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To be honest, once you get past the first 10 or 11 players, the competition gets pretty tight. So, let’s take a moment and recognize some of those who didn’t quite make the 15, but are certainly some of the top Americans out there right now.
Clarence Goodson—Goodson is a frequent USMNT call-up and the current captain of Brondby in the Danish League. He certainly isn’t flashy, but always puts in an honest shift and is a constant offensive set-piece threat.
Eric Lichaj—For the past year, Lichaj has been pushing his way into the starting lineup at Aston Villa with more and more frequency. Certainly, Jurgen Klinsmann will have to notice that, right?
Graham Zusi—At 26, Zusi is already a little long in the tooth to be called a hot prospect, but if his performance this week against Jamaica is any indication, he is just starting to hit his full potential.
Josh Gatt—The speedy 21-year-old winger for Molde received his first USMNT call-up last week—before having to drop out of the squad due to injury. Surely, he is one of the best American youngsters out there.
Terrence Boyd—The 21-year-old Rapid Vienna forward is just starting to come into his own and is off to a red-hot start with his club. It’s only a matter of time until he becomes a huge star with the USMNT.
Jozy Altidore—Ok, he didn’t do much to help himself this week on national team duty, but his club form over the past year has been more than solid. Hopefully, he’ll get out of his USMNT funk sooner rather than later.