Tony Meola was just 21 when he captained the USA at the 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy™, becoming the youngest skipper in the tournament's history.

The goalkeeper made his debut against Ecuador in 1988, and was a regular until after the 1990 finals, when he temporarily quit the sport to pursue a career in American Football. However, he returned to the national team - without the ponytail - in 1999.

Following his leadership exploits in 1990, Meola remains the youngest starting captain, as players who received the skipper's armband during the course of the match are not officially regarded as captains.