I think Bradley is just about world class and only 26 right now so he has 5-6 years of excellent play left in him. And Jozy is only 23, so he has basically a decade left. In terms of younger guys, I think Alejandro Guido, Luis Gil, and Jose Villareal are all very good, but none have the hype of Landon Donovan or DaMarcus Beasley at the same age.
I don't think it is that important to have a single world class player though. If we could have a Dempsey at 8 positions, we could contend for the World Cup.
Also, what youngsters have the potential to be huge contributors to the mnt that have not yet decided to represent the US due to possibly playing for another county?
I think all of the guys I mentioned could play for Mexico, but I don't think it will be an issue. When you look at who we lost, the best players are Rossi and Subotic, but the next group are guys who we didn't even consider, guys who were late bloomers, and guys with weak ties to the US (Subotic would qualify for the last category as well) like Ibisevic and Movsisyan. Now all of those guys are great soccer players who would make the final US roster, but we don't really lose out on of a ton stars that we want. I do wnat to see Mix play in the Gold Cup though so he will be locked up for the US.
And finally, if American football continues to have troubles with brain injuries in the decades to come, will any of these tremendous athletes, that would have once gravitated towards football, find their way onto a pitch?
No one knows, but my guess is soccer and lacrosse will grow in popularity.