The United States finished atop the Hex—the final round of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF—to clinch its seventh straight appearance in the marquee international event. Now, the focus shifts to improving upon the team's round of 16 run in 2010.
Head coach Juergen Klinsmann should be happy with the progress his squad has made since the beginning of 2013. After some lackluster results early, the Americans have won 15 of their last 16 matches heading into a pair of friendlies in November.
Every match between the end of qualifying and next summer will be viewed as a proving ground, a chance for players on the roster bubble for World Cup to show they deserve an opportunity to represent the United States in Brazil.
Let's take a look at some of the latest roster talk as the World Cup squad starts to sort itself out. It's followed by a projection for the starting lineup and potential reserves. Keep checking back as updates will be made in the coming months.