Over the past few months, pessimism permeated all levels of US Soccer and turned in to a referendum on Jurgen Klinsmann, Technical Director. The senior team crashed out of the Gold Cup and lost to Mexico in the Confed Cup playoff, the U17 team exited the World Cup at the group stage, and the U23 team tripped up against Honduras at home, jeopardizing an Olympic berth.
However, as recently as June, the senior team beat Holland and Germany away, and the U20s reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup, the best performance at that level since 2007. So, not all is lost? How much do youth tournaments really matter?