Several players who were not included on the U.S.’ January camp roster this time around might have a shot 18 months from now if they put together stellar performances with their respective clubs in 2013 or early 2014.
Nick DeLeon, as a rookie for DC United, had a very strong 2012 campaign and showed flashes of absolute brilliance. With the U.S. situation on the wing still largely unsettled, DeLeon may be able to sneak in if he can put together an even better 2013 campaign.
Dax McCarty is widely lauded as one of, if not the top holding midfielder in MLS. With an international contingent of holding midfielders including Maurice Edu, Danny Williams, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley and, perhaps, even Conor O’Brien, McCarty is certainly a long shot. However, several of the aforementioned players have not been in good form of late, and Klinsmann may end up looking elsewhere.
The top trio at goalkeeper over the past few months has been Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando. However, if one of those players were to go down, the highly regarded Dan Kennedy could sneak onto the roster.
The U.S.’ problems at center-back over the past few years have been well-documented. That being said, if Omar Gonzalez or Matt Besler do not work out as many USMNT fans hope, George John or Ryan Miller (recently acquired by the Portland Timbers) may get a shot.
The U.S. has gained a great deal of depth at right-back over the past two years with Michael Parkhurst and Timmy Chandler being added to long-time veteran Steve Cherundolo at the position. However, should Klinsmann look at Timmy Chandler or Michael Parkhurst as the backup left-back and one of the other full-backs get injured, Sean Franklin might be able to work his way into the conversation.