History of the United States Men's Soccer Team

It's a well known fact that soccer in the United States is a sport still far from popular, compared to other major sports in the U.S. such as baseball, American football, hockey or basketball. Let's face it: American soccer has been underestimated for a while and people tend to believe that if the game is not the most popular, it doesn't have a history. In reality, American soccer has one of the longest histories in the world, being the third country to have a national soccer team after England and Scotland.

American folklore asserts that circa 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers, upon settling at Plymouth Rock, found American Indians along the Massachusetts coast playing a form of soccer. The Indians called it "Pasuckquakkohwog," which means "they gather to play football." Few know that the USA soccer team is actually one of the oldest teams around and despite the fact that soccer was not as popular as other sports such as basketball, hockey or football, the U.S. national soccer team was formed early on, in the last decades of the 19th century.

The fact that the United States had a national soccer team for a long time, doesn't automatically mean they had an overall good soccer competition. The lack of support and popularity swirling around the sport might have influenced the fact of not having a serious national club competition like European and South American countries already had.

The history of the U.S. Men's Soccer team is broken down into three parts: