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Friday, June 02, 2006

In the US, the U-17 Program is King...

I've tried to draw your attention in the past to the fact that the US U-17 program in Florida is currently growing the future US National Team. Sports Illustrated has an example of what the 1999 group is doing for the current team.

• I [Grant Whal] spent an inordinate amount of time recently tracking down this factoid regarding SI's four cover boys, who all played on the U.S.'s 1999 Under-17 World Cup side: No team in the '06 World Cup has as many players who've graduated to its roster from a single U-17 World Cup team as the U.S. and its class of '99 quartet. Here are the top five U-17 World Cup teams when it comes to providing players for '06 World Cup rosters:

United States, '99 (four): Beasley, Convey, Donovan, Onyewu
Costa Rica, '01 (three): Randall Azofeifa, Gabriel Badilla, Christian Bolanos
Poland, '99 (three): Pawel Brozek, Tomasz Kuszczak, Sebastian Mila
Japan, '95 (three): Junichi Inamoto, Shinji Ono, Naohiro Takahara
Australia, '89 U-16 (three): Keljko Kalac, Tony Popovic, Mark Schwarzer

So keep your eyes on the current U-17 crop when the 2010 & 2014 Cups roll around.

Check out Whal's article on Beasley and other World Cup tidbits where I found this info.


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