World Cup years are usually memorable for the teams involved and the United States national team was no exception. Jurgen Klinsmann's side was considered to be one of the most exciting teams in Brazil. ESPN FC's U.S. writers reflect on the 2014 campaign.
What was the highlight of the U.S.'s 2014?
Getting out of the group of the death:
Getting out of a highly difficult group at the World Cup has to top the list. Granted, this achievement was cemented on a day when the U.S. was beaten by Germany in the group stage finale, which took...
A banner 2014 is over for the U.S. national team, and there isn't much time to look back. International soccer moves too quickly for that. Already, all eyes are on 2015.
The start of the annual January camp is only about six weeks away. An important Gold Cup looms in July. Before and after that tournament, new faces will force their way into coach Jurgen Klinsmann's plans, while longtime servants begin to get phased out. That's the cycle of life at the sport's highest level, the natural order of...
The new World Cup cycle poses numerous questions about the United States' lineup, not just in terms of depth and quality at certain positions but also in terms of overall talent that can significantly influence games against the world's best teams.
As U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann builds toward his 2018 World Cup roster, he will use the 2015 calendar year as an opportunity to establish a core group that he can trust in critical situations. And while his most meaningful evaluation will come in the summer's Gold Cup, the manager will also be keeping a close eye on which players are built to thrive in the 2016 Copa America and Olympics, as those players will also be essential to the team's qualification and success in the next World Cup.
Which USMNT players should we keep a close eye on next year? Here's a look at nine players who need a strong 2015 in order to stabilize the core of the U.S. team. These are players who either need to bounce back and return to previous form, continue to show potential or make a positive step forward to provide the U.S. with a strong foundation as the team moves further into the 2018 World Cup cycle.