Sebastian Lletget captained the USMNT for the first time against Haiti. (LA Galaxy photo)
Here are some interesting facts and tidbits about the U.S. men’s national team prior to its Thursday night game against Martinique in the Concacaf Gold Cup.
The information was compiled by U.S. Soccer.
Sebastian Lletget captained the USMNT for the first time vs. Haiti. The 28-year-old midfielder is the 12th different player to wear the armband under head coach Gregg Berhalter.
Walker Zimmerman and Miles Robinson partnered together in central defense for the first time vs. Haiti. It’s the 13th different central defensive pairing deployed under Berhalter.
Shaq Moore earned his first USMNT appearance since playing in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Italy on Nov. 20, 2018 in Genk, Belgium.
Zimmerman earned his first start since the 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Feb. 1, 2020.
Collecting the game-winning assist on Sunday, Gyasi Zardes also made his first USMNT appearance since the 1-0 win vs. Costa Rica on Feb. 1, 2020.
Turner (eligible to represent Lithuania), Moore (eligible to represent Trinidad and Tobago), Gioacchini (Italy and Jamaica), Busio (Italy) and Dike (Nigeria) became officially cap-tied to the USMNT with their appearances vs. Haiti.
Looking at the roster
Nineteen of the 23 players represent a total of 13 different clubs in Major League Soccer. Atlanta United and Colorado Rapids lead the way with three players each, followed by D.C. United, New York City FC (2 each); Columbus Crew, LA Galaxy, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, Orlando City SC, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City (1 each).
Defenders Reggie Cannon (Boavista; Portugal) and Shaq Moore (Tenerife; Spain) and forwards Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen; France) and Matthew Hoppe (Schalke; Germany) make up the European-based contingent.
Gyasi Zardes’ team-leading 17 Gold Cup caps currently place him at 10th on the USMNT’s all-time Gold Cup appearances list.
Since 2018, Zardes leads all U.S.-eligible players in MLS with 47 goals. The veteran striker also sits eighth all-time on the USMNT’s Gold Cup scoring list with four goals.
Midfielder Cristian Roldan made his international debut during the 2017 Gold Cup, starting the team’s 3-2 win against Martinique on July 12, 2017, in Tampa. The USA’s match against Martinique in this tournament comes three days after the four-year anniversary of that match.
Looking at the Gold Cup
Beginning with the inaugural title in 1991, the U.S. has lifted the Gold Cup on six occasions. The USA returned the trophy home in 2002 and won again in 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2017.
The USA has more wins in the Gold Cup than any other nation, going 62-9-9 all-time.
The U.S. has gone an impressive 36-1-4 during the group stage.
The USMNT has advanced to the final on 11 occasions: 1991, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2019.
The USA reached the semifinals in 14 out of 15 tournaments, missing out only in 2000.