Category - USMNT

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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Americana Summer

Another week where US Soccer spanned the continents seeing a mix bag of results in this Americana summer. The Two Daft Yanks are back to break it all down so you know what matters and what is just crowd noise. On this week’s episode:

  • USMNT Defeats Germany
  • Preliminary Copa Oro Roster
  • US U-20’s Go Down In PK’s
  • USWNT Turf Complaints
  • NASL Update
  • This Week In Daftness: Rouge Marriage Edition
  • And More!

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Americana Summer 

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European club football is in the books for the season with Barcelona defeating Juventus in the Champions League Final. The Yanks are back to break it all down before we fall into the summer abyss. On this week’s episode:

  • Barca’s Season Is Treblelicious
  • Champions League Listener Questions
  • This Week In Daftness: Transfer Ban Edition
  • European Transfer roundup
  • Various US Soccer Updates
  • And More!

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TDY: Treblelicious

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Young USMNT Strikers Look To Impress Klinsmann

Due to injury and the birth of a child the USMNT will be missing Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey  as the Yanks take on the Netherlands and Germany in two high profile friendlies. Missing these two attackers is a big blow for Jurgen Klinsmann as they have combined to score 67 goals in 192 total CAPS during their senior international careers to date. Here is a quick look at the young strikers on the roster (thank goodness for no Wondo!) who will look to make an impression and earn significant playing time during the Gold Cup this summer.


Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution)

The well rounded former Stoke man (who never actually played a game for Stoke due to work permit problems) is back in the MLS and the USMNT radar after scoring in his debut match against South Africa in 2010. He was out of the US set-up for over a year and scored a goal in the last friendly versus Mexico. Agudelo has scored 4 goals in 12 games in his return to the Revolution and should get a chance for a good chunk of time on the pitch in these two matches.


Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar)

Johannsson is expected to start with Altidore and Dempsey out of the mix. He was in good form ending his league season scoring four goals in the final three Alkmaar games helping them to secure Europa league qualification for 15/16. For the USMNT he has 10 goals in 3 games and is the most technically gifted striker on this roster. This is his time to show he can lead the line.


Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

The 22 year old striker from Hawaii hasn’t impressed his 6 CAPS so far. Wood keeps getting his chances though and I think he has the potential to become quite the useful player. He gets himself into the right places but hasn’t taken his chances well but yet. His quality and final product will improve over time as he develops as a player. I wouldn’t expect him to play much in these two games and he is the last choice among the five strikers on the roster.


Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

The  Galaxy forward has 4 goals in 14 games in 2015 after a breakout 16 goals in 26 games last season. Based on that 2014 season, Klinsmann seems to like Zardes quite a bit and he has featured in every match for the USMNT in 2015. He offers a few things the other strikers don’t and is a (very) poor-man’s Theo Walcott erratic dribbling included.


Jordan Morris (Stanford)

The college player who scored the game winner against Mexico in April was a late addition into this squad. Chances are he will feature on the bench and should at least get one run out against the Dutch or Germans. Klinsmann seems to like his work ethic and that could see him grab a spot on the 2015 Gold Cup roster, especially if Altidore doesn’t recover from his hamstring injury.

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