At the start of 2010, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley and Herculez Gomez each had less than three caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Some, like Buddle, hadn’t been on the radar for seven years prior to that.
Fans of the USMNT will recall what happened next — the three put together remarkable stretches from January-May, eventually convincing Bob Bradley that the three deserves a spot on the plane to South Africa. Findley started three games there, Buddle made two and Gomez played three times at the 2010 World Cup.
As April approaches, are there any players capable of making a run similar to those three? Problems in the forward department obviously forced Bob Bradley’s hand to an extent back in 2010, and things seem a bit more straightforward under Jurgen Klinsmann.
Of course, there are problem areas that Klinsmann is certainly on the lookout for. Spots on the back line might be up for grabs, creativity in the midfield can always use a boost and scoring options are always welcome.
Here are five players with three caps or fewer who might just possibly be able to snag a spot in Brazil. There are obviously other long shot candidates who have more caps (NOTE: Julian Green not included because we think he’s already be on the plane).