Soccer World Cup 2010


United States of America : Soccer World Cup 2010

With its millions of immigrants from soccer playing countries and ubiquitous soccer moms, it's always seemed only a matter of time before the USA became a soccer powerhouse. However, at the moment the USA is just one of the crowd - on a par with, say, Sweden or Mexico.

12 Jun Royal Bafokeng Stadium

18 Jun Ellis Park

23 Jun Loftus Versfeld

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The majority of the USA squad are based in Europe.

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolves)
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Jay DeMerit (Watford), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Jonathan Spector (West Ham)

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers), Michael Bradley (Borussia Monchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Stuart Holden (Bolton), Jose Torres (Pachuca)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla)

SAA is the official sponsor

On the 25th March 2010 SAA (South African Airways) was announced the official sponsor of the USA Fifa World Cup team.

U.S. head coach Bob Bradley said "We are thrilled to be flying with South African Airways to South Africa this summer. As a coach, you are aware of how important it is to the preparation of the team to travel comfortably, especially for such a long distance. South African Airways has consistently demonstrated their ability to provide excellent service to our group, and we are very pleased to know they will be taking care of us once again."

Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president of North America for SAA said "South African Airways is honored that the U.S. Men's National Team has chosen to fly with us to South Africa each of the last two years. In 2009, the U.S. chose South African Airways to fly to the Confederation's Cup tournament and the team achieved some outstanding results as they reached the finals of that great international soccer tournament. We hope that SAA brings the U.S. Men's National Team continued good luck and that the team can deliver similar results in 2010. We look forward to flying the team, as well as many of their biggest fans to help cheer the team on as they compete in this summer's tournament."

Soccer World Cup track record




Eliminated in first round. First-round opponents were the Czech Republic, Italy and Ghana. The USA was smoked 0-3 by the Czech Republic, tied 1-1 against Italy (indeed, it is astonishing that their best match was against the eventual victors!) and lost a must-win game to Ghana 1-2, in Nuremberg (the referee whistled 32 fouls against Ghana and 16 against the USA, but the match turned on a disputed penalty kick in first-half injury time).


Made a quarterfinal finish, their best finish in the Cup since 1930.


Knocked out in first round.

The US lost to Iran in Lyons - the most embarrassing moment in U.S. soccer history?


The USA made its first Soccer World Cup final in 40 years.


The USA defeated England.


The USA managed a third-place finish in 1930’s inaugural Soccer World Cup.

Aftermath of Soccer World Cup 2006

Defeated, the the ranking system was blamed for the USA not moving out of the first round (they were ranked 5th but came up in a tough group).

Project 2010

In 1998, US Soccer released "Project 2010", outlining the US's aspirations for the next 12 years. The main goal of the project was for the USA to reach the Soccer World Cup final in 2010. Carlos Queiroz and Dan Gaspar put "Project 2010" into motion prior to the Soccer World Cup 1998. The project was financially backed by Nike and IMG, and is geared toward developing young talent - it led to the establishment of the under-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida.

USA Quotes

Jen Iso
21 July 2006

"The only thing the United States took notice of was Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt in the 110th minute, maybe because it resembled the violence of American football." Jen Iso writing for Graphic

Bruce Arena
18 July 2006

"Why did I say 2018? Because I know that it's not going to happen in 2010, 2014," he said at his introductory news conference. We have a long way to go. To get there, you've got to know where you are. It's the same thing with this team. If I told you, we were going to compete for the MLS Cup right away, if I told you we were going to win a World Cup in 2010 ... who's going to believe that?" Bruce Arena

John Smallwood
30 June 2006

"Fair or not, one of the problems the sport has in the United States is that it seems to be perfect for the faint of heart. Players are forever falling on the grass writhing in pain after minimal contact. In a country that lives for NFL Sundays, it's difficult to see a man in agony one moment and up on his feet, suddenly recovered, the next. I'm sure Ozzie Guillen would have a word for this." John Smallwood writing for

John Smallwood
30 June 2006

"The United States is not a nation of losers." John Smallwood writing for

Major League Soccer

The 12-team domestic league began in 1996. Normally one Major League Soccer game a week will be televised.

Popularity in the United States

Soccer continues to lag behind football, basketball and baseball in the United States.

USA Soccer links

1885 - 1979 results archive

1980 - results archive

Fox soccer - USA

US Soccer



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