USA National Football Team

USA National Football Team

The US Men’s National Team is composed of the best soccer players from the United States. The team competes in international tournaments, continental tournaments, and international friendly matches. Read on to learn more about the US Men’s National team, including their history and 2022 World Cup roster.

USA Men’s National Football Team

The US Men’s National Soccer Team is a member of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). They participate in CONCACAF tournaments to qualify for major international tournaments, such as the FIFA World Cup. While the US Men’s National Team has never won a World Cup, the team is composed of extremely talented players from all over the country.

Basic Info:

  • Nickname: The Stars and Stripes, The Yanks
  • Association: United States Soccer Federation (USSF)
  • Confederation: CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean)
  • Head coach: Gregg Berhalter
  • Home Stadium: Various
  • FIFA code: USA
  • World Cup Appearances: 11 (first in 1930)
  • Best World Cup Result: Third place (1930)

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2022 World Cup Roster

Ethan HorvathG
Sean JohnsonG
Matt TurnerG
Cameron Carter-VickersD
Sergiño DestD
Aaron LongD
Shaq MooreD
Tim ReamD
Antonee RobinsonD
Joe ScallyD
DeAndre YedlinD
Walker ZimmermanD
Brenden AaronsonM
Kellan AcostaM
Tyler AdamsM
Luca de la TorreM
Weston McKinnieM
Yunus MusahM
Cristian RoldanM
Jesús FerreiraF
Jordan MorrisF
Christian PulisicF
Gio ReynaF
Josh SargentF
Tim WeahF
Haji WrightF


On the international stage, the American men’s national team has an unsuccessful but dynamic and long history. The team was one of the teams to take part in the inaugural 1930 World Cup and it was also coincidentally USA’s best showing at the tournament. They made it all the way to the semifinals where they finished third against Argentina in a tragic 6-1 loss.

Over the next few decades, the team would have little success as a team, never making it past the Group of 16 stage at the World Cup and withdrawing from competition in 1938 due to the tension leading up to World War II. After a triumphant return in 1950, USA failed to qualify for a consecutive nine World Cups.

Starting with the 1990 tournament in Italy, the team’s luck changed and a new era began. The American national team even made it to the quarterfinals in 2002, where they narrowly lost 1-0 to Germany. They also began performing well at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, winning seven times in three decades (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017, 2021). Thanks to this success and an influx of talent from European league players, the team hopes to make a splash at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.


The US Men’s National Team is primarily rivals with other CONCACAF teams, as that is who they compete against in continental tournaments and World Cup Qualifying. Their biggest rivals are considered to be Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica. The United States and Mexico are considered to be the best teams in CONCACAF, and therefore have faced-off in several tournaments and friendlies throughout the years. Canada and Costa Rica share less intense rivalries with the United States, as they are not as accomplished within CONCACAF.


The US Men’s National Team kits have always featured the colors on the American flag: red, white, and blue. Their first colors feature a white jersey and white shorts, along with blue socks and red accents. The second kits are almost completely blue, with some red and white accents.

Fun Facts

  • 11 World Cup appearances, with one third-place finish in 1930.
  • 7 CONCACAF Gold Cup wins from 1991 to 2021.
  • Has rivalries with Mexico and Canada due to their close proximity.
  • USA’s best World Cup performance was at the inaugural tournament.
  • The one time they’ve made it past the WC Group of 16 was in 2002 against Germany.
  • USA failed to make a consecutive nine World Cups from 1954 to 1986.
  • Due to the only recent rise of the MLS, most American players are originally from European leagues.
  • Will co-host the World Cup in 2026 with Mexico and Canada.


Has the USA Ever Won The World Cup?

No, the American men’s national team has never won the World Cup. Though the USA had made 11 appearances at the tournament since 1930, the closest they ever came was actually in their inaugural appearance. They lost in the semifinals of the first World Cup to Argentina in a massive 6-1 loss. The only time they even got past the Group of 16 was in 2002 when they lost 1-0 to Germany in the quarter finals.

Who Is USA’s Best Player?

The all-time best player for the American men’s national team is undoubtedly Landon Donovan. During his three World Cup appearances (2002, 2006, 2010), Donovan was known for his aggressive play as a forward and even led the USA in most World Cup goals. In 2002, he was even named the FIFA World Cup Best Player and scored a remarkable game-winning goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.

Who Is USA’s All Time Leading Scorer?

The all-time leading scorers for the American men’s national team are Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey. During Donovan’s 157 international appearances and Dempsey’s 141, both players scored an impressive career total of 57 goals. Understandably, both men retired as two of the best players to ever represent America on the global pitch.