How Have The USMNT Done In Previous World Cup Tournaments

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The USMNT got their World Cup campaign started with a draw against Wales after leading for a long period. It’s a strong start the US, but how will they do this tournament compared to previous tournaments?

The USMNT have a long history in the FIFA World Cup. We’ve dug out the record books to see how far they got in previous tournaments.

Uruguay, 1930

America featured in the first ever World Cup back in 1930. The tournament was held in Uruguay and the USA made it to the semi-finals. They were beat in the semi-finals 6-1 by Argentina.

The USMNT were declared as the third place team in that tournament.

Italy, 1934

They made it to the second World Cup final which was this time held in Italy.

They once again made it through the group stages but were defeated 7-1 by hosts Italy in the round of 16.

Brazil, 1950

After reaching the finals of the first two tournaments, the USA failed to reach another World Cup until 1950.

It wasn’t a happy return to the World Cup stage for the USMNT as they crashed out in the group stages.

They finished rock bottom of their group that consisted of Chile, Spain and England.

Italy, 1990

It was an even longer wait for their next appearance at a World Cup. After a 40-year wait, they returned to the big stage at Italia 90.

Unfortunately, it was another tournament to forget for the States as they didn’t make it out of the group. They had a tough group with hosts Italy, Czechoslovakia and Austria. They failed to pick up a single point in the whole tournament.

United States, 1994

As the host nation they automatically made it into these finals, and they made better progress this time out.

They finished third in their group but progressed as they were one of the best placed third place teams.

In the first knockout stage they met Brazil who proved to be too much for them. They put up a solid performance, losing 1-0 in front of just over 83,000 fans.

France, 1998 

Another trip to the finals in 1998, but they couldn’t repeat what happened four years prior.

They once again crashed out in the group stages, failing to pick up a point in the tournament.

South Korea/Japan, 2002

The USA enjoyed one of their best tournaments in modern times when they travelled to South Korea and Japan.

After finishing second in their group, that included Portugal who failed to get through, they reached the quarter-finals.

Germany, 2006

After their positive steps in the previous tournament, the USMNT failed to make it out of the groups once again.

South Africa, 2010

The first African World Cup tournament saw USA top their group that included England.

They failed to get past the first knockout round, losing to Ghana in extra time.

Brazil, 2014

Another trip to the knockout stages in Brazil, but it was another fall at the first hurdle. This time they lost to a strong Belgium side.

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