The US men’s national team was the only nation to miss out on the tournament after the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but there are still plenty of questions about what the team will look like and how it will perform against Mexico and Colombia.
ESPN FC has been following the US through the Gold Cup process, and while the team is still far from the World-Cup level, the US men are still not quite there.
“They’re definitely not where they need to be,” says former USMID forward Michael Bradley, who was part of the 2010 World Cup qualifying squad.
“It was a very difficult World Cup.
It was not good enough for the players.
It didn’t go well.
We’ve still got to prove ourselves.
The World Cup was supposed to be about building that team and winning that tournament.”
The US is also not a perfect World Cup squad.
The squad is made up of players who played the first two games of the tournament and who were never able to break through in the first leg of the Hexagonal round.
Bradley says the US will have to take more of a wait-and-see approach on how it handles the Gold Coast.
“It’s not like you go out and do it the same way.
It’s a little different.
We’re not just going to go out there and go out of our way to get points, and hopefully win a game, but we need to build up our game and improve,” he said.
“And we’re still in a pretty good position.
We don’t want to lose.
We just need to continue to play our best soccer.”
The most important part of a World Cup campaign is the squad.
Bradley thinks the squad is more important than the tournament.
“I think the squad will play a big part, because you can’t get a squad that’s 100 percent on the field, and that’s what the World Cups is about,” he says.
“The tournament has a huge impact on the team and the team can only do so much, and I think that’s why the squad has to come in and help the team do that.”