1999 U-17 squad retains special place in U.S. history

December 4, 2008
By Justin Rodriguez, Special to ESPNsoccernet
The conversations usually come on the fly.

Maybe as they sprint by one another on the pitch during warm-ups. Or if there is an extra few minutes as they walk off the field in the middle of a sea of players after a game. But MLS stars Kyle Beckerman and Landon Donovan still talk about that team, usually smiling and laughing, all these years later.

Back in 1999, U.S. soccer put together the first U-17 national residency squad. It was an experiment, if you will, a European-style ...

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