Andy Najar isn’t the only foreign-born player who could potentially develop into a U.S. national team prospect. In fact, the MLS rookie class is loaded with quality prospects who could potentially play for the United States. Ives Galarcep takes a look at a few more potential U.S. national teamers down the road currently plying their trade in MLS.
Philadelphia Union striker Danny Mwanga is a rookie of the year favorite, with seven goals and four assists. The 19-year-old striker has impressed with his scoring rate and physical attributes, and American fans will be happy to hear that the Congolese-born striker has stated that he would like to play for the United States. The No. 1 pick in the 2010 MLS Draft, Mwanga already has the look of a player who would be worth of a U.S. call-up as soon as he is eligible.
Another young striker who could wind up being a candidate to boost the U.S. national team’s forward stable is Kansas City rookie Teal Bunbury. The fourth pick in the 2010 draft has shown flashes of being a dangerous forward, and at 20, he is still developing. His international future is tougher to predict because he is eligible to play for Canada and has represented Canada on the youth national team level (he also happens to be the son of former Canadian national team star Alex Bunbury). He recently turned down a call-up from the Canadian national team, leading to some speculation that he may still be open to playing for the United States.
One player who is on the radar despite the fact that it may take a long time before he’s eligible for the United States is New York Red Bulls midfielder Tony Tchani. The 21-year-old central midfielder was born in Cameroon, but has lived in the United States for the past six years. He has established himself as a quality midfield presence for the Red Bulls. He has yet to secure a green card, so Tchani is at least three to four years way from being eligible to play for the United States. That makes Tchani being an option in 2014 a long shot, but his talent and upside makes him a player worth keeping an eye on for the future.