The main task for the forward in American Soccer is to score as few goals as possible and play lots of tough defense. Unfortunately we've had a lot of success in both areas. An important note: Danny Mwanga, Andy Najar (I know he's a midfielder, sort of) and others like the will not be on the list. I've been following our up and coming prospects for some time and the number of non-citizens playing in MLS who eventually play a significant role for our National Team number in the low single digits. Yes it has happened (Mastroeni is a good example), but it almost always takes longer than people think, and I can think of many more cases where the player never set foot on the field for us. So if they wind up playing for us, great. But I'd suggest not to hold your breath. 1. Jozy Altidore, 25, Villareal 2. Charlie Davies, 28, FC Sochaux 3. Robbie Findley, 29, Real Salt Lake 4. Eddie Johnson, 30, Fulham 5. Brek Shea, 24, FC Dallas 6. Herculez Gomez, 32, Pachuca 7. Chris Rolfe, 31, Aalborg 8. Edson Buddle, 33, Los Angeles Galaxy 9. Tristan Bowen, 23, Los Angeles Galaxy 10. Justin Braun, 27, Chivas USA 11. Kenny Cooper, 30, 1860 Munich 12. Chris Pontius, 27, DC United 13. Conor Casey, 33, Colorado Rapids 14. Jesus Padilla, 27, Chivas USA 15. Marcus Tracy, 28, Aalborg 16. Jack McInerney, 22, Philadelphia Union 17. Mike Grella, 27, Leeds United 18. Tony Taylor, 25, GD Estoril Praia 19. Fabrice Picault, 23, Cagliari Calcio 20. Francisco Navas Cobo, 23, Hosuton Dynamo 21. Kellen Gulley, 20, Mississippi Chicago Fire Juniors 22. Peri Marosevic, 25, FC Dallas Our support for Altidore in the World Cup will be aging into their 30s besides Findley, and the cubboard looks awfully bare until you get to about the 1990 birth year where things start to perk up a little (of course that may just be that those players are too young to have disappointed us yet). The good news is that at no other position can things change quite so quickly as they do at striker. If Mike Grella suddenly starts playing in the Championship next year and just as suddenly starts firing in goals. He could leap over everybody. Rolfe can definitely get back into the picture by firing in goals in Denmark. As a forward, when you score, the National Team chances start coming. Just ask Buddle and Herculez. That said, this looks not at all great. The best young prospects currently playing regularly are a guy who isn't actually playing much forward (Shea) and a guy who is about to find the bench because two guys who play his position were away at the World Cup (Bowen). Going younger than that there are guys in favorable club situations at the U-20 level, and we'll just have to see how that plays out. I listed Picault, but it just as easily could be Agudelo (NYRB), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich) or any of a number of kids playing in Mexico. The NCAA front looks less promising in terms of goal scorers, though the Davies case shows you can't count out a guy coming from there in a hurry. Obviously Charlie Davies' recovery needs to be very closely watched.