Injuries and scheduling have caused Klinsmann to use 25 different lineups in 25 games
"Obviously, you want to see the next generation breaking through," Klinsmann said. "You want to give them the opportunities to jump in the cold water and swim because only in those moments you really can see if they are up to the task or not."
Gulati cautioned that improvement isn't a straight line, that there will be spurts and declines. Since reaching the World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 for its best showing since 1930, the Americans were knocked out in the first round in 2006 and the second round in 2010.
"At some point, we're not going to qualify for a World Cup. I hope it's a hundred years from now," Gulati said. "It's good that expectations have risen. But it's not going to always be that we're going to get one step further. It's not realistic."
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