Qualify and Rise: How the United States Men’s National Team can Maximize their Potential for the 2026 World Cup
With more major-club talent and youth than ever, the United States men’s national team is poised for success in the coming years. They qualified for the 2022 World Cup with the third-youngest squad in the world and made it to the knockout rounds. The real challenge now is to make a run in 2026, which will be played on home soil along with Mexico and Canada. This offers a unique opportunity for the U.S. team to field a roster boasting unprecedented upside, experience, and continuity. In this article, we explore the history of eight countries that pulled off a rise similar to what American fans are hoping for. By analyzing their success factors, we hope to identify the lessons that the United States men’s national team can learn to maximize their achievements of a golden generation.
Sweden and Norway are two examples of teams that achieved sustained success through roster continuity and chemistry from their dominant domestic club. We delve into both of these teams’ peaks, analyzing their key players and the role their domestic clubs played in their success. These teams’ examples offer insight and inspiration to American fans who are eager to see their national team rise to the top five of the FIFA rankings and make a run for the World Cup trophy.
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