***US Soccer Youth Prospects Thread

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  1. triceratops

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    Thread to track and discuss the future prospects of the United States to be eligible player must be under the age of 22 and not have any US caps. Information on current players can be found in the Yanks Abroad Thread.

    Forwards

    Jack McInerney - 8/5/92 - Philadelphia Union
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=664058&cc=5901

    Charles Renken - 12//93 - Hoffenheim
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=571292&cc=5901

    Joseph Gyua - 9/16/92 - Hoffenheim
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/soccer/08/26/hoffenheim-u17/index.html
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=575144&cc=5901

    Stephan Jerome - 8/11/92 - Miami FC
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/16/1684079/miami-fc-adding-17-year-old-forward.html

    Tristen Bowen - 1/31/91 - Miami FC on loan from LA Galaxy
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_Bowen

    Juan Agudelo - 11/23/92 - Red Bull NY
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Agudelo

    Kelly Gulley - 4/6/94
    http://tds.tarainteractive.com/index.php?option=com_topdrawer&Itemid=41&pid=5157&pname=Kellen%20Gulley&tab=honors

    Midfielders

    Luis Gil - 11/4/93 - Real Salt Lake
    http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/worldcup/news/story?id=5187954

    Michael Hoyos - 8/12/91 - Estudiantes
    http://threefourthreefc.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/michael-hoyos-a-gringo-diamond-in-the-rough-in-argentina/

    Carlos Martinez - 1/21/92
    http://www.lvrj.com/sports/20282884.html

    Alex Shinsky - 4/2/93 - Maryland
    http://www.ydr.com/ci_15312404

    Sebastian Lletget - 9/3/92 - West Hammerstein United
    http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/story?id=4973291

    Amobi Okugo - 3/13/91 - Philadelphia Union
    http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/player/amobi-okugo

    Brian Dominguez - 3/7/91 - Miami FC
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Dominguez

    Danny Williams - 20 - FC Frieburg (Germany)
    http://www.matchfitusa.com/2010/02/american-bursts-onto-bundesliga-scene.html

    Mix Diskerud - 10/2/90 - Stabaek (Norway)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikkel_Diskerud

    Francisco Navas - 11/17/91 - Houston Dynamo
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Navas

    Defenders

    Brek Shea - 2/28/90 - FC Dallas
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brek_Shea

    Gale Agbossoumonde - 11/17/91 - S.C. Braga (Portugual) on loan from Miami FC
    http://www.ussoccer.com/Teams/U-20-MNT/A/Gale-Agbossoumonde.aspx

    Emilio Orozco - 4/29/92
    http://www.ussoccer.com/Teams/U-17-MNT/O/Emilio-Orozco.aspx

    Goalkeepers

    Abdul "Bill" Hamid - 11/25/90 - DC United
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/07/AR2010050703564.html

    Earl Edwards - 1/24/92 - UCLA
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=627666&cc=5901
     
  2. Corky Bucek

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    Good call on bringing this back as it was wrongfully merged. Will copy my post from another thread in here.
     
  3. Corky Bucek

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    What I posted in another thread:


    Here is a list of the U-20 team that was called up for a camp that started yesterday and runs until July 5th:

    GOALKEEPERS (3): Earl Edwards (UCLA; San Diego, Calif.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Justin Perez (C.F. Monterrey; Sabinas, COAH Mexico)

    DEFENDERS (8): Cristian Flores (C.F. Monterrey; El Cajon, Calif.), Greg Garza (Sporting CP; Grapevine, Texas), Sacir Hot (Boston College; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson; Brentwood, N.Y.), Aubrey Perry (South Florida; Ocoee, Fla.), Gerardo Saavedra (UW-Milwaukee; Milwaukee, Wis.), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Ethan White (Maryland; Kensington, Md.)

    MIDFIELDERS (8): Kevyn Batista (Desportivo Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Steven Birnbaum (California; Irvine, Calif.), Victor Garza (Tigres; Edinburg, Texas), Ernest Nungaray (Monarcas Morelia; National City, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Real So Cal; Oxnard, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Roberto Romero (Cruz Azul; Pico Rivera, Calif.); Conor Shanosky (DC United, Sterling, Va.)

    FORWARDS (5): Julio Cesar Castillo (C.F. Monterrey; Chula Vista, Calif.), Adam Jahn (Stanford; El Macero, Calif.), Ronald Mendrano Williams (L.D. Alajuelense; Ventura, Calif.), Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna; Fontana, Calif.), Omar Salgado (C.D. Guadalajara; El Paso, Texas)

    11 players are foreign based players, mostly from Mexican squads. Most of the American based kids are currently in college or will be Freshmen.

    Also, here is a wiki link that has the same list as well as a list of recent call ups to that U20 squad. Names I have seen multiple times as solid prospects from that list are Gale Agbossoumonde (on loan at Sporting Braga in Portugal from Miami FC), Emilio Orozco (Michael Orozco's brother), Bryan Dominguez (Miami FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham), Amobi Okugo (Philly Union), Tristan Bowen (LA Galaxy), Stefan Jerome (Miami FC) and Jack McInerney (Philly Union). There are also a few other guys that are on some overseas teams as well as the MLS.

    Snowfx and a few others know a lot more then me, but just figured to throw out some names of some of our young prospects.
     
  4. swiggle

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    Earl Edwards is going to be a stud. i think he will be a prime example of what happens when our top athletes actually choose to play soccer over the more mainstream sports, with college basketball being the case here.
     
  5. Corky Bucek

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    Yeah the kid is a great athlete, but as a GK he has a number of years until he makes an impact.
     
  6. Gin Buckets

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    You're right, but he's a goalie... Who's our best young field player? Def like what I have read about Luis Gil for example.
     
  7. triceratops

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    Agree.

    GK are just not that exciting. You only need 1 and Guzan is 25.

    US will be fine at GK for eternity.

    More worried about every other position.
     
  8. Corky Bucek

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    From the few youth games I have seen on FSC, I really liked Charles Renken, Joseph Gyau and Stefan Jerome. Gil also impressed.
     
  9. triceratops

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    Gyua and Renken are suppose to be studs.
     
  10. Corky Bucek

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    <3 African refugees
     
  11. zeberdee

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    FWIW, I've been really impressed by what I've seen from McInerney with the Union. He still needs to grow into his body, but he definitely has a striker's mentality and he plays fearless. I expected a timid kid, but he definitely he believes he belongs out there. There's alot of potential there if he can get stronger.
     
  12. The Goat

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    Hoyos = much want.
     
  13. Corky Bucek

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    Pretty sure he also had some offers to go abroad, maybe to a Dutch team or two and possibly an English team or two as well. He's only 17, which is awesome that he is already getting some PT with Philly.

    What do you think of Okugo?

    From what I have read Hoyos is pretty awesome and is already getting time with Estudiantes. I never heard how he was able to leave the US after HS unnoticed.
     
  14. Gaknight

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    On my phone so can't research. Is this a guy who can play for Argentinas national team or is he definitely an American?
     
  15. triceratops

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    Hoyas is eligible for both the US and Argentina.

    Born and raised in the US, but both parents are from Argentina. Moved with Mom back to Argentina at age 15.

    Supposedly both countries are interested in him for U-20.

    Another Rossi situation shaping up.
     
  16. Corky Bucek

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    You are probably right. I just saw that he went to a HS in Socal and figured he finished there as well. Apparently he has an older brother that is part of the set up down there as well. Not a ton of English articles are out there about them.
     
  17. Dexter Moser

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    Love the ethnicity in these lists. I've said before, but the children of Mexican immigrants may be the key to US soccer very soon.
     
  18. dcon79

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    Well hopefully they know how to get past the round of 16
     
  19. Corky Bucek

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    and Subotic

    Not a fan of these when the other teams end up being super powers. Hopefully some of these African players like Mwanga, Renken, Gyau, etc. stick with us. I have also heard of two Italian kids that have said they want to play for the US, forgot their names, but they have been either called in or were considered to be called in for some youth tournaments.
     
  20. triceratops

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    Not really the same.

    Subotic was born and lived in Yugoslavia until age 5 then moved to Germany for 5 years and then moved to the US.

    Lived in the US for 6 or 7 years and then went back to Germany to Mainz 05.

    Sucks Subotic didn't choose the US, but it isn't like Subotic was born and raised in the US and then just gave us the finger and went and played for Serbia, which is exactly what Rossi did.
     
  21. triceratops

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    Mwanga is the only player than I could see playing for another country in part because Mwanga isn't even eligible to play for the US right now. Congo sucks though, so that helps our cause if Mwanga ever gets natuarilzed.

    Gyau'd Dad played for the US, so I doubt that Gyua would switch to Ghana where his grandfather played.

    Renken could play for Zambia, but I doubt it after growing up and being adopted by US parents.
     
  22. Corky Bucek

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    He lived here for the longest and came out of Bradenton, which pisses me off that we spent a shit ton of time on him. It's not like the Hoyos' went to our Youth Academy. I know Rossi never played for the US Youth set up, so we obviously were trailing for him in the first place.
     
  23. triceratops

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    I still see it as different situations.

    Suck that the US spend money on him, but Subotic spend about a 1/3 his life in the US before leaving to go play soccer, wasn't born here and didn't even grow up speaking English. Never really considered himself an American either. Sucks to lose him, but it isn't a huge slight to the US in my book.

    Rossi was born and lived his whole life in the US before leaving to go play soccer. Rossi says he is American in everything but soccer. Much bigger f-u to the US than Subotic in my opinion.
     
  24. Corky Bucek

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    Yeah I hate Rossi the most since he says that along with the rest of his situation. Subotic, I agree is different, but he did play in our Youth teams, which is usually a good indicator that they will play for that team's senior side.
     
  25. zeberdee

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    I haven't seen alot of him. He's only appeared in 5 matches all year, and I think I only saw 2 of them. He's suited more for a holding mid role I think and it's really hard to judge a guy like that in such limited time. Now that the NHL season is over I should be able to watch pretty much all of the Union games. I missed like all their games during the playoffs.
     
  26. rainey

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    Gyau is going to play for Ghana according to his facebook.

    "Joenaldinho Gyau THEY SAID WE HAD NO DISCIPLINE, THEY SAID WE WERENT TACTICALLY SMART, THEY SAID WE WERENT GOOD, THEY SAID WE WOULD LOSE. THEY SAID AFRICAN FOOTBALL WAS GARBAGE.... where yall at now???


    Joenaldinho Gyau BLACKKKKK STARRSSSSS...... GHANAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    Saturday at 5:03pm"
     
  27. Mix

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    i hope he goes and plays for ghana.
     
  28. Corky Bucek

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    Hopefully this is a fake account.

    But FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK if he does this
     
  29. EyeGetUnlucky

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    Agreed, and it isn't like Subotic went to us, we went to him. Some scout saw him practicing and asked him if he wanted to go play for free at a 50K/year school. Who is going to turn that down?


    I'd add Kellen Gulley to the forward list. Named the #1 player for 2012, and scores a ton for the U17 team. Good size, great athleticism, and can actually finish.
     
  30. tne

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    go ahead and put me on the Agudelo bandwagon
     
  31. snowfx2

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    Some others to add:

    GK

    Zac MacMath - U. of Maryland, 19 y/o
    Samir Badr - FC Porto, 18 y/o

    CB

    Omar Gonzalez - LA Galaxy, 21 y/o
    Ike Opara - San Jose Earthquakes, 20 y/o
    Tim Ream - New York Red Bull, 22 y/o
    Kofi Sarkodie - U. of Akron, 19 y/o
    Perry Kitchen - Committed to U. of Akron, 18 y/o

    RB

    Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa, 21 y/o
    Kevin Alston - New England Revolution, 22 y/o

    LB

    Greg Garza - Sporting Lisbon, 18 y/o
    Rodney Wallace - DC United, 22 y/o (still needs to get citizenship)
    Tyler Polak - Committed to Creighton but has trialed with Hannover, 18 y/o

    MF

    Lester Dewee - Marseille, 18 y/o
    Fabrice-Jean Picault - Cagliari, 19 y/o
    Alex Molano - Dinamo Zagreb, 18 y/o
    Will Packwood - Birmingham City, 17 y/o
    Jared Jeffrey - Mainz, 22 y/o

    FW

    Blair Gavin - Chivas USA, 21 y/o
    Bobby Wood - 1860 Munich, 18 y/o
     
  32. Corky Bucek

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    Does Brek Shea still count?
     
  33. Gaknight

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    Ike Opara is a guy I can see starting for the national team by Brazil 2014
     
  34. 941Gator

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    ive seenEarl Edwards play and he is nasty. Ive prolly seen most of these kids play, just dont recognize them.
     
  35. Handcuffed

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    where can i go to heckle the shit out of gyuo?
     
  36. snowfx2

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    16 y/o FW Omar Salgado has told :bird: to Chivas de Guadalajara. If you're not familar with Chivas' policy, they only play Mexican players who would only play for Mexico, and they've tried to block Salgado from training with the U.S. and he got tired of it and has left the Chivas academy. He must be pretty damn good for being 16 y/o and being in the U-20 pool, and Rongen's been impressed.


     
  37. triceratops

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    Salgado sounnds like a damn fine American.

    I think a US team that can sucessfully mix the style of play of US and Mexico would be pretty sweet combo.
     
  38. Corky Bucek

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    Nice. Rongen has done well finding players outside of the US recently. Hopefully we can keep a hold of them and not have any more Rossi or Subotic situations.
     
  39. snowfx2

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    This recent U-20 camp had 8 players from Mexico, one from Brazil, and another from Costa Rica. Garza was the only Euro based player invited. It'll be interested to see who goes to the Milk Cup at the end of the month because that should be the foundation of the U-20 team as they get towards qualifying.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Edwards, Earl - UCLA
    MacMath, Zac - University of Maryland
    Perez, Justin - C.F. Monterrey

    DEFENDERS

    Flores, Cristian - C.F. Monterrey
    Garza, Greg - Sporting Lisbon
    Hot, Sacir - Boston College
    Jean-Baptiste, Andrew - Albertson
    Perry, Aubrey - University of South Florida
    Saavedra, Gerardo - UW-Milwaukee
    Valentin, Zarek - University of Akron
    White, Ethan - Maryland

    MIDFIELDERS

    Batista, Kevyn - Desportivo Brasil,
    Birnbaum, Steven - University of California
    Garza, Victor - Tigres
    Nungaray, Ernest - Monarcas Morelia
    Orozco, Moises - Real So Cal
    Powers, Dillon - University of Notre Dame
    Romero, Roberto - Cruz Azul
    Shanosky, Conor - DC United

    FORWARDS

    Castillo, Julio Cesar - C.F. Monterrey
    Jahn, Adam - Stanford University
    Mendrano Williams, Ronald - L.D. Alajuelense
    Ruelas, Adrian - Santos Laguna
    Salgado, Omar - C.D. Guadalajara
     
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  41. tne

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    I am excited to see Salgado and Ruelas play
     
  42. Dexter Moser

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    But perhaps most encouragingly for American soccer fans is Mwanga’s excitement at the prospect of playing for the USA. When asked about playing for the nation of his birth, he was somewhat apprehensive, understandably so. Although he has yet to be fully naturalized, and hasn’t spoken with anyone from the U.S. Soccer Federation, he was much more upbeat on the subject of the U.S. national team, saying it would be "an honor" and a "wonderful opportunity" to represent the country his family has come to call home.

    huh?
     
  43. Wu

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    Just SOP for the USSF. Nothing to see here.
     
  44. Dexter Moser

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    Seems like we need to go full Ed Ogeron to make sure these kids play for US. $$$ and sluts
     
  45. Sam Elliott

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    Man our youth system looks excellent, best I have ever seen it. We are definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with at all the U-xx cups and a lot of these kids should push for USMNT training camp time in 2012-2013.
     
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  47. tne

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    umm yea he was

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  48. Ned Yocho

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    :iceburn:
     
  49. tne

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    I'd love to have a goalie who has a last name that lacks a vowel or two