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betweenthebara
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Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?

I'm not talking about dempsey good, but messi, van persie, Ronaldo, iniesta, bale...etc. Someone that could be the star on one of the best clubs in the world?

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?

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?

Thanks in advance.


Ryne Sandberg
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
We've got the following:

Steve Messi
Jonathan Van Persie
Tony Ronaldo
Sammy Bale

all in the U-5 side. Get ready world


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americanoutlaw
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
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I'm not talking about dempsey good, but messi, van persie, Ronaldo, iniesta, bale...etc. Someone that could be the star on one of the best clubs in the world?

Nope, but not many countries do.
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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?

That would be awesome, but it's probably somewhat optimistic.
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ezride25
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
There was Rossi, but he's neither American or good.


americanoutlaw
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
Well he's hurt, but frick him anyway


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WarSlamEagle
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
I hear Bho's kid is going to be a beast.


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225bred
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
Ben Lederman(sp?) is like 10 years old and he's already living and training at Barcelona's youth academy.. That's all I got
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americanoutlaw
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
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That's all USA's got

Unfortunately


ezride25
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
We are taking a quality side to Brazil, but we're a long way from an American superstar.


americanoutlaw
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
Our system is improving and respect for the game and US players is growing. It's a long process unfortunately.


225bred
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
Bingo on the above 2 posts.
I think we have the chance to bring our deepest, strongest and most talented, technical team ever to Brazil next summer... We'll see though


McRebel42
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
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Nope, but not many countries don't.


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The Mick
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
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Our system is improving and respect for the game and US players is growing. It's a long process unfortunately.
Based on the last few games, yes. Based on the previous couple of years, absolutely not we suck arse pipe.


americanoutlaw
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
I think we would have thrown money into the youth system had we gotten the 2018 or 2022 world cups like we should have. Considering we already have the infrastructure to host, we conceivably would have funneled money towards development of the game in the country. Corrupt arse FIFA ruining the advancement of our game.


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SwaggerCopter
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
LINK

Ben Lederman, 12, FC Barcelona (Los Angeles, CA)
Lederman’s presence at the famed La Masia, training academy for FC Barcelona, is unprecedented for an American-born player. The pre-teen initially caught the eye of Barcelona's scouting network after his U-10 club side defeated a La Masia academy team in 2011. He had a tryout, then accepted a spot in Spain. Lederman is currently featuring for the club’s Infantil B team, often on the left side of midfield. He demonstrates the skills required of a Barcelona prospect: composure on the ball, sharp passing, and excellent field vision. Lederman has also spent significant time over the last year with the U.S. U-14 boy’s national team and was one of the youngest players in camp this past November in Los Angeles. Tony Lepore, director of scouting for U.S. Soccer, sees Lederman’s progress as nothing but positive. “Benny's still a little boy [and] has a long way to go in his pathway for development,” he said. "We think the future is very bright."

Joshua Perez, 15, Chivas USA Academy (La Habra, CA)
He's the nephew of former U.S. midfielder and current U-14 boy’s national team coach Hugo Perez, so the teenager has already received a world class education in football. He has trained with PSV Eindhoven and Fiorentina over the past year, and spent much of February with Italian giant AC Milan. Since returning stateside, Perez has continued his standout play for the U-15 boy’s national team as well as with the Chivas USA U-16 academy. The left-footed midfielder has superior technique, ball control, and accurate passing. He is also versatile at his position with a high soccer IQ and can likely perform in any attacking role. He is one of the most gifted talents in entire U.S. youth program and is clearly the top prospect at his age level. As soon as he figures out a few passport issues, he'll likely move to Europe on a full-time basis.

Emerson Hyndman, 16, Fulham FC (Plano, TX)
Currently featuring for the Fulham U18’s, Emerson—grandson of FC Dallas boss Schellas Hyndman—has developed into a top American prospect. He is a fixture in the starting lineup for the Whites, who sit top of the table in the U-18 English Premier League, despite being one of the youngest members of the squad. Hyndman is a skilled central midfielder and acts as an offensive orchestrator for the London club. In a league match last August, he netted a hat trick and has been steadily appearing on the score sheet ever since. Recently, his impressive form earned him the opportunity to participate in training with Martin Jol and the Fulham first team. Hyndman recently joined the Dallas Cup-winning Fulham U-19 squad that beat talented youth sides from Fluminese and Eintract Frankfurt among others. He has also impressed in the midfield for the U.S. U-17 national team. Hyndman will be unavailable for the upcoming U-17 CONCACAF Championship but could potentially represent the U.S. in the World Cup later this year.

Brian Iloski, 17, LA Galaxy Academy (San Diego, CA)
In 2012, the California-born 17-year-old was selected from a group of more than 100,000 participants as the lone representative from the United States in Nike’s "the Chance" competition. The competition was part of an initiative designed to take a select group of 16 players on a high-profile global tour in order to provide professional opportunities and access to scouting networks. Iloksi showed well during trips to Manchester, Italy, and Los Angeles. He's small for his age but is a technically gifted midfielder. Iloski plays the role of facilitator masterfully, combining composure on the ball with good speed and excellent field vision. After returning from the competition, Iloski signed with the LA Galaxy Academy. He most recently participated in a training camp with the U.S. U-18 national team, receiving the start in a friendly loss against France and picking up an assist in a pair of matches against Romania.

Julian Green, 17, Bayern Munich (Tampa, FL)
Born to a German mother and American father, the 18-year-old wunderkind is making noise in the youth system for German superpower Bayern Munich. He caught the eye of Bayern scouts and has been progressing in the academy system since age 12. In 2012, Green led the Bayern U-17’s with 18 goals. Since being promoted to the U-19 side, he hasn’t stopped his torrid pace, netting seven goals in 19 appearances while being one of only four players to feature in every match for first place Bayern. While Green has appeared for the German under-18 side in the past, his lot seems to be cast with the United States since first appearing in a U-17 national team camp in September. Efforts of national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann may have swayed the teen. Green was scheduled to accompany the under-18 squad during their most recent European camp, but a late injury prevented his attendance.

Zachary Pfeffer, 18, Hoffenheim (Dresher, PA)
Following a semester with the U-17 residency program in 2010, Pfeffer made a strong impression on hometown club Philadelphia Union, who signed the 15-year-old as its first ever homegrown player. Pfeffer was officially the first player to join Philadelphia during their expansion season, making him the fourth youngest player to ever sign a MLS contract. However, after making only four appearances for the club, Pfeffer was sent to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on a one-year loan beginning in early 2013. Along with fellow under-18 American standout Russell Canouse, he is featuring for the Hoffenheim under-19’s at the moment, but it might only be matter of time before he moves up to the club’s Regionalliga side. Listed as a striker, Pfeffer showed a nose for goal early in his loan spell, scoring six times in three preseason friendlies for the club—adding another in his four regular season appearances so far in 2013. The club seems to value Pfeffer, having hosted him previously for training stints, but will be forced to make a transfer offer at the end of his loan spell to include him in any long-term planning. Currently with the under-18 national team, he is likely to be a focal point for the U.S. under-20 squad in the upcoming cycle.


itawambadog
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
I say we just start banging Brazilian chicks.


ezride25
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
Respect and awareness is growing even here.

The SB was originally a temporary World Cup board, and everyone was up in arms when the SB became official. Now during the bigger matches for the US you will see posters trickle by from other boards.


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69sleuth
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
Like someone said Lederman, but Junior Flores can develop into something special.

Couple young guys to watch

Flores
Benji Joya
Daniel Cuevas
Luis Gil
Marc Pelosi


The Youth Academies is one thing Klinsman has been trying to improve, a lot.


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americanoutlaw
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
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Based on the last few games, yes. Based on the previous couple of years, absolutely not we suck arse pipe.

I meant youth system, that's on me.
As far as the comment saying most countries don't, I meant most countries don't have messi, ronaldo, and bale level superstars.
Breaking bad is making me a shitty poster.


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hendersonshands
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re: Does the US have any potential world class players being developed?
Beniesta will lead us to glory


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