Since international coaches generally only get to see their players maybe 50 days a year, we can assume that the staff will bring in a regular core of players who they can guarantee to play in any game situation and then maybe a few camp guys who might not see much in the way of playing time but the coach wants to take an extended look at.
I want to take a look at some of the US guys that have been called into camp a lot, but haven't quite made it on to the pitch much, we will exclude keepers because generally only one plays in a game.
25 Rosters - 13 Appearances - 10 Starts - 2 WCQ's
16 Rosters - 8 Appearances - 1 Start - 1 WCQ
19 Rosters - 12 Appearances - 6 Starts - 2 WCQ's
15 Rosters - 8 Appearances - 1 Start - 3 WCQ's
19 Rosters - 11 Appearances - 5 Starts - 2 WCQ's
Now I'm not gonna focus too much on guys who primarily play central defense or central midfield, these 3-5 spine guys generally play the full 90 week in and week out, Michael Bradley for example has started 19 times for the US and has only been subbed out twice. Most subs come from the wide positions or from the attack; Altidore has only played a full game 6 times in 18 starts, Gomez only has 2, and Zusi has 1.
Each one of the 5 guys who I mention in detail fit either a wide role or an attacking role. Of these 5 there are only 2 World Cup Qualifying starts, and both by Michael Parkhurst...furthermore, they also came during injuries, and before the emergence of DaMarcus Beasley & Brad Evans at Left and Right Back respectively. But it should speak volumes that despite the fact that Parkhurst was there during the 5 game run in May/June of 2013, he didn't play a single minute, instead the US turned to a box-to-box midfielder (Evans) to play RB.
Corona and Parkhurst may be finding themselves on the right side of the line seperating key world cup players vs camp guys, especially after solid showings at the Gold Cup, but they haven't shown much in the Hex, both of Corona's appearances occurred in the later stages of games. Castillo looked like he may be a lock awhile back, but Beasley and F. Johnson have kinda edged him out of his preferred left back spot, and left mid is pretty entrenched as well (more so with the potential return of Landon Donovan). As for Boyd, he's just young, I get the feeling like this may not be his cycle, especially with how well Eddie Johnson, Jozy Altidore and Hercules Gomez have shown Qualifying thus far.
The really harsh number is Kljestan's game minutes, 234. Across 8 appearances, he has averanged less than 30 minutes a game. Now the big issue for him is the fact that it seems like Coach Klinsmann hasn't really found the right place to play him, he shoudn't be forced outside, but that is where he has found himself in 6 of his 8 appearances.
We are down to about 10 months before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. Only 23 guys get to go, it is time for certain players to establish themselves as being more than camp players and prove that they have that little something special to make them matter on the world's biggest stage