USA fell narrowly to Belgium in the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday night, losing 2-1 in extra time but they gave a great account of themselves and earned many plaudits from worldwide supporters.
The USA impressed and exceeded expectations at the World Cup and have now officially announced themselves as an elite footballing nation.
The performance last night typified them as a group. They were unified in defeat and resilient towards the end, with a never-say-die attitude that has to be admired.
Jurgen Klinsmann now has the task of building towards the next World Cup in Russia in 2018, and he has the potential in this squad to succeed there.
DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green both showed promise and were both a threat against a very strong Belgium side.
Going forward, this ageing USA squad must develop the younger players, which will leave question marks over the international futures of players like DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle Beckerman.
The USA look very strong at the back, and have potential to better the current unit with the likes of John Anthony Brooks and Yedlin coming through the ranks.Embed from Getty Images
There is a question regarding the excellent Tim Howard and if he will be around for the next World Cup as he will be 39 by the time the tournament in Russia comes around.
There are plenty of emerging American goalkeepers in MLS that now have a chance to prove their quality to Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the next tournament.
One thing is for sure, the USA can be proud of their team and they have more than proved they are capable of challenging the best on the biggest stage.
Belgium now progress to the quarter-finals on Saturday, where they will play Argentina.