The Stars and Stripes
|Association||United States Soccer Federation (USSF)|
|Head coach||Gregg Berhalter|
|Most caps||Cobi Jones (164)|
|Top scorer|| Clint Dempsey |
Landon Donovan (57)
|Current|| 25 |
|Highest||4 (April 2006 )|
|Lowest||36 (July 2012 )|
|Current|| 30 |
|Lowest||85 (October 1968)|
(Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916)
(Carson, California, U.S.; June 15, 2008)
(Oslo, Norway; August 6, 1948)
|Appearances||10 (first in 1930 )|
|Best result||Third place: (1930)|
| CONCACAF Championship |
& Gold Cup
|Appearances||16 (first in 1985 )|
|Best result||Champions: (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1993 )|
|Best result||Fourth place: (1995, 2016)|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1992 )|
|Best result||Runners-up: (2009)|
The United States Men's National Soccer Team (USMNT) is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the first in 1930, where they reached the semi-finals. The U.S. participated in the 1934 and 1950 World Cups, winning 1–0 against England in the latter. After 1950, the U.S. did not qualify for the World Cup until 1990. The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup, where they lost to Brazil in the round of sixteen. They qualified for five more consecutive World Cups after 1994 (for a total of seven straight appearances, a feat shared with only seven other nations),becoming one of the tournament's regular competitors and often advancing to the knockout stage. The U.S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Germany. In the 2009 Confederations Cup, they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final, their only appearance in the final of a major intercontinental tournament. The team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, having been eliminated in continental qualifying, ending the streak of consecutive World Cups at seven. United States will co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Canada and Mexico, the automatic qualification on all three teams is likely as co-hosts.
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, youth, beach soccer, futsal, and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the U.S. Open Cup, which was first held in 1914.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is the continental governing body for association football in North America, which includes Central America and the Caribbean region. Three geographically South American entities — the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French overseas department of French Guiana — are also members. CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup and Women's World Cup qualifying tournaments.
The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.
The U.S. also competes in continental tournaments, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América. The U.S. has hosted fourteen editions of the Gold Cup, winning six, and has achieved a fourth-place finish in two Copa Américas, including the 2016 edition that they hosted. The team's head coach is Gregg Berhalter, since November 29, 2018. Earnie Stewart is the team's General Manager since August 1, 2018.
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the main association football competition of the men's national football teams governed by CONCACAF, determining the continental champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
CONMEBOL Copa América, known until 1975 as the South American Football Championship, is a men's international football tournament contested between national teams from CONMEBOL. It is the oldest international continental football competition. The competition determines the continental champion of South America. Since the 1990s, teams from North America and Asia have also been invited to participate.
The Copa América Centenario was an international men's association football tournament that was hosted in the United States in 2016. The competition was a celebration of the centenary of CONMEBOL and the Copa América, and was the first Copa América hosted outside South America.
The first U.S. national soccer team was constituted in 1885, when it played Canada in the first international match held outside the United Kingdom.Canada defeated the U.S. 1–0 in Newark, New Jersey. The U.S. had its revenge the following year when it beat Canada 1–0, also in Newark, although neither match was officially recognized. The U.S. earned both silver and bronze medals in men's soccer at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Olympics through Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish, though the tournament is declared official only by the IOC (FIFA doesn't endorse tournaments held before 1908). The U.S. played its first official international match under the auspices of U.S. Soccer on August 20, 1916, against Sweden in Stockholm, where the U.S. won 3–2.
The Canada men's national soccer team represents Canada in international soccer competitions at the senior men's level officially since 1924. They are overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and compete in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. As one of the nation's major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of 285,154 in 2017, making it the nation's 70th-most populous municipality, after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000.
At the 1904 Summer Olympics, a football event was contested. Three club teams competed. Medals were awarded for the first time in Olympic history. The 1904 contest is considered to be an official contest by the IOC.
The U.S. fielded a team in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, the first ever World Cup to be played. The U.S. began group play by beating Belgium 3–0. The U.S. then earned a 3–0 victory over Paraguay, with FIFA crediting Bert Patenaude with two of the goals.In November 2006, FIFA announced that it had accepted evidence that Patenaude scored all three goals against Paraguay, and was thus the first person to score a hat trick in a World Cup. In the semifinals, the U.S. lost to Argentina 6–1. There was no third place game. However, using the overall tournament records in 1986, FIFA credited the U.S. with a third-place finish ahead of fellow semi-finalist Yugoslavia. This remains the U.S. team's best World Cup result, and is the highest finish of any team from outside of South America and Europe.
The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 to 30 July 1930. FIFA, football's international governing body, selected Uruguay as host nation, as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution, and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. All matches were played in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, the majority at the Estadio Centenario, which was built for the tournament.
The Belgian national football team has officially represented Belgium in association football since their maiden match in 1904. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—both of which were co-founded by the Belgian team's supervising body, the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA). Periods of regular Belgian representation at the highest international level, from 1920 to 1938, from 1982 to 2002 and again from 2014 onwards, have alternated with mostly unsuccessful qualification rounds. Most of Belgium's home matches are played at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.
Bertrand "Bert" Arthur Patenaude was an American soccer player who played as a forward. Although earlier disputed, he is now officially credited by FIFA as the scorer of the first hat-trick in World Cup history. He is a member of the United States Soccer Hall of Fame.
The U.S. qualified for the 1934 World Cup by defeating Mexico 4–2 in Italy a few days before the finals started. In a straight knock-out format, the team first played host Italy and lost 7–1, eliminating the U.S. from the tournament. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the U.S. again lost to Italy in the first round and were eliminated, although this time with a score of 1-0.
The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Italy from 27 May to 10 June 1934.
The Mexico national football team represents Mexico in international football and is governed by the Mexican Football Federation. It competes as a member of CONCACAF, which encompasses the countries of North and Central America, and the Caribbean. The team plays its home games at the Estadio Azteca.
Football at the 1936 Summer Olympics was won by Italy. After the introduction of the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, competing nations would from now on only be permitted to play their best players if those players were amateur or where professional players were state-sponsored.
The 1950 World Cup in Brazil was the next World Cup appearance for the U.S. as it withdrew in 1938 and the tournament wasn't held again until 1950. The U.S. lost its first match 3–1 against Spain, but then won 1–0 against England at Independência Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Striker Joe Gaetjens was the goal scorer. Called "The Miracle on Grass", the result is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the World Cup.Months before the World Cup, England had beaten an all-star "rest of Europe" side 6–1 in an exhibition match. In their third game of the tournament, a 5-2 defeat by Chile saw the U.S. eliminated from the tournament. It would be four decades before the U.S. would make another appearance in the World Cup finals.
The 1950 FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil from 24 June to 16 July 1950, was the fourth FIFA World Cup. It was the first World Cup since 1938, the planned 1942 and 1946 competitions having been cancelled due to World War II. It was won by Uruguay, who had won the inaugural competition in 1930. They clinched the cup by beating the hosts Brazil 2–1 in the deciding match of the four-team final group. This was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final. It was also the first tournament where the trophy was referred to as the Jules Rimet Cup, to mark the 25th anniversary of Jules Rimet's presidency of FIFA.
The Spain national football team represents Spain in international men's association football since 1920, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.
The United States defeated England 1–0 on 29 June 1950, in a group match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup at Estádio Independência in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The result is notable as one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history.
The national team spent the mid-to-late 20th century in near complete irrelevance in both the international game and the domestic sporting scene. There was only one World Cup berth for CONCACAF during this period until 1982.The emergence of the North American Soccer League in the 1960s and 1970s raised hopes that the U.S. national team would soon improve and become a global force. However such hopes were not realized and by the 1980s the U.S. Soccer Federation found itself in serious financial struggles, with the national team playing only two matches from 1981 to 1983. U.S. Soccer targeted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1986 World Cup as means of rebuilding the national team and its fan base. The International Olympic Committee declared that teams from outside Europe and South America could field full senior teams, including professionals (until then, the amateur-only rule had heavily favored socialist countries from Eastern Europe whose players were professionals in all but name). The U.S. had a very strong showing at the tournament, beating Costa Rica, tying Egypt, losing only to favorite Italy and finishing 1–1–1 but didn't make the second round, losing to Egypt on a tiebreaker (both had three points).
To provide a more stable national team program and renew interest in the NASL, U.S. Soccer entered the national team into the NASL league schedule 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 national team instead of their own clubs when conflicts arose. Team America finished the season at the bottom of the league, with U.S. Soccer canceling the experiment and withdrawing the national team from the NASL after one season. By the end of 1984, the NASL had folded, leaving the U.S. without a single professional-level outdoor soccer league.
The U.S. bid to host the 1986 World Cup after Colombia withdrew from contention due to economic concerns, but FIFA selected Mexico to host the tournament. In the last game of CONCACAF qualifying for the 1986 World Cup, the U.S. needed only a tie against Costa Rica to reach the final qualification group against Honduras and Canada. U.S. Soccer scheduled the game to be played in Torrance, California, an area with many Costa Rican expatriates, and marketed the game almost exclusively to the Costa Rican community.Costa Rica won the match 1–0, and kept the U.S. from reaching its fourth World Cup finals.
In 1988, U.S. Soccer attempted to re-implement its national-team-as-club concept, offering contracts to players to train with the national program full-time while occasionally loaning them to club teams as a revenue source for the federation. This brought many key veterans back into the program and allowed the team to begin playing more matches which, combined with an influx of talent from new youth clubs and leagues established across the nation in the wake of the NASL's popularity, allowed the national team to end the 1980s with optimism and higher hopes of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup than had existed for previous tournaments.
In 1988, FIFA named the U.S. as the host of the 1994 World Cup (success of the 1984 Summer Olympics played the major role), 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 road win in nearly two years, in the last match of the 1989 CONCACAF Championship, earned the U.S. its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.
The team was managed by Bob Gansler in preparation for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, with two of the team's more experienced players, Rick Davis and Hugo Perez, recovering from serious injuries and unavailable for selection. Rather than fill out his team with veteran professionals from American indoor soccer leagues as suggested by some, Gansler and his assistant Stejem Mark chose to select many younger players with better conditioning for the outdoor game, including some amateurs playing for college teams. The U.S. entered the tournament as massive underdogs and suffered defeats in all three of its group games to Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Austria.
In a historic match, in 1993 U.S. Cup, U.S. beat England by 2–0.
After qualifying automatically as the host of the 1994 World Cup under Bora Milutinović, the U.S. opened its tournament schedule with a 1–1 tie 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 U.S. won 2–1.Escobar was later murdered in his home country, possibly in retaliation for this mistake. Despite a 1–0 loss to Romania in its final group game, the U.S. made it past the initial round for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. lost 1–0 to the eventual champion Brazil. Despite this success, the team fired Bora in 1995, reportedly because he was not interested in administrative duties.
In a 1995 friendly, the U.S. came back from 3–0 to win 4–3 against Saudi Arabia, the biggest comeback in the team's history.
In the 1998 World Cup in France, the team lost all three group matches, 2–0 to Germany, 2–1 to Iran, and 1–0 to Yugoslavia, finishing dead last 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 named "Captain for Life" shortly before, as well as several other players who were instrumental to the qualifying effort, from the squad. Thomas Dooley became the Captain at that point.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.
In the 2002 World Cup under Bruce Arena, the U.S. reached the quarterfinals, its best finish in a World Cup since 1930. The team advanced in the group stage with a 1–1–1 record. The team started with a 3–2 upset win over Portugal, followed by a 1–1 tie with co-host and eventual semi-finalist, South Korea. The third and final match was lost 1–3 to Poland, but the team still got to the round of 16 when South Korea defeated Portugal. This set the stage for a face-off with continental rivals Mexico, the first time they met in a World Cup. The U.S. won the game 2–0. Brian McBride opened the scoring, and Landon Donovan scored the second goal. That victory advanced the team to the quarterfinals, where it met Germany. The team lost 1–0 after being denied a penalty when Torsten Frings handled the ball to prevent a Gregg Berhalter goal. All of the U.S. games in the 2002 World Cup were played in South Korea and all their victories came wearing the white kit while their only defeats came while wearing the blue kit.
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 tied 1–1 against Italy, who went on to win the World Cup.The U.S. was then knocked out of the tournament when beaten 2–1 by Ghana in its final group match, with Clint Dempsey scoring the U.S.'s only goal in the tournament – the goal against Italy had been an own goal by Italian defender Cristian Zaccardo. Following the tournament, Arena's contract was not renewed. After the national team remained dormant for the rest of 2006 while negotiating with various coaches, the federation hired former Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA manager Bob Bradley in early 2007.
Bradley began his competitive career with the national team with the 2007 Gold Cup. In the final, the United States beat Mexico 2–1, which qualified it for the 2009 Confederations Cup.
The U.S. had a notable performance at the 2009 Confederations Cup.In the semifinals, the U.S. defeated Spain 2–0. At the time, Spain was atop the FIFA World Rankings and was on a run of 35 games undefeated. With the win, the United States advanced to its first-ever final in a men's FIFA tournament. The team lost 3–2 to Brazil after leading 2–0 at half time.
The United States then hosted the 2009 Gold Cup.In the final, the United States was beaten by Mexico 5–0. This defeat broke the U.S. team's 58-match home unbeaten streak against CONCACAF opponents, and was the first home loss to Mexico since 1999.
In the Fourth round of the 2010 World Cup qualification, the U.S. began by beating Mexico 2–0. The February 2009 loss extended Mexico's losing streak against America on U.S. soil to 11 matches.Jozy Altidore became the youngest U.S. player to score a hat-trick, in a 3–0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago. Near the end of the summer of 2009, the United States lost 2–1 to Mexico at Estadio Azteca. On October 10, the U.S. secured qualification to the 2010 World Cup with a 3–2 win over Honduras. Four days later, the U.S. finished in first place in the group with a 2–2 tie against Costa Rica.
In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. team was drawn in Group C against England, Slovenia and Algeria. After drawing against England (1–1) and Slovenia (2–2), the U.S. defeated Algeria 1–0 with a stoppage time goal from Landon Donovan, taking first place in a World Cup Finals group for the first time since 1930. In the round of 16, the U.S. was eliminated by Ghana, 2–1.On FIFA's ranking of World Cup teams the U.S. finished in 12th place out of the 32-team field.
The U.S. again hosted the Gold Cup in 2011. The U.S. advanced past the group stage, then defeated Jamaica 2–0 in the quarterfinals and Panama 1–0 in the semifinals before losing to Mexico 4–2 in the final. Later in the summer, Bob Bradley was relieved of his duties and former German national team manager Jürgen Klinsmann was hired as head coach.
The U.S. had some success in friendlies in 2012 and 2013. The U.S. team won 1–0 in Italy on February 29, 2012, the team's first ever win over Italy. On June 2, 2013, the U.S. played a friendly against Germany at a sold out RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., with the U.S. winning 4–3. In July 2013, the U.S. hosted the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup where it went undefeated in the group stage and won with a 1–0 victory over Panama in the final, with Landon Donovan winning the tournament's golden ball award.
A 4–3 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in an international friendly match in Sarajevo represented the 12th straight win for the USMNT, the longest winning streak for any team in the world at that time.The 12 game winning streak ended September 6, 2013, when the U.S. lost to Costa Rica 3–1 in San José. In 2013 the national team played the final round of qualification, and by defeating Mexico in September, the U.S. clinched a spot in the 2014 World Cup.
For the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. was drawn into Group G, along with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal.The U.S. took revenge on the Ghanaians, winning 2–1. They tied their second group game against Portugal 2–2. In the final game of the group stage, the U.S. fell to Germany 1–0, but moved on to the knockout stage on goal difference. This was the first time that the team made two consecutive trips to the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup. In the round of 16, the U.S. lost 2–1 to Belgium in extra time, despite goalkeeper Tim Howard making a World Cup record 15 saves during the match.
The national team's next tournament under Klinsmann was the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. were eliminated by Jamaica 2–1 in the semifinals, before losing to Panama on penalties in the third place match. The fourth-place finish was the worst Gold Cup performance by the national team since 2000, and the first time the team failed to make the tournament final since 2003. In the 2015 CONCACAF Cup playoff to determine the region's entry to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the U.S. were defeated 3–2 by Mexico at the Rose Bowl. In June 2016, the U.S. played as hosts of Copa América Centenario. The U.S. topped Group A on goal difference against Colombia. The U.S. beat Ecuador 2–1 in the quarter-finals, but then fell to Argentina 4–0 and lost to Colombia again 1–0 in the third place match. They finished fourth at the Copa América, tying their best finish ever in 1995.
Following consecutive losses to Mexico and Costa Rica in the opening games of the final round of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Klinsmann was removed as national team coach and technical director and replaced by previous U.S. manager Bruce Arena. World Cup qualification resumed on March 24, 2017, where Arena and his team had a record 6–0 win over Honduras.Four days later, the team traveled to Panama City, drawing Panama 1–1. After beating Trinidad and Tobago 2–0, the U.S. got their third ever result in World Cup Qualification at the Estadio Azteca when they drew 1–1 against Mexico. In July 2017, the U.S. won their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 2–1 win over Jamaica in the final. Following an agonizing 2–1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on October 10, 2017, the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, missing the tournament for the first time since 1986. Many pundits and analysts called this the worst result and worst performance in the history of the national team.
Following Arena's resignation on October 13, 2017, assistant coach Dave Sarachan was named interim manager during the search for a permanent replacement.Sarachan fielded lineups of younger players, giving 18 players their international debuts, and included several veteran players to provide transitional stability. The team played a series of friendlies against European and South American opponents, drawing with Portugal and France and winning against Mexico.
The search for a permanent head coach was delayed by the USSF presidential election in February 2018 and the hiring of Earnie Stewart as general manager in June 2018.The selection process included consultation from USMNT alumni and was narrowed to a field of 11 candidates, including several foreign coaches, before two finalists emerged. Gregg Berhalter, coach of the Columbus Crew and a former USMNT defender, was announced as the team's new head coach on December 2, 2018. It is worth noting that Jay Berhalter, Gregg Berhalter's brother, was instrumental in the hiring of Earnie Stewart as the General Manager for US Soccer leaving many in the media and fans of US Soccer to wonder if nepotism had an impact on this hire.
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Since their first unofficial game against Canada, the most common U.S. uniform has been white tops with blue shorts. In 1950, the U.S. adopted a Peru-styled diagonal stripe or "sash" across the shirt. The stripe has been on third uniforms for 2003, 2004, and 2006, as well as the 2010 home, road and third uniforms. An additional color scheme based on the U.S. flag has been occasionally used (most prominently in the 1994 World Cup and 2012–13 qualifiers as well the 1983 Team America franchise of the North American Soccer League) comprising a shirt with red and white stripes with blue shorts.
Adidas provided the uniforms for the United States from 1984 until 1994. Since 1995, Nike has been the uniform supplier.
|1995–present||will run until at least late 2022.|
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The teams of Mexico and the United States are widely considered as the two major powers of CONCACAF. Matches between the two nations often attract much media attention, public interest and comment in both countries. Although the first match was played in 1934, their rivalry was not considered major until the 1980s, when the teams began to frequently compete in CONCACAF cups. On August 15, 2012, the United States defeated Mexico at Estadio Azteca in the first victory for the U.S. against Mexico on Mexican soil in 75 years.Ever since their first meeting in 1934, the two teams have met 65 times, with Mexico leading the overall series 34–18–15 (W–L–T), outscoring the U.S. 138–79. However, since the 1990s, the tide began to change due to a rapid growth of soccer in the United States. During the 21st century, the series has favored the U.S. 13–7–6 (W–L–T). The United States and Mexico have won every edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup except one (the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup was won by Canada).
In recent years the United States has also begun to develop a rivalry with Costa Rica.
There have been two main supporter groups backing the United States men's national soccer team, Sam's Army and The American Outlaws. Sam's Army started shortly after the 1994 World Cup in the United Statesand were active through 2014. Sam's Army members wore red to matches and sung or chanted throughout the match. They often brought huge U.S. flags and other banners to the game.
The American Outlaws was started in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2007 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. Some American Outlaws members wear American flag bandanas over their faces and commonly wear soccer supporter scarves. Some branches of the American Outlaws have their own scarves specific to their branch.
The United States does not have a dedicated national stadium like other national teams; instead, the team has played their home matches at 107 venues in 27 states and the District of Columbia.[ citation needed ] Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, located in the national capital of Washington, D.C., has hosted 24 matches, the most of any stadium. The State of California has hosted 109 matches, the most of any state, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area has hosted 73 matches at several venues in and around the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted 20 matches from 1965 to 2000, but fell out of use due to its age.[ citation needed ] The Rose Bowl, a 92,000-seat venue in Pasadena, has hosted 17 national team matches, as well as the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, and the 1984 Olympics Gold Medal Match.
ESPN and Fox Sports 1 evenly split the English language rights for U.S. Soccer broadcasts from 2015 to 2022. Univision Deportes has the Spanish language rights to all U.S. Soccer broadcasts from 2015 to 2022.These agreements do not apply to FIFA World Cup away qualifiers, whose rights are distributed by the host country. Therefore, these matches can often be found on other networks such as beIN Sports and Telemundo.
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For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see United States men's national team players.
The following 24 players were named to the squad for the friendlies against Ecuador on March 21, 2019 and Chile on March 26, 2019.
Caps and goals are updated as of February 2, 2019, after the match against Costa Rica.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Sean Johnson||May 31, 1989||6||0|
|GK||Ethan Horvath||June 9, 1995||3||0|
|GK||Jesse Gonzalez||May 25, 1995||0||0|
|DF||DeAndre Yedlin||July 9, 1993||57||0|
|DF||Omar Gonzalez||October 11, 1988||48||3|
|DF||John Brooks||January 28, 1993||36||3|
|DF||Tim Ream||October 5, 1987||26||1|
|DF||Matt Miazga||July 19, 1995||11||1|
|DF||Aaron Long||October 12, 1992||4||0|
|DF||Nick Lima||November 17, 1994||2||0|
|DF||Daniel Lovitz||August 27, 1991||2||0|
|MF||Michael Bradley||July 31, 1987||143||17|
|MF||Christian Pulisic||September 18, 1998||23||9|
|MF||Wil Trapp||January 15, 1993||13||0|
|MF||Tyler Adams||February 14, 1999||9||1|
|MF||Sebastian Lletget||September 3, 1992||7||2|
|MF||Weston McKennie||August 28, 1998||7||1|
|MF||Cristian Roldan||June 3, 1995||7||0|
|FW||Gyasi Zardes||September 2, 1991||42||6|
|FW||Jordan Morris||October 26, 1994||25||5|
|FW||Paul Arriola||February 5, 1995||19||3|
|FW||Christian Ramirez||April 4, 1991||2||1|
|FW||Corey Baird||January 30, 1996||2||0|
|FW||Jonathan Lewis||June 4, 1997||2||0|
The following players have also been called up to the United States squad within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Zack Steffen||April 2, 1995||8||0||v. |
|GK||Alex Bono||April 25, 1994||1||0||v. |
|GK||Tyler Miller||March 12, 1993||0||0||v. |
|GK||Brad Guzan||September 9, 1984||60||0||v. |
|GK||Jonathan Klinsmann||April 8, 1997||0||0||v. |
|GK||Bill Hamid||November 25, 1990||6||0||v. |
|GK||William Yarbrough||March 20, 1989||3||0||v. |
|DF||Reggie Cannon||June 11, 1998||2||0||v. |
|DF||Auston Trusty||August 12, 1998||0||0||v. |
|DF||Walker Zimmerman||May 19, 1993||6||2||v. |
|DF||Mark McKenzie||February 25, 1999||0||0||v. |
|DF||Keegan Rosenberry||December 11, 1993||0||0||v. |
|DF||Greg Garza||August 16, 1991||10||0||v. |
|DF||Justen Glad||February 28, 1997||0||0||v. |
|DF||Cameron Carter-Vickers||December 31, 1997||7||0||v. |
|DF||Shaquell Moore||November 2, 1996||5||0||v. |
|DF||Jorge Villafaña||September 16, 1989||21||0||v. |
|DF||Antonee Robinson||August 8, 1997||6||0||v. |
|DF||Ben Sweat||September 4, 1991||2||0||v. |
|DF||Eric Lichaj||November 17, 1988||16||1||v. |
|DF||Tim Parker||February 23, 1993||2||0||v. |
|DF||Matthew Olosunde||March 7, 1998||1||0||v. |
|DF||Erik Palmer-Brown||April 24, 1997||2||0||v. |
|MF||Marky Delgado||May 16, 1995||6||0||v. |
|MF||Djordje Mihailovic||November 10, 1998||2||1||v. |
|MF||Russell Canouse||June 11, 1995||0||0||v. |
|MF||Kellyn Acosta||July 24, 1995||23||2||v. |
|MF||Romain Gall||January 31, 1995||1||0||v. |
|MF||Julian Green||June 6, 1995||15||4||v. |
|MF||Luca de la Torre||May 23, 1998||1||0||v. |
|MF||Kenny Saief||December 17, 1993||4||0||v. |
|MF||Darlington Nagbe||July 19, 1990||25||1||v. |
|MF||Jonathan Amon||April 30, 1999||1||0||v. |
|MF||Fafà Picault||February 23, 1991||2||0||v. |
|MF||Joe Corona||July 9, 1990||23||3||v. |
|MF||Rubio Rubin||March 1, 1996||7||0||v. |
|MF||Keaton Parks||August 6, 1997||1||0||v. |
|MF||Lynden Gooch||December 24, 1995||4||0||v. |
|MF||Alejandro Guido||March 22, 1994||0||0||v. |
|MF||Kekuta Manneh||December 30, 1994||0||0||v. |
|FW||Jeremy Ebobisse||February 14, 1997||1||0||v. |
|FW||Bobby Wood||November 15, 1992||45||13||v. |
|FW||Timothy Weah||February 22, 2000||8||1||v. |
|FW||Josh Sargent||February 20, 2000||6||2||v. |
|FW||Andrija Novakovich||September 21, 1996||3||0||v. |
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
For all past match results of the national team, see single-season articles and the team's results page.
|March 27, 2018 Friendly|| United States ||1–0||Cary, North Carolina|
|19:30 ET|| Wood ||Report||Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park |
Referee: Kimbell Ward (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
|May 28, 2018 Friendly|| United States ||3–0||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|18:30 ET||Report||Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium |
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
|June 2, 2018 Friendly|| Republic of Ireland ||2–1||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|15:00 ET||Report||Stadium: Aviva Stadium |
Referee: Andrew Dallas (Scotland)
|June 9, 2018 Friendly|| France ||1–1||Lyon, France|
|15:00 ET||Report||Stadium: Groupama Stadium |
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)
|September 7, 2018 Friendly|| United States ||0–2||East Rutherford, New Jersey|
|19:30 ET||Report||Stadium: MetLife Stadium |
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
|September 11, 2018 Friendly|| United States ||1–0||Nashville, Tennessee|
|20:30 ET|| Miazga |
|Report|| Álvarez |
|Stadium: Nissan Stadium |
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
|October 11, 2018 Friendly|| United States ||2–4||Tampa, Florida|
|19:30 ET||Report||Stadium: Raymond James Stadium |
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)
|October 16, 2018 Friendly|| United States ||1–1||East Hartford, Connecticut|
|Report||Stadium: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field |
Referee: Ivan Barton (El Salvador)
|November 15, 2018 Friendly|| England ||3–0||London, England|
|15:00 ET||Report||Stadium: Wembley Stadium |
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|January 27, 2019 Friendly|| United States ||3–0||Glendale, Arizona|
|20:00 ET||Report||Stadium: State Farm Stadium |
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
|February 2, 2019 Friendly|| United States ||2–0||San Jose, California|
|15:30 ET||Report||Stadium: Avaya Stadium |
Referee: Fernando Hernandez (Mexico)
|March 21, 2019 Friendly|| United States ||v||Orlando, Florida|
|Report||Stadium: Orlando City Stadium|
|September 2019Nations League A|| United States ||v||TBD||TBD|
|October 2019Nations League A|| United States ||v||TBD||TBD|
|October 2019Nations League A|| United States ||v||TBD||TBD|
The U.S. regularly competes at the FIFA World Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the Summer Olympics. The U.S. has also played in the FIFA Confederations Cup, Copa América by invitation, as well as several minor tournaments.
The best result for the United States in a World Cup came in 1930 when they reached the semifinals.The best result in the modern era is the 2002 World Cup, when the U.S. reached the quarterfinals. The worst result in the modern era was a first round elimination in 1990, 1998, and 2006.
In the Confederations Cup, the United States finished in third place in both 1992 and 1999, and were runner-up in 2009. The United States appeared in their first intercontinental tournament final at the 2009 Confederations Cup.In the semifinals, the United States upset top ranked Spain 2–0, to advance to the final. In the final, the United States lost 3–2 to Brazil.
The U.S. men's soccer team have played in the Summer Olympics since 1924. From that tournament to 1980, only amateur and state-sponsored Eastern European players were allowed on Olympic teams. The Olympics became a full international tournament in 1984 after the IOC allowed full national teams from outside FIFA CONMEBOL & UEFA confederations. Ever since 1992 the men's Olympic event has been age-restricted, under 23 plus three overage players, and participation has been by the United States men's national under-23 soccer team.
In regional competitions, the United States has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup six times, with their most recent title in 2017.Their best ever finish at the Copa América was fourth-place at the 1995 and 2016 editions.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|Round of 16||16th||1||0||0||1||1||7||1||1||0||0||4||2|
|Did not qualify||Withdrew|
|Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||7||9|
|Round of 16||14th||4||1||1||2||3||4||Qualified as hosts|
|Round of 16||12th||4||1||2||1||5||5||18||13||2||3||42||16|
|Did not qualify||16||7||4||5||37||16|
|TBD-not yet qualified||TBD|
(July 13, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
(July 13, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
(July 17, 1930; Montevideo, Uruguay)
(May 27, 1934; Rome, Italy)
|Best result||Third place at the 1930 FIFA World Cup|
|Second-best result||8th place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup|
|Second-worst result||25th place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup|
|Worst result||32nd place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|Amateur||Did not enter|
|1912–1920||Did not qualify|
|1960–1968||Did not qualify|
|Did not qualify|
|Under-23||1992 – present||See United States national under-23 team|
CONCACAF Championship 1963–1989, CONCACAF Gold Cup 1991–present
|Did Not Enter|
|Did Not Qualify|
|Did Not Enter|
|Did Not Qualify|
South American Championship 1916–1967, Copa América 1975–present
|1916–1991||Did Not Enter|
|1997–2004||Did Not Enter|
|2011–2015||Did Not Enter|
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