In November, the United States took no points from its first two final-round World Cup qualifiers for the first time ever. Panic ensued. Our Soccer Power Index (SPI) put the U.S. chances to qualify for the 2018 World Cup at 56 percent.
Jurgen Klinsmann and his mysterious ways were then replaced by Bruce Arena, who has brought the expected stability to both the roster and the CONCACAF standings. After taking four points from two games in March, the U.S. now sits in fourth place, one point out of an automatic World Cup spot.