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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 U-23
Nickname(s) Team USA[1]
The Stars and Stripes[2]
The Yanks
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF
Head coach Vacant
Captain Wil Trapp
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
Appearances 4 (first in 1992)
Best result Fourth Place: 2000

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

Contents

HistoryEdit

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. With the advantage as 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, the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, hosted by the United States, began with a 6–0 win over Cuba. However, the favored hosts were upset by Canada and surrendered a late lead against El Salvador, causing them to miss the Olympics for the second time in three tournaments.

CoachesEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were named to the roster for two Olympic Qualifiers against Colombia on March 25 and March 29, 2016.[3]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Cody Cropper (1993-02-16) February 16, 1993 (age 25) 7 0   New England Revolution
1 1GK Ethan Horvath (1995-06-09) June 9, 1995 (age 23) 2 0   Club Brugge
18 1GK Tyler Miller (1993-03-12) March 12, 1993 (age 25) 2 0   Los Angeles FC

15 2DF Desevio Payne (1995-11-30) November 30, 1995 (age 22) 0 0   Excelsior
4 2DF Tim Parker (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 25) 0 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2DF Brandon Vincent (1994-05-01) May 1, 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Chicago Fire
2 2DF Kellyn Acosta (1995-07-24) July 24, 1995 (age 23) 0 0   FC Dallas
3 2DF Matt Miazga (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 (age 23) 3 1   Vitesse
20 2DF Eric Miller (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 25) 3 0   Colorado Rapids
2DF Shane O'Neill (1993-09-02) September 2, 1993 (age 24) 9 0   Orlando City
5 2DF Walker Zimmerman (1993-02-24) February 24, 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Los Angeles FC

3MF Julian Green (1995-06-06) June 6, 1995 (age 23) 6 1   Greuther Fürth
11 3MF Paul Arriola (1995-02-05) February 5, 1995 (age 23) 0 0   D.C. United
7 3MF Dillon Serna (1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 24) 13 0   Colorado Rapids
13 3MF Matt Polster (1993-06-08) June 8, 1993 (age 25) 7 0   Chicago Fire
14 3MF Fatai Alashe (1993-10-21) October 21, 1993 (age 24) 3 1   San Jose Earthquakes
8 3MF Emerson Hyndman (1996-04-09) April 9, 1996 (age 22) 6 1   Bournemouth
6 3MF Wil Trapp (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 25) 4 0   Columbus Crew SC
10 3MF Luis Gil (1993-11-02) November 2, 1993 (age 24) 11 4   Querétaro
17 3MF Jerome Kiesewetter (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 (age 25) 17 6   Fortuna Düsseldorf

19 4FW Khiry Shelton (1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 (age 25) 4 0   Sporting Kansas City
16 4FW Mario Rodriguez (1994-05-12) May 12, 1994 (age 24) 0 0   SG Sonnenhof Großaspach
9 4FW Jordan Morris (1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 (age 23) 11 7   Seattle Sounders FC

Recent Call UpsEdit

The following players have been called up during the 2016 Olympic cycle.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Club
1GK Jon Kempin (1993-04-08) April 8, 1993 (age 25)   Columbus Crew SC
1GK Charlie Horton (1994-09-14) September 14, 1994 (age 23) Retired
1GK Zack Steffen (1995-06-02) June 2, 1995 (age 23)   Columbus Crew SC
1GK Bernie Magaña (1993-08-16) August 16, 1993 (age 24)   UNAM

2DF John Brooks (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 25)   VfL Wolfsburg
2DF Will Packwood (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 25) Retired
2DF Christian Dean (1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 24)   Chicago Fire
2DF A. J. Cochran (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 (age 25)   Atlanta United 2
2DF Ramon Martin Del Campo (1993-07-05) July 5, 1993 (age 25)   Fresno FC
2DF Juan Pablo Ocegueda (1993-07-13) July 13, 1993 (age 25)   Tigres UANL
2DF Jalen Robinson (1994-05-08) May 8, 1994 (age 24)   D.C. United
2DF Sam Strong (1996-08-23) August 23, 1996 (age 21)   Fresno FC
2DF Tyler Turner (1996-03-04) March 4, 1996 (age 22)   LA Galaxy II
2DF Dave Romney (1993-06-12) June 12, 1993 (age 25)   LA Galaxy
2DF Oscar Sorto (1994-08-08) August 8, 1994 (age 23) Unattached
2DF Boyd Okwuonu (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 25) Unattached
2DF Cameron Carter-Vickers (1997-12-31) December 31, 1997 (age 20)   Tottenham Hotspur

3MF Marc Pelosi (1994-06-17) June 17, 1994 (age 24) Unattached
3MF Gboly Ariyibi (1995-01-18) January 18, 1995 (age 23)   Nottingham Forest
3MF Dennis Flores (1993-09-23) September 23, 1993 (age 24)   León
3MF Marlon Hairston (1994-03-23) March 23, 1994 (age 24)   Colorado Rapids
3MF Benji Joya (1993-09-22) September 22, 1993 (age 24)   Irapuato
3MF Ariel Lassiter (1994-09-27) September 27, 1994 (age 23)   LA Galaxy
3MF Dan Metzger (1993-08-06) August 6, 1993 (age 24)   Penn FC
3MF Stevie Rodriguez (1994-02-11) February 11, 1994 (age 24) Unattached
3MF Victor Pineda (1993-03-15) March 15, 1993 (age 25) Unattached
3MF Alejandro Guido (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 24)   Tijuana
3MF Gedion Zelalem (1997-01-26) January 26, 1997 (age 21)   Arsenal

4FW Alonso Hernández (1994-03-01) March 1, 1994 (age 24)   Monterrey
4FW Alfred Koroma Shams (1994-04-19) April 19, 1994 (age 24) Retired
4FW Sean Okoli (1993-02-03) February 3, 1993 (age 25)   Landskrona BoIS
4FW Zach Pfeffer (1995-01-06) January 6, 1995 (age 23) Retired
4FW Rubio Rubin (1996-03-01) March 1, 1996 (age 22)   Tijuana
4FW Omar Salgado (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 24)   Las Vegas Lights
4FW Ben Spencer (1995-03-28) March 28, 1995 (age 23)   Toronto FC
4FW Jose Villarreal (1993-09-10) September 10, 1993 (age 24)   Orlando City
4FW Maki Tall (1995-10-30) October 30, 1995 (age 22)   Tours

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Year(s) U-23 Goals
1 Steve Snow 1992 10
2 Landon Donovan 2000-2004 9
3 Jordan Morris 2015- 7
4 Jerome Kiesewetter 2015- 6
Brent Goulet 1988 6
6 Freddy Adu 2008-2012 5
7 Joe Corona 2012 4
Luis Gil 2011- 4
Bobby Convey 2004 4
Sacha Kljestan 2007-2008 4
Alecko Eskandarian 2004 4
Chris Albright 2000 4
Mike Seeray 1972 4
Carl Gentile 1964 4

Recent resultsEdit

CONCACAF Olympic QualifyingEdit

2016 Summer Olympics CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-offEdit

Competitive recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

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
  2012 Did not qualify
  2016
  2020 TBD
  2024 TBD
  2028 Qualified as hosts
Total 4/6 15 4 6 5 23 24

Pre-Olympic TournamentEdit

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 Champions – Qualified 10 8 1 3 35 12
  1996 Qualify as hosts - - - - - -
  2000 Runners-up – Qualified 4 2 1 1 8 2
  2004 Fourth Place 5 3 1 1 11 11
  2008 Runners-up – Qualified 5 3 1 1 5 2
  2012 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 9 5
  2015 Third Place 5 4 0 1 15 4
  2020 TBD
  2024 TBD
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Pan American GamesEdit

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
  1959 Third Place 6 4 0 2 25 15
  1963 5th Place 4 0 0 4 3 30
  1967 6th Place 3 1 0 2 6 10
  1971 6th Place 8 2 1 5 9 18
  1975 12th Place 2 0 0 2 1 4
  1979 6th Place 2 2 0 0 9 1
  1983 6th Place 3 0 1 2 1 5
  1987 6th Place 3 1 1 1 3 3
  1991 Champions 5 5 0 0 10 4
  1995 12th Place 3 0 0 3 0 9
  1999 Third Place 6 3 1 2 6 8
  2007 7th Place 3 1 0 2 4 7
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Toulon TournamentEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Your comments on Team USA's win over Algeria and advancing to knockout round". Nj.com. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Paul (June 26, 2010). "USA 1–2 Ghana". The Guardian. London. 
  3. ^ "Herzog Names 23-Man Roster for 2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff Against Colombia". U.S. Soccer. March 19, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 

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