Help me remember us captains over the years

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  1. nrmnby

    nrmnby New Member

    Jul 12, 2005
    I bow to the great memory of so many BSers. Can you help me recall the USMNT captains over the years. (Of course they didn't captain every game over the stretch, but was the primary captain)

    And if you absolutely must make a captain-for-life joke, please make it clever. We have standards around here. ;)

    2013 - ?? Clint Dempsey (with Howard as likely primary sub, though may soon change to Bradley)
    2009? - 2013 Bocanegra (less a stretch when Landon held the captaincy)
    2002? - 2009? Claudio Reyna
    (I get fuzzy here. Maybe it was a stretch of captain by committee)
    1998 - 1999 Thomas Dooley (seemed longer)
    1995? - 1998 John Harkes
    1990 circa Tony Meola

    Thanks for the help!
     
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  2. nowherenova

    nowherenova Member+

    Jul 20, 2003
    Formerly Terminus
    Didn't Keller wear the armband?
     
  3. nrmnby

    nrmnby New Member

    Jul 12, 2005
    Not for any length of time. BUT, I think he captained a club team in Germany. That's quite an accomplishment.
     
  4. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think the OP has a good grasp on the basics.

    For individual World Cup games, Planet World Cup is an excellent source, if not FIFA itself.

    1930: Tom Florie (F). All three matches.
    1934: George Moorhouse (D).
    1950: Harry Keough (D), Ed McIlvenny (M), Walter Bahr (M).
    1990: Michael Windischmann (D). All three matches. Not Meola or Harkes or Ramos.
    1994: Tony Meola (GK). All four marches.
    1998: Thomas Dooley (D/M). All three matches. Was subbed in the last two, can't remember who got the armband when he left (Reyna?)
    2002: Earnie Stewart (F/M), Claudio Reyna (M). Stewart subbed at halftime of first game. Reyna for the rest of the run.
    2006: Claudio Reyna (M). Reyna subbed out before halftime of last game, can't remember who got the armband after that. Keller or Boca, I'd guess.
    2010: Carlos Bocanegra (D).
     
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  5. FW__

    FW__ Member+

    Jun 23, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Actually, that should read, 1995-Life
     
  6. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Did McBride ever captain the NT? Who had the most caps as captain? Harkes or Reyna or Bocanegra?
     
  7. FW__

    FW__ Member+

    Jun 23, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Reyna was known as Captain America by the British press, so he wins no matter who actually had the most caps as captain.
     
  8. NoSix

    NoSix Member+

    Feb 18, 2002
    Phoenix
    Data from USSF match reports for 187 matches from 11/6/1998 through 1/23/2010 (sorry, not updated recently):

    Captain # of Matches
    Claudio Reyna 42
    Carlos Bocanegra 28
    Not Listed 22
    Kasey Keller 21
    Landon Donovan 12
    Earnie Stewart 7
    Jeff Agoos 6
    Eddie Pope 5
    Jimmy Conrad 5
    Pablo Mastroeni 5
    Brad Friedel 4
    Brian McBride 4
    Clint Mathis 4
    Cobi Jones 4
    Tony Meola 4
    Chris Armas 3
    Brian Ching 2
    Dan Califf 2
    Eddie Lewis 2
    Steve Cherundolo 2
    Carlos Llamosa 1
    DaMarcus Beasley 1
    Frankie Hejduk 1

    So Beasley has been captain before, what's the big deal? :D
     
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  9. NoSix

    NoSix Member+

    Feb 18, 2002
    Phoenix
    That's a good trivia question, actually. Quick, without looking, when was the match when Beasley was captain, and who was the opponent?
     
  10. FW__

    FW__ Member+

    Jun 23, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I guess I was sick the day Carlos Llamosa was captain...,
     
  11. schrutebuck

    schrutebuck Member+

    Jul 26, 2007
    Captains since 2010, not counting the January 23, 2010 match which Conrad captained since it looks like that is on the above list.

    33 - Bocanegra
    7 - Dempsey
    4 - Howard
    2 - Jones
    1 - Beckerman, Bornstein, Cherundolo, Donovan, Guzan, McCarty, Onyewu
     
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  12. NoSix

    NoSix Member+

    Feb 18, 2002
    Phoenix
    Feb 3, 2001, a 0-1 friendly loss vs. Colombia in Miami
     
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  13. FW__

    FW__ Member+

    Jun 23, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ah. I was in college, so likely "sick"
     
  14. nrmnby

    nrmnby New Member

    Jul 12, 2005
    Thanks for the great information guys!

    I thought the list NoSix provided was rather interesting. Including the 'leaders' who haven't captained often, with McBride and Cherundolo at the top of the list. Both captained their overseas club sides, which is impressive enough, but they were doing so when the national team didn't have a strong overseas contingent. (Yes, I know dolo is still playing, but 'the mayor' has been captain of Hannover for what? 50 years? )

    I'm not trying to make a particular point - I don't think any pertinent conclusions can be drawn from it - but it is interesting to look at.


    (and thanks to the mod who moved this. I should have posted here initially)
     
  15. FW__

    FW__ Member+

    Jun 23, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Dolo has captained Hannover since 2010
     
  16. NoSix

    NoSix Member+

    Feb 18, 2002
    Phoenix
    Except perhaps that with ~30 captains over the last 15 years, there's no reason to get too upset if your choice gets passed over for the armband: if he keeps making the team, there will be ample opportunity to get the call.
     
  17. ChrisSSBB

    ChrisSSBB Member+

    Jun 22, 2005
    NV
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Boca captained starting with 2007 Gold Cup. Reyna retired from international competition after 2006 WC.
     
  18. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Califf, Ching and Mathis were captains? Say what
     
  19. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    That beats it then. Bocanegra must have the record as captain.
     
  20. olephill2

    olephill2 Member+

    Oct 6, 2006
    Oregon
    Club:
    Watford FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here are the most common captains within various eras since I can remember:

    2013 - present: Clint Dempsey
    2007 - 2012: Carlos Bocanegra
    1999 - 2006: Claudio Reyna
    1998: Thomas Dooley
    1995-1998: John Harkes
    1994: Tony Meola

    That's as far back as my memory goes. But Bocanegra was captain for the US for virtually every match in which he played from 2007-2012, and same for Reyna for two WC cycles (2002 & 2006).
     
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  21. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Wikipedia lists Meola as being captain for 1990 WC as well. Astounding considering very rare for a GK to be captain, much less for a WC or 2.
     
  22. NoSix

    NoSix Member+

    Feb 18, 2002
    Phoenix
    As noted by TrueCrew in post #4 above, per the official FIFA match reports, the US captain for the 1990 WC was Michael Windischmann.
     
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  23. NoSix

    NoSix Member+

    Feb 18, 2002
    Phoenix
    Ching was captain for the 2009 Gold Cup semifinal vs. Honduras (7/23) and final vs. Mexico (7/26).
    Califf was captain for the 2007 Copa America match vs. Colombia (7/5), and again for the 2009 friendly vs. Sweden (1/24).
    Mathis was captain for consecutive friendlies vs. El Salvador (2002/11/17), Canada (2003/1/18), Argentina (2003/2/8), and Jamaica (2003/2/12).
     
  24. the Next Level

    Mar 18, 2003
    Chicago, IL

    Meola was barely older than a boy at the 90 WC. I remember that team though. Windischmann was out quite a bit during matches through qualifying and leading up to the Cup. Steve Trittschuh captained a number of games, as did Des Armstrong.

    Before that John Stollmeyer (for Indiana U fans) captained some matches and he was seemingly older by the time the Ramos, Harkes, Balboa, Wynalda, Meola group came into the team.
     
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  25. NoSix

    NoSix Member+

    Feb 18, 2002
    Phoenix
    Yes, I remember that team too. The ecstasy of qualifying, followed by the agony of being destroyed by the Czech Republic, outclassed by Italy, and finally losing to an Austrian side in a match that perhaps was there for the taking.
     

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