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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: October 4-6 31929763 Pressing matters Pressing+matters USA

The collective success of the US men's national team creates opportunities for players seeing a greater place within it. The two remaining matches in the Hexagonal provide Jurgen Klinsmann with a chance to experiment, though he has instead named a straightforward roster designed to maintain the gains achieved over the past few months. Even with most of the regulars in place, the hopefuls can take solace in the absence of a few integral figures as they try to state their claims for a place in the World Cup squad next year.

 

This edition of Americans Abroad focuses on five players pressing for a spot in Klinsmann's plans next season. Read on to learn more about a quintet of potential contributors aiming to make their mark against Jamaica and Panama:

 

--Kyle McCarthy

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: October 4-6 31929764 Terrence Boyd, Rapid Wien Terrence+Boyd%2C+Rapid+Wien USA

Boyd departed for international duty in the wake of a 0-0 draw with Wiener Neustadt on Sunday. The in-form forward did not add to his haul of five league goals on the campaign in the scoreless stalemate, but he will hope to translate his productivity in the Austrian Bundesliga to the international scene over the next week or so.

 

“Terrence is developing over time, maturing, and learning both on and off the field,” US coach Jürgen Klinsmann said in a Q&A posted on the US Soccer website on Sunday. “If he keeps the hunger and his ambitious desire, he’s a player absolutely for the future.”

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: October 4-6 31927999 Mix Diskerud, Rosenborg Mix+Diskerud%2C+Rosenborg USA

Rosenborg continued its suspect recent form in domestic play with a 0-0 home draw with Honefoss on Sunday. Diskerud departed the match in the second half as the Norwegian giants extended their winless run in league play to three matches.

 

The creative midfielder will set aside those concerns for the moment to focus on the international work ahead. Diskerud will attempt to force Jürgen Klinsmann's hand during training this week and push his way into the starting XI in a crowded central midfield for the match against Jamaica on Friday.
 

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: October 4-6 31928000 Aron Johannsson, AZ Alkmaar Aron+Johannsson%2C+AZ+Alkmaar USA

Jóhannsson featured for the first 66 minutes in AZ's surprising 2-1 defeat to Groningen on Sunday. He subsequently departed for the United States to link up with his international teammates. United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann has eased Jóhannsson into the squad since he declared his intent to represent the country of his birth over Iceland in July, but this scenario -- two meaningless, but competitive, matches in four days with Clint Dempsey (hamstring) unavailable -- provides an opportunity for him to find his footing at the international level.

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: October 4-6 31929762 Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht Sacha+Kljestan%2C+Anderlecht USA

Kljestan prepared to battle for his place in central midfield by playing 71 minutes in Anderlecht's 1-0 defeat to K.V. Kortrijk on Sunday. The blemish won't sidetrack the former Chivas USA midfield as he attempts to establish himself as a regular in Jurgen Klinsmann's plans after drifting in and out of his thoughts.

 

“When you look at the consistency he has built over the last few years, that speaks highly about him,” Klinsmann said on Sunday. “He deserves to be back in this group. I wish I could give him more playing time, and I know he hasn’t played as much as he wanted to.”
 

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USA 2737 43 Americans Abroad: October 4-6 31929766 Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes Alejandro+Bedoya%2C+Nantes USA

The former Helsingborgs midfielder missed Nantes' 3-0 victory over Evian through illness. Bedoya -- a starter in the 2-0 victory over Mexico last month -- is still expected to link up with the US squad ahead of Friday's match against Jamaica, though. This pair of qualifiers provides Bedoya with an opportunity to consolidate the gains made over the past few months and show he deserves consideration for a place in the wide areas moving forward.

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