GALLERY: The U.S. MNT's 100 Cap Club
With his appearance in the U.S. Men's National Team's 0-0 draw with Serbia on Jan. 29, 2017, forward Jozy Altidore became the 17th player in MNT history to earn 100 caps and in turn, tied the USA with Saudi Arabia for the most players to hit the century mark all-time.
Get to know the members of the U.S. MNT's "100 Cap Club" below:
100th Cap: July 8, 1995 (2-1 W vs. Chile) – Copa America ‘95
The first U.S. player to hit 100 caps, Balboa is commonly known to have hit the century mark in the MNT’s 3-2 Nike U.S. Cup win against Nigeria on June 11, 1995. However, after revisions were made to cap totals that included Olympic matches, Balboa lost three appearances, meaning his 100th cap actually came a month later when the MNT defeated Chile 2-1 to open Copa America ’95.
100th Cap: Aug. 16, 1995 (0-1 L at Sweden) – Friendly
Similar to Balboa, Caligiuri’s 100th appearance actually came a little later than first advertised. Most famous for his “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” in 1989 against Trinidad & Tobago, Caligiuri was said to have hit 100 caps in the MNT’s historic 3-0 win against Argentina in the Copa America on July 14, 1995. However, Caligiuri’s four caps in the lead up to and during the 1988 Summer Olympics have since been vacated as senior international appearances, meaning his actual 100th cap came in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Sweden on Aug. 16, 1995.
100th Cap: Feb. 10, 1998 (1-0 W vs. Brazil – 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Celebrating the century mark is fun in itself, but what about when it comes in one of the biggest wins in MNT history? That was the case for Cobi Jones, who became the third MNT player to hit 100 caps during the USA’s famous 1-0 victory against defending world champions Brazil in the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals. At 27 years, 239 days, Jones also held the record for youngest U.S. player to 100 until Landon Donovan broke it 10 years later. Jones still stands as the MNT’s all-time cap leader with 164 total appearances between 1992-2004.
100th Cap: June 15, 1998 (0-2 L vs. Germany) – 1998 FIFA World Cup
Hailing from the same hometown as Jones, Eric Wynalda’s 100th cap wasn’t quite as memorable as his Westlake Village, Calif., teammate. The USA’s all-time leading goal scorer at the time, he celebrated his 100th during the opening match of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, a 2-0 defeat to Germany. Wynalda still sits firmly in fourth place on the MNT’s all-time scoring list with 34 goals.
100th Cap: June 3, 2000 (4-0 W vs. South Africa) - Friendly
Jeff Agoos was fortunate enough to celebrate his 100th U.S. match in very familiar confines. A mainstay on the backline for D.C. United at the time, Agoos turned in an impressive performance in the MNT’s 4-0 victory against South Africa at RFK Stadium to open the 2000 Nike U.S. Cup. Beyond his cap number, the match against Bafana Bafana held other significant meaning for Agoos, who spent some of his formative years living in South Africa.
100th Cap: June 14, 2002 (1-3 L vs. Poland) – 2002 FIFA World Cup
Long an unsung hero on the U.S. Men’s National Team, it was Joe-Max Moore’s brace against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 2001, that ensured the USA a place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. At the tournament, Moore came off the bench in the MNT’s 3-2 win against Portugal to put his cap total at 99, and gained his 100th when he entered the group finale against Poland as a substitute for Brian McBride. An injury limited him from playing any further part in the tournament, making that appearance his last for the USA.
100th Cap: June 2, 2004 (4-0 W vs. Honduras) – Friendly
The original “Captain America”, Claudio Reyna is one of the most accomplished American players of all time. One of only three U.S. players to go to four different World Cups, Reyna also carved out a successful club career in Europe, playing for the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Rangers, Sunderland and Manchester City. The MNT midfielder became the seventh U.S. player in the 100th Cap Club when he played the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 friendly victory against Honduras on June 2, 2004 in Foxborough, Mass.
100th Cap: June 20, 2004 (3-2 W at Grenada) – 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Nearly 14 years after first representing the United States, Earnie Stewart earned his 100th MNT cap on the tiny island of Grenada. Entering as a 63rd minute substitute for Josh Wolff, Stewart assisted on DaMarcus Beasley’s eventual 77th minute game-winner in the 3-2 victory as the U.S. advanced to the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
100th Cap: April 11, 2006 (1-1 D vs. Jamaica) – Friendly
Out of the 16 players currently in the 100 Cap Club, it took iconic U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola the longest to reach the century mark. Sitting on 99 since appearing in a friendly in the build-up to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Meola collected his 100th in the USA’s final friendly before the naming of the final roster for the 2006 tournament. Meola had one last run-out in the 1-1 draw against Jamaica and was named as an alternate for the 2006 squad.
100th Cap: June 21, 2007 (2-1 W vs. Canada) – 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal
While a number of his peers called an end to their international careers following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Kasey Keller carried on into the following year, playing a couple friendlies before splitting time in goal with Tim Howard during the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Keller earned his 100th in the USA’s 2-1 Semifinal win against Canada, which also stood as his 53rd and final international victory.
100th Cap: June 8, 2008 (0-0 D vs. Argentina) – Friendly
Unsurprisingly, it took Landon Donovan the least amount of time to earn 100 caps (less than eight years) and when he took the field on June 8, 2008 vs. Argentina, he broke Cobi Jones record for youngest to achieve the feat at 26 years and 96 days. Ending his international career in 2014, Donovan retired as the MNT’s all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (58) and sits second all-time behind Jones in all-time caps
100th Cap: Nov. 15, 2011 (3-2 W at Slovenia) – Friendly
Another long-time U.S. MNT captain, Carlos Bocanegra earned his 100th U.S. MNT cap during a memorable (and smoky) 3-2 friendly win at Slovenia. In a classy pre-game gesture, Slovenia captain Bostjan Cesar actually gave Bocanegra a Slovenia jersey to mark the occasion (see above).
100th Cap: May 29, 2013 (2-4 L vs. Belgium) – Friendly
A member of the 2017 U.S. MNT January Camp roster, DaMarcus Beasley keeps on going well after his 100th cap, which came during a 4-2 friendly defeat against Belgium on May 29, 2013. The only U.S. player to appear in four different FIFA World Cups, Beasley extended his international career with a full-time switch to left back in 2013, with his 124 total appearances placing him seventh all-time. Check out some of Beasley's best moments in a U.S. shirt. : [No text in field]
100th Cap: Sept. 6, 2013 (1-3 L at Costa Rica) – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
One of the most successful U.S. players of all time, Clint Dempsey is the only American male to score in three different FIFA World Cups and sits second all-time on the MNT scoring list with 52 career goals. He scored one of those in his 100th cap, tallying a 43rd minute penalty kick in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat at Costa Rica on Sept. 6, 2013. While not the most memorable 100th appearance, Dempsey celebrated four days later when the U.S. defeated Mexico 2-0 to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
100th Cap: June 7, 2014 (2-1 W vs. Nigeria) – Friendly
Tim Howard had quite a send-off ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, making his 100th appearance while making four saves in the USA’s 2-1 victory against Nigeria on June 7, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. The result also marked Howard’s 54th international win, breaking Kasey Keller’s record for victories among USA goalkeepers. Check out what Howard's MNT teammates had to say about the veteran goalkeeper hitting the century mark before they took off to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
100th Cap: July 7, 2015 (2-1 W vs. Honduras) – 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Named the new U.S. MNT captain just days before, Michael Bradley delivered in his 100th appearance, providing what would stand as the game-winning assist on Clint Dempsey’s 64th minute strike in a 2-1 win against Honduras to begin the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. At 27 years, 341 days Bradley is the fifth youngest MNT player to 100 appearances and gave a good rundown of his five favorite U.S. MNT memories when his century day came
100th Cap: Jan. 29, 2017 (0-0 D vs. Serbia) - Friendly