Many of the players from the U.S.’ championship run in the Gold Cup are back. While winning the Gold Cup was exciting, it was mainly against CONCACAF minnows and “B” teams. This USMNT camp and the game against Bosnia will give Michael Parkhurst, Edgar Castillo, Alejandro Bedoya, Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud a chance to show their stuff against a higher level of competition.
Parkhurst and Castillo need to show better if they hope to stay in Klinsmann’s World Cup plans. Bedoya, Corona and Diskerud all played well in the Gold Cup, but need to show well again against better competition to fight for spots in a crowded midfield pool.
Brad Evans played very well for the U.S. in June, but still has doubters among the U.S. faithful. This game is an important opportunity for him. If he plays well, he will likely cement himself at the top of the muddled right-back depth chart.
Sacha Kljestan and Terrence Boyd also need to have a good camp. Both had very successful seasons with their respective clubs last year and both are off to good starts again this season. However, both are in tight competitions for spots on the roster and have been underwhelming in their appearances with the U.S.