We're exactly one month away from the United States kicking off their pre-Copa America schedule with a friendly against Puerto Rico. In addition to learning about that recently-added fixture to the calendar yesterday, we also got a video snippet of Jurgen Klinsmann talking about the up-and-coming youth players making a name for themselves.
He specifically singled out Christian Pulisic, Jordan Morris, and DeAndre Yedlin as three young players who are playing for their clubs every week and are stating their case to be a part of this summer's Copa America squad. He left out other promising young players such as Matt Miazga who broke through at Chelsea this season as well.
With the frantic summer schedule almost upon us, it's inevitable that a few of these young players will play some kind of role for the national team. The question now becomes which players will be called upon when it matters most and which will have the biggest impact? For the sake of argument, DeAndre Yedlin can be excused from the list. He's already a consistent first-team player as his omission from the U-23's in favor of playing in World Cup qualifiers in March can attest.
That leaves just a few candidates mentioned by Klinsmann and a few other promising players who could play a role this summer. Christian Pulisic and Jordan Morris seem likely given the manager's comments. You have to assume Matt Miazga will be included in some way. What about players like Jerome Kiesewetter, Emerson Hyndman and Wil Trapp? All talented players for the U-23's with nowhere else to turn on the international stage without the Olympics. Is it time they get a look? Possibly. We want your opinions on which young player will have the biggest impact for the USMNT this summer.