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Look out Russia -- Team USA is coming.

The World Cup may be four years away but coach Jurgen Klinsmann is already planning his team's path to the semifinals.

A painful defeat in the last-16 by Belgium in Brazil might have ended the U.S. dream but it has only served to further Klinsmann's ambitions.

A 1-0 friendly win over the Czech Republic in Prague courtesy of Alejandro Bedoya's strike gave Team USA a winning return to action but Klinsmann is already looking into the future.

"It was possible to get into the quarterfinal, Klinsmann told NBC.

"It was even possible to get into the semifinal in Brazil for us which nobody would probably believed. But this is how I looked at it.

"And this is our goal going toward Russia -- not to stop at the Round of 16 and not to stop at the quarterfinals.

"To say clearly we have four years to prepare this cycle and our goal is to go into a semifinal in a World Cup and that means a lot of work, a lot of competition and a lot of grind."

The achievements of Klinsmann's men at the World Cup has increased expectation and justifiably so.

This U.S. team is a side which commands respect given its quality and improvement over the past couple of years.

Deprived of goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has taken a year-long sabbatical from the national side to spend more time with his family, Aston Villa's Brad Guzan was given the opportunity to shine.

It's a difficult job for Guzan given the hero status Howard acquired following the team's performances in Brazil.

So impressive was Howard that he became a national celebrity with President Obama calling him directly from the White House to offer his congratulations following the 2-1 defeat by Belgium.

Howard, boasting one of the most exquisite beards in football, pulled off a record 16 saves against the Belgians leading to Obama even joking he should make the goalkeeper the nation's Secretary of Defense.

But with Howard absent along with Clint Dempsey, the man known as 'Captain America' during the tournament, Klinsmann gave a chance to a number of other players.

In a first half which meandered without much drama, it was the home side which should have taken the lead just after the half hour mark.

A rapid counter attack ripped through the U.S. midfield and Tomas Rosicky crossed to the far post only for Vladimir Darida to slide his effort wide of the far post.

That miss was to prove costly as just before the interval, the visiting team stuck the first blow.

A dreadful error by Darida allowed Mix Diskerud to run through on goal and when his effort was saved, Bedoya netted the rebound.

Klinsmann made a couple of changes at the break with Nick Rimando, the only MLS-based player in the squad, replacing Guzan in goal and Bolton's Tim Ream coming into defense.

But it hardly appeared to disrupt the rhythm of the team with Bedoya bringing a fine save out of Petr Cech in the Czech Republic goal.

The Czechs, which failed to qualify for the World Cup, have set their sights on qualifying for the 2016 European Championship Finals in France.

It faces a difficult task after being paired with the Netherlands and Turkey as well as Latvia, Iceland and Kazakhstan.

It did at least threaten an equalizer in the second half with Rimando producing a fine save to deny Ladislav Krej?í from close-range.

The Salt Lake City stopper than kept out David Limbersky's effort as the home side began to take control of the contest.