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The United States U-20 men's national soccer team is the national under-20 soccer team of the United States of Americamarker and 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.

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.

CONCACAF U-20 Championship Record

  • 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 US team lost by a score of 3–0 to Costa Rica.


The tournament was played with a two-group, qualification format from 1998–2007. There was no championship round.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Record

  • 1977: Did not qualify.
  • 1979: Did not qualify.
  • 1981: First round. 0-1-2 in group play.
  • 1983: First round. 1-0-2 in group play.
  • 1985: Did not qualify.
  • 1987: First round. 1-0-2 in group play.
  • 1989: Fourth place. Finished 2nd in Group C. Beat Iraq in quarterfinal. Lost to Nigeria in semifinal. Lost to Brazil for third place.
  • 1991: Did not qualify.
  • 1993: Quarterfinalist. Finished 2nd in Group C. Lost to Brazil in quarterfinal.
  • 1995: Did not qualify.
  • 1997: Second round. Finished 3rd in Group C. Lost to Uruguay in second round.
  • 1999: Second round. Finished 2nd in Group E. Lost to Spain in second round.
  • 2001: Second round. Finished 2nd in Group C. Lost to Egypt in second round.
  • 2003: Quarterfinalist. Won Group F. Beat Côte d'Ivoire in second round. Lost to Argentina in quarterfinal.
  • 2005: Second round. Won Group D. Lost to Italy in second round.
  • 2007: Quarterfinalist. Won Group D. Beat Uruguay in second round. Lost to Austria in quarterfinal.
  • 2009: First round. 1-2-0 in group play.


Schedule and results

The following is a list of matches played within the previous year as well as any games scheduled to take place in the future.
Date Venue Opponent Competition Result U.S. Goalscorers
Mar 6, 2009 Dwight Yorke Stadiummarker, Bacoletmarker CONCACAF U-20 Champ 3–0 W Dilly Duka

Perica Marošević

Billy Schuler
Mar 8, 2009 Dwight Yorke Stadiummarker, Bacoletmarker CONCACAF U-20 Champ 0–0 T
Mar 10, 2009 Dwight Yorke Stadiummarker, Bacoletmarker CONCACAF U-20 Champ 2–0 W Brek Shea

Tony Taylor
Mar 13, 2009 Marvin Lee Stadiummarker, Macoyamarker CONCACAF U-20 Champ 0–0 (W 4–3 PSO)
Mar 15, 2009 Marvin Lee Stadiummarker, Macoyamarker CONCACAF U-20 Champ 0–3 L
May 25, 2009 Sarasota Polo Grounds, Sarasotamarker, Floridamarker Friendly 2–1 W Michael Stephens

Jared Jeffrey
May 27, 2009 Sarasota Polo Grounds, Sarasotamarker, Floridamarker Friendly 3–3 D Michael Stephens

Daniel Cruz
Jun 27, 2009 Alexandriamarker, Egyptmarker Friendly 1–0 W Mikkel Diskerud
Jun 28, 2009 Alexandriamarker, Egyptmarker Friendly 1–1 D Tony Taylor
Jul 27, 2009 Fortín de Ludueñamarker, Rosariomarker, Argentinamarker Tiro Federal Copa Ciudad de Rosario 2–0 W Jorge Flores (2)
Jul 28, 2009 Fortín de Ludueñamarker, Rosariomarker, Argentinamarker Copa Ciudad de Rosario 0–0 (W 5–4 PSO)
Jul 29, 2009 Fortín de Ludueñamarker, Rosariomarker, Argentinamarker Australia Copa Ciudad de Rosario 1–3 L Fuad Ibrahim
Sep 26, 2009 Mubarak Stadiummarker, Suezmarker, Egyptmarker 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup 0–3 L
Sep 29, 2009 Mubarak Stadiummarker, Suezmarker, Egyptmarker 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup 4–1 W Bryan Arguez

Tony Taylor

Dilly Duka

Brian Ownby
Oct 2, 2009 Mubarak Stadiummarker, Suezmarker, Egyptmarker Korea Republic 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup


Players

Current roster

The following 21 players were named to the roster for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egyptmarker. Following the original roster announcement, Bryan Arguez and Gerson Mayen were called into the team to replace Sam Garza, who tore an ACL, and Anthony Wallace, who tore a miniscus, respectively.

2009 player pool

The following players were named to the 2009 player pool by the USSF. The list also includes players called into training camps or matches who were not on the initial 2009 player pool.

Coaches



References

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