The wound is still fresh after the United States Under-23 Men’s National Team fell short against Honduras in their win-and-in Olympic qualifier on Sunday, but we’re not here to talk about that right now.
The future remains bright for the U.S. and its core of young men aiming to get on a plane to Qatar next November for the 2022 World Cup. On paper, this may be the most talented group of players the U.S. men’s side has ever seen and in many ways that makes it challenging to figure out who will be left off the trip halfway across the world in under two years’ time.
Manager Gregg Berhalter certainly has his work cut out for himself given the sheer number of top-quality players competing in some of Europe’s biggest leagues. Then, there’s a flock of guys stateside in Major League Soccer aiming to impress the boss at a time where the majority of the attention is on the stars across the Atlantic.
We’ll start off with a few honorable mentions because let’s face it there are too many strong players in this pool and it simply feels wrong to leave some of this names out of this article.