In the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the United States national team exceeded all expectations by advancing from a difficult group and grinding out a tough loss against Belgium. The 2014 tournament almost certainly marked the last appearance for regulars such as Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones, while goalkeeper Tim Howard will have a hard decision to make regarding the 2018 tournament in Russia. It begs the question of how the U.S. team will shape up in four years.
At the goalkeeper position, backup Brad Guzan has displayed impressive form in the English Premier League for several seasons, thus making the potential transition from Tim Howard relatively seamless. Defenders such as Omar Gonzalez and Fabian Johnson should stick around for another World Cup, while youngsters DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks will look to develop their games and make a bid for a starting role. In the midfield, positioning new players around veteran Michael Bradley will be a tall order for Juergen Klinsmann, who will certainly be hoping his investments in the U.S. development system pay dividends by 2018. Up top, Jozy Altidore should once again anchor the U.S. attack, accompanied by Julian Green or a yet-unknown striker.