The US is done in Venezuela, losing tonight 1-0 to close out their Copa America campaign. Was it disappointing? Sure, you never want to go into a competition and get zero points. Is it the end of US Soccer? No, not quite, although some people would want you to believe that.
This tournament was being used by Bob Bradley as a learning experience. The Gold Cup was priority numero uno this summer, and it was mission accomplished. Copa America was basically being treated as a series of competitive friendlies. You can argue that the mindset was all wrong, but I don't know if it could've been any other way.
US Soccer wasn't going to be able to keep the best players together for two full tournaments. Besides ticking off the MLS clubs, and cutting into the foreign club's preseason preparations, it would only serve to wear out the players involved. Bocanegra and Dempsey needed to get to Fulham to compete for playing time with a new coach. Donovan needed to get back to try to save the Galaxy.
Bradley decided to take advantage of this great oppportunity to really see the depth that he has. What did he learn? For one, Eddie Gaven just isn't ready for this level. Lee Nguyen also needs more work. Drew Moor was a pleasant surprise. He got an extended look at Brad Guzan. He learned that Kasey Keller is probably done. Ricardo Clark proved himself very worthy. Taylor Twellman proved he can only score goals in MLS. Marvell Wynne showed that he still needs more work. Eddie Johnson and Justin Mapp probably just confused Bob even more.
There's still plenty of questions, but I think it was worth taking our lumps in Venezuela.