The United States men's national soccer team is finally back in the FIFA World Cup after a years-long absence. USA officially kicks off its return with a match against Wales on Monday, the first of three for USMNT versus Group B opponents.
Here's everything you need about USA's history in the World Cup before play begins.
USA World Cup Appearances
This year marks the 11th all-time appearance for the U.S. men's national soccer team. The USA previously qualified for this tournament in 1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
USMNT's appearance in 2014 was it most recent prior to this year. Their streak of seven straight WC appearances was broken in 2018 after the team failed to qualify for the last World Cup in Russia.
The 2026 World Cup will be USA's 12th appearance. They are automatically qualified for the tournament since they're one of the three host nations, along with Canada and Mexico.
USA World Cup Wins
The U.S. men's national soccer team has been a consistent presence at the World Cup since the tournament's inception. Unfortunately, that hasn't led to any hardware as USMNT has never won a World Cup final. The closest they ever came was in 1930 at the first-ever WC.
How Far Has the U.S. Gone in the World Cup?
Despite never winning, USMNT has had notable success at the World Cup. The 1930 tournament was their best showing to date, as they made it all the way to the semifinals. They lost in that match, though, and ended up finishing third, which remains their top finish so far.
Aside from the third-place showing in 1930, the U.S. has also made it to the Round of 16 four times. USA appeared in this stage in 1934 (Italy), 1994 when they were the host country, and then again in 2010 (South Africa) and 2014 (Brazil).
USA World Cup Record and Results
The U.S. men's national soccer team is 8-19-6 (W-L-D) across 33 all-time World Cup matches. Check out the full list of USMNT's WC results by year below:
- 1930: Semifinals
- 1934: Round of 16
- 1950: Group Stage
- 1990: Group Stage
- 1994: Round of 16
- 1998: Group Stage
- 2002: Quarterfinals
- 2006: Group Stage
- 2010: Round of 16
- 2014: Round of 16
- 2022: TBD
USA World Cup Schedule 2022
Check out USA's full schedule for the group stage at the 2022 World Cup below:
- Monday, Nov. 21: USA vs Wales (2 p.m. ET)
- Friday, Nov. 25: England vs USA (2 p.m. ET)
- Tuesday, Nov. 29: Iran vs USA (2 p.m. ET)
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