Fresh off winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup without much difficulty, the interest and expectations in the national team representing the States rapidly growing. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil continues to get closer with each passing day, and with that said, the USMNT has finally been able to strike fear in the hearts of other nations.
Starting from the back, having a goalkeeper of Tim Howard’s quality and experience should be reassuring for American players and fans alike. Time after time, Howard has been called upon to bail out the squad’s back line, and more often than not, he has been up for the challenge. The Yanks’ goalkeeper has quite the resume, and Jurgen Klinsmann and company should be confident with Howard between the pipes.
Offensively, the Americans appear to be more and more dangerous with every game. With Jozy Altidore finally living up to the expectations placed on him as a teenager on the national stage, the attack is that much more lethal. Throw captain Clint Dempsey and the best American soccer player of all time in Landon Donovan into the mix, and opponents’ back lines should be fearful and attentive at all times. Michael Bradley and his offensive development is another weapon for the States’ side. His ability to drop a pass on a dime from anywhere on the field at any time will take the pressure off the likes of Altidore, Dempsey, and Donovan.
Last but not least, Jurgen Klinsmann appears to be the perfect man for the job right now. As manager of the USMNT, we have seen improvement in nearly every facet of the game. In addition, he has shown the ability to make adjustments, whether at halftime or during the course of play. Klinsmann has also displayed his good judgement in selecting the right talent to expose opponents’ weaknesses up until this point.
With the USMNT growing by bounds and leaps by the day, it is clear that they are on the right track to finally being a potential powerhouse in the international soccer world. Regardless of the squad’s long-term future, other nations should be fearful of the American side come 2014.