I had thought about going through each US player who saw significant playing time in the Olympics and judging him on whether his stock rose or fell in terms of his prospects with the senior team.
But I can't think of many players who improved their standings with performances in this tournament. I guess that's one aspect of a complete team collapse and failure - there's not much positive to go around.
Now, I do think there were some players who showed they could play at a higher level. However, even those performances were tainted with moments of stupidity, ignorance or (insert your demeaning adjective here).
For instance, I thought Michael Orozco did well in his first two games, especially considering he's a central defender by trade and not a left back. But how good can you feel about his overall performance given his red card against Nigeria?
Stuart Holden was another who showed good signs early on, especially with his goal against Japan and his early play against the Netherlands. But then he botched a two-on-one attempt against the Dutch that would have sealed the game and finished off his horrid half by giving away a foul that led to the equalizer.
I don't think we learned anything new about Marvell Wynne (lots of speed but that's about it), Sacha Kljestan (can disappear for long stretches), Freddy Adu (selfish), Michael Bradley (prone to yellow cards) and Michael Parkhurst (not a commanding presence in central defense).
Robbie Rogers did nothing to increase his own stock. Jozy Altidore scored a goal but his injury kept him from contributing more. Maurice Edu played out of position and I thought he had a poor game against the Netherlands, but it's tough to judge him as a possible central midfield candidate for the senior side on what he did at central defense for the Olympic team.
I don't think Brian McBride was that effective but I also think that's because the lack of service was poor throughout the tournament. And besides, he's been there and done that for the US and his international days have been over save for this brief period.
Anyway, do you think any player helped his cause? Are things really that bad or am I just being too pessimistic?