It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s Community Corner time! This week, we turn our attention back to the United States Men’s National Team. As U.S. Soccer appears set to name its next head coach any day now, the thoughts turn to who that coach will bring into his first January Camp. Normally, January Camp is one where many MLS-based players who haven’t received a shot with the USMNT. It’s a chance for players to show that they have what it takes to become a part of the national team picture moving forward.
Several players have become regular mainstays on the USMNT after having their first cap in the January Camp. Graham Zusi, Jimmy Conrad, Jorge Villafaña, Kellyn Acosta, DeAndre Yedlin, Chris Wondolowski, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler, and Gyasi Zardes are just some of the recent examples of players who used a January Camp to earn their first cap and impressed enough to become regulars on the team. It can be done, and while it’s still mostly a MLS-based camp because it occurs outside the FIFA window, back when FIFA had an early February international window, it was a chance for players in Europe to make their mark too.
So, the question for this week: which player that has yet to receive a senior MNT cap most deserves a shot? Anyone who has not received a cap for the senior national team is eligible. Call ups don’t count if the player never actually got onto the field. Hit the comments and let us know who you think should be the next player to wear red, white, and blue.