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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 coachTab Ramos
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' 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 resultsEdit

CONCACAF U-20 Championship recordEdit

  • 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 recordEdit

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
Total 16/22 0 titles 66 26 10 30 93 96

HonorsEdit

Current cycle results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 21 players were named to the squad for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ayo Akinola was replaced by Julian Araujo on May 22 because of injury.[5]


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

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Brady Scott (1999-06-30) June 30, 1999 (age 20) 13 0   1. FC Köln II
12 1GK David Ochoa (2001-01-16) January 16, 2001 (age 18) 5 0   Real Salt Lake
21 1GK Carlos dos Santos (2000-08-24) August 24, 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Benfica Juniors

2 2DF Sergino Dest (2000-11-03) November 3, 2000 (age 18) 12 1   Jong Ajax
3 2DF Chris Gloster (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 (age 19) 16 0   Jong PSV
4 2DF Mark McKenzie (1999-02-25) February 25, 1999 (age 20) 13 3   Philadelphia Union
5 2DF Chris Richards (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 (age 19) 12 0   Bayern Munich
7 2DF Julian Araujo (2001-08-13) August 13, 2001 (age 18) 2 0   LA Galaxy
13 2DF Aboubacar Keita (2000-04-06) April 6, 2000 (age 19) 8 0   Columbus Crew
15 2DF Matthew Real (1999-07-10) July 10, 1999 (age 20) 11 0   Philadelphia Union

6 3MF Chris Durkin (2000-02-08) February 8, 2000 (age 19) 6 0   D.C. United
8 3MF Alex Mendez (2000-09-06) September 6, 2000 (age 19) 19 8   Jong Ajax
10 3MF Paxton Pomykal (1999-12-17) December 17, 1999 (age 19) 13 3   FC Dallas
14 3MF Edwin Cerrillo (2000-10-03) October 3, 2000 (age 19) 0 0   FC Dallas
16 3MF Brandon Servania (1999-03-12) March 12, 1999 (age 20) 10 4   FC Dallas
20 3MF Richie Ledezma (2000-09-06) September 6, 2000 (age 19) 7 0   Jong PSV

9 4FW Sebastian Soto (2000-07-28) July 28, 2000 (age 19) 11 6   Hannover 96 II
11 4FW Timothy Weah (2000-02-22) February 22, 2000 (age 19) 6 2   Lille
17 4FW Konrad de la Fuente (2001-07-16) July 16, 2001 (age 18) 7 1   Barcelona
18 4FW Ulysses Llanez (2001-04-02) April 2, 2001 (age 18) 14 7   VfL Wolfsburg
19 4FW Justin Rennicks (1999-03-20) March 20, 1999 (age 20) 17 7   New England Revolution

Previous call upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Trey Muse (1999-07-26) July 26, 1999 (age 20)   Seattle Sounders FC Spain training camp; March 15–25, 2019

DF Jaylin Lindsey (2000-03-27) March 27, 2000 (age 19)   Sporting Kansas City Spain training camp; March 15–25, 2019
DF Manny Perez (1999-02-19) February 19, 1999 (age 20) 1   North Carolina FC 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; November 1–21, 2018

MF Frankie Amaya (2000-09-26) September 26, 2000 (age 19)   FC Cincinnati Spain training camp; March 15–25, 2019
MF Christian Cappis (1999-08-13) August 13, 1999 (age 20) 2   Hobro Spain training camp; March 15–25, 2019
MF Andrew Carleton (2000-06-22) June 22, 2000 (age 19) 1   Atlanta United Spain training camp; March 15–25, 2019
MF Juan Pablo Torres (1999-07-26) July 26, 1999 (age 20) 4   New York City FC Spain training camp; March 15–25, 2019
MF Isaac Angking (2000-01-24) January 24, 2000 (age 19)   New England Revolution 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship; November 1–21, 2018

FW Ayo Akinola (2000-01-20) January 20, 2000 (age 19) 7   Toronto FC 2019 FIFA U-20 World CupINJ
FW Jonathan Amon (1999-04-30) April 30, 1999 (age 20)   Nordsjælland Spain training camp; March 15–25, 2019

Top goalscorersEdit

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
5 Eddie Johnson 2003–2004 12
5 Jacob Peterson 2004–2005 12
7 Jeremy Ebobisse 2016–2017 11
8 Will John 2005 10
9 Chad Barrett 2004–2005 9
10 Jose Villarreal 2011–2013 8
10 Sebastian Saucedo 2016–2017 8
10 Alexis Mendez 2018– 8
13 Brooks Lennon 2016–2017 7
13 Ulysses Llanez 2018- 7
13 Justin Rennicks 2018- 7
16 Rubio Rubin 2014–2015 6
16 Emmanuel Sabbi 2015–2017 6
16 Sebastian Soto 2018– 6
19 Peri Marošević 2008–2009 5
19 Daniel Cuevas 2012–2013 5
19 Zach Pfeffer 2014–2015 5
19 Ben Spencer 2014–2015 5
19 Bradford Jamieson IV 2015–2016 5
24 Taylor Twellman 1999 4
24 Jozy Altidore 2007 4
24 Andre Akpan 2007 4
24 Bobby Wood 2010–2011 4
24 Conor Doyle 2010–2011 4
24 Joe Gyau 2010–2011 4
24 Luis Gil 2011–2013 4
24 Mario Rodriguez 2012–2013 4
24 Benji Joya 2012–2013 4
24 Josh Sargent 2017 4
24 Anthony Fontana 2018 4
24 Juan Pablo Torres 2018 4

CoachesEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach Tab Ramos
Assistant coaches Brian Bliss
Mike McGinty
Omid Namazi
Marcelo Neveleff
Curt Onalfo
Dave van den Bergh
Des McAleenan

[6]

HistoryEdit

 
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–present

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ LA Galaxy's Julian Araujo replaces Ayo Akinola on US U-20 World Cup squad; MLSsoccer.com, 22 May 2019
  6. ^ "Tournament Notes: U-20 MNT Begins Concacaf Title Defense on Nov. 1 in Bradenton, Fla". www.ussoccer.com. Retrieved November 1, 2018.

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