The United States men's national soccer team is the national soccer team of the United States and is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation. Though soccer has not traditionally had a high profile in American sporting life, the sport has steadily grown in popularity since the 1970s and particularly since hosting the 1994 World Cup. The team is currnently ranked 14th in the FIFA World Rankings and has been as high as 4th in April 2006.
In the 1950 World Cup, the U.S. team pulled off one of the greatest upsets in soccer history, handing England its first ever World Cup defeat 1-0, after England had recently beaten the rest of Europe 6-1 in an exhibition match. However, the U.S. failed to advance from group play after losing to Spain, and would not qualify for another World Cup until 1990.
The team's best performances at recent World Cups have been a second-round appearance in 1994, when it hosted the event, and a quarterfinal berth in 2002. They were one of the major surprises at the 2002 event, stunning highly fancied Portugal 3-2 in group play, defeating continental rivals Mexico 2-0 in the second round, and narrowly losing to eventual runner-up Germany 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
USA will be playing in Group G with Germany, Portugal and the Ghana.