United States men's national under-20 soccer team

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United States Under-20
Nickname(s)Team USA
The Stars and Stripes[1][2]
The Yanks
AssociationUnited States
Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Head coachAnthony Hudson
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 Gold medal icon.svg : 2017, 2018

The United States under-20 men's national soccer team are the under-20s of the United States. It is currently 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.

Major tournament results[change | change source]

CONCACAF U-20 Championship record[change | change source]

  • 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[change | change source]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Tunisia 1977 Did Not Qualify
Japan 1979
Australia 1981 Group Stage 15th 3 0 1 2 1 8
Mexico 1983 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 3 5
Soviet Union 1985 Did Not Qualify
Chile 1987 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 2 3
Saudi Arabia 1989 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 1 3 7 9
Portugal 1991 Did Not Qualify
Australia 1993 Quarter-final 8th 4 1 1 2 8 6
Qatar 1995 Did Not Qualify
Malaysia 1997 Round of 16 15th 4 1 0 3 2 6
Nigeria 1999 Round of 16 11th 4 2 0 2 7 7
Argentina 2001 Round of 16 13th 4 1 1 2 5 5
United Arab Emirates 2003 Quarter-final 5th 5 3 0 2 9 6
Netherlands 2005 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 4 4
Canada 2007 Quarter-final 7th 5 3 1 1 12 6
Egypt 2009 Group Stage 18th 3 1 0 2 4 7
Colombia 2011 Did Not Qualify
Turkey 2013 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 3 9
New Zealand 2015 Quarter-final 7th 5 3 1 1 7 4
South Korea 2017 Quarterfinals 6th 5 2 2 1 12 6
Poland 2019 Quarter-final 6th 5 3 0 2 8 6
Indonesia 2021 To be determined
Total 16/23 0 titles 66 26 10 30 93 96

Honors[change | change source]

Recent matches[change | change source]

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

Players[change | change source]

Current squad[change | change source]

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.[3]

Caps and goals correct as of May 30, 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 (age 20) United States Real Salt Lake
1GK Chituru Odunze (2002-10-14) October 14, 2002 (age 18) England Leicester City

2DF Kevin Bonilla (2001-09-20) September 20, 2001 (age 20) United States Portland Pilots
2DF Nathan Harriel (2001-04-23) April 23, 2001 (age 20) United States Philadelphia Union
2DF Ian Hoffmann (2001-08-09) August 9, 2001 (age 20) United States Houston Dynamo
2DF Kwabena Boateng (2001-06-19) June 19, 2001 (age 20) United States UC Irvine
2DF George Campbell (2001-06-22) June 22, 2001 (age 20) United States Atlanta United
2DF Stuart Ritchie (2001-09-10) September 10, 2001 (age 20) Germany Hannover 96 II
2DF Leonardo Sepulveda (2001-06-18) June 18, 2001 (age 20) Spain Salamanca
2DF Travian Sousa (2001-09-19) September 19, 2001 (age 20) Germany Hamburger SV II

3MF Cole Bassett (2001-07-28) July 28, 2001 (age 20) United States Colorado Rapids
3MF Justin Haak (2001-09-12) September 12, 2001 (age 20) United States New York City FC
3MF Marcelo Palomino (2001-05-21) May 21, 2001 (age 20) United States Houston Dynamo
3MF Matteo Ritaccio (2001-10-04) October 4, 2001 (age 20) England Liverpool
3MF Thomas Roberts (2001-05-11) May 11, 2001 (age 20) United States FC Dallas
3MF Tanner Tessmann (2001-09-24) September 24, 2001 (age 20) United States FC Dallas
3MF Indiana Vassilev (2001-02-16) February 16, 2001 (age 20) England Cheltenham Town

4FW Konrad de la Fuente (2001-07-16) July 16, 2001 (age 20) Spain Barcelona B
4FW Johan Gomez (2001-07-23) July 23, 2001 (age 20) Portugal Porto
4FW Cameron Harper (2001-11-19) November 19, 2001 (age 19) Scotland Celtic
4FW Jalen Hawkins (2001-01-24) January 24, 2001 (age 20) Germany Ingolstadt 04
4FW Charlie Kelman (2001-01-17) January 17, 2001 (age 20) England Queens Park Rangers

Recent call-ups[change | change source]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

Top goalscorers[change | change source]


Rank Player Year(s) U-20 Goals
1 Brek Shea 2007–2009 17
2 Freddy Adu 2003–2009 16
3 Romain Gall 2014–2015 13
3 Scott E. Kennedy 1992–1993 13
5T Eddie Johnson 2003–2004 12
5T Jacob Peterson 2004–2005 12
7 Jeremy Ebobisse 2016–2017 11
8 Will John 2005 10
9 Chad Barrett 2004–2005 9
10T Jose Villarreal 2011–2013 8
10T Sebastian Saucedo 2016–2017 8
10T Alexis Mendez 2018– 8

Coaches[change | change source]

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
Anthony Hudson 2020–

References[change | change source]

  1. "Goal.com – World Cup 2010 Preview: USA – Algeria". Retrieved June 22, 2010.
  2. "Newsweek". Retrieved June 22, 2010.
  3. USA KICKS OFF NEW U-20 MNT CYCLE WITH TWO MATCHES IN SLOVENIA; USSoccer.com, August 30, 2019

Other websites[change | change source]