The Future Faces of a New U.S. Soccer

Aiming to rebuild after the team disgracefully failed to qualify for the World Cup this summer, the United States men’s soccer team is finding glimpses of hope through its youth

Here are some of the faces that could be featured with the possible resurgence of U.S. soccer.

Christian Pulisic, 19, leads this wave of excitement among the red white and blue, as he has established himself as not only an American soccer star, but a potential world-class player as well.

Pulisic was a regular starter for Borussia Dortmund during the 2017/2018 season. Starting 27 games and scoring 5 goals in one the top leagues in the world isn’t too shabby for a kid from Philly. Pulisic’s success has extended beyond his club too : internationally Pulisic has scored 7 goals in 11 games for the U.S. during the heartbreaking World Cup Qualifiers last summer.

Pulisic without a doubt is the United States’ best player. So the real question is, who can support him on a crippling U.S. roster?

My bet is on a pair of 18 years olds kids who have quickly rose the ranks on the U.S. national team: Timothy Weah, son of the current president of Liberia George Weah, and Josh Sargent, who’s name is so American that I cry freedom tears everytime I say it.

Tim Weah, recently signed a professional contract with money-juggernaut PSG in the summer of 2017.

Similar to Pulisic, being young and playing for a world renowned club has set high expectations for him, but just from looking at Weah’s track record, there’s reassurance.

Last summer, Weah played in the U17 World Cup and ended up scoring a hat trick against Paraguay during the knockout stages. And during the U.S. men’s national team recent friendly against Bolivia, he netted his first professional goal.

There is a lot of hype around Weah since his call up to the men’s national team; hopefully he lives up to his potential and doesn’t follow the path of the infamous Freddy Adu.

Josh Sargent, is the other yungin’ looking to help build the U.S. to a World Cup contender.

The 18 year old has yet to make a professional debut for his club (SV Werder Bremen) in Germany, but has built himself a good resume in his youth career.

Sargent has been with the U.S. youth national team since he was 14, and also played in the U17 World Cup last summer alongside Tim Weah. He impressed so much during the U17 World Cup, he was called up to both the U20 national team and the men’s national team that same year.

Just like Weah, Sargent scored against Bolivia in his first official appearance with the men’s team, and celebrated with an All-American salute.

He is also just 18 years old, so he has plenty of time to develop to and grow confidence to excel at the highest level. (Him and Weah were born in 2000 …. 2000! )

Adding to the excitement for U.S. soccer FIFA recently announced that the 2026 world cup will be hosted by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Hopefully, we may be in store for a bright future for U.S. soccer.

-Oliver

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