US Youth Impresses in Cape Town

If any US Soccer fans were worried about 2014 in Brazil; take a big sigh of relief.

These cats are GOOD.

A spectacular goal from Juan Aguedelo in the 84th minute gave the rag-tag, inexperienced Yanks a spectacular 1-0 win against an almost-full strength South African side in Cape Town, during the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup.

The youngsters are talented, and even though it might be too early, the US is certainly deeper than we thought.

Eric Lichaj is an absolute stud. We are starting to learn more about him, but he is looking up. Hopefully he will continue to improve at Villa. Get him more time, Monsieur Houllier.

Mikkel Diskerud- BEAUTIFUL THROUGH BALL. I still can’t claim to know much about this kid, but I loved what I saw. Hoping we can get some more of him soon.

Our Attack- Jozy, no worries. You have help finally. And to Charlie Davies, your days on the national team could be over. Teal Bunbury and Aguedelo looked spectacular. It was almost criminal that Teal couldn’t net one in his debut, but he certainly looked good.

Time will tell if these players will make a big impact, but this is a very positive debut for many of the players. According to the USSF, this is the most players, (five) since 2001 that featured for the first time. Last time was against South Korea. That was Carlos Bocanegra’s first match.

 

Guzan had a solid day in net, picking up a clean sheet, as well as his 19th cap.

 

 

I think US supporters may have found some replacements for the aging Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo, not that they are ready to be replaced, but these are the matches that help supporters look toward the future. Age sets back many national teams, as we have seen with France, Turkey and Italy. Our youth setup has never looked this strong. It is an absolute relief and quite exciting to see that the United States is starting to arrive when it comes to youth. The national team has come a long way, and this is another barometer of success. Hopefully it will show up on the pitch.

Here’s one parting thought: Guzan and Spector may just have been advertising themselves during this match. Guzan is second in the pecking order at Villa thanks to Brad Friedel’s new contract, and Guzan won’t want to be second-fiddle to a former USMNT keeper. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him move to somewhere where he can play regularly. Also, with Spector, would he really want to stick with the almost-certain-to-die-a-slow-and-painful-death-back-to-the-Championship-West Ham? Maybe he does, but don’t be surprised if he jumps the Hammers’ ship to greener pastures.

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