Name: Thiago Rodrigues da Silva (Mosquito)
Club: Atletico Paranaense
He is a headline writer's dream, but there is proving to be much more to Mosquito than just a quirky name. He was the top-scorer at the 2011 South American Under-15 Championship, but had seen contractual disputes hinder his progression over the following two years. Four goals and some excellent performances at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup, though, and the vultures are flocking around the young striker, with his 18th birthday in January potentially opening the doors to an international transfer. Continue Reading...
Name: Thiago Rodrigues da Silva (Mosquito)
Attention, Jurgen Klinsmann: Timothy Chandler wants back in with the U.S. national team.
In an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, the speedy fullback admitted that he isn't exactly sure why he hasn't received a callup to the Stars and Stripes over the past months, saying "It's been two or three months, that's the last contact that I've had with him."
However, is Chandler worth all of the considerable attention placed his way over the past year?
According to a Champions League scout, yes. Continue Reading...
The Scout's Notebook weekly review of the progress of young stars worldwide returns, with standout performers from both Europe and South America to the fore on this occasion.
Following the World Cup draw on Friday, attention is now beginning to turn towards the potential stars of the tournament next summer, with time for players to make a late claim for places in their country's 23-man squads. Indeed, many who do make late charges for inclusion will have been featured in this column over the past 12 months. Continue Reading...
The Scout's Notebook returns with its weekly look at the top youth performances of the past weekend and, as ever, sees some excellent talents deliver some outstanding performances.
However, among those standout moments were also reminders of certain individuals' inexperience and need to work on aspects of their game. After all, it can often be easy to forget in the heat of the moment just how young some players are -- with many familiar faces still before their 21st birthday. Continue Reading...
This generation's young, up-and-coming American soccer players have it a lot harder than their predecessors.
As the world becomes smaller thanks to the internet and the ever-expanding television coverage of soccer in the United States, fans are able to literally track week-to-week how their favorite United States player is faring in whatever league they are currently in.
It's a far cry from the '90s that saw revered U.S. stars like Brian McBride and Eric Wynalda bounce from club to club until they found the right fit. Continue Reading...
It's international week. Once again, that means attention turns to youth internationals for the young stars of the past week. Often it is a chance for new names to shine. However, on this occasion, it has been some familiar faces who have stepped up over the last few days—names who have previously featured in this column.
So, which players have caught the eye in national colours?
Gerard Deulofeu takes starting opportunity
When Barcelona youngster Deulofeu moved to Everton at the start of the campaign, it was doubtless in the hope of increased top-level playing time under Catalan manager Roberto Martinez. Continue Reading...
Chile secured a second consecutive win at Wembley on Friday night, with Prof. Jorge Sampaoli's side securing a convincing 2-0 win over Roy Hodgson's experimental side. It should be noted, though, that La Roja, also, were without some key individuals.
- Johnson: Three things: England vs. Chile
Since Marcelo Bielsa's pre-World Cup 2010 reign, the South Americans have been a neutral's favourite, with their fantastic teamwork and swashbuckling style truly appealing to the eye. Continue Reading...
Jozy Altidore or Aron Johannsson?
Thanks to an impressive season by Johannsson, who has scored nine goals and two assists in 11 appearances for AZ Alkmaar, it's a question that's growing among fans of the U.S. men's team. While Altidore has been impressive for the Stars and Stripes since June, he remains scoreless in league play for Sunderland and his minutes have dipped under new manager Gus Poyet. Yet that alone won't push out Altidore as the U.S.'s No. 1 striker.
In fact, U. Continue Reading...
It has been a big week in world football, with the finals of the Under-17 World Cup, AFC Champions League and CAF Champions League all taking place over the past seven days. The tournaments would all have been extensively scouted by sides from around the world and, indeed, there have already been several players linked with moves to some of Europe's biggest sides off the back of their performances.
For many involved, the titles of the last week will be the highlight of their respective careers, but there will also be several players for whom it can be considered just the start of what should be a bright future. Continue Reading...
It's rare to see a top European soccer club offer an American teenager a professional contract. And it's even more unthinkable that the said teen would reject such overtures. But that's exactly what happened with Real Salt Lake's wonderkid Luis Gil.
Gil made shockwaves in 2010 when he rejected a contract with Arsenal, one of the few top European sides known to play young players, to join Major League Soccer. For the then 16-year-old, the thinking was simple. He wanted a reasonable chance to see first-team minutes. Continue Reading...
In 2013, Major League Soccer and its fans witnessed the rise of Diego Fagundez.
In his first full season as a professional with the New England Revolution, the 18-year-old exploded on the scene, scoring 13 goals, good for fifth in the league, and adding seven assists. It's not a coincidence that the Revs are returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2009; Fagundez's ability to score and make others better has turned the team into a formidable side.
But just how good is Fagundez? Continue Reading...
Name: Kelechi Iheanacho
Club: Taye Academy
Position: Attacking midfield/second striker
When it comes to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Nigeria are always a major force to be reckoned with. The Super Eaglets have won the tournament on three occasions and since 2000 have reached the final three times, winning once.
Heading into the current competition, therefore, they were rightfully considered among the tournament favourites, having narrowly lost out on clinching the African Championship earlier this year on penalties to Ivory Coast. Continue Reading...