What is the USMNT’s all-time results record? Well, you could Google it. Type “United States men’s national soccer team record” in the search box and the first link is to Wikipedia. There you will find a W-L-D record listed (not quite correct, as it turns out) by opponent and decade, with the data source given as RSSSF. Going back to your Google search results, a few links down you will find the excellent American Soccer History Archives with results listed through mid-2008, and a link to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, the official repository of US soccer history, where a few clicks will lead you to the U.S. MNT International Results and Lineups page, updated through July 2005. And of course there are always the ELO ratings USA country results page and the FIFA.com fixtures and results page, too. When you start comparing these different sources, you find many discrepancies in the data. Besides the usual typos, omissions, and duplications, probably the single largest source for these discrepancies is the determination of which matches are considered “official” by USSF. By definition, an official match is one between the full national teams of both teams participating in an international match; in practice, a match is official (or not) because the USSF says it is. In theory the Soccer Hall of Fame’s website should be the definitive source, but it also tends to be among the more error prone. By means of rigorous cross-referencing among the various data sources, I believe I have arrived at an accurate tally of the USMNT’s all-time record, including goals for and against, with the added bonus of strength of schedule ratings in the form of opponent ELO ratings and rankings: 1916-2009: Code: Loc MP W D L PPCT GF GA GFA GAA ORAT ORNK Total 537 215 117 205 47.3% 738 754 1.37 1.40 1650 36 Home 298 152 76 70 59.5% 488 303 1.64 1.02 1647 41 Away 178 44 32 102 30.7% 176 335 0.99 1.88 1593 43 Neutral 61 19 9 33 36.1% 74 116 1.21 1.90 1811 18 where: Code: MP matches played W Wins D Draws L Losses PPCT Points percentage = (3*W+D)/(3*MP) GF Goals For GA Goals Against GFA Goals For Average GAA Goals Against Average ORAT Median opponent ELO rating ORNK Median opponent ELO ranking Note that of the USA’s 537 official matches, 7 have gone to a penalty shoot-out tiebreaker to determine a victor. These 7 matches are counted as draws in the above table. The USA has a record of 4W against 3L in these shoot-outs (trivia question: the three losses came against only two opponents, can you name them?) . If these are recorded instead as wins and losses, then the all-time record would be 219W-110D-208L. Over the course of their history, the USA have been a whopping 1.51 goals per match better at home than on the road. More to say about this later. As indicated by the opponent median ranking and rating columns, the reason the performance in matches on neutral fields appears to be almost as bad as in away matches is probably due to the much stronger opponents encountered in the Copa Americas, Confederation Cups, and World Cups that constitute the bulk of the neutral field matches. Stay tuned, more to come.