BY THE NUMBERS: USMNT Milestones Following the 2023 Gold Cup Group Stage

Ferreira Ascending Multiple Goal Scoring Charts; Turner Fastest USMNT Goalkeeper to 20 Shutouts
By: Jeff Crandall

The U.S. Men’s National Team is now advanced to the Gold Cup knockout round for each of the 17 editions of the tournament. The USA moved on to the quarterfinal through some strong team performances, as well as a few standout individual efforts during the group stage.

Here are the milestone markers heading into Sunday’s quarterfinal.


The standout performer for the USMNT during the group phase was 22-year-old forward Jesús Ferreira, who became the first player in team history to collect hat tricks in consecutive matches when he tallied three goals each against St. Kitts and Nevis on June 28 and Trinidad and Tobago on July 2.

Combined with his four-goal output against Grenada in Nations League play last June, Ferreira now has three career hat tricks, tying him with Landon Donovan for the most in team history. Additionally, the Colombian-born, Dallas-raised striker already has four career multi-goal games, tying him for fourth all-time among USMNT players in that category.

USMNT Career Hat Tricks USMNT Multi-Goal Games
Player Hat Tricks / GP Player Multi-Goal Games / GP
Jesús Ferreira 3 / 21 Landon Donovan 9 / 157
Landon Donovan 3 / 157 Jozy Altidore 7 / 115
Peter Millar 2 / 13 Clint Dempsey 6 / 141
Jozy Altidore 2 / 115 Christian Pulisic
Joe Max Moore
5 / 60
5 / 100
Clint Dempsey 2 / 141 Jesús Ferreira
Brian McBride
Eric Wynalda
DaMarcus Beasley
4 / 21
4 / 95
4 / 106
4 / 126
11 tied with 1 hat trick 3 tied with 3 multi-goal games

Ferreira’s six goals are the most by a U.S. player during a single Gold Cup group stage and also leaves him with quite a cushion in the tournament’s Golden Boot race, four ahead of the contingent of seven players with two goals through Sunday’s matches.

He’s also taken a big step up the USMNT’s all-time Gold Cup goal scoring list, already tied for fifth all-time in the competition and for third all-time in goals during the group stage.

USMNT Gold Cup Goal Scoring Leaders USMNT Gold Cup Group Stage Goal Scorers
Player Goals / GP Player Goals / GP
Landon Donovan 18 / 34 Eric Wynalda 8 / 12
Clint Dempsey 13 / 24 Landon Donovan 7 / 16
Eric Wynalda 9 / 21 Jesús Ferreira 6 / 3
Brian McBride 8 / 14 Clint Dempsey 6 / 10
Jesús Ferreira 6 / 3 Chris Wondolowski 5 / 8
Gyasi Zardes 6 / 22 Brian McBride 4 / 6
DaMarcus Beasley 6 / 23 DaMarcus Beasley 4 / 9
Chris Wondolowski 5 / 11 Gyasi Zardes 4 /11
Jozy Altidore 5 / 13 2 tied with 3 group stage goals

Eleven of Ferreira’s 14 international goals have come in official competition, placing him 11th among the team’s goal scoring leaders in competitive matches and just one back of Michael Bradley who sits 10th with 12 goals.

While the chance to claim his first trophy in international competition should keep him hungriest, Ferreira, who has seven goals over five matches in 2023, is also on pace to set a new team record for most goals in a calendar year.

USMNT Most Goals in a Calendar Year
Player Goals / GP Year
Peter Millar 9 / 9 1968
Clint Dempsey 9 / 10 2015
Landon Donovan 9 / 12 2007
Eric Wynalda 9 / 13 1996
Landon Donovan 8 / 10 2013
Jozy Altidore 8 / 14 2013
Frank Klopas 8 / 15 1994
Bruce Murray 8 / 20 1990
Joe-Max Moore 8 / 23 1993


With his appearance on Sunday against Trinidad, Matt Turner became just the seventh USMNT goalkeeper to earn 30 caps and hit two big milestones in the process. Turner made three saves to keep his 20th clean sheet and also claim his 20th win for the USMNT, becoming the fastest goalkeeper to 20 in both categories. 

Despite not making his USMNT debut until age 26, Turner (29 years, 8 days) is still the second youngest USMNT goalkeeper to reach 20 clean sheets, coming in behind only Tony Meola who did it at 24 years, 146 days back in 1993.

Turner’s 20th clean sheet also ties him with Brad Guzan for sixth on the USMNT’s all-time shutout list. It was Turner’s sixth shutout in the Gold Cup, tying him for third among USMNT goalkeepers in the confederation championship.

USMNT Overall Shutout Leaders USMNT Gold Cup Shutout Leaders
Goalkeeper SO / GP Goalkeeper SO / GP
Kasey Keller 47 / 102 Kasey Keller 14 / 23
Tim Howard 42 / 121 Tim Howard 8 / 13
Tony Meola 32 / 100 Matt Turner 6 / 8
Brad Friedel 24 / 82 Tony Meola 6 /10
Matt Turner 20 / 30 4 tied with 3 Gold Cup shutouts
Brad Guzan 20 / 64

In total, Turner has conceded just two goals in eight career Gold Cup matches, leaving him with a USMNT-best 0.24 goals against average among goalkeepers with a minimum of five appearances in the competition. Overall, Turner leads all USMNT goalkeepers with the lowest goals against average among those who have made at least 15 appearances.

USMNT Overall Lowest Goals Against Average
(minimum 15 GP)
USMNT Gold Cup Lowest Goals Against Average
(minimum 5 games played)
Goalkeeper GAA / GP Goalkeeper GAA / GP
Matt Turner 0.46 / 30 Matt Turner 0.24 / 8
Nick Rimando 0.78 / 22 Zack Steffen 0.40 / 5
Kasey Keller 0.85 / 102 Kasey Keller 0.50 / 23
Zack Steffen 1.00 / 29 Brad Friedel 0.56 / 5
Tim Howard 1.05 / 121 Tim Howard 0.69 / 13


Just a month after leading the USA with three goals at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina, forward Cade Cowell registered his first international goal and assist for the senior USMNT in Sunday’s win.

Coming off the bench in the 61st minute, it took the 19-year-old just four minutes to find the back of the net and take the score to 4-0. Cowell then set up Brandon Vazquez’s goal in second-half stoppage time to become just the fifth teenager to register a goal and assist in a USMNT match.

Teenage USMNT Players With a Goal and Assist in One Match
Player Age G+A Result (Date)
Christian Pulisic 17 years, 359 days 2G + 1A 6-0 W vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines*
(Sept. 2, 2016)
Christian Pulisic 18 years, 187 days 1G + 2A 6-0 W vs. Honduras* (March 24, 2017)
Gio Reyna 18 years, 202 days 1G + 1A 3-2 W vs. Mexico# (June 3, 2021)
Landon Donovan 18 years, 209 days 1G + 1A 2-0 W vs. Mexico (Oct. 25, 2000)
Ricardo Pepi 18 years, 242 days 1G + 2A 4-1 W at Honduras* (Sept. 8, 2021)
Christian Pulisic 19 years, 18 days 1G + 1A 4-0 W vs. Panama* (Oct. 6, 2017)
Cade Cowell 19 years, 261 days 1G + 1A 6-0 W vs. Trinidad and Tobago^ (July 2, 2023)
*-World Cup qualifier, #-Concacaf Nations League, ^-Concacaf Gold Cup

Cowell is also the latest of 26 teenagers to score a goal for the USMNT and 14th teen to find the back of the net in official competition. 


Midfielder Gianluca Busio also bagged his first international goal, tallying the fifth of the night in the 79th minute. Hailing from Greensboro, N.C., about 90 minutes from Charlotte, Busio became the 14th USMNT player to record his first goal in his birth state.

The 21-year-old is also just the third player not born in California to score in his birth state or district.

USMNT First Goals in Birth State
Player Birthplace Game Venue Result (Date)
James Murphy St. Louis, MO St. Louis, MO 2-3 L vs. Canada* (July 6, 1957)
Jeff Hooker Walnut, CA Los Angeles, CA 3-1 W vs. El Salvador (Oct. 9, 1984)
Paul Caligiuri Westminster, CA Torrance, CA 1-0 W vs. Trinidad* (May 19, 1985)
Roy Lassiter Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. 4-3 W vs. Saudi Arabia (Oct. 8, 1995)
Landon Donovan Ontario, CA Los Angeles, CA 2-0 W vs. Mexico (Oct. 25, 2000)
Chad Marshall Riverside, CA Fullerton, CA 3-0 W vs. Colombia (March 9, 2005)
Jonathan Bornstein Torrance, CA Carson, CA 3-1 W vs. Denmark (Jan. 20, 2007)
Sacha Kljestan Huntington Beach, CA Carson, CA 3-2 W vs. Sweden (Jan. 24, 2009)
Chris Wondolowski Danville, CA San Diego, CA 6-0 W vs. Guatemala (July 5, 2013)
Steve Birnbaum Newport, CA Carson, CA 3-2 W vs. Iceland (Jan. 31, 2016)
Sebastian Lletget San Francisco, CA San Jose, CA 6-0 W vs. Honduras* (March 24, 2017)
Uly Llanez Lynwood, CA Carson, CA 1-0 W vs. Costa Rica (Feb. 1, 2020)
Brandon Vazquez Chula Vista, CA Los Angeles, CA 1-2 L vs. Serbia (Jan. 25, 2023)
Gianluca Busio Greensboro, NC Charlotte, NC 6-0 W vs. Trinidad^ (July 2, 2023)
*-World Cup qualifier, ^-Concacaf Gold Cup


The wins against St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago mark the first time the USMNT has recorded consecutive wins by six goals or more in official competition.

Meanwhile, the 13 goals in the group stage set a new team record, besting the 11 goals that were scored during the first round in both 2013 and 2019.

Most Goals in Gold Cup Group Stage
Edition Goals Different Goal Scorers
2023 13 6 - Ferreira (6), Vazquez (2), Mihailovic (2), Busio, Cowell, Reynolds
2013 11 7 – Wondolowski (5), Donovan (2), Corona, Holden, Orozco, Shea
2019 11 6 – Zardes (3), Arriola (2), Ty. Boyd (2), Long (2), Altidore, Pulisic

On the defensive end of things, Sean Johnson (St. Kitts and Nevis), Matt Turner (Trinidad and Tobago) and the USMNT back line combined for the team’s 49th and 50th Gold Cup shutouts during the group stage.


With Cowell and Busio collecting their first international goals on Sunday night, the USMNT now has 249 different goal scorers since it first began play in 1916. There are nine outfield players left on the Gold Cup roster who have yet to score a goal, so assuming one of them finds the back of the net, the next would be the 250th goal scorer in USMNT history.

Those players still looking for their first international goal: Julian Gressel, DeJuan Jones, Aidan Morris, Jalen Neal, Cristian Roldan, James Sands, John Tolkin, and DeAndre Yedlin