But were those stars some of the first players to come out of that country? The U.S. is relatively new at putting people into England, Italy, Germany, Spain, etc. Just the last couple of decades.
Give me some examples. Name a top 20 player from a non-traditional power who was one of the country's first players in the big leagues/teams.
We're still behind small European countries in terms of youth development, and our domestic league is finally at a high enough level where teams from the bigger leagues are scouting us regularly.
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