It's perhaps predictable that the United States was the best represented country on MLSsoccer.com's annual 24-under-24 rankings. The vast majority of Major League Soccer's teams are, after all, based in the U.S.
But the list still provides an interesting look into the potential future of the USMNT.
Topping the list was DeAndre Yedlin, who has become probably the most talked about player in the pool after he was a surprise pick to the 2014 World Cup roster, actually played significant minutes and even held his own against some of the world's top players. But some of the other names on the list should also pique your interest.
Gyasi Zardes, for instance, has finally started to show he's not all potential. The LA Galaxy attacker came in at No. 4, but easily could have moved up as the voting was mostly done before he went on the tear that now has him sitting on 15 goals. Luis Gil (No. 8) and Bill Hamid (No. 10) should both be familiar names, as they've both been capped with the full national team.
Wil Trapp (No. 9) has flown somewhat under the radar, but he has played for youth national teams and could be a future central midfielder if he continues to develop on this pace. Dillon Powers (No. 11) is another player who is often mentioned as having USMNT potential and is a slightly more offensive version of Trapp. Those two could be the pairing of the future.
A bit farther down the list are some defensive prospects worth keeping an eye on. Amobi Okugo (No. 13) is a center back who has really come into his own this year. Andrew Farrell (No. 14) is playing right back and has speed to spare, but he's built more like a center back and his game seems to match that position a little better as well.
And we still haven't gotten to players like Kelyn Rowe (No. 16), Harry Shipp (No. 17) and Perry Kitchen (No. 18), a trio of uber-talented 22-year-olds who have only really started to scratch the surface of their potential.
There are also four more players around whom their national team futures are in question only because of their options. Diego Fagundez, Kekuta Manneh and Tesho Akindele are not currently American citizens but could be in the future. Shane O'Neill has represented the United States at the youth level, but has also been pursued by Ireland.
While it may be a few years until a lot of these players are regular contributors to the Stars and Stripes, it's not hard to see any of them making it.
Full 24-under-24 rankings
|1||DeAndre Yedlin||Seattle Sounders|
|2||Erick "Cubo" Torres||Chivas USA|
|3||Fabian Castillo||FC Dallas|
|4||Gyasi Zardes||LA Galaxy|
|5||Diego Fagundez||New England Revolution|
|6||Mauro Diaz||FC Dallas|
|7||Joao Plata||Real Salt Lake|
|8||Luis Gil||Real Salt Lake|
|9||Wil Trapp||Columbus Crew|
|10||Bill Hamid||D.C. United|
|11||Dillon Powers||Colorado Rapids|
|12||Kekuta Manneh||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|13||Amobi Okugo||Philadelphia Union|
|14||Andrew Farrell||New England Revolution|
|15||Matias Laba||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|16||Kelyn Rowe||New England Revolution|
|17||Harry Shipp||Chicago Fire|
|18||Perry Kitchen||D.C. United|
|19||Shane O'Neill||Colorado Rapids|
|20||Deshorn Brown||Colorado Rapids|
|21||Olmes Garcia||Real Salt Lake|
|22||Gershon Koffie||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|23||Tesho Akindele||FC Dallas|
|24||Russell Teibert||Vancouver Whitecaps