It may be tougher to break into the U.S. national team in a Hexagonal year than any other time. The games come fast, are all meaningful and the pressure factor is such that throwing out an inexperienced player at any position can cost a team dearly.
Nevertheless, a number of U.S. players look set for breakout years in 2013 for both club and country. Here's a deeper look at some of the players -- both on and off our depth chart -- who could make a national-team impact in the coming year.
Sacha Kljestan, MF, Anderlecht (Belgium)
Depth chart ranking: No. 3 right forward
Kljestan finally convinced Jurgen Klinsmann of his usefulness toward the end of 2012, seeing limited time in World Cup qualifiers and the friendly against Russia. This should be the year for the now fully matured attacking midfielder -- a consistent performer for Anderlecht in last year's Champions League group stage -- to show that he can fit into Klinsmann's system on a more regular basis.