World Cup scout: Three CONCACAF players that could be on the move
As the Group stages of the World Cup draw to a close, the CONCACAF region sits on the edge of history.
If the USA can join Costa Rica and Mexico it the next round it would be the first time that three teams from CONCACAF have advanced from the group stage.
One of the surprises of the tournament, Kristan Heneage has picked out three players from CONCACAF that could be on the move after impressive World Cup showings.
Matt Besler (USA, DF) - Plying his trade with Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer, Besler has grown into his role with the national team and now stands as arguably the USA's best defender.
Shining against Portugal, not only did Besler play a big part in nullifying Cristiano Ronaldo, but he also helped a struggling Geoff Cameron through the game.
Speaking about Besler after the game, USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said: "It’s fun to watch Matt [Besler]. He’s one of our most promising young centerbacks that we’ve brought along for the last two-and-a-half years."
Not only strong physically, but also technically, Besler currently holds the highest pass completion rate of the entire U.S. squad (90.3% via whoscored.com).
Previously linked with Queens Park Rangers, reports have once again surfaced crediting Harry Redknapp with an interest in the the 27-year-old.
Keylor Navas (Costa Rica, GK) - Statistically the best goalkeeper in La Liga last season, Navas has perhaps been overshadowed by the performances of another CONCACAF goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa.
A fantastic shot stopper, Navas is a product of Costa Rica's biggest club Saprissa. Moving to Europe in 2010 with Albacete, he left there for current club Levante in 2012. While he has not been as busy for Costa Rica as he usually is for Levante, he has once again proved reliable between the posts.
No jinxing, hopefully, but the #CRC GK Keylor Navas (though not everyone's cup of tea) possibly among the top 10-15 GKs in the world
With work required on his decision making and distribution, there still remains enough there to tempt a number of Europe's top clubs. Linked to both Liverpool and Milan in recent months, Navas could easily begin next season on a bigger stage.
Jose Juan Vazquez (Mexico, DF/MF) - Nicknamed "Gallito" (Rooster) due to his hairstyle as a child, Vasquez has been an unlikely star for Miguel Herrera's side.
Currently with Leon, who have enjoyed consecutive Liga MX titles, his initial inclusion could be described as a surprise given that Herrera did not name in the all domestic squad that faced New Zealand in November.
However a clutch of injuries saw the 26-year-old granted his opportunity in January and he hasn't looked back since. Producing a fantastic performance against Cameroon, he highlighted his defensive contributions by making more tackles than any other player on the pitch.
Continuing that form against hosts Brazil, Vasquez has been an important cog in the Mexican midfield.
Unfortunately suspended for their knockout round game against the Netherlands, it's fair to say that the 26-year-old has already done enough at this World Cup to significantly enhance his reputation.