Ever since the USA U-23 squad failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, a wave of future senior men’s national team hopefuls have seen their careers stall. Of that group, only Mix Diskerud, who scored for the U.S. in its 2-0 win against Azerbaijan in San Francisco, is going to Brazil. Yahoo Sports says that it’s a touchy subject for USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
"[Diskerud] is coming from a group of guys that we had real trouble with getting to the next level, and I mean our Olympic team that was supposed to go to London," Klinsmann said. "There were a few guys, very special players coming with that team, and for whatever reason it just didn't work out the way it should have worked out. We lost a few on that path that should actually be part of this group now, this inner-circle group. All these very talented kids, they fell in a hole, a deep one.”
He added: "Because of what happened there, we desperately now from the senior level look at that generation and we want them to come through and we want them to grow into the senior team and they struggled with that because of that huge disappointment."