The graphics below show the US’s typical first half set. They push the ball high on the left and keep compact defensively. If they get a goal, great, but they rarely ever rev the tempo or get the ball going side to side against quality opponents at the risk of giving one up early.
The arrows show the typical movements by position in attack. The grey, transparent section is the space the US usually elects to defend. Ale Bedoya yesterday or Graham Zusi, their speed and endurance protect the weaker right flank by flashing forward to shut down switchfields or tracking back when compromised.