Let’s look at the USMNT:
- Any vaguely coherent attack induces uter panic in the defense, with defenders scampering around mindlessly
- No one on the side can win the ball back in midfield
- There are no strikers who can reliably finish in the box
There are some once-decent players (e.g. Bradley a decade ago) and one or two promising young players (Pulisic, McKennie) but no — literally no — players that you can count on to be productive.
So what happened? Why has the talent base of the USMNT manifestly declined in recent years?