The US team should receive criticism not because of any dislike for the team, but, rather, because they need improvement.
Forget anything pre-1950. Since then, the US has only made the quarter finals of a World Cup. That's it. Nothing else. That's failure. And the team is no where near winning a World Cup.
The US looked very good against Costa Rica in the Gold Cup 2017, in the 2-0 semi final victory. Great possession, patience. Nagbe and Bradles were brilliant. But that US team ain't winning a World Cup,. Not even close. Why? Because Bradley, Arriola, Nagbe and Dempsey don't have enough of Bradley, Arriola, Nagbe and Dempsey. Add Politic and Wood and it's still not enough.
Only one or two weak positions in a lineup will destroy a team's chances. Unfortunately, the US has a habit of four or five weak positions in a lineup. Not because we don't have players available. Because we choose not to combine the right players together.
It's the "Fred Astaire Syndrome." Nagbe, Pulisic and a few others are thinking players, with passing ability, and dribbling ability. Like Dempsey or Donovan. They're the Fred Astaires on the field. However, when you play it safe and think defensively and combine them with claudes nothing will get done. And a World Cup title will always be out of reach. Gold Cup titles are nice. But the grand prize requires a different approach...a different way of thinking.