Before you can know how to feel about the U.S.'s World Cup, you must ask yourself, are you an optimist, or a pessimist?

If you're an optimist, you'll likely focus on the Americans' escape from the Group of Death - a feat no one thought possible - and the great young talent that showed itself in the form of DeAndre Yedlin and Julian Green and rule this World Cup a success.

If you're a pessimist, though, you'll see only the large swaths of the each of the USA's four games in which they were badly outplayed and ask certain questions regarding the suspect tactics of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and come to the conclusion that the U.S. is definitively a cut below the world, and didn't deserve to advance any further.

Me? I'm somewhere in between.  I recognize that the team is better, and has the potential to improve even beyond where they are now.  But it's impossible not to recognize their overall poor play and massive inferiority.

What say you?