After a slow start in his early matches, the U.S. national team has started getting wins under Jurgen Klinsmann. As a result, much of the early criticism has been pushed into the background as more and more of the public buys into the German's gradual development plan.
There are significant bright spots on the field for the United States.
The team's traditional strength at goalkeeper has not faded at all in Tim Howard. Landon Donovan remains one of the best players ever to wear a U.S. jersey. And Clint Dempsey is beginning to make an argument for himself as the country's first ever truly world-class field player.
However, for all that is good in the U.S. camp, there are still glaring weaknesses and areas that need to be addressed. Here are the six areas that Jurgen Klinsmann must work on if the Yanks are going to make it to Brazil 2014.