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Comparing U-17 Squads across the years

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  1. Shibb

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    I finally saw some game footage of the baby Yanks yesterday in a replay of the UAE / USA match. They looked pretty good, creating a lot of opportunities and dominating possession, although it sure would have been nice if they could have put away some more of the great opportunities that they created. This got me thinking back to an earlier U-17 (2005), where I was dazzled by some of the skills shown by the kids on the pitch. But the guys I remember aren't around anywhere. Some of them that didn't gain my notice are making some waves, most notably Jozy Altidore. So I thought it would be fun to go back and post the rosters from earlier U-17 championships and do a "Where are they now?" retrospective.

    The point being that it's normally tough to gauge who's going to emerge as a "star" and who is going to become a trivia question or amusing anecdote.

    We'll start in 1985 when it was the "1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship". This was the first one and the USA has been represented in each since.

    If you know (or are) any of these guys please feel free to share your observations on how things were, how they've changed and to what extent you think we've progressed.
     


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    1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship - USA Squad

    # Pos Player Birthdate Club at time
    1 GK Tom Foley 10 August 1968 Billerica
    2 MF Brian Adcock 13 February 1970 Evan Hut
    3 FW Brian Benedict 13 August 1970 Lauderh Lions
    4 MF John Cocking 27 January 1971 Concorde
    5 DF Neil Covone 24 January 1969 Hialeah Lakes
    6 DF Brian Donally 9 April 1969 Scott Gallagher SC
    7 Tony Epifani 9 June 1970 Sporting Foot
    8 MF Hendrig Gutierrez 4 June 1970 Date County
    9 DF John Gwin 24 May 1970 Torrance United
    10 Chris Hillyer 23 December 1971 Juventus SC
    11 MF Kris Kelderman 13 April 1970 Neenah Eagles
    12 FW Larry McPhail 22 February 1971 Titans
    13 DF Derek Missimo 29 October 1969 Comets
    14 MF David Mueller 8 May 1969 Rangers SC
    15 FW Curtis Pride 9 February 1970 Saddlebrook
    16 DF Joey Valenti 13 January 1970 Tampa Bay Rangers
    17 MF Lyle Yorks 15 February 1971 Mansfield SC
    18 GK Mike Gaub 22 March 1970 W Valley United

    The head coach was Angus McAlpine. USA finished third in their group behind host country China and Guinea. They beat Bolivia who finished last, but lost to both China (3-1) and Guinea (1-0).

    None of those player's names leap out at me, but it's not surprising given that there wasn't much of anywhere to go in terms of professional soccer for Americans at the time.
     
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    One name jumps out at me. But not b/c of his on field exploits.
     
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    1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Drew Burwash 26 August 1970 Cape Coral Tornado
    2 DF Troy Dayak 29 January 1971 Livermore SC
    3 DF Mike Burns 14 September 1970 Marlborough SC
    4 DF Tom O'Connor 17 October 1970 Sunnyvale United
    5 DF Peter Cochran 12 January 1971 Tualatin Hills United
    6 MF Erik Imler 1 June 1971 Bowie Strikers
    7 MF Tim Gallegos 30 October 1970 Striker United
    8 MF Chad Deering 2 September 1970 Dallas Comets
    9 FW Steve Snow 2 February 1971 Maroon SC
    10 FW Ben Crawley 6 May 1971 Austin Flyers
    11 Gil Kang 5 August 1971 Philadelphia Suburban
    12 MF Scott McDoniel 8 April 1971 Busch SC
    13 MF Marco Ferruzzi 15 October 1970 Austin Capitols
    14 Lance Killian 24 February 1971 FC Portland
    15 DF Brian Scott 1 September 1970 Eastside Crossfire
    16 FW Mike Smith 13 November 1970 Oceanside United
    17 MF Nelson Medina 22 April 1971 La Jolla Nomads
    18 GK Mark Dulle 6 August 1970 Liebe SC

    Coached by Roy Rees, again winning once and losing twice. This one was closer to home, in Canada. We finished bottom of group on goal difference, beating Ecuador, who finished 3rd, 1-0, while losing a close match to Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and a goal fest to Korea 4-2. Already there are some familiar names creeping in, even though this was 22 years ago.

    The most professional success would be Chad Deering and of course Mike Burns, who both had nice professional careers and a number of senior caps.
     


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    Seems like he's done well for himself as an agent. I'm impressed.
     
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    1989 FIFA U-16 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Chris Hightower 5 January 1973 San Jose United
    2 DF Bill Heiser 13 January 1973 Bethesda Sting
    3 DF Todd Haskins 13 April 1973 Howard Courage
    4 Joel Russell 23 November 1972 Varder III
    5 Rivers Guthrie 8 September 1973 Junior Raiders
    6 John Cairel 11 December 1973 Livermore SC
    7 DF Jorge Salcedo 17 September 1972 Huntington Beach SC
    8 MF Claudio Reyna 31 March 1973 Union County SC
    9 MF Billy Baumhoff 20 September 1972 Scott Gallagher SC
    10 MF Nidal Baba 2 October 1972 Thunderbirds SC
    11 David McGuire 18 July 1973 Longhorns SC
    12 FW A. J. Wood 27 October 1972 Bethesda United
    13 MF Imad Baba 10 December 1972 Kline Texas
    14 Richard Wisdom 15 November 1972 Brentwood SC
    15 Harry Weiss 26 October 1972 Scott Gallagher SC
    16 DF Brian Bates 29 December 1972 Prince William Spartans
    17 Steven Sietsema 11 August 1972 Columbia Diplomats
    18 Brian Bailey 27 August 1972 Howard Courage

    This one was in Scotland, and the USA did well but still finished in third place. Roy Rees again was the coach and managed to get the team up for a 1-0 victory over Brazil. This was followed by a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of East Germany (who I'm sure played fair in this sports competition, the last in which they'd appear I'm guessing). Since we only managed a 2-2 draw against Australia it was another early exit for our Yanks.

    Of course there's one bright star in that galaxy, not to diminish the others.
     
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    1991 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Kyle Campbell 19 April 1975 La Jolla Nomads
    2 DF Matt McKeon 24 September 1974 No club
    3 Michael Dunne 19 May 1975 Sockers FC
    4 Gabe Serda 15 June 1975 Internacionale San Antonio
    5 FW Temoc Suarez 19 April 1975 Charleston Battery
    6 FW Cesar Torres 24 February 1975 No club
    7 DF Shawn Bryden 19 October 1974 Texans
    8 DF Julio Guzman 5 February 1975 Miami FC
    9 MF Mike Slivinski 31 October 1974 No club
    10 FW Mark Jonas 17 October 1974 Bethesda
    11 MF Nelson Vargas 6 August 1974 Emerson Express
    12 MF Alberto Montoya 19 February 1975 No club
    13 FW Shohn Beachum 5 July 1975 ISA United
    14 DF Roy Gmitter 2 August 1974 Santa Rosa United
    15 DF Mike Fisher 28 May 1975 Sockers FC
    16 MF Brian Kelly 6 October 1974 Delco FC
    17 DF Will Kohler 13 March 1975 Narberth
    18 Sal Fontana 11 April 1975 Bohemia 74

    In 1991, it's Coach Roy Rees again, but now the tournament has been rechristened as the U-17s. It looks like a group of death with the host Italians and Argentines plus the Chinese. But somehow with this bunch they manage to finally advance by winning the group! USA beats both Italy and Argentina by 1-0 scores, then pounds the People's Republic 3-1.

    Then they tie Qatar in the quarterfinal, 1-1, but lose out on PKs by a 5-4 margin.

    Several players had modest professional careers out of this group, but nothing spectacular.
     
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    I'll post the rest of the 90s here later this evening when I get a chance.
     
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    Re: 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship - USA Squad

    He had a solid pro club career.
     
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    That name caught my eye. It's safe to say that Curtis Pride remains our only U-17 prospect ever to go on to play for both the Red Sox and the Yankees. Not bad for a deaf guy!

    I had no idea he was a soccer player.


    BTW: Those birth dates seem all wrong.
     
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    Re: 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship - USA Squad

    He was a stalwart for the SJ Quakes in their heyday.
     
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    Re: 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship - USA Squad

    That is pretty cool. I found this on his Wiki page:
    We had a deaf guy on our club team. He was a good player but it made communication very, very difficult. I'd have to think baseball would be a slightly better fit. And much more lucrative. Heck, now I can even forgive him for playing for those evil clubs.

    The birth dates do seem to be off on some of these; I'm pulling the data from Wikipedia since it has some club info and the cut paste is easier than from the FIFA site.
     
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    1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Jon Busch 18 August 1976 (aged 17) Guilderland
    2 DF Josh Espinosa 26 October 1977 (aged 15) Dallas Hornets
    3 DF Mark Rehklau 12 October 1976 (aged 16) Pacesetter SC
    4 DF Carey Talley 26 August 1976 (aged 16) Memphis FC
    5 FW Judah Cooks 29 November 1976 (aged 16) Vista SC
    6 DF Randi Martinez 1 October 1976 (aged 16) Whittier SC
    7 MF Deryk Shockley 6 August 1976 (aged 17) Strikers
    8 MF Steve Armas 3 February 1977 (aged 16) Bethesda SC
    9 FW Pierre Venditti 22 August 1976 (aged 16) Central SC
    10 MF John O'Brien 29 August 1977 (aged 15) California Flyers
    11 MF Jorge Flores 13 February 1977 (aged 16) Cerritos SC
    12 FW Troy Garner 15 February 1978 (aged 15) 78 Steamers
    13 DF Scott Vermillion 23 December 1976 (aged 16) Spirit of 75
    14 MF Jason Moore 4 April 1978 (aged 15) 78 Steamers
    15 MF Tony Soto 1 October 1976 (aged 16) Inter 76
    16 MF Andriy Shapowal 5 August 1976 (aged 17) E/W Ambassadors
    17 FW Keith McDaniel 7 March 1977 (aged 16) Texans
    18 GK Andy Kirk 3 October 1977 (aged 15) Mequon SC

    Roy Rees is still the coach in Japan in 1993. USA places second out of a group with Czechoslovakia (now split into Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia, I think), Colombia and Qatar. This time we squeak into the next round with a win over Qatar (5-1), loss to Colombia (2-1) and 2-2 draw with the Czechs. Poland crushes us 3-0 in the next round.

    John O'Brien is the biggest USMNT name in the group whose career is sadly an injury fest after 2002. Jon Busch has a solid MLS career.
     
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    1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Nick Rimando 17 June 1979 (aged 16)
    2 DF Jorge Redmond 9 October 1978 (aged 16)
    3 DF Joshua Norkus 14 March 1979 (aged 16)
    4 DF Joel Reddington 15 July 1979 (aged 16)
    5 DF Mike Potempa 27 February 1979 (aged 16)
    6 DF Nick Garcia 9 April 1979 (aged 16)
    7 MF Grover Gibson 18 November 1978 (aged 16)
    8 MF Steven Sosa 8 September 1978 (aged 16)
    9 FW Carl Bussey 11 October 1978 (aged 16)
    10 MF Francisco Gomez 25 January 1979 (aged 16)
    11 FW Matt Laycock 22 January 1979 (aged 16)
    12 FW Stephen Pedicini 25 January 1979 (aged 16)
    13 DF Kevin Knott 26 April 1979 (aged 16)
    14 MF Miles Romm 20 September 1978 (aged 16)
    15 DF Ryan Trout 9 November 1978 (aged 16)
    16 DF Matt Thompson 7 December 1978 (aged 16)
    17 MF Douglas Deken 3 December 1978 (aged 16)
    18 GK Tim Howard 6 March 1979 (aged 16)

    1995 finds the USA squad in Ecuador. Glenn Myernick (RIP) is now the coach and you can see the roster is bookended by a couple of well known keepers. Not as many names catch my eye from the field, though. Also note that Rimando starts the first two games, but gets sent off in the 66th minute and his understudy, Howard, gets his big break. Still, USA goes three and out with losses to Ecuador 2-0, Japan 2-1 and Ghana 2-0. Redmond scores the only goal against Japan.

    Note: neither Wikipedia or FIFA site lists clubs for this squad.
     
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    1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Kyle Singer 6 August 1980 (aged 17)
    2 DF Aaron Thomas 21 July 1980 (aged 17)
    3 DF Danny Califf 17 March 1980 (aged 17)
    4 DF Beckett Hollenbach 17 February 1980 (aged 17)
    5 MF Kevin Wilson 25 July 1980 (aged 17)
    6 MF Luís González 14 July 1980 (aged 17)
    7 DF Nick Downing (c) 25 January 1980 (aged 17)
    8 MF Steve Totten 7 January 1980 (aged 17)
    9 MF Nozomu Yamauchi 16 February 1980 (aged 17)
    10 FW Charles Rupsis 21 April 1980 (aged 17)
    11 MF Marshall Leonard 29 December 1980 (aged 16)
    12 MF Fausto Villegas 10 September 1980 (aged 16)
    13 FW Taylor Twellman 29 February 1980 (aged 17)
    14 FW Matthew Monsibais 17 October 1980 (aged 16)
    15 FW Alberto Gutiérrez 5 June 1980 (aged 17)
    16 FW Kostadino Kartes 19 October 1981 (aged 15)
    17 MF Brian Purcell 6 February 1980 (aged 17)
    18 GK Bryheem Hancock 1 March 1980 (aged 17)

    This squad we send to Egypt in 1997 boasts a couple of guys who will have very solid club careers and flirt with the Senior Nats again and again. USA begins the tournament by getting pounded by Oman 4-0 and then Brazil 3-0, settling into third after posting a win against the Austrians, 4-0. Jay Miller has replaced Goose as the skipper.
     
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    1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK D.J. Countess 9 January 1982 (aged 17)
    2 DF Kellen Kalso 16 January 1982 (aged 17)
    3 MF DaMarcus Beasley 24 May 1982 (aged 17)
    4 MF Nelson Akwari 4 February 1982 (aged 17)
    5 DF Alex Yi 27 February 1982 (aged 17)
    6 DF Gregory Martin 5 January 1982 (aged 17)
    7 MF Kenneth Cutler 8 March 1982 (aged 17)
    8 MF Bryan Jackson 14 April 1982 (aged 17)
    9 MF Adolfo Gregorio 1 October 1982 (aged 17)
    10 FW Landon Donovan 4 March 1982 (aged 17)
    11 FW Bobby Convey 27 May 1983 (aged 16)
    12 MF Raúl Palomares 6 February 1983 (aged 16)
    13 FW Abe Thompson 12 January 1982 (aged 17)
    14 DF Oguchi Onyewu 13 May 1982 (aged 17)
    15 MF Kyle Beckerman 23 April 1982 (aged 17)
    16 FW Jordan Cila 11 April 1982 (aged 17)
    17 DF Seth Trembly 21 March 1982 (aged 17)
    18 GK Steve Cronin 28 May 1983 (aged 16)

    A lot of "names" on this 1999 squad, definitely the best of the bunch up to this point. Donovan, Bease, Gooch, Convey are the highlighters, but lately Beckerman has also had a chance to shine and others have carved out good pro careers. This also represents the inaugural class in Bradenton, so not a total surprise. Also not a surprise that there is a new coach, John Ellinger, after the dismal 1995 results.

    The USA takes group A with wins over the host New Zealand, a 2-1 comeback, then a draw with Poland 1-1, also a "comeback" and finally a win over Uruguay. The quarterfinals put us up against Mexico, where the Yanks start a long tradition by prevailing 3-2 (too bad it wasn't dos a cero). Then USA ties Australia in the semifinals, eventually bowing 7-6 on penalties. In the consolation match we lose 2-0 to Michael Essien's Ghana.
     
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    My assumption had always been that the kids playing a year up would have a higher success rate in the long run. (The logic being that those kids were, by the standards of the evaluators, usually one of the three or so best players their year, rather than one of the fifteen or so best players their year.) But looking quickly through these lists, I don't know that that's true. It's hard to see much differentiation between the kids playing up and the others.
     
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    But it does show what a total crap shoot selecting elite senior players from the pool of "best" U-17's. It is a sham when some on this website believe that they or others can identify elite senior nats fromamong u-8-10's.
     
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    2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Ford Williams 20 February 1984 (aged 17)
    2 DF David Chun 30 March 1984 (aged 17)
    3 MF Justin Mapp 18 October 1984 (aged 16)
    4 FW Paul Johnson 22 January 1984 (aged 17)
    5 DF Tyson Wahl 23 February 1984 (aged 17)
    6 DF Chris Lancos 12 July 1984 (aged 17)
    7 FW Mike Magee 2 September 1984 (aged 17)
    8 DF Jordan Harvey 28 January 1984 (aged 17)
    9 FW Santino Quaranta 14 October 1984 (aged 16)
    10 FW Eddie Johnson 31 March 1984 (aged 17)
    11 MF Chefik Simo 28 February 1984 (aged 17)
    12 DF Gray Griffin 2 January 1984 (aged 17)
    13 MF David Johnson 16 January 1984 (aged 17)
    14 DF Chad Marshall 22 August 1984 (aged 17)
    15 MF Jordan Stone 16 March 1984 (aged 17)
    16 MF Craig Capano 7 July 1985 (aged 16)
    17 FW Erwin Díaz 11 July 1984 (aged 17)
    18 GK Adam Schuerman 4 June 1984 (aged 17)

    Another strong looking class, at least on paper, but not as strong as '99. Ellinger is still the boss, and the games are in Spain. Somehow we manage to finish last with no wins against Japan (1-0), France (5-3) and Nigeria (2-0).

    But here's the part that some might not know or have forgotten: France and Nigeria both circled around to play in the Finals against each other. France also took out Brazil and Argentina. Nigeria annihilated Australia then beat Burkina Faso only to lose in the final to France 3-0. Maybe we should be watching the French squad from that Cup?
     
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    2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Phil Marfuggi 15 January 1986 (aged 17)
    2 DF Kyle Helton 20 May 1986 (aged 17)
    3 DF Jonathan Spector 1 March 1986 (aged 17)
    4 MF Eddie Gaven 25 October 1986 (aged 16)
    5 DF Dwight Owens 23 January 1986 (aged 17)
    6 DF Chris Germani 10 July 1986 (aged 17)
    7 MF Brian Grazier 17 March 1986 (aged 17)
    8 MF John Diraimondo 23 April 1986 (aged 17)
    9 FW Mike Harrington 24 January 1986 (aged 17)
    10 MF Guillermo González 4 January 1986 (aged 17)
    11 MF Freddy Adu 2 June 1989 (aged 14)
    12 DF Steven Curfman 8 October 1986 (aged 16)
    13 FW Jamie Watson 10 April 1986 (aged 17)
    14 DF Julian Valentin 23 February 1987 (aged 16)
    15 MF Corey Ashe (c) 14 March 1986 (aged 17)
    16 DF Adrian Chevannes 17 June 1986 (aged 17)
    17 MF Danny Szetela 17 June 1987 (aged 16)
    18 GK Quentin Westberg 25 April 1986 (aged 17)
    19 FW Jacob Peterson 27 January 1986 (aged 17)
    20 GK Stephen Sandbo 23 February 1987 (aged 16)

    Ok, from here on out I think we'll see a lot more "works in progress" that can't be fully judged - not that this will stop anyone from trying. There are a couple of guys that have been touted as "the next big thing" and a few more that may yet blossom, but at their current age we should see some of them start to hit their stride and others fall off.

    This Cup was held in Finland and Ellinger is still the chief. The USA crushes Korea in the first game, 6-1 (Adu hat trick), the downs Sierra Leone 2-1 before getting a little humble pie against Spain 2-0. Adu is rested in the beginning of that match but Spain has Cesc Fabergas and some other fine youth players.

    Then the USA loses in the next round to get eliminated, dropping a 3-0 decision to Brazil.

    Just like in 2001, the USA played (and lost to) the best two teams in the tournament. Brazil beats Spain in the Final, 1-0.
     
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    2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Bryant Rueckner 20 January 1988 (aged 17) PSG California
    2 DF Amaechi Igwe 20 May 1988 (aged 17) Santa Clara Sporting
    3 DF Kevin Alston 5 May 1988 (aged 17) Potomac Cougars
    4 FW Jozy Altidore 6 November 1989 (aged 15) Boca Juniors
    5 DF Ofori Sarkodie (c) 18 June 1988 (aged 17) Chicago Magic
    6 FW Quavas Kirk 13 April 1988 (aged 17) Los Angeles Galaxy
    7 FW Omar Gonzalez 11 October 1988 (aged 16) Dallas Texans
    8 MF Kyle Nakazawa 16 March 1988 (aged 17) ISC Strikers
    9 FW Preston Zimmerman 21 November 1988 (aged 16) Crossfire Premier
    10 FW David Arvizu 19 April 1988 (aged 17) Pateadores
    11 MF Ryan Soroka 5 March 1988 (aged 17) FC Delco
    12 MF Gabe Farfan 23 June 1988 (aged 17) La Jolla Nomads
    13 DF Blake Wagner 29 January 1988 (aged 17) HC United
    14 DF Neven Subotić 10 December 1988 (aged 16) Manatee Magic
    15 MF Dan Kelly 29 March 1989 (aged 16) Tennessee Futbol Club
    16 MF Nikolas Besagno 15 November 1988 (aged 16) Real Salt Lake
    17 MF Jeremy Hall 11 September 1988 (aged 17) HC United
    18 GK Diego Restrepo 25 February 1988 (aged 17) West Kendall SC
    19 MF Mike Farfan 23 June 1988 (aged 17) La Jolla Nomads
    20 GK Brian Perk 21 July 1989 (aged 16) Pateadores

    Ok, this is the group that made me think to start this thread, and probably the first year that I actively followed this tournament. The two biggest successes of this group, thus far, are clearly Jozy Altidore (Villareal, Hull City) and Neven Subotic (Mainz, Borussia Dortmun). Sadly, Subotic chose his semi-native Serbia over the USA.

    So the venue is Peru and John Hackworth is now the coach. USA win their group, defeating North Korea 3-2, Italy 3-1 and tying Cote d'Ivoire 1-1. USA then lose 2-0 to Netherlands who themselves lose to eventual winners Mexico, 4-0. Netherlands ends up in third after winning the consolation match.

    The leading scorers for USA are Ryan Soroka and Kyle Nakazawa with two goals each. IIRC, Nakazawa had a nice touch on the ball and took some excellent free kicks. Soroka played college ball at St. Johns but left the team citing conflicts with the coach. Nakazawa went to UCLA and is a senior this year. He was out in his junior year with a back injury.

    Still could be a lot, or a lot of nothing, to come out of this group.
     
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    2007 FIFA U-17 World Championship - USA Squad

    1 GK Josh Lambo November 19, 1990 (aged 16) Chicago Magic
    2 DF Sheanon Williams March 17, 1990 (aged 17) FC Greater Boston
    3 DF Mykell Bates (c) April 15, 1990 (aged 17) River City Clash
    4 DF Tommy Meyer March 20, 1990 (aged 17) Scott Gallagher
    5 DF Chris Klute March 5, 1990 (aged 17) Dallas Texans
    6 MF Daniel Wenzel April 13, 1990 (aged 17) FC United
    7 DF Kofi Sarkodie March 22, 1991 (aged 16) Ohio FC Mutiny
    8 MF Jared Jeffrey June 14, 1990 (aged 17) Dallas Texans
    9 FW Ellis McLoughlin July 8, 1990 (aged 17) Crossfire Premier
    10 MF Bryan Dominguez March 7, 1991 (aged 16) Concorde Fire
    11 FW Abdus Ibrahim August 15, 1991 (aged 16) FC Dallas
    12 MF Kirk Urso March 6, 1990 (aged 17) Chicago Sockers
    13 FW Billy Schuler April 27, 1990 (aged 17) Matchfit Academy
    14 FW Daniel Cruz January 3, 1990 (aged 17) Sereno Soccer Club
    15 MF Brek Shea February 28, 1990 (aged 17) Texans FC
    16 DF Brandon Zimmerman October 6, 1990 (aged 16) Crossfire Premier
    17 MF Gregory Garza August 16, 1991 (aged 16) Dallas Texans
    18 GK Zac MacMath August 7, 1991 (aged 16) Clearwater Chargers
    19 FW Alex Nimo March 21, 1990 (aged 17) FC Portland
    20 GK Larry Jackson September 28, 1990 (aged 16) DeAnza Force
    21 MF Brendan King February 25, 1990 (aged 17) Chicago Magic

    Of course it's WAY too early to tell on these guys, or the next batch, although we saw how many of them looked in the recent U-20s in Egypt. Hackworth is the coach and the games are played in South Korea, which many assume is a good omen.

    USA finishes a very weak second in their group, somehow, with 3 points behind Tunisia on 9. Tajikistan and Belgium also finish with 3 points but the USA goes through on goals scored (not goal difference). USA lose in the next round to Germany, 2-1, and Mykell Bates is the top scorer with three goals. Germany finish third, shellacking England but then falling to Nigeria.

    As a comparison point, most/all the Germans are playing professionally now, with clubs like Bayer Leverkusen, VFB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, etc. and were already associated with these clubs at the time. Compare with our club list.
     
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