probably so, but I'd also account for two silvers in the past 3 Olympics and domination at the u18 level.
Not to be a jerk, but the US doesn't belong in that conversation just yet. A World Cup when Clinton was in office and three WJC titles in the past two decades? Finns, Czechs, Swedes have better records than that.
Mind you it will change, but looking at the past 10-20 years of international competition...nope.
Overall they may be a step below the other 3 but they're closer to the top than they are to the rest of the pack.