The Future Stars of American Soccer (Football, Footy?)

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The Future Stars of American Soccer (Football, Footy?)
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Yes, American soccer does have a future. In 2008 the US Under-20 team made it to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup in Canada. They had to beat powerhouses like Brazil and Uruguay to get there. The same year, the U-17 team made it to the round of 16 where they lost to eventually 3rd place Germany.

The future is bright. At the youth level and somewhat at the senior level, American players are excelling on the global stage. Though we have a very long way to go before our youth teams and programs can compare to the skill level of those in Brazil or England, there is a beacon of light at the end of the tunnel.

Most avid American soccer fans (and some casual fans) know of foreign wonderkids that excel nationally and in domestic leagues like 19 year of Alex Pato of AC Milan and Brazil, or 20 year old Theo Walcott of Arsenal and England, or even the 21 year old Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina.

However here, I will countdown to you the top 10 players 22 years of age and younger that will lead the United States to a new Era of Soccer. Players that one day will hopefully be able to compare to the "Walcotts" and "Patos" of the world.

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