Last week, Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as the head coach and technical director of the United States men's national team. While he expanded the national team pool, there have been criticisms made of his inability to call up certain players, especially those in MLS who could potentially help.
Bruce Arena was hired to replace Klinsmann. The 65-year old American is returning to the position he held from 1998 through 2006, a tenure that includes a trip to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. Arena has not shied away from his appreciation of the domestic player pool, and several Red Bulls players could benefit.
1) Sacha Kljestan
Sacha Kljestan worked his way into the national team picture at the end of Klinsmann's tenure. After being banished for two years, he received a fortuitous call up in September and thrived in friendlies. Despite playing very limited minutes in November's World Cup Qualifiers, he will most likely continue to be a key piece for the USMNT going forward.
Arena is a noted fan of Kljestan, recently referring to him as "the best player in [MLS] this year" who is "an outstanding passer of the ball" with "great vision". In 2014, he attempted sign the midfielder on loan from Anderlecht, but was blocked by MLS. Arena was so frustrated that he blasted the league in an interview and was subsequently handed a $20,000 fine.
He attempted to sign Kljestan again in 2015, trading key players to open up salary cap room. The Galaxy were unable to secure the signing. Kljestan moved to the Red Bulls and has thrived in two productive seasons as an attacking midfielder. He could be a key player in Arena's lineup, as the USMNT looks to generate a better attack.
2) Dax McCarty
McCarty was a fixture at the youth national team level, but never found his footing at the senior level. He has been MLS' most consistent defensive midfielder over the last four seasons, but never made inroads into Klinsmann's squads.
McCarty may get his chance now that Arena is in charge. Klinsmann relied on Kyle Beckerman and Jermaine Jones to cover the defensive midfielder position, but they're in their mid-30s and rapidly losing mobility. McCarty should get a chance to prove his worth during January friendlies and earn a spot for qualifying.
3) Luis Robles
Goalkeeper Luis Robles may also get his chance to play for the USMNT again. Number one Tim Howard sustained a right abductor injury against Mexico earlier this month. He'll miss at least four months. Backup Brad Guzan has struggled with the national team and has been unable to get regular playing time with recently promoted English Premier League side Middlesbrough.
With a surprising lack of depth at what used to be the U.S.' strongest position, there may be an opening for Robles. The 2015 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year has been dominant for the Red Bulls, starting 140 consecutive league matches. He appeared in a friendly against Iceland in January, but wasn't considered one of the U.S.' top seven goalkeepers, by Klinsmann. Like McCarty, it's possible that his fortunes will change under a new manager.