Thursday, January 12, 2006

America's youth decide - MLS or Europe

Three US U-20s are making big decisions on their future. US youth international defender Marvell Wynne, who played for UCLA last fall, has decided to enter the MLS SuperDraft instead of talking to the various European suitors. Wynne is expected to be the number one draft pick overall.

Wynne had a good outing in the U-20 World Championship playing as a right-sided defender. In signing up for the MLS he has not only turned down teams from Europe but also an offer to stay one more year at UCLA. It is now up to MLS to complete the development of this promising player.

One of Wynne's college and U-20 teammates, Patrick Ianni, has also decided to turn pro and enter the draft. Ianni might not have the hype of Wynne, but he is a good defensive midfielder. He helped the U-20s keep their sheets clean during all three group matches. I'm guessing he will go late in the first round or early in the second.

But the MLS might not get every US U-20 player as 19-year-old Lee Nguyen has been offered a contract from PSV Eindhoven. The club was impressed by Nguyen during two winter trails and is expected to sign the contract once he passes a medical. The move would take Nguyen to the home of US National DaMarcus Beasley.

Nguyen was named the 2004 Gatorade National High School Boys Soccer Player of the Year when he played for Plano East Senior High (a Dallas suburb). He played one year for Indiana University where he got much recognition.

Nguyen is a great midfielder and forward. With the training he will get at PSV, look for him to start making some noise in the US national circles come 2008.


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