Many of the squad mainstays, including recent captains Carlos Bocanegra and Tim Howard, were not called in due to questions around their form and injuries. Bocanegra was left off for a coach's decision by Jurgen Klinsmann; Howard suffered two small fractures in his back while recently playing with Everton.
Naturally, many fans and pundits are wondering who will take the armband for the US this week. We all have our theories about who Klinsi will choose. (I think it will be Clint Dempsey.)
But who would you like to see lead the USMNT out of the tunnel Friday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park?
Vote in the poll and then explain your choice in the comments below.