Tim Howard believes the USA should expect to make the World Cup every time the tournament is staged.
The US have made it through to Brazil 2014 after beating Mexico 2-0 in Columbus on Tuesday night making it the seventh time in a row they have progressed to the finals of the quadrennial competition.
Following the success, goalkeeper Howard feels it is now a prerequisite for American soccer to be competing with the world's best despite it being another long road to the World Cup.
"Now it's expected of us, but it's never a guarantee," he told USsoccer.com.
"World Cup Qualifying is tense. It's always so tight. We said down in Honduras in February that it's going to come down to Matchday 8 or 9, which it always does.
"You can never really breathe a sigh of relief, but tonight we're able to do that."
As for the future, the Everton gloveman added: "We're young enough at the moment that the next six to eight months we're going to grow and get better.
"I like the mix with a lot of Mexican-American and German-Americans. It's a lot of young guys with some of us old guys.
"The mix is right and we just need to mature a little bit more and I feel good about our chances. But we'll see what the draw looks like."