I've been recreating my tragically (to me, anyway) U-20 callup lists and decided it was time to actually post some output. As I find things I think are interesting, I'll post them in this thread from time to time. As a first stab, here are some thoughts on the 87/88 group from the 2007 WYC. I'm starting there for two reasons: First, because at this point, based on age, any player from this group who is going to play professional soccer will likely have done so by now; and second, because my data for the 2005 cycle is incomplete. (I'm seeking callup lists for that cycle if you have them.) One asterisk: I haven't been able to find the full 26-player callup list for the December 2005 Florida camp. If anybody has it, please share. (I believe I'm missing three guys.) General data: 14 opportunities to be called up (including the WYC and qualifiers) 78 total players, 11 of them GKs 37 callups for 87s; 26 for 88s another 15 players played "up" -- 11 89s, 3 90s and a 91 (MacMath) 6 players were called in during the 2005 cycle (Adu, Bradley, S Sandbo, Sturgis, Szetela, J Valentin; all of them made the WYC roster) Other observations: I count 62 professionals at all levels; if anybody knows whether the other guys (K Banghart, T Banks, C Brown, B Bumpas, N Cardenas, B Dworsky, G Folk, R Hidalgo, D Kelly, W Koss, D Lopez, M Rein, Sandbo, N Skverer, M Tutich or M Van Den Beld ever signed a pro contract, please let me know) It looks like 27 guys were pros during the cycle 9 capped players (Adu, Altidore, Besler, Bradley, Gonzalez, Lichaj, Rogers, Shea, Wallace) 5 guys who have played in qualifiers (Adu, Altidore, Besler, Bradley, Gonzalez) 2 guys who have played in a World Cup (Altidore, Bradley; obviously that number could change next summer) 1 Neven Subotic 1 guy from the 87/88 class who played in a World Cup despite no involvement during this cycle (Jose Francisco Torres) A lot of these numbers will be more interesting once I can accurately compare them with other groups. A few names stand out for various reasons. Matt Besler was called in just once; he might end up the best defender of the group unless Gonzalez has something to say about it. Another guy who turned up just once but ended up pretty good: GK Joe Willis. (The "star" GK of this group was Seitz.) Nik Besagno! Miguel Gonzalez! Danny Kelly! Bryan Arguez! Jonathan Villanueva! If people have questions about U20 callup data, and I can answer them, I will do so. Tangent: Detailed pre-2005 data is pretty hard to find, but as I was poking around I came across the 1989 team (for 69/70 birth years) which finished fourth in the WYC. They didn't have a brutal draw, but it was still an impressive accomplishment: Kasey Keller was the star, but the most accomplished field player on that team was Mike Burns.