Post #1
Saturday December 27, 2014 7:46am

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I think it's fair to say that players like MB90, Cameron, Diskerud, Bedoya, Corona, and Williams will be in the mix at CM/DM going into 2016, so lets take a closer look at some youngsters:

Perry Kitchen: At the USMNT level I see him as a destroyer DM. His positioning is really good, he has good speed to track players, is physical(he absolutely dominated PSG's midfield a couple years back in a friendly), good passing range, good leader. Sometimes a bit rash in challenges, but he is really developing into a very good player.

Will Trapp: Kid really is a very cerebral DM. He does lack a bit of pace, and can get caught out on 1v1 defending, but his upsides are his passing and his positioning. I like him as a cerebral DM.

Amobi Okugo: Good defensively, decent passing, can get caught out of position, but has good recovery speed. It will be interesting to see how well his game continues to develop at Orlando.

Emerson Hyndman: I like him more as a box to box CM. Very cerebral, good speed, very good passing, but needs to work on his physical side.

Joel Sonora: He is used as an attacking CM with Boca Jr's reserve team. They think very highly of him there, and it's said(by the coaching staff at Boca) that he could be close to getting first team minutes the next couple of years. If he does start breaking into Boca's first team in the next year, you can bet your USMNT fandom Klinsmann will be looking to bring him in.

Marc Pelosi: If he can get back on track and either figure into Liverpool's first team or move to another EPL team willing to give him minutes, he could really jump up into the USMNT quite quickly. Kid has been primarily used as an attacking CM for Liverpool's academy and reserve team, but he can also play on either flank as a RM/LM. I would pencil him into the Olympic team plans for now.

Sean Davis: Not many USMNT fans have heard about Sean. He just recently signed a HG contract with the NY Red Bulls. Kid has a lot of upside and talent. Don't be surprised to see him get some serious first team minuets for NY this upcoming season. He can play as a DM or CM. Very good passer, very clever dribbler, good speed, physical player who stands at 6 foot, and has an intelligent soccer brain. keep your eyes open for this guy.

Other notables:

Zelalem: Needs to get US citizenship before he can really be in any conversation.

Guido: Has seen some spot duty first team minutes with Xolos in 2014.

Arce Jr.: Kid has a lot of talent. Could see some first team minutes for Tijuana in 2015.

Stanko: Suffered an ACL tear at the beginning of the season, so no one knows how well he will rebound.

Post #2
Saturday December 27, 2014 8:19pm

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I'd choose Trapp but so much could happen till then. Still Trapp really blossomed in his first year under Berhalter. I dont think he'll make the Gold Cup team but the 2016 Olympics is his time to shine.

Stanko is a favorite of mine. Made the bench for Freiburg a few times before this knee injury. Think he could've helped in their fight to stay in the Bundesliga.

Sonora is a wild card. Cant wait to see him with the U20s. They should qualify for the World Cup. Hopefully he shows well.

Post #3
Sunday December 28, 2014 1:52am

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Another to keep an eye on is Russell Canouse. Currently part of the US U-20s, but has shown really well as a CDM. Most of the players mentioned (save Kitchen) will have their best chance of advancement through the US Olympic Squad. Qualification and a positive showing will vault them into the US Sr. picture.

Post #4
Sunday December 28, 2014 4:03am

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Romain Gall is another one that will make his Senior team debut very soon, as well as Perry Kitchen as a DM. And another sleeper for me is Tony Tchani big strong frame and can make plays here and there he is eligible since 2013 Wont be surprised to see him in the January camp.

San Jose
Post #5
Sunday December 28, 2014 7:17am

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For me it is Pelosi, Trapp, Hyndeman...need to see more Gall and Sonora...maybe O'Neil as a Dmid option?

Post #6
Sunday December 28, 2014 2:15pm

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What about that Lletget..? He's young and every pre-season the fans rave about him but never makes the bench for West ham.. He's been there for years and i think it's time he should seek a loan or something. Was promising or has been and nothing yet.

New York
Post #7
Sunday December 28, 2014 2:15pm

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Romain Gall has had 3 MLS appearances. If he strongly succeeds in MLS, then he can be in conservation for national team.

Post #8
Sunday December 28, 2014 7:41pm

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Romain Gall isn't a CM.

Post #9
Sunday December 28, 2014 8:25pm

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[quote]Original post from 2tone

Romain Gall isn't a CM.[/quote
Depends on what a CM stands for others are you referring it as a DM ? If then neither is pelosi and guido.

Know Nothing
Post #10
Monday December 29, 2014 5:21pm

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Just adding another name to the list...Kyle Scott. I realize he is young, but being a talented player with nationality options, if he wants to play for the US it may be best to tie him up early (see Julian Green).

Post #11
Monday December 29, 2014 5:50pm

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Does this mean Copa America 2016, World Cup qualifying 2016, or Olympics 2016? I think all three may have different CM options. I think maybe a Gil-Trapp-hyndman for the Olympics? Bradley/bedoya for Copa America, and perhaps mix-Bradley for WC qualifying.

Post #12
Tuesday December 30, 2014 3:06am

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I think Torres should be considered in the conversation. He has been in excellent form for his club and was never really tried out as a CM under Klinsmann (a grand total of 45 minutes), the only role he is really suited for at the international level. He is hands down a better player than Corona and I think he is a much better fit for one of the CM's in a 4-2-3-1 than Bedoya, who is more of a utility attacking midfielder than a deep-lying playmaker (Torres' natural role). And if people cite Torres' lack of defensive chops, he's not any worse than Diskerud in that department.

As for the youngsters, I'm extremely excited about Sonora. A lot of posters really like Hyndman and while I'm not going to pretend I've seen enough of either to provide an accurate scouting report, call me crazy but I'm more excited about a #10 playing for Boca Juniors than a #8 playing for Fulham.
Post #13
Tuesday December 30, 2014 10:22am

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Ditto on Sonora and Boca juniors.

I am also a fan of Torres, but if we play him it is more imperative than usual that the LB get up there in the attack. From what I've seen, garza needs to practice some more.

Post #14
Tuesday December 30, 2014 3:03pm

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With dolce on torres and playing as a 10 in Argentina.. he can pick up so much.. he will probably not be a riquelme but imagine if he is something like an higuain.. damian manzo, a real think ten.. that would be freaking cool.

Post #15
Tuesday December 30, 2014 4:55pm

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I said it before the best prospect we have right now is Sonora due to the fact that he plays as a 10 for Boca. Can't wait to see if or when he breaks onto the first team his younger brother plays also future looking bright.

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