FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman called the U.S. team's hiring of Jurgen Klinsmann a "breath of fresh air" and believes the new national coach will give some lesser-known players a "fresh look."
Hyndman was referring in large part to his up-and-coming attacking midfielder Brek Shea, who was a snub for the Gold Cup roster this spring. The 21-year-old is having a breakout season with Dallas, scoring nine goals in 22 games.
Other players who have spent time in Dallas like George John, Heath Pearce and Dax McCarty were also mentioned as people who could be inspired by a fresh start with the USA.
"I think any time there’s a new coach, good or bad, there’s going to be a normal breath of fresh air," Hyndman said. "And the breath of fresh air comes from the players who might not have been on the team, that weren’t selected. They see an opportunity that maybe they’ll get called up, maybe they’ll get a fresh look."
Shea became the first player born in the 1990s to earn a cap for the U.S. men's team on Oct. 10, 2010 against Colombia. However, former U.S. coach Bob Bradley went with Robbie Rogers and Alejandro Bedoya in favor of Shea for the Gold Cup.
Klinsmann, who led Germany to the 2006 World Cup semifinals, replaced Bradley last Friday and has already spoken about a new culture of U.S. soccer. Hyndman says there is now "an opportunity for a new person to come in and say ‘This is how I’m changing things’."
"And some of the players may not fit into how he’s changing things, so of course he got to go find it," Hyndman added.
Allen Ramsey contributed reporting to this article from Dallas.