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Sporting Kansas City ace Feilhaber eyeing USA World Cup squad

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber is hoping to use January's training camp with the USA squad as a way into Juergen Klinsmann's World Cup roster.

The 29-year old, who has won 40 caps for the US, appeared in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but is now looking to add to that experience by forcing his way into the squad for this summer's tournament in his birth country of Brazil.

"My expectations are always pretty high. I've played with the National Team in a World Cup before and I've played a good number of games, but I haven't been able to break into the line-up with Juergen yet," he told ussoccer.com.

"Like I said, everything's up for grabs. There are five months left until the World Cup, and it's ultimately every player's goal to arrive at that stage and be able to participate.

"Coming into this camp (in Sao Paulo) is about proving myself again. I think there are times when I've played to a certain level and there are times when I haven't.

"This year for me, especially with Kansas City (winning the MLS Cup), has been about becoming more and more consistent. If I can continue being consistent and playing at a higher level more often than not, then I think I'll show Jurgen something.

"At the end of the day, you can only make his decision tough. I'm sure he's going to bring a great group of 23 to the World Cup, and you have to make it a difficult decision for him to not bring you. That's my goal."

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