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Does the U.S. Men's Team Have the Youngsters to Compete Long-Term Globally?
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Will Bruin is showing exceptional talent at Houston Dynamo.

When the U.S. women’s team took home gold at the Olympics, the men needed to respond. Not for the sake of pride, for there was great pride in the achievements of their sister side, but for the sake of progression.

The formation of the U.S. Development Academy in 2007 indicated that the country was starting to get serious about the future of its football, but the appointment of Jurgen Klinnsman in 2011 signified the desire to get results now.

Things took a turn for the better in August when the team defeated Mexico in Mexico for the first time in 75 years, but how much talent has been unearthed that can challenge the best teams in the world?

The following pages show a selection of players at each position who currently operate just under the radar of the men’s national side, but have the ability to appear on the world stage and make a real impact.

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