Goal.com's Noah Davis thinks these five MLS players could have a bright future with the U.S. National Team.
By Noah Davis
2009 marks a massive year for the United States Men's National Team. With World Cup qualifying, the Gold Cup, and the Confederations Cup all occurring within a tight time span -- June and July might be the busiest months ever for the squad -- Bob Bradley will call on an unprecedented number of bodies to fill out his many rosters. As the talent level of Major League Soccer increases, the American coach has increasingly looked at breakout players on domestic clubs as cornerstones for the Red, White, and Blue. European-based players still dominate the U.S.'s "A" squad -- 17 of the 22 men called into camp ahead of Saturday's qualification game play on the Continent -- but MLSers have worked their way into many a roster nonetheless. Here are five players who could significantly improve their standing on the Nats with a solid start to the season.
When the Houston Dynamo traded Dwayne De Rosario to Toronto FC in the off-season, the perennial MLS Cup challengers essentially put the keys to its offense in the hands of the 23-year-old playmaking midfielder. The Aberdeen native -- who choose to play for the Americans rather than Scotland -- will have help from U.S. Nats such as Brian Ching and Ricardo Clark, but he's ultimately responsible for making the Dynamo's attack dynamic. If he succeeds, Holden could find himself in
The Columbus Crew winger doesn't get the press that his fellow age-mates such as Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley garner, but on a club level he's been more successful than two of those three household names.
The 2008 MLS defender of the year, who trained with German side
With Steve Cherundolo frequently hurt and Frankie Hedjuk able to defy his age for only so much longer, the right wing of the American defense needs a youthful infusion. The absurdly athletic Wynne's the man for the job... if only he could learn to distribute. The
With Heath Pearce seeing time (and playing well) at Hansa Rostock, the versatile Chivas
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