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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #1
Friday July 5, 2019 3:54pm

Joined Jul 2012
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As the European seasons near their starting times.... I think it's appropriate to do a list of players to keep an eye on this season.

1. Marlon Fossey, RB(Fulham). This guy is finally healthy and was getting late minutes at the end of the season. He is an incredibly athletic RB, and before his injury was making waves at Fulham. This new season he may just break in as the starter at RB.

2. Sergino Dest, RB( Ajax). Dest is training and playing with Ajax first team this preseason and is already turning heads. Strong possibility he is the back up RB to start the season and could manage to get in a handful of games this term. Also of note Dest is equally as good at LB.

3. Chris Richards, CB( Bayern). Again is with the first team in preseason. If he is not going to be a first team player for Bayern this term then I hope he gets a loan. He is already at a level where he should be getting professional minutes.

4. Michael Edwards, CB( Wolfsburg). Still at a loss as to why Edwards was not on the U20 team. It's obvious Wolfsburg rate him very highly. He is training and playing in Preseason with the first team, and is very highly rated by the club. Won't be surprised if he gets some first team games this year.

5. Richie Ledezma, AM/CAM/CM(PSV). PSV has put a lot investment into Ledezma, and is highly regarded at the club. He may not start games for the first team this year, but don't be surprised if he gets quite a bit minutes as a sub. Really like this guys game.

6. Sargent, FWD( Bremen). The end of last season did not go well for Sargent. He is now heading into his first full season with a preseason. The team highly rated him and has said to the start of this year he will be with the first team. He needs to work hard and show that his fitness levels are adequate.

7. Weah, FWD( Lille). The newly minted Lille fwd will have to be on his game this year. Lille invested quite a bit of money to get him. What is his best position? It looks like Lille will be the place we find that out.

8. Soto, FWD( Hannover). There has been talk that other teams are interested in Soto, but I for one hope he stays at Hannover. He is going to get a ton of minutes this year with the Bundesliga 2 side. And why leave that situation if another team is just going to stick with the reserve team?

9. Gloster, LB(Hannover). It looks likely Gloster will leave Hannover which I think is bad idea. But PSV look to be the most interested suitors and it would be cool to see Ledezma and Gloster playing together.

10. Giaochinni, FWD( Caen). Under the radar Nick Giaochinni put up some great stats for Caens reserve and u19 team last year. He has been training and playing with the first team this summer. And is highly regarded by the coaching staff at Caen.

11. Mathew Hoppe, FWD(Schalke). Recently Hoppe was snapped up by Schalke. He can score goals in buckets and is highly athletic. Schalke has a lot of problem areas in attack. He is slated to join the u19 team and reserve team, but if he makes waves I won't be surprised if he makes the jump to the first team in the second half of the season. David Wagner is not afraid to play the kids.

12. Nick Taitigue, AM/winger(Schalke). Is he an injury prone player or just unlucky with getting injuries? It seems Schalke are still all in on Taitigue. They haven't released him and are still very hopeful about his future with the club. Highly talented and if he can finally stay healthy this may end up being the year we finally see him get minutes with the first team. Wagner will be looking for players to spark this Schalke attack.

13 Giovanni Reyna, AM/ FWD/ CM(Dortmund). What is Reynas best position? I tend to think his best position is as a CAM underneath a striker or as a wide FWD. Is it feasible Reyna sees first team minutes with Dortmund this year? You never know. Kid is a legit athlete and soccer player. He already has a mans body at 6'1". He needs fine tune his game, but playing with the u19's and reserve team will help him grow exponentially.

These are the players I am most excited to continue to hear about and hopefully watch on tv this year.

Honorable mentions:
Kwelle Akale, AM/ Winger( Villarreal). Time is now for him to either break into the first team or ask for a loan.

Amon, Winger/FWD( Norsdjaelland). A lot of chatter about him being sold this summer. Can he become a more complete winger this year with whoever he plays for?

Cappis, CM/DM( Hobro). I really like Cappis game. Highly athletic and a good soccer player. We may see him more with the U23 US team soon.

Sabbi, FWD/ Winger( Hobro). What we know is that there are many interested teams after him for his services. Already turned down one offer. He had an up and down season with Hobro and didn't look good in his minutes with the u23 US team. I am not as high on Sabbi as other s are, but he is still young and clearly has talent.

Dave
Post #2
Friday July 5, 2019 5:10pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,000
@2tone - A good listing of our youth prospects. However, I'm more interested in the players who are on the fringe of the Sr. USMNT and if they'll take the step forward needed to really challenge for a US Roster spot. Not saying that the players in your post can't or won't make it to the Sr. Team this year, I just believe that there are some slightly older players for whom this year could be their break-out performance.

Miazga - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap and make the leap to being a USMNT starter.
CCV - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where this year? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap to make it to the USMNT.
EPB - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where this year? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap to make it to the USMNT.
Robinson - Left Back has always been a problem for the US. Will Robinson remain with Everton this season, or will he go on loan again? Can he take the necessary steps to clean up his game and become the LB we need?
Moore - With the emergence of Cannon during the Gold Cup, Moore is going to have to really step up his game if he wants to challenge for a Sr. USMNT spot in the future.
Scott - With his recent transfer to Newcastle he'll have an opportunity for 1st team minutes. Can he prove he's got the ability to be the creative CM that would allow Pulisic to move to his more natural winger position?
Weah - He has the talent and hopefully the recent transfer to Lille will get him the consistent minutes he needs. We need help at Striker & Wide Midfield and he could help at both. Even if it's just coming off the bench to give Boyd/Pulisic/etc... a breather.

Throw in a couple in MLS who and are likely to get a chance with the Sr. Team during the January Camp (Gonzalez, Ferreira, Pomykal, Mihailović, Robinson, Canouse, Sands, Hyndman, etc...) and we could be heading towards a period of real depth for the USMNT.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #3
Friday July 5, 2019 5:50pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,513
I'm most excited by Richards, Sargent, Dest and Gloster.

Stateside, I like Yueill a lot...he has a very bright future...

tjknowsall
Post #4
Friday July 5, 2019 9:38pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 436
^^ 100p agree with bass master add in weah and pomykal(IMO instead of yueill) and I'm all in on those 6 developing into good players and I think either dest or weah or both could be world class... and imo we've only had 2 world class player before pulisic and that is brad friendel and Steve cherundolo

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #5
Friday July 5, 2019 10:46pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,417
I'm all in on the Pomykal hype train. That dude is getting better every single game. He has to be called in for the September friendlies. It saying he should be starting but he will give McKennie and Pulisic a run for there money at the advanced CM positions. Could possibly finally push Pulisic out wide. Even though I am starting to like Pulisic at the 10.

But I would be totally happy for a midfield trio of Pomykal/Adams/McKennie. That midfield would terrorize teams with their speed and motors and hard work on both sides of the ball.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #6
Friday July 5, 2019 11:01pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,148
Original post from 2tone

I'm all in on the Pomykal hype train. That dude is getting better every single game. He has to be called in for the September friendlies. It saying he should be starting but he will give McKennie and Pulisic a run for there money at the advanced CM positions. Could possibly finally push Pulisic out wide. Even though I am starting to like Pulisic at the 10.

But I would be totally happy for a midfield trio of Pomykal/Adams/McKennie. That midfield would terrorize teams with their speed and motors and hard work on both sides of the ball.


Watching him right now vs DC. He's EVERYWHERE man. He defends like hell and never gets tired. Always available to receive a pass and is good with his back to a defender. I think he's more of a 8 than a 10 right now but I think his next step is the final ball to become a 10.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Friday July 5, 2019 11:27pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,417
But I will say this about Pomykal which might be intriguing. He is a left footed player, has a high soccer IQ, and has very good defensive instincts, and a high energy motor. Dare I say Berhalter might try him at LB? I wouldn't be against that.

hamsamwich
Post #8
Saturday July 6, 2019 12:08am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,197
I'll add the two guys hopefully playing in the Scottish league:

Matt Polster for Rangers (he's back to full health)

Andrew Gutman for Celtic (always had a clinical left foot since playing in the Fire academy)

Know Nothing
Post #9
Saturday July 6, 2019 4:15pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,676
Original post from Dave

@2tone - A good listing of our youth prospects. However, I'm more interested in the players who are on the fringe of the Sr. USMNT and if they'll take the step forward needed to really challenge for a US Roster spot. Not saying that the players in your post can't or won't make it to the Sr. Team this year, I just believe that there are some slightly older players for whom this year could be their break-out performance.

Miazga - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap and make the leap to being a USMNT starter.
CCV - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where this year? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap to make it to the USMNT.
EPB - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where this year? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap to make it to the USMNT.
Robinson - Left Back has always been a problem for the US. Will Robinson remain with Everton this season, or will he go on loan again? Can he take the necessary steps to clean up his game and become the LB we need?
Moore - With the emergence of Cannon during the Gold Cup, Moore is going to have to really step up his game if he wants to challenge for a Sr. USMNT spot in the future.
Scott - With his recent transfer to Newcastle he'll have an opportunity for 1st team minutes. Can he prove he's got the ability to be the creative CM that would allow Pulisic to move to his more natural winger position?
Weah - He has the talent and hopefully the recent transfer to Lille will get him the consistent minutes he needs. We need help at Striker & Wide Midfield and he could help at both. Even if it's just coming off the bench to give Boyd/Pulisic/etc... a breather.

Throw in a couple in MLS who and are likely to get a chance with the Sr. Team during the January Camp (Gonzalez, Ferreira, Pomykal, Mihailović, Robinson, Canouse, Sands, Hyndman, etc...) and we could be heading towards a period of real depth for the USMNT.


I have seen no definitive proof Scott signed with Newcastle. They are without a manager right now and are up for sale. Might be a good move for him with Longstaff reportedly going to Man U. But I hope he finds a situation where he can play in a competitive league. Unfortunately, given what his wages at Chelsea were, I doubt he would sign with MLS unless it is short term.

I dare say Miazga will be sold this summer instead of loaned. Plenty of other defenders in the academy they want to give chances to. Besides, now that CP is at Chelsea, they do not need him to keep the US fans interested.

stone88
Post #10
Saturday July 6, 2019 6:00pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 1,516
Original post from 2tone

But I will say this about Pomykal which might be intriguing. He is a left footed player, has a high soccer IQ, and has very good defensive instincts, and a high energy motor. Dare I say Berhalter might try him at LB? I wouldn't be against that.


GOOD CALL! Left footed. Very good defensively. Great ball winner. Quick. You're right, in Berhalter's system he could probably be a damn good LB. Certainly better than anything we've seen thus far at Leftback. I'd like to see this.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #11
Saturday July 6, 2019 8:25pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,417
I'm starting to get on that Julian Araujo train as well. Looks like RB is going to be covered. Now which can play at LB?

hamsamwich
Post #12
Sunday July 21, 2019 1:22am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,197
West Ham is the team who wants Long according to sky sports. I mean Pellegrini would be great for him to play under. Story also mentions Fiorentina and Lyon as being interested. He apparently has a $5 million release clause.

yodaddy101
Post #13
Monday July 22, 2019 2:47pm

Joined Aug 2013
Total Posts: 160
Excited for this year should be a good one
Ride or Die. -USMNT
Lilshmike
Post #14
Monday July 22, 2019 3:11pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,260
Original post from hamsamwich

West Ham is the team who wants Long according to sky sports. I mean Pellegrini would be great for him to play under. Story also mentions Fiorentina and Lyon as being interested. He apparently has a $5 million release clause.
To be fair, NYRB should reject any deal that doesn't meet the release clause.

$5m is chump change for a lot of these clubs (especially West Ham). Thats a fair value for Long, and if they aren't willing to fork out that much, then they should say no. Thats a low ball and somewhat insulting.

Would love to see him go overseas though. Italy or France may be a good option. The Premier League is tough. Don't know if Long would be able to go over and play consistently at a lower/mid level club.

Know Nothing
Post #15
Thursday July 25, 2019 3:06pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,676
Original post from Dave

@2tone - A good listing of our youth prospects. However, I'm more interested in the players who are on the fringe of the Sr. USMNT and if they'll take the step forward needed to really challenge for a US Roster spot. Not saying that the players in your post can't or won't make it to the Sr. Team this year, I just believe that there are some slightly older players for whom this year could be their break-out performance.

Miazga - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap and make the leap to being a USMNT starter.
CCV - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where this year? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap to make it to the USMNT.
EPB - Likely to be sent on loan again, but where this year? Needs to be playing 1st team minutes to close the gap to make it to the USMNT.
Robinson - Left Back has always been a problem for the US. Will Robinson remain with Everton this season, or will he go on loan again? Can he take the necessary steps to clean up his game and become the LB we need?
Moore - With the emergence of Cannon during the Gold Cup, Moore is going to have to really step up his game if he wants to challenge for a Sr. USMNT spot in the future.
Scott - With his recent transfer to Newcastle he'll have an opportunity for 1st team minutes. Can he prove he's got the ability to be the creative CM that would allow Pulisic to move to his more natural winger position?
Weah - He has the talent and hopefully the recent transfer to Lille will get him the consistent minutes he needs. We need help at Striker & Wide Midfield and he could help at both. Even if it's just coming off the bench to give Boyd/Pulisic/etc... a breather.

Throw in a couple in MLS who and are likely to get a chance with the Sr. Team during the January Camp (Gonzalez, Ferreira, Pomykal, Mihailović, Robinson, Canouse, Sands, Hyndman, etc...) and we could be heading towards a period of real depth for the USMNT.


Looking like Scott's move to Newcastle is done or near completion. (from his fathers twitter account)

https://twitter.com/kevscottconsult/status/11...

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/footbal...


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