Kickin' It New School: Examining U.S.A. Soccer's Future For 2010 World Cup and Beyond

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Kickin' It New School: Examining U.S.A. Soccer's Future For 2010 World Cup and Beyond
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It may be somewhat surprising to many U.S. soccer supporters, but the national team is aging. And aging quickly.

Landon Donovan is 27. Oguchi Onyewu is 27. Clint Dempsey is 26. Jay Demerit, even though he is a new face, is 29.

Frankie Hejduk is 35. Steve Cherundolo is 30. By the next World Cup, Brian Ching and Carlos Bocanegra will be 31.

For Hejduk, Dolo, Ching, and Bocanegra, this could be their last run for the national team.

Donovan, Dempsey, Onyewu, and Demerit are likely reaching their peak right now, and should not be in top form for the 2014 World Cup.

With that said, this article will look at the future of U.S. Soccer. The slides will contain players who have made double-digit caps with the senior team, and will point out players who have burst onto the scene and may have six caps or fewer.

Most of these guys are ones you will hear battling for bench spots for the 2010 World Cup, but some are ones who already have made a name for themselves around the world and soccer community.

After you read the last slide, mention a player you would like to see as a cinderella or sleeper choice for the United States in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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