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In the world of international soccer, the USA has been somewhat of an historical underachiever. Sure, there are occasional flashes of brilliance in the form of a deep World Cup run, or a semi-final finish in the Copa America, but there can be no denying it: the United States of America is behind much of the world when it comes to soccer. If the US is so far behind, why is this article titled “USMNT’s Bright Future”? Because the future is bright.

Jurgen Klinsmann has left his mark on the United States Men’s National Team. Whether you love him or hate him, Klinsmann has made many decisive decisions as manager of the American team. Since his tenure opened in 2011, Klinsmann has been an extremely polarizing figure at the head of United States Soccer. One tends to receive that “polarizing” label after deciding to cut the best player in the history of the USMNT, Landon Donovan, from their 2014 World Cup roster in favor of a much younger Julian Green. This is just one example of how Klinsmann has changed the USMNT. He has started to infuse youth into the team. Will Jurgen Klinsmann give some of these up-and-coming young players even larger chances in the future? Certainly. Klinsmann recognizes the young talent at the core of the USMNT’s future. So, who are some of these young, talented players?

Defense

First we have Matt Miazga (21) formerly of Chelsea. The young defender was just loaned out to Eredivisie (the top soccer league in the Netherlands) club Vitesse. This move should certainly help Miazga’s development by getting him first team reps. At fullback, DeAndre Yedlin (23) has been a staple for the USA since 2014, and because of his youth, he will likely be manning that position for the USMNT for years and years to come. His lightning pace allows him to make runs up the side of the field and be extremely influential in the attack.

Midfield

At midfield, the USA has been grooming two very capable young players in Christian Pulisic (17) and Darlington Nagbe (26). Both of these players have been playing extremely well for their respective clubs, Dortmund and the Portland Timbers, and look to play big roles for the USA in World Cup Qualifying. Pulisic might be developing into one of the best players the USA has ever fielded, and at just 17 years old, he has plenty of time to grow. Nagbe has been a force in the MLS over the past few seasons, dominating the midfield for the Portland Timbers. With Pulisic and Nagbe, we might be seeing the midfield of the future for US Soccer.

Forward

Playing the forward position, the United States Men’s National Team is starting to phase in youngsters Jordan Morris and Bobby Wood. Morris (21) is perhaps the brightest young star in the entire MLS. Partnering up with Clint Dempsey on the Seattle Sounders has been great for the young attacker’s career. Morris and Pulisic are probably the brightest spots in all of American soccer right now. Wood (23) has been a part of the US team for a few years and has been impressive during his appearances. Playing for Hamburger SV of the Bundesliga, Bobby Wood has been exposed to some of the best competition the entire world has to offer.

These players capture have captured the hope of American soccer fans here in America – and with their immense talent, I believe that they can carry the USMNT to great heights. So then, what have we learned from discussing these six great young players? The future is bright for the USA.

Published by Joseph Lowery