While the US Women's national team got the World Championship back last year, the men's squad has been on the decline. After that solid performance in South Africa 2010, Klinsmann's lads failed in Brazil, and especially at home against Panama in the Gold Cup.
Right now, Costa Rica, Honduras or Panama dare to play the US face to face, as only Mexico did, in the Concacaf region. The team has gotten old at several positions, and the Landon Donovan transition has not been well done. On the 22nd anniversary of the MLS and with a recent influx of European stars -almost all past their prime- the League looks solid, but not only for the US but for many Central American countries who take advantage of that league and its playing conditions, to see their own players develop.
The USA now rely on bright but too young players like Christian Pulisic and established veterans like Clint Dempsey or Michael Bradley.
Christian Pulisic, from Borussia Dortmund. Has erupted on the first team at only 17, and has already scored in the Bundesliga. Doing his first games with the US senior team he has already scored. he is a winger capable of playing on both sides of the field, fast and has a feeling for goals. Playing where he is playing now, he gets invaluable experience from the league and the teammates he now has.
Darlington Nagbe, originally born in Liberia, his family ran away from the country. It's just a matter of time to see him leave the MLS and play in a big team in Europe.
Clint Dempsey, with permission from Bradley. Players come and go, but at 32 he is still playing for the senior squad at a very solid level and now playing on home soil after his stay in England. The attacking options of the USA pass through his legs, especially after another one of Altidore's injuries.
Jurgen Klinsmann has a dark future on the US team. Big failures like the ones in the World Cup and the Gold Cup have meant that he is running out of credit. He didn't handle correctly the jubilation of Landon Donovan, and the supposed offensive style he was going to export from Germany has not been seen so far. He has used so many players but has not been able to establish a regular starting XI.