One of the more positive things that Bob Bradley did in his first four years as manager of the U.S. National Team was to expand the player pool.
He brought in an abundance of players to friendlies and competition matches, and a relatively large number of players earned their first caps under him.
Now in his next World Cup cycle, you can expect more of the same from Bradley. Since the World Cup, Omar Gonzalez, Brek Shea, Eric Lichaj and Jermaine Jones have earned their first appearances for the Stars and Stripes.
Bringing in new players does two things. For one, you give plenty of players the honor of representing their country, and, in doing so you can unearth some real talent that can develop and help in some big competitions. Also, even if they don’t project to be World Cup-roster players, in smaller tournaments and friendlies they can give guys like Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey rest without jeopardizing a win, or at least a positive result.
The following is a list of 10 players who could soon be making their first appearance for the national team.