While it’s certainly a bit of a fool’s errand to try and predict a national team’s lineup almost ten years into the future, it also happens to be terribly fun to debate which American youngsters might develop into the next stars of the United States men’s national team.
The U.S.’ 2007 U-20 World Cup team is a great example of both the incredible highs and the incredible lows that can be achieved by players who show potential at such a young age.
From that 2007 team, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore have gone on to great things in Europe, while promising youngsters who stood out at that same tournament like Chris Seitz, Danny Szetela, Freddy Adu and Sal Zizzo never lived up to the hype. Others, like Robbie Rogers, Tony Beltran and Dax McCarty have found a middle ground as serviceable Major League Soccer players.
So, keeping the 2007 group in mind, here is a potential lineup for the U.S. at the 2022 World Cup—arranged in a 4-3-3.