Has the USMNT ever won the World Cup? All you have to know about US soccer history

USMNT Missed Russia 2018 and now has a Golden Generation in Europe: how the United States built a team with the potential to be a major player in world soccer.

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The United States Men's National Team has played in several World Cup editions, with their best result occurring during their first appearance at the 1930 World Cup, when the United States finished in third place. After the 1950 World Cup, in which the United States upset England in group play 1–0, the U.S. was absent from the finals until 1990. The United States has participated in every World Cup since 1990 until 2014, but they did not qualify for the 2018 competition for the first time since 1986 after a loss to Trinidad and Tobago.

What is the history of the FIFA World Cup?

The World Cup is an international football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II. 

How many countries play in the FIFA World Cup?

The current format of the World Cup involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world. One of the richest, most powerful and influential countries in the world, it has not yet managed to replicate this in men's soccer. Perhaps it won't be long now. For the first time in history, it has the raw material with the potential to completely dominate the scene.

Three years on from that tragic defeat in Trinidad and Tobago that knocked it out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, it has a Golden Generation with players who occupy prominent roles at major European elite clubs such as FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. A group of young talents who have been making their way among the stars of these teams and are shaping up to be the group that will make the definitive leap in quality.

Players such as Christian Pulisic or Weston McKennie began to grow in the Bundesliga some time ago and opened the doors to different American prospects, while the Federation (US Soccer) detected some eligible gems and wasted no time in recruiting them.

Both factors have come together in the latest call-up, where the names are not glittering but there are some striking features: the average age on the list is only 21.3 years old and nine of the 10 players participating in the current edition of the UEFA Champions League have been included, a record for this country in the world's most prestigious club competition.

There are also 14 players of U-20 age and 10 players who have received their first call-up to represent the senior national team. His long-range and effective plan has begun to emerge.

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