Analyst's Den: U.S. vs Canada Preview - Playing Your Kids

During last Sunday’s 3-2 win over Iceland, we saw the US national team debuts of four players: Kellyn Acosta, Ethan Finlay, Jerome Kiesewetter and Tony Tchani, fulfilling lifelong dreams of playing soccer at the international level.


Players making their international debuts during January camps has long been a tradition for the US national team, and one that is likely to continue on Friday when the US meet Canada at the StubHub Center (10:15 pm ET; FS1, UniMás, UDN in the US; TSN in Canada).


Six more players will have the opportunity to get their first caps on Friday night, all of whom are current MLS players: David Bingham, Eric Miller, Tim Parker, Matt Polster, Khiry Shelton, Brandon Vincent.


For some of these players, this could be the start of a long international career while others may never have a chance to put on the red, white and blue again.


Going back to 2007, there have been 36 players to make their debuts during the January camp. The success of those 36 players have varied widely.


Of that group, 13 have never pulled on a USA shirt again and some are out of soccer entirely. Players like Bryan Namoff, Jeff Parke and Jeremiah White are involved in this group.


Then there are others like Will Trapp, Matt Hedges and Perry Kitchen, who could end up with dozens of caps by the end of their careers.


Only 12 of the 36 players to make their debuts in January camp since 2007 have even reached 10 caps in their careers. But there are some big names in this group, many of whom are World Cup veterans.

How have the 36 US national team players to debut in January fared in their international careers? - https://league-mp7static.mlsdigital.net/images/Beckerman.jpg

Kyle Beckerman made his national team debut on January 20, 2007 and has gone on to register over 50 caps for the Stars & Stripes, including three starts in the 2014 World Cup.


Two Sporting Kansas City players made their debuts for the US in January camps, with Graham Zusi joining the team in 2012 and Matt Besler following him in 2013. Both would go on to make Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup.


Acosta, Finlay, Kiesewetter and Tchani could go on to be the next Beckerman or Besler or, if they get a little bit unlucky, they could be the next Jeremiah White. We’ll just have to wait and see.


Check out the full list of players to make their debuts in January camps below:

Players to make debuts in January camp since 2007
Eric Alexander
Kyle Beckerman
Alejandro Bedoya
Tony Beltran
Matt Besler
Steve Birnbaum
Jonathan Bornstein
Will Bruin
Kenny Cooper
AJ DeLaGarza
Sean Franklin
Luis Gil
Clarence Goodson
Joshua Gros
Bill Hamid
Matt Hedges
Sean Johnson
Perry Kitchen
Jeff Larentowicz
Zach Loyd
Alfredo Morales
Justin Morrow
Bryan Namoff
Jeff Parke
Troy Perkins
Eddie Robinson
Robbie Rogers
C.J. Sapong
Wil Trapp
Anthony Wallace
Jeremiah White
Chris Wingert
Chris Wondolowski
DeAndre Yedlin
Gyasi Zardes
Graham Zusi