.S. faced Honduras for the second time in the tournament, and the third time in less than two months. The United States beat Honduras 2–0 and advanced to its third consecutive Gold Cup final where the team faced Mexico in a rematch of the 2007 Gold Cup final. The United States was beaten by Mexico 5–0, surrendering its 58-match unbeaten streak against CONCACAF opponents on U.S. soil. It was also the first home loss to Mexico since 1999.

2010 World Cup qualification

See main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF) and 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - CONCACAF Fourth Round.

The U.S. won seven of eight matches against Barbados, Cuba, Guatemala, and Trinidad and Tobago in the Second and Third Rounds of qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This qualified the United States for the Fourth Round, or Hexagonal, against Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The U.S. began the Fourth Round by beating Mexico 2–0, a loss that extended the Mexican' losing streak against America on U.S. soil to 11 matches. Six weeks later, in the second match of the Fourth Round, the United States made a late rally to earn a 2–2 draw away to El Salvador. Four days later, Jozy Altidore became the youngest U.S. player to score a hat-trick, and lead the United States to a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago. Following another six week break from qualifying, the U.S. travelled to Costa Rica, where they were soundly defeated 3–1. The United States rebounded three days later when they defeated Honduras 2–1. When qualifying resumed near the end of the summer of 2009, the United States suffered a 2–1 loss to Mexico at Estadio Azteca. A few weeks later, the United States came from behind to defeat El Salvador 2–1 at home after being down 1–0. The next week, the U.S. beat Trinidad and Tobago 1–0. On October 10, 2009, the United States secured qualification to the World Cup with a 3–2 win over Honduras. Four days later, the U.S. secured first place in the Fourth Round with a dramatic 2–2 draw against Costa Rica.

2010 FIFA World Cup

See main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup Group C.

After tying matches against England (1–1) and Slovenia (2–2), the US defeated Algeria through a Landon Donovan injury time goal and thus won the game, the first time that the USA has won its group since 1930. In the round of 16, the US lost to Ghana, with Ghana once again winning 2–1, thus resulting in the elimination of the USA from the World Cup.[32]

On July 13, FIFA released their post tournament ranking of World Cup teams, and the USA finished in 12th place. This finish was one spot above fellow Group C side England.

2014 World Cup cycle

As a result of his performance during the previous four-year cycle, Bob Bradley signed a four-year contract extension in early September 2010, though rumors emerged that Bradley had resigned and that, as in 2006, former Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann would be hired to manage the team. However, these rumors were unfounded, and Bradley was officially re-signed by US Soccer. Prior to his re-appointment, Bradley and the US team got the cycle underway with a 2–0 defeat to Brazil in the New Meadowlands Stadium. This was followed by a 2–2 draw with Poland and a 0–0 draw with Colombia. The US played a B-team against South Africa and Chile, coming up with 1–0 and 1–1 results respectively. In preparation for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. played three friendlies; a 1–1 draw to Argentina, a 1–0 loss to Paraguay, and a 4–0 loss to Spain.

The United States hosted the 2011 Gold Cup, and was drawn into Group C with Canada, Panama, and Guadeloupe. The U.S. advanced past the group stage with a pair of victories over Guadeloupe and Canada. However, the U.S. lost to Panama 2–1 in the second group stage match. This was the first defeat for the U.S. in a Gold Cup group stage match, and its first ever loss to Panama. In the quarterfinals, the United States defeated Jamaica 2–0. In the semifinals the U.S. avenged their group stage defeat with a 1–0 victory over Panama, and advanced to its fourth consecutive Gold Cup final where the team faced Mexico in a rematch of the 2009 Gold Cup final. The United States was beaten by Mexico 4–2, despite leading 2–0, extending Mexico's winning streak against the U.S. to three matches. It was also the second consecutive loss to Mexico on American soil.

On July 29, 2011, Jürgen Klinsmann was named by Sunil Gulati to be Bradley's successor as the national team's head coach. His first match, a friendly against Mexico on August 10, 2011, ended in a 1–1 draw.[33] Two more friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium in early September both ended in 1–0 losses. On October 8, the U.S. won its first game under Klinsmann 1–0 against Honduras. This was followed by a 1–0 defeat three days later to Ecuador. The United States traveled to Europe in November and lost 1–0 to France before coming up with a 3–2 win against Slovenia.

The United States opened 2012 with two 1–0 victories against Venezuela and at Panama; on February 29, 2012, they defeated 4 times world cup champions Italy in a 1–0 result, the first time the United States has ever defeated Italy.

Team image

Media coverage

As with other national soccer federations in the world, U.S. Soccer owns the broadcast rights to all U.S. matches played in the United States, and all United States international friendlies. It negotiates deals with media outlets to maximize revenue and exposure from the matches.

Uniforms

Since their first unofficial game against Canada, the uniforms have frequently featured white tops with blue shorts. In 1950, the US adopted a "Peru" style kit by putting a diagonal stripe across their shirts. The stripe has been featured on "third" kits for 2003, 2004, and 2006, as well as on the current 2010 home, away and third uniforms. Adidas was the uniform provider for the United States from 1984 until 1994. Since 1995, Nike has been the uniform supplier.[34]

Kit evolution

(*1) Known as "Team America"

(*2) Used kit as home in the 1994 FIFA World Cup

Supporters' groups

The main supporter groups backing the United States men's national soccer team are Sam's Army and The American Outlaws. Sam's Army started shortly after the 1994 World Cup in the United States, it now claims to have over 15,000 members.

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.

Sam's Army members wear red to matches, sing or chant throughout the match, and often bring huge American flags and other banners to the game. The American Outlaws can be further distinguished by the fact that they wear American flag bandanas over their faces. The two groups are usually put together in a "supporters' section" at US home games.

International rivalries

North American Derby

See main article: Mexico and United States association football rivalry. The Mexico and United States Soccer rivalry is a competitive sports rivalry that exists between the national teams of the two countries, widely considered to be the two major powers of the CONCACAF federation. Matches between the two nations often attract much media attention, public interest and comment in both countries, especially in Mexico. Although the first match was played in 1934, their rivalry was not considered major until the 1990s, when the teams began to frequently compete in CONCACAF Gold Cups.

Schedule and recent results

See also: 2011 in American soccer.

See also: 2012 in American soccer.

The following is a list of matches from the past six months, as well as any future matches that have been officially scheduled.

DateVenueOpponentCompetitionResultU.S. scorers
September 2, 2011Home Depot Center,
IF0–1 L
September 6, 2011King Baudouin Stadium,
IF0–1 L
October 8, 2011Sun Life Stadium,
IF1–0 WDempsey
October 11, 2011Red Bull Arena,
IF0–1 L
November 11, 2011Stade de France,
IF0–1 L
November 15, 2011Stožice Stadium,
IF3–2 WBuddle
Dempsey
Altidore
January 21, 2012University of Phoenix Stadium,
IF1–0 WClark
January 25, 2012Estadio Rommel Fernández,
IF1–0 WZusi
February 29, 2012Stadio Luigi Ferraris,
IF1–0 WDempsey
May 26, 2012EverBank Field,
IF
May 30, 2012FedEx Field,
IF
June 3, 2012BMO Field,
IF
June 8, 2012Raymond James Stadium,
WCQ – 3R
June 12, 2012TBD,
WCQ – 3R
August 15, 2012Estadio Azteca,
IF
September 7, 2012TBD,
WCQ – 3R
September 11, 2012TBD,
WCQ – 3R
October 12, 2012TBD,
WCQ – 3R
October 16, 2012TBD,
WCQ – 3R
Key
Key

Coaching staff

PositionNameNotes
Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann
Assistant Coach Martín Vásquez
Assistant Coach Andreas Herzog
Goalkeeping Coach Chris Woods
Fitness CoachMark Verstegen
Fitness CoachDarcy Norman
Fitness CoachMasaya Sakihana

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly against Italy on February 29, 2012.

Goals and caps are updated as of February 29, 2012.

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Recent call-ups

The following players were named to a squad in the last twelve months.

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Most capped and top scorers

See also: United States men's national soccer team player statistics.

The United States has had more players with 100 caps than any other nation. The following players have won 100 or more caps with the national team:

RankPlayerCapsGoalsYears
1Cobi Jones164151992–2004
2Landon Donovan138462000–present
3Jeff Agoos13441988–2003
4Marcelo Balboa128131988–2000
5Claudio Reyna11281994–2006
6Paul Caligiuri11051984–1997
7Eric Wynalda106341990–2000
8Kasey Keller10201990–2007
9Carlos Bocanegra101122001–present
Earnie Stewart101171990–2004
11Tony Meola10001988–2006
Joe-Max Moore100241992–2002

The following players are the top scorers in national team history:

RankPlayerCapsGoalsYears
1Landon Donovan138462000–present
2Eric Wynalda106341990–2000
3Brian McBride95301993–2006
4Clint Dempsey83252004–present
5Joe-Max Moore100241992–2002
6Bruce Murray86211985–1993
7DaMarcus Beasley96172001–present
Earnie Stewart101171990–2004
9Cobi Jones164151992–2004
10Jozy Altidore46132007–present
Hugo Pérez73131984–1994
Marcelo Balboa128131988–2000

Players in Bold are on the current squad.

Competitive record

World Cup record

colspan=9FIFA World Cup recordcolspan=6FIFA World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPosition
1930Third Place3rd320176colspan=6No qualification
1934First Round16th100117110042
1938colspan=8Withdrewcolspan=6Withdrew
1950Group Stage10th3102484112815
1954rowspan=9 colspan=8Did not qualify420279
19584004521
1962201136
1966412145
19706303119
19744013610
1978412134
1982411248
1986421143
1990Group Stage23rd30032810541114
1994Round of 1614th411234
1998Group Stage32nd300315198922714
2002Quarterfinals8th521277168442511
2006Group Stage29th3012261812423511
2010Round of 1612th4121551813234216
Total9/192975173256122583232199146

See main article: United States men's national soccer team cup results.

The United States has competed at the Summer Olympics (that tournament was considered a full international tournament), the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as NAFC and CONCACAF regional tournaments. The U.S. has also played in the Copa América by invitation, as well as several minor tournaments.

During the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup the United States appeared in their first ever international tournament final. The United States upset top ranked Spain, 2–0, to advance to the final. In the final, the United States took an early 2–0 lead through goals from Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan. Brazil scored 3 second-half goals to defeat the United States, 2–3, and win the cup.

The best result for the United States in a World Cup came in 1930 when they finished in 3rd Place. In the Confederations Cup, the United States has finished in third place in both 1992 and 1999, and were runner-up in the 2009 Confederations Cup.

In regional competitions, the United States had never finished higher than runner-up until the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the first competition in the Gold Cup format. Since then, they have finished as winners four times. Their best ever finish at the Copa América came in a fourth place finish at the 1995 Copa América.

Head coaches

Honors

International

Silver Medal (1): 1904

Bronze Medal (1): 1904

Third Place (1): 1930

Runners-Up (1): 2009

Third Place (2): 1992, 1999

Regional

Winners (4): 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007

Runners-Up (5): 1989, 1993, 1998, 2009, 2011

Third Place (2): 1996, 2003

Fourth Place (1): 1995

Gold Medal (1): 1991

Bronze Medal (2): 1959, 1999

* – Before the FIFA World Cup began in 1930, the football tournament at the Summer Olympics was, between 1908 and 1928, considered both a full international tournament and the World Championship of Football. Since then, it has become a mostly youth international tournament (currently U-23 plus 3 "overage" players), at least for men.

Minor Cups

Winners (3): 1992, 1995, 2000

Winners (1): 1989

See also

External links

Notes and References

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  2. News: USA 1–2 Ghana. London. The Guardian. Paul. Wilson. June 26, 2010.
  3. http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=usa/ranking/gender=m/index.html United States: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking
  4. http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=usa/ranking/gender=m/index.html United States: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking
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  6. Web site: USA – Details of International Matches 1885–1969. Rsssf.com. 2011-09-24. http://www.webcitation.org/5mr1VzkHN. 2010-01-17. no.
  7. Web site: Litterer. Dave. The Year in American Soccer – 1916. 29 October 2010.
  8. Web site: FIFA: USA – Paraguay match report. FIFA. 2006-06-09.
  9. News: CNN/Sports Illustrated – Bert Patenaude. CNN. 2006-06-09. http://www.webcitation.org/5mr1WAy14. 2010-01-17. no.
  10. Web site: Planet World Cup – World Cup Trivia. PlanetWorldCup.com. 2006-06-09. http://www.webcitation.org/5mr1WayiN. 2010-01-17. no.
  11. Web site: The Football Association 20 World Cup Facts. The FA. 2006-06-09. 2009-02-01. http://web.archive.org/web/20090201094121/http://www.thefa.com/Features/EuropeanLeagues/Postings/2002/05/12004.htm.
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  19. News: CNNSI.com World Cup Hall of Fame – Andrés Escobar. CNN. 2009-08-25.
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  25. Web site: U.S. defeats Mexico again in Gold Cup final. MSNBC. 2007-06-30.
  26. Web site: South American soccer federation miffed at U.S.. ESPNsoccernet. 2007-07-04. 2007-07-04.
  27. Web site: Krishnaiyer. Kartik. Bob Bradley’s US Squad Stale and Predictable. 2008-08-15. Major League Soccer Talk.
  28. News: Egypt 3–0 USA. 2009-06-21. BBC Sport. 2009-06-30.
  29. News: Spain 2–0 United States. 2009-06-25. BBC Sport. 2009-06-30. Saj. Chowdhury.
  30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/8120561.stm United States 3–2 Brazil
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  32. Web site: U.S. Falls to Ghana (in Soccer).
  33. News: MNT Draw Mexico 1–1 in Klinsmann Debut. 10 August 2011. ussoccer.com. 10 August 2011. http://www.webcitation.org/61DA1pLQE. 2011-08-25. no.
  34. Web site: Better know a kit: A history of the modern U.S. soccer jersey. [Project 2010]. 2010-06-07.