What once felt like it was a lifetime away is now suddenly just around the corner. The 2022 World Cup will kick off in Qatar before we know it, ending an eight-year wait that has felt like a lifetime to those that follow the U.S. men's national team.
The USMNT arguably has more young, talented stars than ever before, with players featuring for Barcelona, Chelsea, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.
Players like Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie and Sergino Dest are playing for Champions League contenders, while several up-and-comers have taken their own steps to join them in Europe's major leagues. Meanwhile, the quality of MLS continues to rise with several North American-based stars emerging as potential starters.
Yet, the past still hangs over the current crop of players. Having missed out on the 2018 World Cup thanks to that haunting night in Trinidad & Tobago, the current U.S. generation carries added pressure on its shoulders.
As the 2022 World Cup edges closer, here's a look at the top 50 Americans in the U.S. men's national team player pool looking to make supporters proud: