9. Midfielder, Colin ClarkIt is no secret that the U.S. pool lacks quality left-wing options. Enter Clark, who has been one of the better left wingers in MLS the past two seasons. The 25-year-old delivers a sharp cross and can get up and down the flank well. He already has had the chance to take part in a national team camp, having done so this past fall, and will be on the short list of left-wing options for the Gold Cup.10. Defender, Tim WardAs crazy as it might sound to put on this list a player who was out of MLS a year ago, Ward's inclusion here speaks to just how far he has come since signing with Chicago. Ward has stepped in at right back and given the Fire a dangerous and steady presence on the right flank. He also has been used at left back when needed, a position that happens to be his natural one. When you consider that Bradley drafted Ward back in 2005 with the MetroStars, and considering the lack of options at left back, Ward has to be considered a candidate, especially if he keeps playing as he has for the Fire so far this season."He probably needs to improve defensively for the international level, but as far as getting forward, he's capable of making that move," one MLS assistant coach said.
11. Forward, Marcus Tracy
As loaded as the 2008 MLS rookie class has been shown to be, it is easy to forget that Tracy was regarded as the best talent in the class before he chose to pass on MLS to give Europe a try. Tracy joined Danish club Aalborg BK and promptly established himself as a regular sub. The 22-year-old boasts an impressive combination of size and speed and is dangerous in the air. Considering how weak the U.S. pool of forwards is, Tracy could earn a call-up if he has a strong season in Denmark.
"He's interesting because he's so athletic, but he probably still has a quite ways to go, more so tactically," said a former MLS head coach. "He's intriguing and should probably be part of the pool."
Ives Galarcep covers MLS for ESPN Soccernet. He also writes a blog, Soccer By Ives. He can be reached at Ivespn79@aol.com.