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FIFA Ranking: 32
World Cup Appearances: 9 (1930, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Best Match: 3-1 victory over Guatemala
The United States were not as impressive in the semifinal round as many would have liked, but they were without Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley—the holy trinity of American soccer—for a majority of the round.
Even for all their disappointments, the USMNT still finished atop the group with 13 points.
One of the bright spots in the semifinal round for the United States was the inspired play of Graham Zusi and his increased contributions will be vital for the Men's National Team moving froward.
Jürgen Klinsmann is attempting to lead the USMNT to their seventh straight World Cup appearance, but has left the United States Soccer Federation with more questions than answers.
His questionable tinkering with the lineup, inconsistent formations and less-than-proactive methods, are not reflective of the blueprint he promised when he signed his $2.5 million contract in July of 2011.
The most glaring flaw has been his inability to infuse young talent into the starting XI.
This is a young man's game, and veterans of this team will be on the wrong side of 30 in the summer of 2014.
The United States is facing a laundry list of issues entering January's camp, but should still have no issues automatically qualifying for the World Cup.
With Dempsey and Bradley back in club form and Donovan able to recover from a knee injury that the AP reported kept him from the qualifiers (via the LA Times), expect the trio to lead the United States into Brazil.