Omar Gonzalez says he wants to become a top player for the USA national team.
The LA Galaxy centre-back is currently in camp with Juergen Klinsmann's US team and is looking to be a key player in upcoming World Cup qualifiers following a brilliant end to the title-winning 2012 MLS campaign.
"I'd like to be a person where he thinks that I can play in these qualifiers and have a huge impact on this team," said Gonzalez.
"I've just got to give it my all and play like I would day in and day out and not give [Klinsmann] a reason not to put me on the field.
"I just have to remember to be confident, not be timid, just play the way I know how, and I think I'll be fine."
He added: "I'm at a point now I'm one year out of my injury, and I'm feeling good.
"I've just got to worry about my soccer side and get that right and work on my defending even more and get that solid. I think I'll be fine."