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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. 

Stuart Holden

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 South Africa; if not, a spot on the Gold Cup roster is almost assured.  

Robbie Rogers

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. Rogers might not boast the pizzazz of Adu or the strength of Altidore, but he fits in any system and started in a friendly against Sweden. Given the logjam ahead of him (and, quite frankly, a less than wonderful performance against the Swedes) the California kid is a long (long)shot for South Africa, but deserves a Gold Cup spot and a shot in a qualifier or two, especially if the U.S. secures passage to the World Cup early. With proper experience, he could be hugely important in 2010.  

Chad Marshall

The 2008 MLS defender of the year, who trained with German side Mainz 05 before returning stateside, is a physical monster in the mold of Oguchi Onyewu. Unfortunately for him, he's also in Gooch's shadow in terms of National Team duty. At just 24 years old, Marshall has time on his side and should eventually see playing time as long as he keeps improving. A Gold Cup call and an appearance late in qualifying isn't out of the question for the player who hasn't been capped since 2005.   

Marvell Wynne

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 Toronto back turns 23 in May, but needs to play older than his age if he wants to compete for a roster spot in the Confederations Cup. His absence from the 22-man field for El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago speaks to the coaching staff's desire to see him improve. There's no reason he can't make great strides on a Toronto team that's much better than last season.  

Jonathan Bornstein

With Heath Pearce seeing time (and playing well) at Hansa Rostock, the versatile Chivas USA player needs to step up accordingly or risk losing his spot platooning at leftback. It's long been a problem position for the Americans, and Bradley would no doubt like nothing better than to see one of the pair win the position outright. In the end, you have to wonder if Bornstein's ability to play well in so many spots hurts his chances of doing one of them exceptionally well.   

Noah Davis covers the United States National Team for