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MSantoine
Post #1
Wednesday August 6, 2014 3:51pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Was just looking at things and wanted to take a look at how the U20 qualifying was going elsewhere in the world. UEFA just finished up their qualifying and the following countries will be in the 2015 World Cup:

Germany
Portugal
Austria
Hungary
Serbia
Ukraine.

No Spain. No France. No England. No Italy. Throw in the fact that since New Zealand is the host, Fiji has also qualified. And we could be looking at both the strongest USA U20 roster in a long time as well as the weakest U20 field in a long time. I know a lot can happen between now and January qualifying but its really shaping up quite nicely for a deep US run

admsghs27
Post #2
Wednesday August 6, 2014 4:21pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,167
Yea but usually most of the power houses suck in youth soccer. At this point is champioship or bust that's what I expect. And that's if we qualify is never a guarantee.

EKneezy
Post #3
Wednesday August 6, 2014 4:34pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,853
I expect them to show well. To show fans that they are capable of hanging with the big boys. This u20 team has the potential to be great. Them going deep into the World Cup is an added bonus.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #4
Wednesday August 6, 2014 4:38pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,028
That Germany team is really good, so is that Portugal team.

It's weird not to see Spain, Itlay, or France, but England has never been that strong at the youth hence why I think they continually struggle at the senior level.

Austria has been re-emerging as a UEFA power at the youth level which has made their senior team continue to push forward. I wouldn't be surprised to see Austria in the next senior WC.

If you look at the U-17 to U-20 level it's usually dominated by South American and African teams. So those are the teams to really worry about.

If this US team is as good as I think it can be, then I say a semifinal appearance should be viewed as a successful tournament. Considering that the US U-20's have only made the semis once before in 1989. But youth teams are very unpredictable.

admsghs27
Post #5
Wednesday August 6, 2014 4:42pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Yup including Mexico you gotta watch out for them their starting to become a power house in these youth tournaments including Olympics.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #6
Wednesday August 6, 2014 5:02pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,347
I didn't see Jeremy Toljan on the Germany U-20 roster. Then I googled his birthday and he turns 20 on August 8. Not on the U-21 roster either but that one hasnt been updated in awhile

tylercocinas
Post #7
Wednesday August 6, 2014 5:11pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 756
Original post from blaise213

I didn't see Jeremy Toljan on the Germany U-20 roster. Then I googled his birthday and he turns 20 on August 8. Not on the U-21 roster either but that one hasnt been updated in awhile


In terms of probability, he is most likely to play for Croatia from everything I've read

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #8
Wednesday August 6, 2014 5:11pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,028
Original post from blaise213

I didn't see Jeremy Toljan on the Germany U-20 roster. Then I googled his birthday and he turns 20 on August 8. Not on the U-21 roster either but that one hasnt been updated in awhile


I have heard rumors saying that he is leaning towards repping Croatia.

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #9
Wednesday August 6, 2014 6:44pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,347
I think Klinsmann still needs to call Toljan into the next friendly game "to train"

IMO he would identify himself better with the German American players than the Croatia players. Also add to the fact that Croatia got bounced in the first round in the World Cup


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