Did anyone notice that I now have family in the U.S. U17 national team program? It's in the genes, I tell ya.
Seriously, I don't think we're related, but it was still fun to see the name on the list.
Back when I was covering games for TopDrawerSoccer, I watched a few of the guys on this list play at the U14 camps, including one young Charles Renken. However, players develop at different rates or display different levels of dedication as they get older and perhaps distracted. I think some of the greatest players for the U.S. may still be some unexpected talents that don't come up through the standard system.
Still, congrats to all the young players for making it to the first competitive stage of the youth national team.