Very few USMNT fans, outside of hardcore MLS lovers and Houston Dynamo supporters, have ever thought of Brad Davis as an international-class player. However, on repeated occasions over the past year, Klinsmann has called Davis into U.S. camps. Davis even earned caps in the last two World Cup qualifiers and played at least half the game against both Germany and Belgium in recent friendlies.
At the same time, Joe Corona, who is a regular at USMNT camps, has rarely seen the field. In fact, prior to the Gold Cup camp, Corona received a grand total of four minutes in three appearances from June 2012 through June 2013.
Now being given his shot, Corona is stepping up. On Saturday, the Club Tijuana member had another bright game on the wing. He struggled against Guatemala last week while playing in the middle, but since being moved out wide, he has provided good service and consistent possession. He has also been one of the Americans' most active players.
Certainly, like with everyone’s performance in the Gold Cup, his effectiveness must be taken into perspective. That being said, Corona has definitely staked his claim as a player to watch going forward with such solid play so far in the tournament.