Usmnt Future Stars

Usmnt Future Stars

Usmnt Future Stars

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"But the players deserve the most credit. I’ve known some of them since they were 12. They’re focused and determined, and they worked hard to get where they are. They took ownership of their learning, and they had to overcome adversity along the way. Failure is an important part of growth. Not only are these players inspiring the next generation, they’re inspiring their own to take the next step. When a player sees someone they played with on a youth national team make it, they believe that it’s possible, too."

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)



Yunus Musah, MF, Valencia (17) -- A late addition to this list after his surprise call-up by Berhalter for the November friendlies against Wales and Panama, Musah could prove a major get for the USMNT if he chooses to represent the Americans. An England Under-18 international who was born in the U.S. but is also eligible to represent Ghana and Italy, Musah has burst onto the scene at Valencia -- emerging as a regular starter for Los Che and scoring earlier this month against Getafe. While Musah's two appearances don't cap-tie the midfielder, his call-up was a signal of intent.

On Monday, in his first start for the USMNT, Gioacchini made an immediate impact, scoring a first-half brace against Panama to throw his hat in the ring for the starting U.S. center-forward job. While both goals were relatively simple finishes, and he also missed a penalty that would have given him a hat trick, Gioacchini was impressive and, like Soto, showed a knack for being in the right place when chances presented themselves. Gioacchini told Caen's website last month "this is the country where I was born, I feel American," and after an impressive debut start, he looks like a player who could have a role to play in the present World Cup qualifying cycle. (Source: www.espn.com)


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.

One of the fastest players in the U.S. pool, Cannon is more of a balanced right-back than the more attack-minded, "modern" full-back that so many teams covet. With 13 caps, Cannon is steady at both ends of the pitch, but with Dest ahead of him, projects to be a squad player rather than a regular starter. One of the players who took his chances in the November friendlies, Cannon was impressive whipping in crosses from the right and picked up an assist on Sebastian Lletget's goal against Panama. (Source: www.espn.com)



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