5 Reasons Why The Future Is Bright For USMNT Following 2014 World Cup

5 Reasons Why The Future Is Bright For USMNT Following 2014 World Cup

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Despite the disappointment of the USMNT’s loss to Belgium in the 2014 World Cup, it’s hard to deny that U.S. Soccer took a big step forward during the four-game run in Brazil. The Americans set themselves up to continue to make progress on the international stage following the 2014 World Cup, and here are five reasons why the future is bright for U.S. Soccer.

5. They Finally Belong

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5. They Finally Belong

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Skeptics could chalk up 2002 as beginner's luck or scoff at the low level of difficulty winning their group in 2010, but getting out of the Group of Death this time around after everyone counted them out from the start is a huge step in the right direction. It's a sure sign that the U.S. belong on the world stage and needs to be taken seriously which will be a stepping stone to bigger things.

4. Another Great Goalie Lined Up

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4. Another Great Goalie Lined Up

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Tim Howard probably won't be around for another four years, but if there's one position that U.S. Soccer never has to worry about it's goalie. Sitting behind Howard is Brad Guzan, who some say could have taken over for Howard a year or two ago. Guzan may never have 16 saves in a World Cup game -- and hopefully he'll never have to -- but having him in goal puts the U.S. in great shape at one of soccer's most important positions.

3. Surprising Depth on Defense

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3. Surprising Depth on Defense

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The back four was a huge concern heading into the World Cup. While the group wasn't a dominating force, they did well and will have much of the personnel back around for another four years. The U.S. had three center backs make an impact in Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez and John Brooks who should remain with the team. Meanwhile, the possibility of DeAndre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson playing outside back for the next four years is tantalizing.

2. Emerging Young Talent

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2. Emerging Young Talent

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Remember when the World Cup roster was so young we all thought Jurgen Klinsmann was tanking on purpose for the sake of 2018? Well, that didn't happen, the U.S. advanced and we saw a glimpse of that young talent with players like Julian Green, DeAndre Yedlin, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson making an impact. Those players are just the start, as Klinsmann will find and develop even more young talent over the next four years.

1. Four More Years of Jurgen Klinsmann

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1. Four More Years of Jurgen Klinsmann

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The U.S. were eliminated under Klinsmann the same way Bob Bradley's team was eliminated four years ago. But U.S. Soccer is in a much better place than four years ago, and it's only just begun with Klinsmann signed on to coach through 2018. Klinsmann has full control over U.S. Soccer, and whether people believe it or not, he knows what he's doing. With another four years he's going to take even larger steps towards winning a World Cup.

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