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United States men's national soccer team

United States mens national soccer team
National Football Team
NameUnited States
NicknameThe Yanks
The Stars and Stripes
AssociationUnited States Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachJürgen Klinsmann
CaptainCarlos Bocanegra
Most capsCobi Jones (164)
Top scorerLandon Donovan (46)
FIFA codeUSA
FIFA ranking31
Highest FIFA ranking4 (April 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking35 (October 1997)
Elo ranking37
Highest Elo ranking9 (24-27 June 2009, 8-10 July 2009)
Lowest Elo ranking85 (October 1968)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalUnofficial:
United States 0 1 Canada
(Newark, New Jersey, United States; November 28, 1885)
Official:
Sweden 2 3 United States
(Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916)
Biggest winUnited States 8 0 Barbados
(Carson, California, United States; June 15, 2008)
Biggest defeatNorway 11 0 United States
(Oslo, Norway; August 11, 1948)
Appearances9
First World Cup1930
Best resultThird Place, 1930
Regional cup statistics
CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup
Appearances13
First apps.1985
Best resultChampions, 1991, 2002, 2005, 2007
Copa América
Appearances3
First apps.1993
Best resultFourth Place, 1995
Confederations Cup Statistics
Appearances4
First apps.1992
Best resultRunners-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 compete in CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football). The team is ranked 31th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings, second in CONCACAF and 37th in the World Football Elo Ratings. It has appeared in the last six FIFA World Cups and hosted the 1994 edition.

The team's best finish in the FIFA World Cup came in the inaugural 1930 tournament where it finished third. More recently, it finished fourth in the 1995 Copa América, reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, and took second place in the 2009 Confederations Cup. The United States has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup four times in ten tournaments. U.S soccer teams also took silver and bronze in the 1904 Olympic Games.

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. Until the 1990s, the United States national team were regarded as one of the world's weaker teams. Highlights before the latter stages of the 20th Century were firstly finishing third in the first ever World Cup held in 1930. 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 fourth 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, with the best performance being to reach the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup, losing to Germany.

On the regional stage, the national team has also improved, with a record up to 2009 of reaching the final of the biannual CONCACAF Gold Cup eight times since 1989, winning it four times, in 1991, 2002, 2005, and 2007. As 2007 CONCACAF winners, they also progressed to the final of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup, narrowly losing to Brazil in the final.


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