By IVES GALARCEP
Jurgen Klinsmann will call in is first U.S. Men’s National Team squad since the World Cup later today for next week’s friendly against the Czech Republic, and there stands a good chance of being some new faces in the mix as Klinsmann starts working toward a new World Cup cycle.
In my latest Goal.com column, I revealed my picks for the Uncapped American Best XI, a collection of talented young American players who Klinsmann could be taking a look at very soon. Some of the players included in the group could be heading to the Czech Republic next week, while others might have to wait a while for that first call-up.
As noted in my story, and as I discussed in detail in the latest episode of The SBI Show, the Uncapped Best XI is meant to look at younger players who could develop into options for the next World Cup cycle, which means veterans like Mike Magee weren’t included. We also left out young players who have either not made pro debuts yet, or only recently made their pro debuts.
Klinsmann isn’t likely to turn to an entirely new group of players right off the bat, but we should start seeing some new faces trickle into the mix very soon.
You also have the issue of dual nationals who are surely on Klinsmann’s radar, but may or may not be eligible yet.
In terms of eligible young Americans who are currently seeing regular playing time, Klinsmann has a good number of options to take a closer look at in the coming friendlies. From red-hot Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes, to Club Tijuana left back Greg Garza.
Give my story a read and let us know what you think of the picks. Who was left off the team that you feel deserved consideration? Who made the team that you hope receives their first cap soon?
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