The focus for the USMNT turns from qualification to preparing for soccer's most important tournament. Jurgen Klinsmann has his team firing on all cylinders. Under his guidance, the team has won 13 out of its last 14 games and is now ranked No. 13 in FIFA's world rankings.
The future is bright for the Americans.
The goal of the slideshow is to examine just how far the team has come over the last two years and discuss the current state of the USMNT as it prepares to make a statement in Brazil.
Captain Clint Dempsey
Back in March, Sporting News published a report portraying unrest within the USMNT. Supposedly, players were not happy with how Jurgen Klinsmann was running the team. Everything from tactics to training was being criticized by players who were speaking anonymously.
It's safe to say any negativity from the article is gone. Players trust Klinsmann and each other. If anything, the article was the best thing to happen to the team. It is now playing with a chip on its shoulder, out to prove that outside forces can't and won't bring it down.
The USMNT is a cohesive unit, ready to prove itself on the world stage.
Since Landon Donovan returned to the USMNT during the summer's Gold Cup, his presence has been felt.
Led by his stellar play (five goals, seven assists), the United States won the tournament. Donovan proved he still belonged and could play at a high level.
As a reward, Jurgen Klinsmann brought Donovan back into the World Cup qualifying fold. Once again, Donovan rewarded Klinsmann for his good faith.
With a rejuvenated and reenergized Donovan, the USMNT is suddenly a much more dangerous team. As he showed against Mexico, he is lethal on set pieces and is always in the right place at the right time.
Donovan isn't afraid to step up and nail a penalty shot, either.
Donovan is back to the form he displayed at the 2010 World Cup. His teammates, Klinsmann and fans everywhere couldn't be happier.
Since the end of the 2010 World Cup, one of the major questions facing the USMNT has been who will anchor the central defense?
The tandem from 2010 of Jay DeMerit and Carlos Bocanegra is long gone. Bocanegra is the former captain but has fallen out of favor with Jurgen Klinsmann.
Instead, Klinsmann has tried a variety of players and found a capable combination in Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez. They are still young but get better from game to game.
It appears these two are the back line of the future, which is a great sign for the team going forward.
After Ghana bounced the United States from the 2010 World Cup, one thing was clear. The USMNT was desperate for a forward who could put the ball in the back of the net.
In South Africa, not a single one of the team's goals was scored by a forward.
Jozy Altidore, who was long viewed as the team's next big thing in terms of goal scoring, was nowhere to be found. When Jurgen Klinsmann took over, the trend continued.
Altidore was netting goals, just not when wearing a United States jersey.
Altidore continued to struggle until the calendar turned to 2013.
In a friendly against Germany, Altidore finally broke through and scored his first goal in the Klinsmann era.
The USMNT won all three qualifiers, thanks in large part to the play of Altidore. The 23-year-old put the team in great position to qualify for Brazil.
The next time Altidore suited up for his country was a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Altidore was dynamic, earning a hat trick, setting a new team record by scoring in his fifth consecutive game and leading the U.S. to a 4-3 victory.
Clearly, Altidore is dialed in, and finally, the USMNT has its striker. With a competent forward, the rest of the world better be paying attention to United States soccer.
In 2013, the USMNT has showed it's loaded with talent. In all areas of the roster, there are a number of players who are capable of getting the job done.
Up front, Eddie Johnson showed he can fill in for Altidore.
In the midfield, Geoff Cameron (against Panama) and Kyle Beckerman (last week versus Mexico) displayed they could step up when needed. Graham Zusi is a quality option, as well.
On the back line, Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez have been strong, but when Besler was unavailable for last week's Mexico game, Clarence Goodson was fantastic in his absence.
Even in goal, the stalwart Tim Howard has a solid backup in Brad Guzan. Guzan proved he could handle the big stage when he shut out Panama and Mexico (on the road) in World Cup qualifiers.
Through suspensions and injuries, the USMNT has had a "next man up" mentality and showed it can get results no matter who is in the lineup.