USA vs. Venezuela: Kyle Beckerman and USA's Biggest Impact Players
When the United States and Venezuela get together for an international friendly on January 21, it won't be a star-studded affair.
Without the likes of Landon Donovan and Tim Howard, among others, this U.S. team is going to be focusing on developing talent for the future.
Guys like Teal Bunbury and C.J. Sapong will get the chance to show they can provide a scoring spark, and someone needs to step up alongside Michael Bradley and Donovan at midfielder.
Let's take a look at three players who have a chance to make a name for themselves against Venezuela on Saturday night.
Kyle Beckerman, Midfielder
Beckerman has been around for awhile, earning 18 caps so far in his career.
But, he hasn't made much of an impact in those games, scoring only one goal.
With a strong performance this month, Beckerman could secure a lot more playing time down the road. Jurgen Klinsmann is going to have an open mind, so a good performance against Venezuela could earn Beckerman a couple of starts.
The Real Salt Lake midfielder needs to show he can consistently get the ball to the forwards as well as provide an occasional run of his own.
Teal Bunbury, Forward
With Juan Agudelo injured, some new forwards are going to have to step up and provide some offensive spark for Team USA.
Bunbury, a forward for Sporting Kansas City, is a good bet to provide that spark. In two career caps, he's scored one goal.
If he can score again in January, he could end up becoming a solid third forward for the U.S., behind Agudelo and Jozy Altidore.
The U.S. attack has been stagnant lately. Bunbury needs to make sure this team can find ways to score goals.
C.J. Sapong, Forward
Sapong is another young forward from Sporting Kansas City. He's earned his first career cap for Friday night's game.
Sapong had five goals and five assists for his MLS team in 2011, earning himself a spot on Klinsmann's roster.
Sapong is an interesting option for Team USA since he's a new face. It'll be interesting to see what kind of impact he makes in his first international action.
We'll see how much playing time Klinsmann gives him.
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