Ever since our Hot List debuted in October 2011, the plan has been to highlight a few U.S. players performing well (or poorly) for their clubs, and tell you how and why it might help (or hurt) their international prospects.
But on this Monday, following a banner weekend for national team players abroad, it's hard to pick just five deserving Americans to focus on. That's the reason Maurice Edu isn't on the list following his first appearance for Turkish club Bursaspor after arriving on loan from Stoke, and why Michael Bradley's name is absent, even though he drew the penalty that led to Roma's goal in a 1-1 draw with Inter Milan.
With the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup now just a little more than two weeks away, and with all due respect to Edu and Bradley, here are five players -- some established national team stars, some who've been off the radar entirely lately -- whose U.S. national team stock moved the most the past few days.
Jozy Altidore, F, AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)
Why he's here: The 23-year-old scored a hat trick, his second of the season, in AZ's 4-0 win over Vitesse on Saturday.
What this means:
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