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  1. No Ayo on USMNT Nations League provisional! The players listed who can play striker: Sargent, Dike, Weah, Siebatcheu, Zardes, Gioacchini probably in that order. The first three or four names will make the Nations League final and the rest are likely contenders for the Gold Cup. If they view Weah and Gioacchini as wingers then Ayo has a chance for the USMNT Gold Cup B-squad, but if they are strikers then even that doesn't seem likely.
  2. And a significant portion of their depth was not developed in the US. A midfield of Cardoso, Otasowie, Musah would be entirely developed abroad. All were born in the US by chance then raised in other countries. That is a benefit of being as large and globally connected as the United States is and their federation doing a good/aggressive job of recruiting. To their credit a midfield of Adams, McKennie, Reyna is all MLS academy products so they have developed some good players too. Just luxurious depth when you consider all of them are U23s or U20s.
  3. Otasowie is starting in Wolves central midfield today in the Premier League with Corbeanu on the bench. He does not have a clear path to start for the USMNT in the future unless one of Adams-McKennie-Musah is hurt. Cardoso picked the USMNT over Brazil U20s and has been a regular for the second-place club in Brazil Serie A (and a major exporting club to Europe) but he too does not have a path to start for the US. Little room for Morris in that discussion. Even Ledezma and Alex Mendez should consider their Mexico option where they would have a better chance to play long-term when Mexico's old pl
  4. Especially in central midfield. They can't start all of Adams, McKennie, Musah, Reyna, and Aaronson there. Reyna and Aaronson have the versatility to move out wide (Aaronson to the bench because of Pulisic) but that trio of Adams-McKennie-Musah may lock out other CMs for years to come barring injury. Their challengers appear to include Owen Otasowie (Wolves), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional, rumored to Marseille), Bryang Kayo (Wolfsburg), Richard Ledezma (PSV), Taylor Booth (St Poelten), Chris Durkin (Sint-Truiden), Caden Clark (pre-contract with Leipzig). Even Luca de la Torre was in the Erediv
  5. Not a star by any means but this a solid prospect who probably would have started for the US at the U20 World Cup if it took place or at least made the roster. Looks like he won't be an option for either nation for about another year.
  6. I think 2001-born Columbus Crew center mid Aidan Morris (and his older brother Jacob too) is eligible for Canada. He has looked good in MLS but is currently out due to injury. This is the Instagram of Aidan's older brother Jacob who plays lower-level college soccer. Jacob has a Canada flag in his bio so there's no reason to think Aidan isn't eligible too. Jacob also shows an Italian flag so that means Aidan would likely be able to obtain an unrestricted EU passport if he is good enough for a move abroad. https://www.instagram.com/j_morris3/ Given the USMNT has young CMs who are
  7. Daryl Dike scored a bicycle kick yesterday and now has 9 goals in his last 901 English Championship minutes as Barnsley have moved into the Premier League promotion playoffs. Worth noting Akinola's goal-scoring rate in 2020 MLS was actually better than Dike's when including the MLS Is Back tournament. Since then, Dike has progressed to be arguably the top option for the US' future at striker while Akinola has been out for medical reasons. So Akinola may truly believe if healthy he can be as good or better than the best young options the US has up front. On another note the US has ser
  8. Ayo can also provide at least serviceable depth as a winger. He can play anywhere up front. We all remember his first MLS goal cutting in from the left. Two of his more recent starts last fall for TFC were on the wing, one each at LW and RW. At the U17 World Cup a few years ago he was exclusively a winger because Josh Sargent was the US starting striker. Played a lot at winger for their youth teams. For the US the winger group of Pulisic, Reyna, Weah, Aaronson seems difficult to break in to barring injury (though Pulisic is certainly injury-prone).
  9. We obviously don't know for sure what Ayo feels at the moment. But healthy or not, it would be nice to soon hear some thought on how he leans. The longer this drags out or he waffles on a decision or reportedly "keeps the doors open to both," the more likely it is he is trying to push his luck with the USMNT. He has over 50 youth caps and a senior friendly debut/goal for them and the relationships with US youth teammates he went through all the ranks with who are now on their senior team. So he may feel a fairly deep connection to the US Soccer program even if a superficial connection to
  10. It appears yes because Dike has only played in friendlies. But that seems unlikely since he is #1 or 2 for the US, and Nigeria are deeper than US at striker with Iheanacho, Osimhen, and Onuachu. The first two are starters for Leicester and Napoli while Onuachu leads the Belgian league in goals. Nigeria have striker depth to be envious of -- better than the US's.
  11. Right now he is not particularly close to being even a backup for the US, and we have a shot at qualifying. A lot of competition in the US pool with Europe-based options. Right now, at best, Ayo is just outside the top five for them given Dike, Sargent, Siebatcheu, Hoppe, Weah. That said you are not wrong that it is possible the belief he can elevate himself to be a backup on that US squad could prevent him from committing to Canada in the near future. Trying to push his limits with the US for a few years more while having us as a fallback instead of just committing to us.
  12. Dike now has 7 goals in 800 minutes in the English Championship which is one of the best scoring rates in the league. He is outplaying most if not all England U21 pool forwards who are based in the Championship. Pretty unique from an eye test too with his blend of power and skill. Seems bound for the Premier League whether getting sold to a different club or if Barnsley earn promotion. Of course he still needs to prove himself at that top level. My hunch says for the USA's long term Dike and Sargent battle it out as #s 1 and 2, Siebatcheu fills the Zardes serviceable veteran role, Hoppe i
  13. The stocks of a couple US U23 strikers look to have taken a big hit with their Olympic qualifying failure. Namely Soto and Ferreira, they were poor against not-great opponents and it's difficult to see Akinola behind them in caliber. He's probably better than them. However, there is still the European core of Sargent, Dike, Siebatcheu, Weah, and Hoppe who average about age 22. Plus Altidore and Zardes from MLS for a few years more. That's enough for Akinola to be not close to the USMNT for the long run even if some are injured. So he should be a Canada player -- if healthy.
  14. Akinola's US chances drop more. BSC Young Boys striker Jordan Siebatcheu, part of the 2019 U21 Euro pool for France, is called up for the first time to USMNT to replace Tim Weah. Siebatcheu was born by chance in Washington DC but raised entirely in France. He has scored 12 goals this season. BSC YB are first place in the Swiss Super League and made it to the Round of 16 in Europa League.
  15. I wonder if the US federation would have been aware of Odunze if he had stayed at Calgary Foothills or another youth side that was not in the US Soccer Development Academy like the Whitecaps. All players have their country of birth registered on their individual USSDA webpage, including players of the three Canadian sides. Or maybe a Whitecaps coach communicated his eligibility to the USSF. We do know they did not become aware of David's eligibility until it was too late and he was already tied at youth level to Canada. Odunze and Akinola went through the USSDA system while David did not
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