Friday, February 22, 2008

SYL players abroad

The USL recently released a list of Super Youth League (SYL) players who will train with West Ham. It looks like the list was pulled together by SYL staff based on the players performance at the 4 day U-13 and U-17 camp held in Cocoa, Florida last month.

Here are the players, 10 field players and 2 goal keepers:

Justin Maheu F Ottawa Fury
Fabian Bastidas M Sunrise SC
Ryan Lehman M Atlanta Fire United
Glenroy Chapman D South Jersey Barons
Giovanni Freitas D Sunrise SC
Aaron Liang D Santa Cruz County Breakers
Alan Narvaez D Juventus Sport Club
Renato Pezzulo D Parsippany SC
Antonio Schneider D Chicago Magic
Sekani Sinclair D Schulz Academy
Cody Cropper GK Bangu Tsunami
Cody Mizell GK Atlanta Silverbacks

Given the presence of so many SYL and PDL players in the MLS SuperDraft, it’s probably worth watching these players over the next several years. It will also be interesting to see how many of these players end up skipping the USL and MLS to play in European leagues when they get older.

I’m a little surprised at the number of defenders on the list, but as the program continues through the coming years I think we’ll see other positions show up as well.

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