The 100s That Went Into 1000 USMNT GoalsTen players that scored milestone goals on the way to the MNT’s 1000th
The U.S. Men’s National Team reached its 1000th all-time goal in the Gold Cup game against Guyana on June 18, 2019 in Saint Paul, MN.
While Tyler Boyd players contributed to the historic mark, here’s a look at the guys who tallied on the 100s for the MNT:
100 – Peter Millar
Date: Oct. 21, 1968
Result: 2-5 L at Haiti (Friendly)
The U.S. Men’s National Team played its first game in 1916. With less matches and more gaps between games back then, it would take 52 years for the team to score 100 goals.
The MNT’s centurion scorer was Peter Millar (bottom row, second from left), who recorded the second in a 5-2 friendly defeat to Haiti on Oct. 21, 1968 in Port-au-Prince. A star in the American Soccer League, Millar’s strike that day also brought him into a tie with Bill Looby and Bert Patenaude as the MNT’s joint all-time leading scorers with six goals. Yes, six.
The first MNT player to record two hat tricks, Millar finished his international career as the USA’s leading scorer with nine goals. Teammate Willy Roy joined him as the team’s joint-leading scorer the following year, a record that would be held until 1990.
200 – Bruce Murray
Date: March 28, 1990
Result: 2-3 L at East Germany (Friendly)
Millar and Roy’s record was broken by the guy who bagged MNT goal No. 200, Bruce Murray. Taking a spring tour of Europe in preparation for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, the USA took on East Germany in Berlin in one of the nation’s last matches before German unification later that year.
An Ulf Kirsten hat trick stole the headlines, but Murray’s 86th minute free kick kept the result respectable for the USA. [WATCH] The goal was the fifth of Murray’s international career and led to him becoming the team’s all-time leading goal scorer later that fall when he recorded his 10th in a 3-0 friendly win against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 15, 1990 in High Point, N.C.
300 – Mark Chung
Date: Nov. 14, 1993
Result: 8-1 W vs. Cayman Islands (Friendly)
The MNT functioned more like a club side during its residency days leading up to the 1994 FIFA World Cup and played as many matches as the team could get against both clubs and international sides. One of the games that was scheduled in that time was a friendly against tiny Caribbean nation, the Cayman Islands.
Played at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., the USA ran away easy 8-1 winners, with Mark Chung scoring both of his international goals that day. The first Chinese-American player to appear for the MNT, Chung’s first strike just after halftime gave the USA a
5-0 lead and 300th all-time goal.
400 - Jovan Kirovski
Date: June 17, 1997
Result: 2-1 W vs. Israel (Friendly)
Goal No. 400 came four years later when the USA and Israel met for the first and only time in their history.
After Alexi Lalas opened the scoring by putting home a free kick from Jeff Agoos in the 26th minute, the then-Borussia Dortmund attacker put home a redirected shot from Eric Wynalda for the second goal and the MNT’s 400th all-time in the 68th minute of the 2-1 win. [WATCH]
500 – Josh Wolff
Date: Feb. 2, 2002
Result: 2-0 W vs. Costa Rica (2002 Concacaf Gold Cup Final)
No. 500 was a pretty big one and it came from current MNT assistant coach Josh Wolff. Taking on Costa Rica in the 2002 Concacaf Gold Cup Final, Wolff broke the tension that comes with a championship match in the 37th minute. [WATCH]
The 24-year-old striker got on the end of a ball out of the back from Frankie Hejduk and blew past Costa Rica defender Luis Marin before beating Erick Lonnis to open the scoring and record the MNT’s 500th goal. Jeff Agoos’ free kick on the other side of halftime confirmed the 2-0 victory and the USA’s second Gold Cup title.
600 – Landon Donovan
Date: July 7, 2005
Result: 4-1 W vs. Cuba (2005 Concacaf Gold Cup Group Stage)
You knew Landon would be on here somewhere!
The MNT’s joint all-time leading scorer bagged No. 600 via a free kick in the team’s 4-1 win against Cuba to open the 2005 Concacaf Gold Cup. After falling behind in the 18th minute, Clint Dempsey pulled things level for the USA just before halftime.
Donovan entered off the bench in the 66th, and as the USA looked like it may have to settle for a 1-1 draw, hit home what would stand as the game-winning free kick in the 87th minute [WATCH]. That goal began a late barrage, with DaMarcus Beasley adding a third in the 90th before Donovan closed the scoring in the 92nd.
700 – Michael Bradley
Date: Feb. 11, 2009
Result: 2-0 W vs. Mexico (2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round)
World Cup Qualifying goals against Mexico are always memorable and Michael Bradley has double the memory from this game.
Bradley broke the deadlock just before halftime, putting home a rebound from Oguchi Onyewu’s header to send the USA into the locker room up 1-0 and with goal No. 700. The midfielder put the game away in second-half stoppage time, tagging a long-distance strike past Oswaldo Sanches in the dos a cero win.
800 – Geoff Cameron
Date: May 29, 2013
Result: 2-4 L vs. Belgium (Friendly)
The 800th goal came four years later in Cleveland. Trailing Belgium 1-0 in the first half, the USA pulled level when Graham Zusi hit a corner to the far post where Clint Dempsey rose highest to head it back across the goal. The U.S. captain's effort completely befuddled the Belgian defense and Cameron, stationed at the far post, headed home a simple finish from four yards to level the score.
The goal was the first of Cameron’s international career, but the USA fell 4-2 to a powerful Belgian side.
900 – Jozy Altidore
Date: Sept. 4, 2015
Result: 2-1 W vs. Peru (Friendly)
The MNT’s third all-time leading goal scorer also ended up on this list.
After Brad Guzan was beaten by a wicked deflection in the first half, Altidore, who wore the captain’s armband that night, led the USA comeback when he earned a penalty kick in the 59th minute. The striker’s low take was well saved by Peru ‘keeper Pedro Gallese, but Altidore was there to put back the rebound and level the score just before the hour mark.
Altidore went on to record the game-winner, putting home a cross from Gyasi Zardes in the 68th minute.
1000 - Tyler boyd
Date: June 18, 2019
Result: 4-0 W vs. Guyana (2019 Concacaf Gold Cup)
Making just his second USMNT appearance, Tyler Boyd’s first goal for the team wasn’t just a personal milestone. With the USA leading Guyana 1-0, Boyd took down a well-placed ball over the top from Michael Bradley before slotting home the 1,000th goal in USMNT history at Allianz Field in St. Paul.With his parents having flown in from New Zealand for the tournament, Boyd would go on to make the night more memorable when he bagged his second of the night in the 81st minute, before handing off his jersey to his mom post-game.