What Impact Do U-20 Players Have On The USMNT?

The U-20 World Cup for US Soccer is over after the little Yanks were defeated in the quarter-finals on penalty kicks by Serbia. This competition is labeled as one where you can see the stars of the future today. With that in mind I thought it would be worthwhile to see if that has held true for US Soccer in the recent past. Below is a list of senior capped players who featured on US U-20 rosters since 1999 with their number of senior caps in parentheses.


Bocanegra (110), Howard (104), Cherundolo (87), Twellman (30), Califf (23), Albright (22), Rimando (21), Gibbs (19), Thorrington (4)


Donovan (157), Beasley (121), Gooch (69), Convey (46), Casey (19), Davis (17), Buddle (11)


Dempsey (112), E. Johnson (63), Convey (46), Clark (34), Adu (17), Quaranta (15), Marshall (11)


Kljestan (46), Feilhaber (41), Spector (34), Evans (19), Adu (17), Gaven (8), Wynne (5), Szetela (3)


Bradley (98), Altidore (80), Rogers (18), Adu (17), McCarty (5), Beltran (3), Szetela (3)


Shea (33), Diskerud (30), S. Johnson (5)


Did Not Qualify


Yedlin (17), Gil (2), Trapp (1)

Observations The United States has done a pretty good job of bringing through U-20 players into the senior team. Pretty much all the stars for US Soccer of the past three World Cups have been on a U-20 roster at some point with Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Bocanegra and Howard leading the way. The years 1999-2007 saw no less than 7 players make their way from the youth ranks into the senior team. This was a time where the US player pool was not as deep as it is today. This can been seen in the recent numbers where to date 2009 and 2013 have only seen 3 players each receive senior teams caps with the US not qualifying in 2011. Looking at the 2015 squad which just lost to Serbia, it looks like a group of players which should see an increase of players moving through the ranks. Two players (Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman) have already been capped while players such as Zack Steffen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Paul Arriola, Gedion Zelalem, Bradford Jamieson and Maki Tall look like they could all make an impact in the future as. That would put the senior team contribution of this roster somewhere around 9 or 10 in the future which would be quite impressive considering the improvements to the player pool. What U-20 players stood out to you?

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