The U.S. men's national team will close out the 2012 schedule Wednesday vs. Russia (10 a.m., ESPN2). With a busy and crucial 2013 schedule just around the corner, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is using the match to build bridges and depth. These are the most intriguing additions to his roster:
5. Juan Agudelo, F »
At 19, he's the youngest player on the U.S. team, but he's already finished his third season in MLS. He scored for the U.S. in 2010, but his fast-tracked international career has been stalled of late, and he doesn't have any appearances in 2012.
4. Joe Gyau, MF »
Gyau, also 19, hails from Silver Spring and has long been a part of the U.S. setup at the youth level. He plays in Germany and was on the U.S. under-23 squad that attempted to qualify for the Olympics, but he's never played for the senior national team.
3. Josh Gatt, MF » The speedy 21-year-old from Plymouth, Mich., just won his second straight Norwegian title with Molde, and his debut has long been in the plans for the U.S. He was supposed to be in camp in September but pulled a hamstring.
2. Timothy Chandler, D » The German-bred outside back has waffled about playing for the U.S. or Germany, opting against joining the Americans whenever there's been a risk of getting cap-tied. The Russia match won't do it either so until he plays in a World Cup qualifier, consider his commitment still up in the air.
1. Jozy Altidore, F » Klinsmann called out the 23-year-old forward's attitude and work ethic as he left him off the roster for two World Cup qualifying matches in October. But he can't ignore Altidore's goal-scoring exploits with AZ Alkmaar (nine goals) in the Netherlands.
- Craig Stouffer