USMNT Copa roster audit: Sizing up each player's long-term outlook
With the Copa America Centenario in the books, the attention of the U.S. men's national team returns to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
By guiding his team to a fourth-place finish at Copa America, coach Jurgen Klinsmann met the semifinal expectations he set for the team before the tournament but didn't exceed them. It's enough to suggest that the team might be getting back on track after a couple of underachieving years, while still leaving ample questions to be answered on the road to Russia.
So what exactly did this tournament tell us about the players who will be involved over the next two years? And where do they go from here? Here's an audit of the USMNT's Copa America roster as 2018 preparation begins in earnest. Players have been classified into four groups: those who are here to stay as starters; those whose starting spot is up in the air; those who are aging out; and those whose future is bright but uncertain....