USMNT: 5 Players Who Will Make Impact on National Team in Next Year
Every year, the United States men's national team sees a new player step up to the plate and make an instant impact on the team.
In the build-up to the 2010 World Cup, Charlie Davies came out of nowhere and impressed American fans with his skills up front.
In the recent matches under new manager Jurgen Klinsmann, players like Graham Zusi and Eddie Johnson have been given a chance to play and have rewarded Klinsmann with results, including Johnson's double against Antigua and Barbuda on Friday.
In the next year, the United States will enter the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
In the final qualifying process for Brazil, Klinsmann will once again look for unsung heroes to step up for the United States.
Here are five players that can fill that role that Davies, Zusi and Johnson have filled over the past few years.
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Chris Wondolowski is arguably the American forward in the best form at the moment and he can't get a call-up to the national team.
For the most recent set of matches, Wondo was overlooked by Klinsmann once again as his club teammate Alan Gordon and Eddie Johnson of the Seattle Sounders were chosen instead of the San Jose Earthquakes forward.
Wondolowski is two goals away from setting the MLS single-season scoring record as he has 25 goals this season for the Earthquakes.
With the national team struggling to find the back of the net, Klinsmann should finally give Wondo the chance he has earned with the national team.
Josh Gatt has been one of the best young Americans playing abroad in the past year.
Gatt has thrived under former Manchester United hero Ole Gunnar Solksjaer at Molde in Norway.
Gatt was poised to make his national team debut in September, but he couldn't make the squad due to an injury.
There is no question that Klinsmann has been willing to give younger players a chance to play, and with the growing injury concerns facing Landon Donovan, Gatt could be a potential replacement for the American legend on the wing.
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Going into the 2010 World Cup, Stuart Holden was one of the players with a bright future for the United States.
However, the past two years have been anything but bright for Holden, who has struggled with his recovery from a torn ACL that he suffered while playing for Bolton Wanderers in 2011.
After suffering numerous setbacks in his recovery, Holden is regaining match fitness and once he returns he is sure to get time in the first team at Bolton.
If healthy, Holden would be a perfect fit in the United States midfield alongside Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu, as a playmaker that is also able to defend well.
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With defense being the biggest problem in the American lineup, Klinsmann may need to experiment with a youth movement during the next round of World Cup qualifying.
Steven Beitashour has been one of the young American defenders that has had a great season in MLS.
Beitashour has been a part of the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes dominance this season and was named to the starting 11 for the MLS All-Star Game against Chelsea this past summer.
With the American back four becoming older by the second, an infusion of youth at the position led by Beitashour may not be such a bad thing for Klinsmann to experiment with before Brazil.
Sacha Kjlestan forced his way back into the national team discussion with his performance in Belgium with Anderlecht.
The former Chivas USA midfielder was brought back into the team for the most recent World Cup qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala.
Kljestan came on as a substitute for Graham Zusi in Friday's win over Antigua and Barbuda and would be a perfect option to come off the bench and possibly even start in midfield as a veteran presence for Klinsmann.