Since the inception of the league in 2011, the USL has evolved into not only a highly competitive league on the field, but also the major incubator of young talent in the United States and Canada.
Now, for the first time, we’re going to introduce you to the players who could be making headlines not only on the club level, but potentially internationally in years to come, with the first edition of the USL 20 Under 20.
With input from coaches across the USL, and insight from the staff at TopDrawerSoccer.com – the authoritative source on young professionals, college players and Academy prospects in the United States – USLSoccer.com will unveil the players considered within league circles as the ones to watch both now, and in the years ahead.
With more than 140 players eligible for selection – using the FIFA U20 World Cup age cutoff of January 1, 1996 – a wide net has been cast by USL teams to find the next top prospect from within the academy system, and from overseas.
Wednesday, July 27: No. 16 through No. 20 | No. 17 - Ryo Fujii, LA Galaxy II
Thursday, July 28: No. 11 through No.15 | No. 11 - Coy Craft, OKC Energy FC
Friday, July 29: No. 6 through No. 10 | No. 8 - Alphonso Davies, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
Monday, Aug. 1: No. 5 - Tyler Adams, New York Red Bulls II | Started From the Bottom, Adams Nears the Top
Tuesday, Aug. 2: No. 4 - Tyler Turner, Orlando City B | Turner Hitting Stride as Key Figure with OCB
Wednesday, Aug. 3: No. 3 - Derrick Etienne Jr., New York Red Bulls II | Etienne Taking Game to Next Level
Thursday, Aug. 4: No. 2 - Kevin Oliveira, Swope Park Rangers | Oliveira Makes Big Impression for Rangers
Friday, Aug. 5: No. 1 - Victor Mansaray, Seattle Sounders FC 2 | Mansaray Making his Move in Second Season with S2