As I've always said the problem is in our talent pipeline. Until we start developing more talent and being able to look at the guy across from ours and unequivocally say "Yeah, ours is better." Then it's just a quarter-final worthy squad (WC). It's embarassing that countries like Mexico, Japan, and Korea are putting more and more players into European sides and we're a little stagnant in that dept.
There's an American kid, Ben Lederman, that's at La Masia. He has a two year contract. He's about ten years old now. They gave him the #10 shirt, no small thing. And I don't think he's unique . . . there are other kids like him but we have a great propensity for screwing our talent up instead of making it better.