The failure in Trinidad may have unleashed raging anger at U.S. Soccer, but one can not deny that its launch of the Development Academy (DA) 10 years ago is starting to show results.
"It never mattered to us the scores of the other games". Eales' Atlanta have signed mostly talented young players rather than golden oldies from Europe and have invested US$60m (NZ$85m) in a training ground.
When it happened again this week, the American team did so with Major League Soccer in unprecedented health. It already has, if you ask numerous supporters and pundits. But "pay to play" drives the development of boys in soccer.
World-class baseball, football and basketball players are developed at the high school level, so why can't it happen in soccer? An example later followed by Germany and Belgium, particular attention was paid to making sure immigrant communities had access both to recreational sport facilities and a path to soccer academies.
Optimists are pointing out that France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup before winning the 1998 World Cup as the host country.
Amid calls for the exit of U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and systematic changes to the federation's development program, Donovan floated out the possibility that the U.S. could ultimately benefit from the reality check presented by Tuesday's stunning result. According to the SFIA and Physical Activity Council research on sports participation, there are 11.9 million soccer (Outdoor) participants in the U.S. This includes 4,8 million children between the ages of 6-12 and 2.5 million participants between the ages of 13-17. I'm not someone who's advocating for a clean sweep, because I think there are many good parts of U.S. Soccer. Non-MLS clubs have also increased scholarship funding for their players over the years to remain competitive in the DA.
Ramos started his career with the national team as a player in 1988.
He won two-straight La Liga titles from 2014-2016, three straight Copa del Reys from 2014-2017, the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2015, and a Spanish Super Cup in 2016.
With the American team being on the outside looking in at the 2018 World Cup, maybe now is the time to revamp the soccer system.
Fandom is being helped by established MLS teams and new ones have rapidly garnered strong and devoted fans.
And U.S. Soccer has continued to advocate numerous methods for which there is wide agreement on being valuable for player development at the early ages. "But one bad ending doesn't mean there hasn't been any progress".
With the expansion side, he's not only clinched a playoff spot in the club's first season, but done so in style with a squad of players that most teams would kill for.
"I believe true soccer fans throughout the country understand crushing defeats are part of the game", said Stuart Crystal, president of The Crystal Agency and former VP of marketing and consumer products for Major League Soccer told SGB.
It's a predictable script because the U.S. has been a fixture at the World Cup for so long we couldn't imagine it missing the great quadrennial sporting event.
It may have turned out to be a longer-term project than we had wished, but not all the factors are under U.S. Soccer's control.