An increase in US Youth Nationals squads should signal the widening of the US Youth National Team pool.
Last year we hoped young prospects including Joshua Doughty, Jeremy Ebobisee amid others would get a US call-in. Both seem on cusp of becoming regulars for the US U20 pool. Others including Alonzo Clarke of Akron have yet to receive a call.
Here are 16 players we hope will receive there first USYNT cap in 2016.
US U20 – 1999 – Timothy Tillman – Bayern Munich U17
- It is no secret if you follow this blog that we here at OWTY rates this German-American midfielder very highly, and we are not the only ones. Bayern paid an astonishing half million for the young attacking midfielder. Both he and his family have remained consistent to OWTY that a future in USA colors should not be ruled out, yet the Bayern Munich starlet is firmly entrenched with DfB. A call from Klinsmann and staff to play up from his age range could convince him to join for an early camp.
US U17 – 2000 – Max Rugova – Sporting Kansas City U16
- We’ve seen the SKC hit-man play for over two years now and despite interest from abroad, Rugova cannot seem to get a call from the US Soccer Federation. Rugova who scored 9 times in 11 matches last season as a U14, has already netted 9 times in 10 matches in U16 division.
US U18 – 1999 – Nathan Wood – AFC Wimbledon U18
- English-American attacker has been excellent for Wimbledon the last month, and was recently named MOTM during the Youth sides FA Cup match. Wood is someone who US Soccer should prioritize in 2016.
US U17 – 2000 – Jose Adame – Atlas Sub 15
- The Texan-born Adame has been excellent for Atlas in recent tournaments and is seen as one of there brighter prospects. To our knowledge he has not been called up by either the US or Mexico which makes 2016 a prime time to call in the versatile youth. In his first 2016 match, Adame scored twice.
EDIT :: Adame Called in to Mexico Sub 17 three days ago….
US U14 – 2003 -Lateef Omidiji Jr – FC Dordrecht
- Omidiji Jr’s name first surfaced at the desk of OWTY a fews years ago when a friend to this site who lives in Las Vegas sent us a note asking us to watch out for the speedy striker then at FC Heat. Omidiji Jr’s legend grew when the Nigerian Federation sent their top U17 scout to Nevada to evaluate the striker, his observations led him to fast track the then U12 for a possible place on the famed Nigerian U17 side. His suitors also included top Premier League and Dutch Academies. Omidiji Jr’s recent move to Holland landed him at Dordrecht. OWTY has confirmed that while Nigeria has strong interest in Omidiji Jr, that Lateef would like to represent the US if they call. However, sources have told OWTY there has been no communication from US Soccer to Omidiji Jr at this time.
US U18 – 1998 – Franco Mestre – Club Tijuana Xolos Sub 20
- Mestre has bounced between USSDA San Diego Surf and Tijuana Xolos youth for many years now. He is a pivot midfielder who reads the game well beyond his age. OWTY believes he’s finally settled at Tijuana and could now begin to gain confidence.
US U23 – 1996 – Djair Parfitt-Williams – West Ham United Reserves
- The last time we spoke with Parfitt-Williams he was close to obtaining his US Passport that would likely see his inclusion in the US Olympic pool. OWTY has not been able to reach Parfitt-Williams over the last few months so not update on that front. However, Djair’s stature at West Ham continues to grow as the shifty attacker has been involved with the West Ham first team on a few occasions.
US U18 – 1998 – Brandon Terwege – FC Dallas U18
- Few players on this list are as confusing to me as Terwege. He has been outstanding for a well established club, in the DA, yet has not received a call up for any National side. The 6-3 Central Defender is truly a top prospect and could have similar rise as ’95 Matt Miazga in the Youth sector is given the opportunity.
US U15 – 2001 – Ian Hoffmann – FC Koln U15
- Hoffmann has been a revelation for Koln the last two season, leading the attack in some of Europe’s major youth tournaments. He comes from strong soccer pedigree yet has not been officially called-in to any US Soccer camps. Despite playing in Germany Hoffmann seems committed to the US program, we hope US Soccer picks up their commitment to Hoffmann.
US U23 – 1996 – Derrick Etienne – New York Red Bulls
- OWTY has long been a fan of the recent NYRB Home Grown midfielder. He’s excellent on the ball and possess game-changing technique not many in the US pool can replicate. He’s been heavily involved with an improving Haitian Federation. Will a call from US Soccer be able to pry him away after many years of being looked over? We hope so.
US U19 – 1998 – Sidney Friede – Hertha Berlin U19
- The physically-gifted Friede has been a revelation for the Hertha U19 side starting all 13 matches scoring 3 times playing in the #6 or #8 role for the German side. He has often contacted OWTY about his willingness to play for the US, yet has not received a call-up to this point.
US U18 – 1999 – Alessandro Milesi- Shattuck St.-Mary’s U18
- Milesi, a Peruvian youth team player has been outstanding for Shattuck-St. Mary’s in USSDA playing up two years at the U18 level. Milesi is comfortable at many positions, but is most dangerous as an attacking Left-Back. Milesi is a triple national, USA, Peruvian and Italian and will be one of the hottest prospects to come out of USSDA play this Spring, and due to his ability to obtain a passport should be one of the most sought after players at College, and the professional level.
US U18 – 1999 – Toni Suddoth – Vfb Stuttgart U19
- We mentioned last week Suddoth has obtained his US Passport and would be willing to join up with the US if called. He’s playing up 2 years as the youngest member of the Stuttgart’s U19 squad. He’s appeared in 8 matches and is seen as one of the better Right-Back prospects his age in Germany.
US U20 – 1997 – Demarveay Sheron – Karlsruhe SC U19
- As mentioned above the US U20 side seems loaded with defensive talent, yet Sheron, who can play anywhere along the back line deserves a call-up. He’s started all 13 matches and has great physical tools.
US U18 – 1998 – Alan Sonora – Boca Juniors Cat ’98
- OWTY has spoken with Alan a number of times who maintains his willingness to accept a call in to the US program if invited. Accounts of Alan’s play with Boca Youth have been difficult to obtain but sources have told OWTY Alan is as polished as brother Joel was at the same point in his development. Surely one to monitor.
US U18 – 1999 – Jordan Saint-Louis – Baltimore Armour U18
- Young Maryland native has been the subject of interest from a number of French clubs. At this moment he’s playing with USSDA new-boys Baltimore Armour and making a difference. He became eligible just a few months ago and already has 4 goals in 6 matches, which accounts for 1/3 of the squads goals, playing up 2 years.