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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
AssociationUnited States Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF
Head coachvacant
CaptainWil 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
Appearances4 (first in 1992)
Best resultFourth Place: 2000

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

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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 26) 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 23) 0 0   Excelsior
4 2DF Tim Parker (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 25) 0 0   New York Red Bulls
2DF Brandon Vincent (1994-05-01) May 1, 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Retired
2 2DF Kellyn Acosta (1995-07-24) July 24, 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Colorado Rapids
3 2DF Matt Miazga (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 (age 23) 3 1   Nantes
20 2DF Eric Miller (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 26) 3 0   Minnesota United
2DF Shane O'Neill (1993-09-02) September 2, 1993 (age 25) 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 24) 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 25) 3 1   FC Cincinnati
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 26) 4 0   Columbus Crew SC
10 3MF Luis Gil (1993-11-02) November 2, 1993 (age 25) 11 4   Querétaro
17 3MF Jerome Kiesewetter (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 (age 26) 17 6 Unattached

19 4FW Khiry Shelton (1993-06-26) June 26, 1993 (age 25) 4 0   SC Paderborn 07
16 4FW Mario Rodriguez (1994-05-12) May 12, 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Unattached
9 4FW Jordan Morris (1994-10-26) October 26, 1994 (age 24) 11 7   Seattle Sounders FC

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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