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The Curious Case of Gregg Berhalter



Gregg Berhalter’s contract has expired and we’re unsure of the next move for the manager or the US Men’s National Team. Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena left little to the imagination when they each lost their position as USMNT managers. They had not been able to qualify for the World Cup in 2018 out of CONCACAF and in Arena’s case not been able to even secure a draw against a lowly Trinidad and Tobago side. Berhalter is a much more interesting position with a network of converging storylines that make for intriguing decisions for both parties.

What did Gregg do and how will he be measured? What does USSF want to knowing they are hosting the World Cup and will have an incredibly talented team to build from for a 2026 run.

Qualifying & Expectations

Gregg was hired at a time when the US had failed to qualify for the world cup out of CONCACAF. After failing to qualify a number of US fan bases and independent media were born and grew out of the frustration of this experience. Scuffed Podcast, Underdog Soccer Podcast, Tactical Manager and 11Yanks are all core mediums that were born of and have grown a tremendous following in the wake of missing 2018.

Alexi Lalas had mentioned early in the process that this was the greatest group of American players assembled and expectations would be high for the new manager. There were trophies earned across the pool, Pulisic had some great moments in HUGE games for Chelsea, Weston McKennie was establishing himself as a key piece for Juventus in Italy, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson at Leeds, a backline duo of Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream at Fulham, Tim Weah in France and Gio Reyna, the wonder kid, at Dortmund, Yunus Musah and Sergiño Dest in Spain (followed by Italy for Dest). The list goes on and on. The argument however, has been – how essential are these players for these key clubs. Are they scoring goals and providing true attacking impact in their roles? Can we produce a striker who can score to finish off goals in this talented pool of supporting attacking players? 

The USMNT finished third and qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Ultimately they qualified, but they were dominated by Canada drawing their first match at home and losing to an under manned Canadian team away. Though they defeated Mexico in qualifying, they finished below them in the standings as they were unable to put away some of their weaker opponents. It could have easily gone very differently either way during qualifying. The US should have scored to defeat El Salvador in their opener and looked desperately disorganized against Panama through most of the match before a halftime lineup change and Pepi’s substitution likely changed the course of qualifing and Berhalter’s legacy.  

Gregg built a successful defensive side, that allowed very few goals during qualifying and played to Tyler Adam’s strengths gobbling up most of opposing teams threats through qualifying. The team struggled to score, identify a striker and find ways to score goals for three years. The inability to figure this out was apparent early and brought up by Gregg after the US’ loss to Holland.

Young & Inexperienced Group

The roster that Berhalter took on needed to be completely overhauled. There were very few pieces worth keeping from the previous cycle of an aged MLS retirement squad. However there was a tremendous young crop of extremely promising players coming up in the wake of the 2018 failure.

The minimal expectation was qualification and debate has raged over how challenging that process truly is for CONCACAF. This allowed for more of a microscope on Gregg’s tenure than many coaches ahead of their takeover had faced. Gregg’s mind was on regaining US presence and achieving World Cup qualification, but many fans strived for and demanded more. The quality of the talent he inherited were achieving historic success in Europe’s top leagues, Champions League and making a name for themselves at the highest levels of world football. They are also extremely young, Tyler Adams was the youngest captain at the tournament and the team was 2nd youngest at the tournament (25.2 years). That average was slightly higher in the tournament than it had been (<25 years) during qualifying, in their October qualifier against Costa Rica they had an average age of 22.2.

The debate on the talent level has raged for years. Very few players through qualifying and the tournament had ever experienced a World Cup, many had been a part of a qualifying cycle. Did this play a part in their success or failure? All this experience discussion not to mention that their leader Gregg himself had never managed internationally, never led or been a part of leading World Cup qualifying off the pitch. 

During this qualifying process many questions around the US roster call ups were brought up. Gregg was extremely slow to retire players from his pool that were apparent to not be key contributors to the group especially glaring were players like Jackson Yueill, Sebastian Lletget and Aaron Long, who was included on the World Cup roster. Jesus Ferreira looked unready for the position of 9 this cycle, but was included anyway and showed poorly in the 45 minutes he was given in Qatar. 

 Further playing into this debate was the pool itself. Sergiño Dest selected the United States of America over pursuing an opportunity with Holland. Yunus Musah was eligible for Ghana, England and Italy, however he makes a shocking decision to play for the US. Was this the work of the Brian McBride, GM hired to help with internationals or Gregg’s personal efforts to build relationships with players and prospects players? Perhaps also encouraging his players to reach out to these dual nationals. There are enough rumors and personal stories that confirm Gregg was involved in several dual nationals decisions to make the case for his value there. This was perhaps his most impactful moves as a manager. Musah was part of the central midfield nicknamed “MMA”. This trio were immensenly impactful, critical even, to the US success and the best central midfield collective I’ve seen play. 

The players had some learning experiences along the way. Weston McKennie in particular during World Cup qualifying got himself into trouble breaking protocol and was sent home. This was hugely debated at the time and questions galore, but has since clearly shown to be handled well. McKennie himself has praised how the situation was handled and Gregg restored McKennie to the lineup.

“I’m glad we’re addressing this right away. Because when this thing happened, we stressed the importance of us having a young team, people making mistakes and people being held accountable for their mistakes. And that’s exactly what it was and what it is,” Berhalter said.  


For the most part Berhalter had a relatively successful brand with his core players who continued on the roster. However many fans have continued to wonder through rumors and other places how great Gregg’s relationship was with all players. John Brooks name and curious legacy has been dragged for two years now since he was dropped from WCQ and inexplicably been left out. Others like Matt Miazga have hinted at some future stories that may emerge once Gregg is no longer the manager.

A bizarre interaction with Gregg and media regarding Haji Wright after 45 minutes in June. 


Additionally, Gregg caused unnecessary drama after the World Cup when he made comments at an event that was tied to Gio Reyna. This came at the time the Athletic was releasing a story around Reyna’s limited minutes and the reporting they had to why this was happening.  Reyna will certainly be one of the rising stars in the 2026 cycle and widely considered one of the best American young players in Europe. That could lead to some challenges for Berhalter’s selection as a manager with the young star. 

One final area that was noticeable during his tenure was his rare ownership of losses or failures. After the loss to Canada, Gregg was demolished by the media for saying that the US dominated Canada in a 0-2 loss. 

“I think it was an entire team effort that was outstanding,” Berhalter said. “We asked them to be dominant, we asked them to embrace the conditions, embrace the physicality of going and I think we did that and more.

“It’s hard for me to remember a performance away from home this dominant without getting a result.”

After losing to Holland, instead of owning it as a manager and identifying the defensive weaknesses of his own side; he leaned into his striker problems:

WHAT THEY SAID: “We don’t have a Memphis Depay right now, who’s scoring in the Champions League,” Berhalter proclaimed, despite Memphis never scoring a Champions League goal since joining Barcelona. “[The Netherlands] were clinical in their [scoring] opportunities in the first half. Other than that, there wasn’t much separating the teams.”

Ironically many fans pointed out we have more statistically successful players in Europe and Holland’s manager Louis van Gaal pointed to tactical failures on the manager’s part. 

Team USA didn’t adjust, they didn’t adapt,’ he said. ‘We based a tactical plan on that [targeting the flanks] that probably allowed us to win. ‘


All the above is for not if a manager isn’t successful on the field of battle. Fair or not, that is how all managers are ultimately weighed. The challenge for USSF and for fans is what is the measure of success. Gregg came into the position with debatable success to begin with. Many fans were excited to see a coach who had taken a small market club with no budget into the playoffs. Others saw a manager who had failed and been fired in Europe and never won anything domestically.

Preparation for World Cup qualifying, building a roster, building a system – execution and quality for wins, bringing the locker room together under a shared vision and belief. These are difficult things to break down and measure in a manager, but let’s look at the body of work.  

In preperation for World Cup qualifying it was a mixed bag of reactions to roster selections and style of play, but success against rival Mexico cannot be debated. The US defeated Mexico three times in 2021, winning the Nations League (one of the best feelings of the cycle for me), the Gold Cup (with our B team) and defeating Mexico at home with a classic and deeply meaningful 2-0 scoreline in World Cup qualifying.

The debate of course here, lies in seeing Mexico’s body of work for the year and their poor performance at the World Cup. This was clearly not the Mexico of old, missing key players and their young prospects not panning out as quality as the young Americans had. In addition, not scoring goals and the two defeats to Canada hurt Berhalter’s body of work.

Gregg struggled with in game tactics his entire tenure. He rarely made the right impact substitution or lacked what seemed to be the right tactical changes in those critical manager minutes from 60-80 to make any case that he had a good feel for the game, his subs were limited but often due to his own roster selection or lack of development errors and he rarely tactically how managed his opponent once they had the opportunity to engage. 

That all said, Gregg helped the USMNT qualify for the World Cup. This is ultimately the most critical piece of manager responsibility in World Cup Qualifying is to qualify. The Italians amongst many other nations would gladly take a last place spot to have been included in the 2022 tournament. However, the qualifying process didnt appear to grant Gregg the opportunity to solve one of his most glaring issues on the attacking side of the ball. 

At the World Cup the US missed a golden opportunity to defeat Wales. The draw came of all things, on a defensive error that led to a penalty. The US looked strong against England achieving a draw once again, though at times looking the more dangerous and better side – especially in the midfield. Giving the Captain arm band to Adams, helping Weston McKennie navigate breaking team rules and recruiting Yunus Musah perhaps making Berhalter’s decision making important here. These two results however led a very talented team to a must win game against Iran which they ultimately did win 1-0. It was once again a debated result. The job of a team in a tournament is to move on yes, but many fans felt it was unconvincing and the inability to win against Wales forced Berhalter to play a tired starting XI too many minutes.

The US lost in the first group stage to the Netherlands 3-1. Not a side that is embarrassing to lose to, but certainly a scoreline not indicative of a strong defensive minded manager. The goals against were not prolific, but often missed assignments, perhaps from tired legs. The US had opportunity to draw this game down 2-1 after scoring to get in the game there were missed chances. Who is to blame? The debate rages on, but ultimately a win against Iran and two draws are what Berhalter’s young side come home with. 

Next Steps

  The US have increased their Elo ranking, remained undefeated against England and dominated Mexico in 2021. As stated above perhaps Berhalter’s biggest accomplishment was his potential involvement in the dual national recruitment arena. The team structure and culture overall seemed to be solid, though as pointed out above plenty of cracks in the walls. Most of the key items pointed out in Bob Morocco’s response below: 

What ultimately does the US want to look like and what are they planning and hoping to accomplish in 2026? 

Gregg’s tactical strength were improving the defensive identity in the US, however in a few critical games we seemed to give key goals or make defensive errors (2-0 loss to Canada, 3-1 loss to Holland). Few of the backline will likely be part of a 2026 run – Dest, Antonee Robinson are likely, Joe Scally could be competing and it is likely Cameron Carter-Vickers and possibly Walker Zimmerman could compete at CB. It’ll be on the attacking side of our game we’ll need to improve and this area has not been Gregg’s strength. Gregg didn’t show a strong in game tactical management to make crucial changes that would shift the course of a game in the way we’ll need to make a deep run. 

Gregg was a fantastic dual national recruiter and that was critical, how many more dual nationals are out there and can McBride with a new manager and a strong model replicate this? That will be difficult to measure and assess. Gregg’s cracks and flaws showed both in his commentary and some of his relationships. He often gave preference to domestic camp players and hung on to poor performers past when the player was losing their traction even in their own clubs. The lack of depth showed in the World Cup and would need improvement for a 2026 run.

Gregg has won Nations League and Gold Cup, but has few international successes or trophies, nor any improvement in is resume to show that he would have the caliber or tactics to really shift the mindset of even is existing players on how to level up from where they have performed. Few of even our top players outside of perhaps Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams showed even as much of the qualities they’ve possed for their club for the national team. 

For all the positives many fans have on Gregg Berhalter certainly the gap between good and great was apparent to all. Perhaps event to Gregg himself, who may want to pat himself on the back, say job well done and return to his favored club coaching career.

Can the US draw and inspire a successful international or touted club tournament manager into making a go of a run with the USMNT fan base and the host nation marketing that will come for that manager? Certainly that won’t inspire a top club manager, but may provide additional funding to make the pay competitive and the spotlight of a massive sports nation interest to glory seekers. The answer to that will define what’s next. 


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USMNT Kits Come in Different Styles and Colors



Thomas Deschaine (@uskeeper on X and us_keeper on Instagram)

US Soccer kit releases are something fans get excited about and lately have resulted in disappointment. US Soccer’s recent schedule for kits release during the cycle has seen them releasing another road and or third kits in Gold Cup years and home and away pairs in the even years. 

US Soccer is expected to release the 2024 Copa America kits for the USMNT in the coming weeks headed into the Nations League Finals. Last Thursday evening Footy Headlines, who has had a good track record of leaking USMNT kits in the past, provided the below pictures of the home and away USMNT kits. These kits haven’t officially been announced by Nike or US Soccer, but the anticipated announcement is expected in the coming weeks headed into the Nations League Final.

Photo from – February 29, 2024

Fake Leaked USMNT Kits

The below USMNT kits were leaked over the last decade, but none of them came to fruition, it’s fun to look at what could have been for the USMNT.

2014 World Cup Kits

These leaked kits headed into the 2014 FIFA World Cup were where loved by many USMNT fans due to the sash and the use of the Centennial Crest, but unfortunately, these kits were fakes and never released.

Photo from SportsLogos.Net – September 13, 2013

2015 Alternative Kit & 2016 Copa America

Generally, US Soccer releases an alternate kit in the years that the Gold Cup is played. This leak kit was reported back in 2015 by NBCSports and then again by MLS Soccer when it was suggested it could be used during the Copa América Centenario.

Photo from NBCSports – April 2, 2015

2022 World Cup Kits

I would have much preferred for the USMNT to have worn these kits at the 2022 FIFA World Cup when they ended up, but alas it was another leaked kit that never was. 

Photo from – May 6, 2022

2024 Copa America Kit

This rumored kit for the USMNT was based on similar kits worn by the USMNT at the 1924 Olympics and the 1930 World Cup.

Photo from via – September 14, 2023

History of US Soccer Crest and USMNT kits

Over ten years ago I began my research of USMNT soccer data in search of a single source site, which I quickly found didn’t exist. Through my research, I started to comply with old USMNT kits and crests from the past. As I acquired more and more kits worn by the USMNT and was able to start to fill in the gaps between them I decided to digitally recreate these kits and share them with the USMNT fans. 

Here’s a look at what I was able to find while it seems like a lot I am sure there are many more kits I missed and if so I would love to know which ones so I could create and update what I have already.

History of US Soccer Crests

Here’s the history of the US Soccer crests. I had to recreate several of these crests based on old pictures I found throughout my research since there were no digital images available. 

USMNT Kits – 1916-1973

These were the first kits worn by the USMNT which weren’t sponsored. There are variations of these kits worn by the USMNT which comprised of variations of crests and styles, likely due to available funds during this time. My favorite kits in the group are the ones with the sashes from the 1928 and 1936 Olympics and the 1959 Pan American Games

USMNT Kits – 1974-1983

The group of kits for the USMNT were the first that were sponsored by Adidas. There were a lot of similar styles of kits during this time which really lacked any creativity. My favorite kits in the group are the ones from the middle to late 1970s, there is something about their simplicity and clean look. 

USMNT Kits – 1984-1994

Adidas’s 20-year run of creating kits for US Soccer ended in 1994, with few quality kits made during those couple of decades, which is ironic considering how nice Adidas’s kits are today. My favorite kits in the group are the 1985/1986 blue hoop kit and the 1988 Blue Olympic kit.

USMNT Kits – 1995-2011

In 1995 Nike took over the creation of the US Soccer kits and started by making three similar kits for the 1995 Copa America and 1996 third kit for the US Cup. Nike did release three Special Edition kits in 2003, 2004, and 2006, which were only worn for one match each. My favorite kits in the group all had a sash on them, which were both the 2010 World Cup kits and the red 2011 Gold Cup kit. 

USMNT Kits – 2012-Current

Most USMNT fans would agree that recent kits released by Nike haven’t held the standard seen in the 2010s, where the hoops/stripes that some many fans loved for the 2012 Waldo kits were incorporated. My unsung kits of this group are the 2018 home kit, which would have been worn at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the 2017 Gold Cup kit. 

USMNT Kits going forward

Nike and US Soccer signed what was considered a historical long-term sponsor agreement, in November 2021, that went into effect in Janaury 2023 that will run for at least a decade which will cover the 2026 FIFA World Cup and 2028 Summer Olympics and possibly a 2027 or 2031 Women’s World Cup hosted in the United States, so for fans who has hoped for a different kit creator they will have to wait a while.

Once the 2024 Copa America kits are released US Soccer will likely only release one more kit for the 2025 Gold Cup for the USMNT before releasing the 2026 World Cup kits. One idea that I’ve had for a long time was for US Soccer to release Special Edition Kits with styles from the past, with the limited release of those kits, coupled with playing matches in locations and venues throughout the United States to build the fan base and excitement for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

In conclusion, I am somewhat optimistic that US Soccer and Nike will create some variation of the 2012 Waldo kit & 1994 Stats and Denim kit to be worn as the hosts of the 2026 World Cup.

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2024: A Pivotal Year for the USMNT



Thomas Deschaine (@uskeeper on X/Formally Twitter)

Photo From: USA Today-John Locher, AP – 18, June 2023 – 2023 Concacaf Nations League 

As the fog hovered over Estadio Parque Artigas Stadium in Paysandú, Uruguay in the 58th minute Eric Wynalda received the ball on the right wing with Joe-Max Moore making a run forward and in front of  Wynalda who delivered a pass to Moore who then went down preventing the ball from being taken away and sending it back to Wynalda who slides forward and scores the third goal of the match and his third goal of the tournament, making it 3-0 USA over tenth-ranked Argentinians and all but sealing the win and the top spot in Group C at the 1995 Copa America. The win for this USMNT consisted of 17 players from the 1994 World Cup team who reached their pinnacle with this group of players finishing fourth at this Copa America.

Over the previous three decades, the USMNT has had some of the biggest wins in the team’s history. During the 1999 Confederations Cup, which was played in Mexico the USMNT played a hard-fought match against the fifth-ranked Germans defeating them 2-0 in the final group stage match and finishing third overall in the tournament. The USMNT would also have an even bigger result against second-ranked Spain in the semi-finals of the 2009 Confederations Cup when they ended Spain’s 35-game unbeaten streak in a 2-0 victory that would send them to the final against Brazil.

2024 is the midway point of the 2026 FIFA World Cup cycle, and the next two windows for the USMNT who as a team and federation need to start ascending to their apex with this group to ensure that they have an amazing performance at the 2026 World Cup.

The USMNT has already played their first match, a 1-0 defeat to Slovenia, but need to quickly focus on the March window 2024 CONCACAF Nations League Finals where they will play Jamaica in the semi-final round and a win would put the USMNT in their third straight Nations League Final where they would have a chance to play either Mexico or Panama and win their third straight Concacaf Nations League trophy.

Some 90 days later the USMNT will be kicking off only their fifth appearance at the Copa America Tournament, with the stakes for this group at an all-time high and where success is demanded from the players, coaches, fans, and the federation. Will this current group of USMNT players and coaches be able to progress to the next level against the elite teams of CONMEBOL? It’s worth noting that the USMNT has finished fourth twice at Copa America in 1995 and 2016, however, the USMNT finished 32nd at the 1998 World Cup and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The U-23 USMNT will also be playing the Olympics for the first time since 2008, which provides a great opportunity for those U-23 players to get noticed on a big stage. There are many eligible players who if released by their clubs will have a great opportunity to impress while helping the U-23 USMNT make a deep run at the 2024 Olympics in France.

As it becomes increasingly harder for the USMNT to schedule non-Concacaf opponents the US Soccer Federation will need to get creative in who and where they schedule these Friendly matches. The June window offers up the best opportunities for the USMNT to schedule matches against other CONMEBOL teams, preferably in Groups A and B which feature Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela

Edgar Moreno on X, formally Twitter, reported that the USMNT and Colombia have scheduled a Friendly headed into Copa America. It was also reported on that Colombia will be scheduling a total of four matches leading into the tournament, two of which will be taking place in Europe. While there are challenges with timing and logistics around scheduling Friendlies with UEFA teams, USSF really needs to do everything possible to secure a similar type of schedule headed into Copa America but, rarely schedules USMNT Friendlies outside of the FIFA International window, which Colombia would need to do to make that schedule work. 

 It has been recently rumored that the USMNT might close to scheduling a Friendly with Colombia headed into Copa America. The September and October windows have few quality opponents available, at the time of the article it appears that the September window could be an opportunity to play schedule matches with teams from the CAF Confederation, but those matches would likely need to be played at neutral sites in Europe. 

2024 USMNT Window

MarchJune WindowCopa AmericaSeptemberOctoberNovember
CNL Finals                 March 18-26Friendlies            June 3-11                                  June 20-July 14Friendlies           Sept. 2-10Friendlies           Oct. 7-15CNL quarterfinals       Nov. 11-19

Below are eight years since the 1994 cycle that at the time were considered big years for the USMNT as they were playing in FIFA tournaments against teams from other confederations. Below is a look at how they fared.


6 Wins, 4 Draws, 11 Losses, GF-21, GA-27

Third Place at the King Fahd Cup renamed Confederations Cup in 1997 edition.

First at U.S. Cup (Participating teams –Ireland, Italy & Portugal)

Top Goal Scorers

5-Eric Wynalda
3-Hugo Perez
3-Marcelo Balboa
2-Bruce Murray
2-John Harkes

Goalkeeper Stats

5 Wins – Tony Meola
4 Shutouts – Tony Meola

Photo From: Soccer International, Volume 3, Issue 12, December 1992


10 Wins, 11 Draws, 13 Losses, GF-45, GA-44

Twelfth place at Copa America 

Second Place at Gold Cup

Third Place at U.S. Cup (Participating teams – Brazil, England & Germany)

34 matches played 1st All-Time

11 Draws tied for 1st All-Time with 1994

13 Loses 1st All-Time

44 Goals Conceded 1st All-Time

Top Goal Scorers

8-Joe-Max Moore
7-Dominic Kinnear
4-Alexi Lalas
4-Thomas Dooley

Goalkeeper Stats

Photo From:  El Grafico Number 3847, June 16, 1993

7 Wins – Tony Meola
8 Shutouts – Tony Meola


5 Wins, 3 Draws, 6 Losses, GF-20, GA-18

Fourth Place at Copa America

First at U.S. Cup (Participating teams – Colombia, Mexico & Nigeria)

Top Goal Scorers

3-Eric Wynalda
2-Joe-Max Moore
2-Alexi Lalas
2-John Harkes

Goalkeeper Stats

3 Wins – Kasey Keller
2 Shutouts – Brad Friedel & Kasey Keller

Photo From: DIEGO GIUDICE Associated Press file, July 14, 1995


7 Wins, 2 Draws, 4 Losses, GF-19, GA-11

Third Place at Confederations Cup

Second Place at U.S. Cup (Participating teams – Bolivia, Guatemala & Mexico)

Top Goal Scorers

3-Joe-Max Moore
3-Brian McBride
2-Ben Olsen
2-Jovan Kirovski
2-Frankie Hedjuk

Goalkeeper Stats

2 Wins – Brad Friedel & Kasey Keller
2 Shutouts – Brad Friedel & Tony Meola

Photo From: FIFA Report- 1999 Mexico, July 30, 1999


10 Wins, 2 Draws, 4 Losses, GF-28, GA-10

Seventh Place at Confederations Cup

Third place at Gold Cup

Top Goal Scorers

7-Landon Donovan
4-Carlos Bocanegra
3-Brian McBride
3-Chris Klein

Goalkeeper Stats

6 Wins – Kasey Keller
5 Shutouts – Kasey Keller

Photo From: FIFA Confederations Cup, June 23, 2003


12 Wins, 1 Draws, 5 Losses, GF-31, GA-19

Twelfth Place at Copa America 

First Place at Gold Cup

Top Goal Scorers

9-Landon Donovan
3-Clint Dempsey
3- DaMarcus Beasley
2-Eddie Johnson
2-Benny Feilhaber
2-Carlos Bocanegra

Goalkeeper Stats

8 Wins – Tim Howard
4 Shutouts – Tim Howard

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guillermo Legaria/EPA/Shutterstock (8021271j) Argentinean Striker Lionel Messi (r) and U S Mildfielder Ricardo Clarck Figth For the Ball During the Copa America Group C Soccer Match Argentina Vs Usa at the Pachencho Romero Stadium in Maracaibo Venezuela 28 June 2007 Venezuela Maracaibo Venezuela Soccer Copa America – Jun 2007

Photo From: Guillermo Legaria – FIFA Copa America, June 28, 2007 


13 Wins. 3 Draws, 8 Losses, GF-43, GA-36

Second Place at Confederations Cup

Second Place at Gold Cup

Top Goal Scorers

6-Jozy Altidore
5-Landon Donovan
4-Clint Dempsey
4-Michael Bradley
3- Sacha Kljestan
3- Charlie Davies

Goalkeeper Stats

7 Wins – Tim Howard
4 Shutouts – Tim Howard

Photo From: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images


12 Wins, 1 Draw, 6 Losses, GF-37, GA-20

Fourth Place at Copa America

Top Goal Scorers

6-Jozy Altidore
4-Bobby Wood
4-Clint Dempsey
3-Christian Pulisic
3-Gyasi Zardes

Goalkeeper Stats

8 Wins – Brad Guzan
6 Shutouts – Brad Guzan

Photo From: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Expectations for the in 2024 USMNT

The USMNT is expected to once again advance to the Nations League Final and with their full fit A Squad should be able to bring home their third Nations League trophy, but the 2024 Copa America tournament is very possible the most important non-World Cup the USMNT has even competed it. How success and failure will be determined by the USSF and fans will be interesting to follow. Gregg Berhalter has to prove that he can put together a roster, a formation that allows for simple and effective tactics that will allow the USMNT to not only compete against some top-tier nations but beat them. Success for me isn’t just advancing to the semi-finals of Copa America The USMNT needs to perform at the next level against the top-tier nations, something that I’ve only seen a handful of times in my nearly 35 years as a USMNT fan.

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USMNT’S Next Great Location



Where the USMNT Should Play Next and Why?


The largest USMNT home attendance of 93,869 took place at the 1994 World Cup in a 1-0 loss to Romania at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The U.S. men’s national team announced last month that their only January Camp 2024 Friendly match would be played in the nearly 8,300-seat Toyota Field, home of the USL Championship team San Antonio FC. This marks only the third time USMNT has played a match in a USL venue, the last match was in March 2018, at WakeMed Soccer Park, in Cary, North Carolina. It also marked the 16th time that the USMNT will be playing a match at a venue with a capacity of less than 10,000 (USMNT have played 13 matches at 10,000 seat capacity). 

How and where USMNT decides to play matches has recently been scrutinized by fans who live in areas of the United States where matches are rarely — or never — played. Back in March 2023, the USMNT played their final Concacaf Nations League match in Orlando, making its sixth appearance in Orlando since Exploria Stadium opened in 2017. The USMNT has also played seven matches in the state of Ohio since the beginning of the 2018 cycle, four of which have been played in Cincinnati, which is tied for the second most matches played in a city since 2018. USMNT fans nationwide who haven’t been able to attend a local or regional match recently continue to ask why the same handful of venues continue to be selected, even for Friendly matches.  

Since the beginning of the 2018 cycle, the USMNT has played 62 home matches at 28 venues, but 10 of those venues have hosted three or more times. The USSF doesn’t have control over which venues the USMNT will play their Gold Cup and Nation League Finals matches, but it does with friendlies, World Cup Qualifiers, and all home Nations League matches. 

During the Gregg Berhalter era (yes, I am counting the six-ish months when Anthony Hudson and B.J. Callaghan coached) the USMNT played the second- and third-longest consecutive home match stretches; 15 consecutive home matches in 2019 and 14 consecutive home matches in 2023. Both were years when the Gold Cup was played. The longest stretch was in 1994 when the USMNT hosted the World Cup and played 17 consecutive home matches. As we look forward to 2024 it is possible that the USMNT could reach 16 consecutive home matches played if they can play the maximum amount of Copa America matches and don’t schedule any road or neutral location matches during the September and October windows.

When posting on X (formerly Twitter) about the match at Geodis Park in Nashville, Tennessee, the USMNT account said, “Another stadium to cross off the list,” which appears to be a jab at the USMNT fans about venue selection. The recently scheduled January Camp match scheduled in San Antonio isn’t the first time the USMNT has played in this city. They beat Costa Rica 1-0 in 1988 at Alamo Stadium and in 2015 beat Mexico 2-0 at the Alamodome.

Breaking Down Recent USMNT Home Matches

Below are the US Cities in which the USMNT has played since the beginning of the 2018 cycle up through the group stage matches of Copa America 2024.

Kansas City, Kansas*5
Orlando, Florida5
Arlington, Texas4
Austin, Texas4
Cincinnati, Ohio4
Nashville, Tennessee4
Carson, California3
Paradise, Nevada3
St. Louis, Missouri3
St. Paul, Minnesota3

Below are the US States in which the USMNT has played since the beginning of the 2018 cycle through the Copa America 2024 group matches.


*All three 2021 Gold Cup Group Stage matches were played at the same location.

In the past, locations and venue selection for World Cup qualifiers haven’t been ideal to ensure a true home-field advantage for the USMNT (see the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey). The US Soccer Federation has started to rely on the same 7 or 8 venues for critical matches. But, with the USMNT not needing to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, USSF has a great opportunity to play in locations they have never played before, or at least in recent memory.

As it currently stands, the USMNT hasn’t played a match in 22 of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) and there are seven states in which the USMNT hasn’t played a match in nearly 10 years. Indiana, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Kentucky are the four most populated states to never host a USMNT match, and very much overdue to get matches scheduled at those locations.

One of the seven locations that haven’t seen the USMNT play in over 10 years is Michigan, which has seen two of the largest crowds to watch International Club soccer, the largest attendance of 109,318 in 2014 when Manchester United defeated Real Madrid 3-1 and the 2nd largest attendance of 105,826 in 2016 saw Real Madrid defeat Chelsea 3-2 both were played at the University of Michigan Stadium aka “The Big House”.

Which State or Venue Should the USMNT Play at Next?

Here’s a look at 10 locations/venues where I would like to see the USMNT play over the next couple of cycles. There are some challenges in getting matches scheduled in certain states and venues due to the playing surface not being grass or the venue not being the required size, which is the case in many of the NCAA football fields. 

The below graphic shows the regions where the USMNT has played or already scheduled  457 home matches, up through the Copa America 2024 group stage.


Protective Stadium Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham Legion FC – USL Championship & UAB Blazers – NCAA Football
Capacity – 47,100


Under the management of Bruce Arena, the USMNT played three matches in Alabama during the 2002 and 2006 cycles, but haven’t returned in almost 18 years. 

Last three Matches played in Alabama

March 30, 2005 – 2-0 win vs Guatemala – Birmingham, Alabama – Legion Field – World Cup Qualifier

March 10, 2002 – 1-0 win vs Ecuador – Birmingham, Alabama – Legion Field – Friendly

March 12, 2000 – 1-1 draw vs Tunisia – Birmingham, Alabama – Legion Field – Friendly


War Memorial Stadium – Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock Rangers – USL2 & Secondary Home of Arkansas Razorbacks – NCAA Football
Capacity – 54,120

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Neither the US Men’s nor Women’s National teams have played a soccer match in the state of Arkansas. Another option could be to play at the recently announced expansion USL Championship team to be located in Northwest Arkansas. 

Last three Matches played in Arkansas

No matches played


New Aloha Stadium (2033 – 2038) – Honolulu, Hawaii
University of Hawaii – NCAA Football
Capacity – Expected 25,000 – 30,000


With a new Aloha Stadium expected to be built and hopefully finished in the next 10 years, playing a match in Hawaii seems more likely an option for the USMNT in the future, the perfect opportunity for a January camp location.

Back in 2015, the USWNT had a scheduled victory tour match at the current Aloha Stadium but was canceled on the day of the match because the artificial turf surface at the stadium was deemed unplayable. 

Last three Matches played in Hawaii

No matches played


Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
Boise State University – NCAA Football
Capacity – 36,387

Neither the USMNT nor the USWNT has ever played a match in Idaho, or any of the other surrounding states of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. However, in 2015 a friendly match was scheduled at the home of Boise State University at Albertsons Stadium, which is known for its blue surface, aka “Smurf Turf.”  The Basque Soccer Friendly featured Athletic Bilbao of La Liga against Club Tijuana of Liga MX in front of a crowd of 21,948 with Athletic Bilbao winning 2–0.   

Last three Matches played in Idaho

No matches played


Future – Indy Eleven Stadium – Indianapolis, Indiana
Indy Eleven – USL Championship
Capacity – 20,000


The senior USMNT has never played in the state of Indiana. The B Team, however, has played Olympic qualifying matches there for the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, as well as the 1987 Pan American Games, with games not counting as full international caps

Last three Matches played in Indiana

May 10, 1992 – 3-1 win vs Canada – Bloomington, Indiana – Bill Armstrong Stadium – Olympic Qualifying 

August 15, 1987 – 0-2 loss vs Argentina – Indianapolis, IN – Kuntz Memorial Soccer Stadium- Pan American Games

May 25, 1987 – 4-1 win vs El Salvador – Indianapolis, IN – Kuntz Memorial Soccer Stadium – Olympic Qualifying


Lynn Family Stadium – Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville City FC – USL Championship
Capacity – 11,700 (Expandable to 15,304)

It was nearly a full capacity crowd at Lynn Family Stadium Saturday on a hot evening as LouCity took on visiting Memphis. The boys in purple won, 3-0. June 12, 2021

Louisville City FC has been one of the more successful and popular USL teams in recent seasons and has an amazing fan base. This spurred the building of their soccer stadium in 2018. It is a logical location for a USMNT match. 

Last three Matches played in Kentucky

No matches played

New York City

Future – New York City FC – Bronx, New York
New York City FC – MLS Team
Capacity – 25,000

The US Men’s National Team hasn’t played in the New York City area in nearly 40 years, even though they have played matches at the home stadium of the New York Red Bulls which is in New Jersey. 

Last three Matches played in New York City Area

November 30, 1984 – 0-0 draw vs Ecuador – Hempstead, New York – Hofstra Stadium– Friendly

September 15, 1968 – 3-3 draw vs Israel – Bronx, New York – Yankee Stadium – Friendly

May 27, 1964 – 0-10 loss vs England – Randall’s Island, New York – Downing Stadium – Friendly

New York (Upstate)

Future – Buffalo Bills stadium (2026) – Orchard Park, New York
Buffalo Bills – NFL Team
Capacity – 62,000

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The US Men’s National Team has never played in Upstate New York and with the new stadium being built for the Buffalo Bills — expected to be finished sometime in 2026 — the area would have a good venue for the USMNT to play.

Last three Matches played in Update New York

No matches played

New Mexico

Proposed – New Mexico United Stadium – Albuquerque, New Mexico
New Mexico United – USL Championship
Capacity – 12,000

Another stadium option for the USMNT in New Mexico would be University Stadium also in Albuquerque, which had a seating capacity of over 30,000, however the overall attendance in the only three matches played there wasn’t impressive.

Last three Matches played in New Mexico

March 19, 2005 – 1-0 win vs Honduras – Albuquerque, New Mexico – University Stadium – Friendly

April 30, 1994 – 0-2 loss vs Chile – Albuquerque, New Mexico – University Stadium – Friendly

June 7, 1988 – 0-1 loss vs Ecuador – Albuquerque, New Mexico – University Stadium – Friendly (Clasico International Cup)


Providence Park – Portland Oregon
Portland Timbers – MLS
Capacity – 25,218

It’s been 10 years since the USMNT has played in Oregon and with the Pacific Northwest being a soccer-crazed region, is time for the USMNT to return, while the stadium is currently using field turf they would have to make the necessary accommodations to support a grass service.

Last three Matches played in Oregon

July 9, 2013 – 6-1 win vs Belize – Portland, Oregon – Jeld-Wen Field – Gold Cup-Group Stage

May 24, 1998 – 2-0 win vs Kuwait – Portland, Oregon – Civic Stadium – Friendly

September 7, 1997 – 1-0 win vs Costa Rica Portland, Oregon – Civic Stadium – World Cup Qualifier

Other venues and locations considered were Paladin Stadium at Furman University in South Carolina, Memphis 901 FC recently announced a new 10,000-seat stadium to be built in Memphis, Tennessee in the next several years, and Riccardo Silva Stadium home of the USL Championship team Miami FC. Louisiana is another state which has two venues, the Tad Gormley Stadium and the Superdome both of which the US Women’s National Team has played at in the past and could be suitable options for the USMNT in the future.

What are the next and necessary steps for the US Soccer Federation?

With so many high-profile soccer tournaments to be played in the United States over the next six years, this is a great opportunity for the USSF to expand its reach and bring the USMNT to places it’s never been. As it relates to attendance and ticket pricing, the USSF needs to figure out the formula that would allow for maximum capacity at all home matches while allowing for the federation to bring in the necessary revenue desired. Here’s hoping that the United States Soccer Federation sees it the same way and acts accordingly. 

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