United States men's national under-23 soccer team

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.

United States Under-23
Nickname(s)Team USA[1]
The Stars and Stripes[2]
The Yanks
AssociationUnited States Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachJason Kreis
First colors
Second colors
First international
 United States 1–2 Italy 
(Barcelona, Spain; July 24, 1992)
Biggest win
 United States 6–0 Cuba 
(Nashville, United States; March 22, 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Mexico 4–0 United States 
(Guadalajara, Mexico; February 10, 2004)
Records for competitive matches only
Olympics
Appearances4 (first in 1992)
Best resultFourth place (2000)

The roster can be augmented with three "overage" players, ostensibly possessing veteran experience, during Olympic competition, in accordance with FIFA regulations.

History

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. Being 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 in the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the Americans defeated Cuba but were then beaten by Canada and surrendered a late lead against El Salvador, causing them to miss the Olympics for the second time in three tournaments.

Coaches

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were called up for the United International Football Festival on November 14–17, 2019.[3]

Caps and goals are current as of November 7, 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Matt Freese (1998-09-02) September 2, 1998 2 0 Philadelphia Union
1GK JT Marcinkowski (1997-05-09) May 9, 1997 4 0 San Jose Earthquakes
1GK Brady Scott (1999-06-30) June 30, 1999 0 0 1. FC Köln

2DF Cameron Carter-Vickers (1997-12-31) December 31, 1997 11 1 Stoke City
2DF Kyle Duncan (1997-08-08) August 8, 1997 1 0 New York Red Bulls
2DF Justen Glad (1997-02-28) February 28, 1997 2 0 Real Salt Lake
2DF Aaron Herrera (1997-06-06) June 6, 1997 2 0 Real Salt Lake
2DF Mark McKenzie (1999-02-25) February 25, 1999 1 0 Philadelphia Union
2DF Chris Richards (2000-03-28) March 28, 2000 1 0 Bayern Munich
2DF Antonee Robinson (1997-08-08) August 8, 1997 2 0 Wigan Athletic
2DF Sam Vines (1999-05-31) May 31, 1999 1 0 Colorado Rapids

3MF Brenden Aaronson (2000-10-22) October 22, 2000 1 0 Philadelphia Union
3MF Christian Cappis (1999-08-13) August 13, 1999 1 0 Hobro IK
3MF Hassani Dotson (1997-08-06) August 6, 1997 2 0 Minnesota United
3MF Richard Ledezma (2000-09-06) September 6, 2000 1 0 PSV Eindhoven
3MF Alex Mendez (2000-09-06) September 6, 2000 2 0 Ajax
3MF Djordje Mihailovic (1998-10-19) October 19, 1998 4 0 Chicago Fire
3MF James Sands (2000-07-06) July 6, 2000 0 0 New York City FC

4FW Jeremy Ebobisse (1997-02-14) February 14, 1997 2 0 Portland Timbers
4FW Brooks Lennon (1997-09-22) September 22, 1997 2 2 Real Salt Lake
4FW Jonathan Lewis (1997-06-04) June 4, 1997 1 1 Colorado Rapids
4FW Emmanuel Sabbi (1997-12-24) December 24, 1997 2 0 Hobro IK
4FW Sebastian Saucedo (1997-01-22) January 22, 1997 1 0 Real Salt Lake
4FW Mason Toye (1998-10-16) October 16, 1998 2 2 Minnesota United

Recent call-ups

The following players were named to a squad in the last 12 months.

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK David Ochoa (2001-01-16) January 16, 2001 Real Salt Lake v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019
GK Drake Callender California Golden Bears v. Japan; September 9, 2019
GK Andrew Thomas Stanford Cardinal v. Japan; September 9, 2019
GK Justin Vom Steeg (1997-04-05) April 5, 1997 LA Galaxy Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
GK Jonathan Klinsmann (1997-04-08) April 8, 1997 St. Gallen v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019

DF Chris Gloster (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 PSV Eindhoven v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019
DF Manny Perez (1999-02-19) February 19, 1999 North Carolina FC v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019
DF Auston Trusty (1997-08-12) August 12, 1997 Philadelphia Union v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019
DF Miles Robinson (1997-03-14) March 14, 1997 Atlanta United v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019 PRE
DF Niko Hämäläinen (1997-03-05) March 5, 1997 Kilmarnock FC v. Japan; September 9, 2019
DF Donovan Pines (1998-03-07) March 7, 1998 D.C. United v. Japan; September 9, 2019
DF Marco Farfan (1998-11-12) November 12, 1998 Portland Timbers Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
DF Jack Maher (1999-10-28) October 28, 1999 Indiana Hoosiers Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
DF Sam Rogers (1999-05-17) May 17, 1999 Tacoma Defiance Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
DF Julian Araujo (2001-08-13) August 13, 2001 LA Galaxy v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019
DF Matthew Olosunde (1998-03-07) March 7, 1998 Rotherham United v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019
DF Lucas Pos (1998-02-16) February 16, 1998 FC Lausanne-Sport v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019

MF Johnny Cardoso (2001-09-20) September 20, 2001 Internacional v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019
MF Chris Durkin (2000-02-08) February 8, 2000 Sint-Truiden v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019
MF Edwin Cerrillo (2000-08-03) August 3, 2000 FC Dallas v. Japan; September 9, 2019
MF Brandon Servania (1999-03-12) March 12, 1999 FC Dallas v. Japan; September 9, 2019
MF George Acosta (2000-01-19) January 19, 2000 Austin Bold Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
MF Mukwelle Akale (1997-01-18) January 18, 1997 Villarreal B Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
MF Cameron Lindley (1997-07-18) July 18, 1997 Memphis 901 Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
MF Eryk Williamson (1997-06-11) June 11, 1997 Portland Timbers Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
MF Jackson Yueill (1997-03-19) March 19, 1997 San Jose Earthquakes Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
MF Gedion Zelalem (1997-01-26) January 26, 1997 Sporting Kansas City Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
MF Derrick Jones (1997-03-03) March 3, 1997 Philadelphia Union v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019
MF Keaton Parks (1997-08-06) August 6, 1997 New York City FC v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019

FW Omir Fernandez (1999-02-08) February 8, 1999 New York Red Bulls v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019
FW Sebastian Soto (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 Hannover 96 v. El Salvador; October 15, 2019
FW Jesus Ferreira (2000-12-24) December 24, 2000 FC Dallas v. Japan; September 9, 2019
FW Brandon Vazquez (1998-10-14) October 14, 1998 Atlanta United v. Japan; September 9, 2019
FW Haji Wright (1998-03-27) March 27, 1998 VVV-Venlo v. Japan; September 9, 2019
FW Benji Michel (1997-10-23) October 23, 1997 Orlando City Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
FW Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (2002-03-25) March 25, 2002 Seattle Sounders Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
FW Giovanni Reyna (2002-11-13) November 13, 2002 Borussia Dortmund Academy Training camp; June 9–16, 2019
FW Josh Perez (1998-01-21) January 21, 1998 Los Angeles FC v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019
FW Josh Sargent (2000-02-20) February 20, 2000 Werder Bremen v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019
FW Tim Weah (2000-02-22) February 22, 2000 Lille OSC v. Netherlands; March 24, 2019

Notes:

  • PRE: Preliminary squad

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Year(s) U-23 Goals
1Steve Snow199210
2Landon Donovan2000–20049
3Jordan Morris2015–7
4Jerome Kiesewetter2015–6
Brent Goulet19886
6Freddy Adu2008–20125
7Joe Corona20124
Luis Gil2011–4
Bobby Convey20044
Sacha Kljestan2007–20084
Alecko Eskandarian20044
Chris Albright20004
Mike Seeray19724
Carl Gentile19644

Recent results

CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying

2016 Summer Olympics CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off


Upcoming Schedule

2020 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship

Competitive record

Olympic Games

Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1992 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 6 5
1996 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 4 4
2000 Fourth place 4th 6 1 3 2 9 11
2004 Did not qualify
2008 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 4
2012Did not qualify
2016
2020 To be determined
2024 To be determined
2028 Qualified as hosts
Total4/64th154652324

Pre-Olympic Tournament

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992Champions – Qualified108133512
1996Qualify as hosts------
2000Runners-up – Qualified421182
2004Fourth Place53111111
2008Runners-up – Qualified531152
2012Group Stage311195
2015Third Place5401154
2020TBD
2024TBD
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan American Games

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1959Third Place64022515
19635th Place4004330
19676th Place3102610
19716th Place8215918
197512th Place200214
19796th Place220091
19836th Place301215
19876th Place311133
1991Champions5500104
199512th Place300309
1999Third Place631268
20077th Place310247
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Toulon Tournament

  • 1989 Third Place
  • 1990 8th Place
  • 1991 5th Place
  • 1992 5th Place
  • 1994 8th Place
  • 1997 5th Place
  • 2001 5th Place
  • 2008 8th Place
  • 2013 7th Place
  • 2015 Third Place

See also

References

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