USMNT prospects blog: Five players primed to break out in 2015
When the U.S. team kicks off its 2015 slate Wednesday in Rancagua, Chile, against the host nation, several promising youngsters will be hoping to earn their first international cap.
They can't all get one, of course. With regular starters Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones among the nine World Cup veterans on Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for this match and next month's friendly against Panama, getting on the field at Estadio El Teniente won't be easy for the newbies.
Still, every new year has its breakout player. In 2014, it was DeAndre Yedlin, who went from February debutant to World Cup spark plug before securing a rich move to Tottenham of the English Premier League. This year's Yedlin could be one of the five up-and-comers listed below -- three of whom are age-eligible to wear the red, white and blue at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro should the Yanks qualify.
Here's a chance to get to know them now....