USA national team coach Juergen Klinsmann is extremely excited about some of the young players coming through, pinpointing a pair of promising MLS talents in particular.
The US lost 1-0 to Beglium in an international friendly in Brussels on Tuesday but the German tactician was buoyed by the performance of FC Dallas' Brek Shea and New York Red Bulls' Juan Agudelo who he feels can be a major force in leading pushing the team towards the 2014 World Cup.
"I think we have some very interesting youngsters coming through the ranks. Brek Shea is definitely one of them," Klinsmann said.
"He's full of energy, he's creative, and he's fast and has a good physical presence. He's one of the kids we are going to build over the next cycle. He's eligible to play for the Olympic team, and so are others as well, like Juan Agudelo.
"You see their talent and what we try to do is build them one step at a time. It's good to see guys like Brek come over here and play against a strong side. We've told the young players it's now their time to challenge the established ones.
"That's the message they've got and they have three years to do that."