The 2021 U-20 Qualifying Thread

Discussion in 'Youth National Teams' started by Peretz48, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. Runhard

    Runhard Member

    Barcelona
    United States
    Jul 5, 2018

    I am not sure either that is why I was questioning it. I do know they are forming MLS DA league teams right now so figured they would play in the fall. Perhaps they will play showcases and friendlies all fall and start the league in the spring but don't really know. If the top level youth talent in the country doesn't have a league to play in this fall, those clubs and teams will have a lot of logistics to figure out for games on their own.

    I know FCD typically takes teams to Mexico in late July and early August and figure that won't happen this year.

    Here's hoping whatever they do Covid is not a factor.
     
  2. Arantes

    Arantes Member

    Fluminense
    Brazil
    Dec 4, 2018
    Inexorably, MLS and non-MLS clubs have to prepare for a fall season; that's all they can do. For example, FC Dallas held academy tryouts yesterday with a bunch of Solar academy players. Their academy practices officially start on Monday. Solar started theirs earlier with some FCD academy players. It is the season.

    Yes. It would suck not having a fall season and more so if you pay to play -Solar- and maybe that's why some are trying out with FC Dallas. Financial risk management.
     
  3. Runhard

    Runhard Member

    Barcelona
    United States
    Jul 5, 2018
    Who knows. I find it hard to believe anyone will pay to be on a team that has no games in the fall or no league.

    FCD was late to get going on the DA front as Solar had been doing it for a while now. Surprising as FCD club teams have been practicing for a few weeks. Their is not much love between the Solar and FCD folks I know ( had a kid at both DA programs at one point) but switching club does happen on occasion.
     
  4. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Covid-19 will be a factor for every athlete doing anything...............for the foreseeable future.

    As we know, FCD had a first team player contract the virus. Once that happened, there had to be some really careful actions taken around the whole community.
     
  5. Runhard

    Runhard Member

    Barcelona
    United States
    Jul 5, 2018
    I am an eternal optimist. If the numbers continue to spike as they are, we won't be having any USYNT soccer to talk about for a long time. I like the ideas they have in place but you can't protect people in a close contact sport if the spread is common and among the league.
     
  6. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    It could be worse. You could be the Fort Worth Vaqueros and have to announce that your new jersey sponsor is the Fort Worth Police Association. Just to add an additional headache you don't need at the moment.
     
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  7. autobus39

    autobus39 Member+

    Jun 28, 2006
    Scranton, PA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
     
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  8. butters59

    butters59 Member+

    Feb 22, 2013
    Format? What format? Copy MLS. The highest two ELO points teams go straight to WC.
    Winner of 5:8 plays #4, winner of 6:7 plays #3, and then winners play for the third ticket.
    What's not to like here?
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    And now that Hawkins has his first-team debut, that's one more confirmed pro contract in the pool.
     
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  10. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
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  11. butters59

    butters59 Member+

    Feb 22, 2013
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  12. David Kerr

    David Kerr Member

    Liverpool
    United States
    Oct 18, 2019
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  13. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    I still wonder what his best position actually is...................................

    I also wonder if he's going to be a part of the U20s. Or with the added year delay, if he's clearly part of the U23s instead. I think an easy case can be made if we can't get the release of a couple of our Euro players to the U23s. He's not that far down the depth chart there.
     
  14. gogorath

    gogorath Member+

    None
    United States
    May 12, 2019
    There was an article the other day that posited that he's a RCB in a back three, ideally. Given his lack of height but also lack of fullback offensive skills, that may be the place where his upside is greatest.
     
  15. David Kerr

    David Kerr Member

    Liverpool
    United States
    Oct 18, 2019
    His best position is RCB but unfortunately when you are only 5'9 your chances of being a top level CB are pretty slim (not everyone is a magical talent like Javier Mascerano who can manage to not be a liability as a tiny CB). A RCB in a back 3 would be ideal. Julian is fine as a RB but if you want your RB to be more attacking then he may not be your guy. Julian can still pass out of the back well and is a great defender so he still will become a very good RB.
     
  16. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 Member+

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    He's 5'10, very strong and a very good leaper for size. I don't see which talent we've produced at CB that has more natural talent than him. If any American can make it as an undersized CB, I don't see why he couldn't.
     
  17. David Kerr

    David Kerr Member

    Liverpool
    United States
    Oct 18, 2019
    I think for the ynt’s he could do it. I don’t think he’ll be successful as a CB at any levels higher than the MLS. I do think he has a chance as a RB at higher levels
     
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  18. dougtee

    dougtee Member+

    Feb 7, 2007
    its also not unheard of for young men that age to grow another few inches...
     
  19. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 Member+

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    There’s every possibility that he doesn’t make it at CB (or any position), but I’d much rather see if he can make it as a CB than count the guy out beforehand and settle for another Reggie Cannon level RB. That’s not an insult to Cannon. I think we need to put players where they have the most potential.
     
  20. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    People say you can't be 5'10" and be a centerback...........................and then everybody should be able to name a whole host of 5'10" centerbacks. Araujo is 5"10"............not 5'4".

    You know a CB I really admired? Ivan Cordoba.
    Give me a team of 11 Ivan Cordoba's and I'd crush people.

    I'm fine if the Galaxy want to give Araujo a chance at CB. I don't know if they will, but let's not place him elsewhere just because of his height.
     
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  21. butters59

    butters59 Member+

    Feb 22, 2013
    Not something you should bet your career on.
     
  22. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    The original CONCACAF qualifying tournament was supposed to be happening right about now (the funk soul brother) in Honduras. What might've been...
     
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  23. deejay

    deejay Member+

    Feb 14, 2000
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    Club:
    Jorge Wilstermann
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    Puyol, Canavaro, Koeman, Passarella. Some of the greatest CBs of all time and they were under 6'.
     
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  24. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 Member+

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Do we have any idea when qualifying is going to be?
     
  25. Pegasus

    Pegasus Member+

    Apr 20, 1999
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I see you keep asking this and I’m right there with you. Are they waiting to see if any more closures happen before deciding? If not start giving out dates so there’s some indication that life will return to at least somewhat normal.
     
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