Missing the 2018 World Cup may have been a blessing in disguise. While it will be very beneficial in the long run, it has been awful recently. The casual American soccer fan has all but given up on the USMNT and their multitudes of let-downs. Then, there is me and the die hard stateside soccer fans who have not lost hope.
The US will make noise in the 2022 World Cup. We will not have trouble qualifying this time and I can guarantee we will at least tie Trinidad and Tobago. Why will four years make a complete difference though? Basically, the embarrassment of being a developed country and not qualifying out of CONCACAF has ushered in the new order of American Soccer. These 10 players aged 23 or younger will make an incredible difference come next World Cup.
10. Andrew Carleton (18)- Atlanta United
This kid has been living the dream for a couple years. Going to high school with his friends by day and being a professional soccer star by night. After taking the MLS Cup this season, we need to get him in Europe ASAP.
9. Emerson Hyndman (22)- Bournemouth
Hyndman has been on the USMNT scene for a while for good reason. Very fundamentally and technically sound player. He has jumped around from team to team, but I am glad he landed back in the EPL.
8. Keaton Parks (21)- Benfica
Probably the best player you haven’t heard of. This young gunner is an absolute technician in the midfield. Plus, being 6’4″ he will be winning every air ball for the foreseeable future.
7. Weston McKinnie (20)- Schalke
McKinnie has proven himself to be crucial starter for Schalke. Even at the rip age of 20, he is one of the better defending midfielders in the Bundesliga.
6. Gedion Zelalem (21)- Arsenal
Gedion has the prettiest through ball I have ever seen. Imagine Andrew Luck’s spiral, but on the ground passing through two defenders perfectly to the feet of a striker in on goal.
5. Cameron Carter-Vickers (21)- Swansea City on loan from Tottenham
Dude is a absolute tank. CCV is only 21 but he has the same look as a man with a face tattoo: Do not mess with him. I hope he has a great career with Spurs. As soon as he signs a long-term deal, I am buying his jersey.
4. Matt Miazga (23)- Nantes on loan from Chelsea
America’s second Chelsea boy. Matt Miazga is the future of American central defense. At only 23, he and John Brooks will finally bring some youth to a washed up back line.
3. Tim Weah (18)- Celtic on loan from PSG
After a season of sporadic call-ups to PSG’s first team, I can’t wait to see Tim Weah tear up the Scottish Premier League. It is hard to get minutes as a winger with players like Neymar and Mbappe on the roster, and the fact that he still did makes me very excited for his future.
2. Josh Sargent (18)- Werder Bremen
Sargent is the real deal. Expect him to pass Clint Dempsey’s goal scoring record by the time he is 27. He came on as a sub to make his debut for Werder Bremen and scored within 2 minutes. If he keeps that up don’t expect him to be at Bremen very long.
1. Christian Pulisic (20)- Borussia Dortmund on loan from Chelsea
The wonder boy himself. Great move going to the EPL, maybe not the best move going to Chelsea. Either way, I am pulling from him to have a break out season and a strong showing as the best American soccer player of all time.
Honorable Mention- Zack Steffen, Haji Wright, Lynden Gooch, Amando Moreno, Luca de la Torre, Kellen Acosta, Brooks Lennon