My point is though, if the USA are so good they'd at least get honorable results against Costa Rica away from home. They didn't and I can't see that changing this time either. If you want to qualify for the WC in South America, you either need to win all of your home games, or win a few and get a couple of results away from home. Neither of which the USA are capable of in my opinion and I base that off the away results in CONCACAF over the last 2 qualifying cycles. If the USA were to ever have qualified in South America I'd say in 2002 as the only time. The USA were irrelevant before 1994 and they weren't good enough to qualify in the other cycles. ESPECIALLY not in this one.