The upshot is this. The surprises may not be as surprising as first thought as Jurgen Klinsmann did the same thing in 2006 with his Germany squad. He risked alienating fans and players alike by turning aside the more experienced players of generations past in exchange for going younger and faster in a competition with a large amount of pressure in each case.
I’m not saying this US team will make the semifinals and draw the eventual champions into extra time (they’re still 4th favorites to make it out of their group). But Klinsmann saw an opportunity then and now to introduce a younger generation of player into the national team fold, and he did it then and now on the biggest stage possible.
While you may question his decisions, there certainly is a method to the madness, and that method is not too difficult to decode especially when played out twice. Ask any German fan.