There are seemingly several ways to look at the US after Sunday's game against Argentina.
One is the rosier outlook - after a couple of poor performances in Europe, the US found some spark at home. With many standout individual performances, the US nearly beat the top-ranked team in the world. Regardless, the US gained confidence going into a pair of critical games.
And then, there's the pessimistic approach - yet another game, yet another shutout. Even with Landon Donovan and Freddy Adu, the US looked poor in front of the goal. Argentina controlled the match for the most part and only Tim Howard's saves kept the game from getting out of hand. There's a lot of work to be done, quite a bit actually.
Where do I fall in? I'll let you know as this week progresses where I think the US national team stands entering qualifying.
I found this piece interesting, however. John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News throws out some good statistics (for instance, the US is 9-38-6 all-time against the seven nations who have won a World Cup) and paints a somewhat bleak picture before offering up some sort of hope.