Eyes are already on Brazil in anticipation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
One team in particular to keep an eye on is the United States.
As the disappointment of another loss to Ghana lessens, the question arises: What next?
With stars Carlos Bocanegra and Jay Demerit looking like they will be out of the picture, the United States will certainly have a different lineup in 2014.
One positive thought is that in 2014 Landon Donovan will be 31, Clint Dempsey 32, and Tim Howard 35, and they will all be fit to play and lead this team as they did in South Africa.
After winning in the group stage but getting eliminated by Ghana in the round of 16, the United States has expectations to live up to, and a performance to improve upon.
However, if this is going to happen, certain players need to step up for their country.
It goes without saying that players like Donovan, Dempsey, and Howard will be the core group of leaders, but who else needs to step up?
Here are the five USA players who need to be ready to become leaders and impact players for their team in Brazil.