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The new guys: Who'll have a coming-out party at the Gold Cup?

Juan Agudelo of the United States controls the

Juan Agudelo of the United States controls the ball while defended by Osmar Molinas, left, and Enrique Vera of Paraguay during an international friendly match at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. (March 29, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Here are five guys to keep an eye on at this summer's Gold Cup -- if, of course, all of them make the roster. I've listed a pair of forwards (maybe you've seen them doing the Dougie?), a German-born midfielder and two promising defenders that all have seen playing time in 2011.

F, Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls, MLS) is generating the most buzz because he's only a teenager and he loves scoring goals (check out one of his latest, magical strikes below). He already has two goals and four caps for the United States. Time will tell if Agudelo, 18, will develop into what U.S. fans wanted Jozy Altidore to be (granted the latter is still only 21). The Gold Cup may be his stage to prove he's here for the long haul.

D, Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls, MLS), Agudelo's MLS teammate, will be looking to prevent goals, not score them, at the Gold Cup. As one of the United States' most promising young defenders, Ream, 23, will look to cement himself as a center back option for years to come.

M, Jermaine Jones (Blackburn, EPL) isn't a young buck like the others, but he is trying to establish himself as workable pairing with Michael Bradley in the central midfield. He's got plenty of competition in there, but the German-born player, who turns 30 later this year, does have the skills and experience to surpass them all. He's currently starting for Blackburn, which is desperately trying to avoid relegation in the final month of the season.

D, Timmy Chandler (FC Nurnberg, Bundesliga) flew onto the fans' radar in March with fine showings in friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay. Chandler, 21, showed quickness and the willingness to push forward out of the right back position. He could find himself a home there in years to come -- whenever Steve Cherundolo finally relinquishes the position.

F, Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City, MLS) is another promising option on the attack for the U.S. The Canadian-born striker, 21, is developing into one of the top strikers in the MLS and could see a move to Europe in his future. He'll be competiting with Agudelo and Altidore for some precious Gold Cup minutes.

 

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