Texans may play a big part in U.S. Men's National Team future
The appetite for soccer in the U.S. has never been greater. The U.S. Men's National Team has captured the heart of this nation these past two weeks. The World Cup is over for the U.S. team, so now what? For the next four years until World Cup 2018, fans will track future U.S. National teamers as they develop and grow. The 2018 team could be one of the youngest team in U.S. history. A new generation of players will need to replace some stalwarts of U.S. Soccer. As the U.S. program moves forward, players with Texas ties may play an integral part in the U.S. Men's National Team's future.
Kellyn Acosta RB - The young FC Dallas right-back has always been ahead of the curve in his development. Before his injury, the 18 year-old Kellyn was on his way in solidifying his starting XI role with the team. A true soccer prodigy on the fast track.
Omar Gonzalez CB - With his strong performance in this year's World Cup, the 25 year old center-back may be called upon to anchor the U.S. backline for years to come.
Chris Klute LB - After a breakout season for the Colorado Rapids in 2013, Chris received his first National Team call-up this past January. With the likely end to Demarcus Beasley national team career, the left-back position is an open competition.
Emerson Hyndman MF - The former FC Dallas Academy player, will be starting his 3rd season in the academy of English side, Fulham FC. Emerson has been one of the youngest memeber on the U18 & U21 team. A technically gifted player, Academy Director Huw Jennings said Hyndman has one of the highest pass completion rates in the Academy. Be on the lookout for him during Fulham's pre-seaon run up. Emerson may be near some 1st team minutes.
Jose Francisco Torres MF - The 26 year old midfielder may serve a vital role on the U.S. team, a true #10. An attacking midfielder that has the flair and imagination to unlock a defense. "Gringo" Torres was on a good run of form before his injury with Tigres.
Greg Garza LB - The former Dallas Texans has made steady progress in his career. With the departure of Edgar Castillo at Club Tijuana, Greg will have a chance to nail down the left-back starting role.
Lee Nguyen CM - The 27 year-old Plano product, Lee Nguyen has found a home with the MLS Club, New England Revolution. His play has earned him player of the month accolades. Lee is on track to having one of his best seasons which may get him back on the National Team radar.
Brek Shea LM - A critical year for Brek this season. The 24 year old is coming to his prime years and is in desperate need of a stable playing enviorement and time. A personal favorite of Jurgen Klinnsman, Brek will get a second chance with the National Team with consistent minutes in his club career.
Dillon Powers DM - The 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year is showing no signs of a sophmore slump. With the most likely end to Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman's national team careers, the midfield positions are wide open for 2018.