Danny Williams will be the biggest unknown for U.S. fans heading into the October friendlies.
His story is a compelling one: Born to an American serviceman father and a German mother, he has been eligible to compete with either national team.
After visiting America for the first time this summer, he decided that he wanted to play for the U.S. He stated in a recent interview that despite living in Germany his entire life, he has always been treated as a foreigner there.
He also spoke of the pride his father felt when Williams decided to represent the country his father was born in and served.
While Oguchi Onyewu is certainly not a newcomer to the national team with his 60 international caps, this will be the first time since his patellar tendon injury in October 2009 that he has been 100 percent healthy and in form.
Having started six games already this season for Sporting Lisbon, a top European club, Gooch is ready to reassert himself at the heart of the U.S. defense.
DaMarcus Beasley, like Onyewu, is not a newcomer to the U.S. squad, with 93 caps to his credit, but has not been an impact player with the Nats since 2007 when he suffered a horrific knee injury in a Champions League game.
Since then, Beasley has never been the same.
In the season following the injury, Beasley only played 10 games for Rangers FC. The season after that, he played eight. He was transferred to Hannover 96 the next year, but only played four matches in the entire season.
While Beasley has experienced a recent revival with Puebla in the Mexican League, anyone who has seen Beasley with the national team the past few years realizes he is a shadow of his former self. Whether it is because of age or injury, he no longer has the blinding pace that he once used to terrorize defenses.
A step slower, he gets into far more physical challenges than he used to and consistently gets pushed off the ball, no surprise considering his slight frame.
His game has never been based on great possession, great service or great finishing, and without his pace, he has struggled to positively impact the games he has played in.
It is good Beasley has found a home in Puebla, where he can get consistent playing time, but starts in the Mexican league do not equate quality with the national team as Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Jonathan Bornstein have all proved.
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