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Usa Soccer Future Stars

Usa Soccer Future Stars

Usa Soccer Future Stars

U.S. Soccer announced the latest round of recruits for its Olympic Development Program for its U-15, U-17 and U-19 Academy teams. The invitation-only program teams top athletes with elite degree programs in the hope that they will play professionally.

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After a nine-month gap between games due to COVID-19, the United States men's national team finally returned to the pitch this past week with a pair of friendlies in Europe against Wales and Panama. The games, a 0-0 draw with Wales and a 6-2 win over Panama, showcased the growing talent standard and potential with the USMNT talent pool, and built on an eventful and momentous summer for American players abroad.

A quick refresher of what's happened since the last time the USMNT convened: Christian Pulisic played as well as any attacker in the Premier League post-restart; midfielder Weston McKennie joined Juventus, where he rubs shoulders with Cristiano Ronaldo; Sergino Dest made the move to Lionel Messi's Barcelona; Giovanni Reyna established himself as a first-team player at Borussia Dortmund; and Chris Richards has worked his way into the senior squad at Bayern Munich. (Source: www.espn.com)

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The "Stars" tier needs no explanation, but the others involve a little more nuance. For example, Chris Richards has massive potential, but has yet to earn consistent minutes with Bayern and saw only 10 minutes of action off the bench in the Panama match -- he slots into our "Those Breaking Through" tier. Likewise, someone like Alex Mendez, who still plays mostly reserve/Under-21 football, or an MLS player with little or no senior national team experience (say Gianluca Busio) reside in our "Those Who are Next" category.

Christian Pulisic, FW/MF, Chelsea (22) -- The present and future of the USMNT, Pulisic rebounded from a slow start in England to post an extremely impressive 11-goal, six-assist stat line in his first season with Chelsea. The Blues' best player after the restart (five goals, two assists), Pulisic has established himself as one of the top wingers in the Premier League and best young players in the world. If he can avoid the injuries that have plagued him at times early in his career, he could go down as the best USMNT player of all time. (Source: www.espn.com)

 

 

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