United States men's national under-20 soccer team

The United States under-20 men's national soccer team 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.

United States Under-20
Nickname(s)Team USA
The Stars and Stripes[1][2]
The Yanks
AssociationUnited States
Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Head coachvacant
FIFA codeUSA
First colors
Second colors
First international
 Jamaica 1–1 United States 
(Guatemala City, Guatemala; April 2, 1964)
Biggest win
 United States 13–0  U.S. Virgin Islands
(Bradenton, United States; November 3, 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 7–1 United States 
(Bayamon, Puerto Rico; September 30, 1976)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1981)
Best resultFourth Place 1989
CONCACAF Under-20 Championship
Appearances23 (first in 1964)
Best resultWinner  : 2017, 2018

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

CONCACAF U-20 Championship record

  • 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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.
  • 2018: Champion and qualified to the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Finished first in Group A. Won Classification Stage Group G. They defeated Mexico 2–0 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

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1977 Did Not Qualify
1979
1981 Group Stage 15th 3 0 1 2 1 8
1983 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 3 5
1985 Did Not Qualify
1987 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 2 3
1989 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 1 3 7 9
1991 Did Not Qualify
1993 Quarter-final 8th 4 1 1 2 8 6
1995 Did Not Qualify
1997 Round of 16 15th 4 1 0 3 2 6
1999 Round of 16 11th 4 2 0 2 7 7
2001 Round of 16 13th 4 1 1 2 5 5
2003 Quarter-final 5th 5 3 0 2 9 6
2005 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4
2007 Quarter-final 7th 5 3 1 1 12 6
2009 Group Stage 18th 3 1 0 2 4 7
2011 Did Not Qualify
2013 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 3 9
2015 Quarter-final 7th 5 3 1 1 7 4
2017 Quarter-final 6th 5 2 2 1 12 6
2019 Quarter-final 6th 5 3 0 2 8 6
2021 To be determined
Total 16/23 0 titles 66 26 10 30 93 96

Honors

Recent results and fixtures

The following are results from the last 12 months, as well as any fixtures that have been scheduled.

This list may be incomplete.

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

The following 22 players were named to the squad for the matches against Croatia and United Arab Emirates on September 5 and 9, 2019, respectively.[5]

Caps and goals correct as of 30 May 2019, after the match against Ecuador.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK David Ochoa (2001-01-16) January 16, 2001 Real Salt Lake
1GK Patrick Schulte (2001-03-13) March 13, 2001 Saint Louis

2DF Kevin Bonilla (2001-09-20) September 20, 2001 FC Dallas
2DF Nathan Harriel (2001-04-23) April 23, 2001 Philadelphia Union
2DF Ian Hoffmann (2001-08-09) August 9, 2001 Karlsruher SC
2DF Kwabena Boateng (2001-06-19) June 19, 2001 UC Irvine
2DF George Campbell (2001-06-22) June 22, 2001 Atlanta United
2DF Stuart Ritchie (2001-09-10) September 10, 2001 Hannover 96
2DF Leonardo Sepulveda (2001-06-18) June 18, 2001 Salamanca
2DF Travian Sousa (2001-09-19) September 19, 2001 Hamburger SV

3MF Cole Bassett (2001-07-28) July 28, 2001 Colorado Rapids
3MF Justin Haak (2001-09-12) September 12, 2001 New York City FC
3MF Marcelo Palomino (2001-05-21) May 21, 2001
3MF Matteo Ritaccio (2001-10-04) October 4, 2001 Liverpool
3MF Thomas Roberts (2001-05-11) May 11, 2001 FC Dallas
3MF Tanner Tessmann (2001-09-24) September 24, 2001 FC Dallas
3MF Indiana Vassilev (2001-02-16) February 16, 2001 Aston Villa

4FW Konrad de la Fuente (2001-07-16) July 16, 2001 Barcelona
4FW Johan Gomez (2001-07-23) July 23, 2001 Porto
4FW Cameron Harper (2001-11-19) November 19, 2001 Celtic
4FW Jalen Hawkins (2001-01-24) January 24, 2001 Ingolstadt 04
4FW Charlie Kelman (2001-01-17) January 17, 2001 Southend United

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up in the last 12 months.

This list may be incomplete, and caps and goals may be incorrect.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Brady Scott (1999-06-30) June 30, 1999 13 0 1. FC Köln 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
GK David Ochoa (2001-01-16) January 16, 2001 5 0 Real Salt Lake 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
GK Carlos dos Santos (2000-08-24) August 24, 2000 1 0 Benfica 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

DF Sergino Dest (2000-11-03) November 3, 2000 12 1 Ajax 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
DF Chris Gloster (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 16 0 PSV 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
DF Mark McKenzie (1999-02-25) February 25, 1999 13 3 Philadelphia Union 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
DF Chris Richards (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 12 0 Bayern Munich 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
DF Julian Araujo (2001-08-13) August 13, 2001 2 0 LA Galaxy 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
DF Aboubacar Keita (2000-04-06) April 6, 2000 8 0 Columbus Crew 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
DF Matthew Real (1999-07-10) July 10, 1999 11 0 Philadelphia Union 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

MF Chris Durkin (2000-02-08) February 8, 2000 6 0 Sint-Truiden 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
MF Alex Mendez (2000-09-06) September 6, 2000 19 8 Ajax 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
MF Paxton Pomykal (1999-12-17) December 17, 1999 13 3 FC Dallas 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
MF Edwin Cerrillo (2000-10-03) October 3, 2000 0 0 FC Dallas 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
MF Brandon Servania (1999-03-12) March 12, 1999 10 4 FC Dallas 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
MF Richie Ledezma (2000-09-06) September 6, 2000 7 0 PSV 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

FW Sebastian Soto (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 11 6 Hannover 96 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
FW Timothy Weah (2000-02-22) February 22, 2000 6 2 Lille 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
FW Konrad de la Fuente (2001-07-16) July 16, 2001 7 1 Barcelona 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
FW Ulysses Llanez (2001-04-02) April 2, 2001 14 7 VfL Wolfsburg 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
FW Justin Rennicks (1999-03-20) March 20, 1999 17 7 New England Revolution 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
FW Ayo Akinola (2000-01-20) January 20, 2000 Toronto FC 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup INJ

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Year(s) U-20 Goals
1Brek Shea2007–200917
2Freddy Adu2003–200916
3Romain Gall2014–201513
3Scott E. Kennedy1992–199313
5TEddie Johnson2003–200412
5TJacob Peterson2004–200512
7Jeremy Ebobisse2016–201711
8Will John200510
9Chad Barrett2004–20059
10TJose Villarreal2011–20138
10TSebastian Saucedo2016–20178
10TAlexis Mendez2018–8

Coaches

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 2011–2019

References

  1. "Goal.com – World Cup 2010 Preview: USA – Algeria". Retrieved June 22, 2010.
  2. "Newsweek". Retrieved June 22, 2010.
  3. "Match report – Group D – Ukraine v USA" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  4. "Match report – Group D – USA v Nigeria" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. May 27, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  5. USA KICKS OFF NEW U-20 MNT CYCLE WITH TWO MATCHES IN SLOVENIA; USSoccer.com, 30 August 2019
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