"I got a note from a former national team coach who said it looked like an alumni game. The teams are not that strong — especially the bottom teams — and the U.S. has been able to get through their peaks and valleys because of it. They’re in good position. They still have to play Mexico twice. They have to play in Canada. Those will be challenging. So they’ve got a little more ahead of them, but I see no reason why they won’t qualify for the World Cup."
-- New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena
, who coached the USA in World Cup 2018 qualifying, on the recent USA-Costa Rica qualifier in which the Ticos fielded a starting lineup with an average age of 31.1 and brought 39-year-old Alvaro Saborio
and 37-year-old Christian Bolanos
off the bench, and the drop in the level of competition as compared to four years ago when the USA finished fifth behind Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras and failed to qualify for the finals for the first time since 1990. (FoxSports.com