Well I think you're looking at it a little backwards. "Is he good enough for the national team?" is the only question that matters. And if he's good enough, he'll get on a higher team than an Israeli PL runnerup. Maccabi Haifa are already a Europa League team but the USSF isn't looking for Europa League players, right or wrong. Additionally, all those gks you named were playing in more prestigious leagues than the Israeli Premier League, as well as being on the federation's radar from early on, whether through USYNT or college performances. Cohen has no reputation with the federation. I would honestly be surprised if Greg Berhalter knew who he was. The NTs (senior to youth) aren't exactly known for opening up the goalkeeping position for competition. You may have noticed how many lifelines certain goalkeepers get within their programs, both on the men's and women's side, despite being in a well-known goalkeeping drought. Isn't it a little odd that Melia gets overlooked by the entire league then somehow is the best American goalkeeper? (Steffen and Guzan were both in MLS at this time.) Goalkeeper development has been atrocious over the past decade. So many USYNT goalkeepers flame out and MLS has struggled to have success with teenage goalkeepers not named Tim Howard. Melia can't get an invite to the national team despite having a better year than his peers. There are some extreme disconnects within American soccer right now, even inside the goalkeeping realm. Regardless, barring a minor miracle, Maccabi Haifa won't get to the group stage in Champions League play. Last year Maccabi Tel Aviv (top of the table right now) lost to CFR Cluj in the second qualifying round, who then lost to Slavia Prague in the playoff round, who then got bounced out of the group stage by Barcelona, Dortmund, and Inter Milan. And even if Maccabi Haifa do somehow make it that far, getting smashed by Benfica 6-0 won't help Cohen's case with a national team bid. (Horvath having clean sheets in his CL did little to move the needle, although different situation, I know.) If Cohen can continue to boost his resume, he might get a serious look from the NT. No MLS team was willing to touch Cohen when he was in USL but when he returns in a few years, he'll be on a $100-200k salary, I promise. Until then, his pathway to the NT is getting to a higher league in Europe. If he comes back now, he will be, at best, another Tim Melia.