There's something to be said for training as a team, which most of the Africans do. Until the U.S. gets a World XC coach and trains both juniors and seniors starting in at least February, to hell with indoor track, and ALL our best talent competes, then we don't have a chance in hell at a team medal.
I'd say the only one who might be disappointed is Puskedra. Not a great day as he should have been within striking range of Derrick as usual. We know Derrick is probably easily in sub-13:40 5K shape and running consistently, so Fernandez did well considering he's missed too many days of hard training to be sharp. He got his public goal of top 15, but internally he's probably seething at not getting his real goal. For any potentially great runner, it can only be a motivating factor. He's gotten close enough to taste the possibility of beating the future world's best. He'll get there.
It's hard to tell but it seems more competitive this year. Abshero could be the next Bekele, we'll see.