U.S. Hot List: Alejandro Bedoya in superb form with Copa America ahead

With less than two weeks until U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann finalizes the national team's 23-man roster for June's Copa America Centenario, let's cut right to the chase: Here are 11 players helping (or hurting) their chances of either surviving the cut or making an impact when the high-profile tourney kicks off on June 3.

Warming up

Alejandro Bedoya, MF, Nantes (France)

Why he's here: In his 28th appearance of the Ligue 1 season (22 starts), Bedoya scored his third goal and went 90 minutes, then led the Nantes faithful in a rendition of "I Believe."
What this means: Bedoya, 29, has been the most consistent American in Europe this season, which concludes for his team this Saturday at PSG. He's a near-lock to start for the U.S. this summer.

John Brooks, DF, Hertha Berlin (Germany)

Why he's here: Brooks shook off the shin problem that had sidelined him for two games and went the distance in Hertha's 2-1 loss to Darmstadt.
What this means: His return to action is great news for the national team but it was only the third game Brooks has played since March 19. But while there must be some concern about his match fitness headed into the summer, another 90 minutes in Saturday's season finale at Mainz will help allay those fears.

Geoff Cameron, DF, Stoke City (England)

Why he's here: The versatile 30-year-old has bounced around three different positions for the Potters this year, but he played his second consecutive game at center back in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace.
What this means: Cameron had been at right-back and defensive midfield before the latest switch but the chance to get quality reps in the middle (the spot he's expected to play for the U.S. this summer) could be huge ahead of Copa.

Timmy Chandler, DF, Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)

Why he's here: After missing his team's last two games, Chandler came off the bench and played the final 21 minutes of Eintracht's important 1-0 upset win over Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund.
What this means: With Fabian Johnson injured (more on that below) and few other quality options at left-back, Chandler's late-season return to action could land him one of the last spots on the Copa roster even if he misses the start of camp.

Clint Dempsey, FW, Seattle Sounders (MLS)

Why he's here: Dempsey scored his first goal since April 2 (and second in eight games this season) in the Sounders' 2-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes.
What this means: For a player who lives on goals, Saturday's strike should Dempsey should get a healthy boost of confidence heading into his last two games with Seattle before reporting to U.S. camp.

Jordan Morris, FW, Seattle Sounders (MLS)

Why he's here: With a goal in each of his last four games, there isn't a hotter American striker anywhere right now.

What this means: Morris' soaring confidence at the professional level is a boon for the U.S. entering Copa. It means that the 21-year-old is now making a case for at least a regular role off the bench at the tournament.

Michael Orozco, DF, Tijuana (Mexico)

Why he's here: Last weekend's scoreless tie at Atlas marked Orozco's third consecutive start since making his season debut on April 22.
What this means: It's no secret that Klinsmann likes Orozco, so it's not impossible that the 30-year-old's recent playing time, combined with the squad's serious full-back shortage, could have the coach seriously considering the veteran.

Cooling down

Mix Diskerud, MF, New York City (MLS)

Why he's here: Diskerud has been rooted to NYC FC's bench lately; he was an unused sub in Sunday's 2-0 victory in D.C. and has played all of 63 minutes since mid-April. City's two-game winning streak figures to keep Diskerud out of Patrick Vieira's lineup in Portland next weekend, too.
What this means: The 26-year-old has long been a U.S. regular, but it's hard to see how Klinsmann could justify putting on the final roster at this point.

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa (England)

Why he's here: Guzan reclaimed his club starting job in March after losing it in January but has been back on the bench for Villa's last two games.
What this means: The timing couldn't be worse for the 31-year-old, especially with Tim Howard -- who might already be the favorite to start for the U.S. next month -- scheduled to play in Everton's season finale next weekend.

Fabian Johnson, DF, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

Why he's here: A groin injury has kept Johnson out of his club's last two games.
What this means: Johnson's status is a real and growing concern for Klinsmann. Not only is the 28-year-old arguably the best American player, he's about the only decent left-back option the U.S. against all-world wingers they'll likely face this summer. Not having him available or at his best this summer would damper American dreams of a deep run on home soil.

Matt Miazga, DF, Chelsea (England)

Why he's here: He's dressed seven times and played in two games (for a total of 135 minutes) since joining the Blues in January, but the 20-year-old has not made Guus Hiddink's bench for Chelsea's last two Premier League games.
What this means: Despite stiff competition for places, there's still an outside chance Klinsmann could extend a Copa invite to one of the country's top prospects. A cameo in one of Chelsea's last two games would help.