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24 minutes ago, ChuckMe92 said:

I searched around and found the forward group for the mostly-'99 US camp that will set the stage for the 2019 US U20s:

Forwards (6): Shaft Brewer (RB Leipzig; Sacramento, Calif.), Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona; Miami, Fla.), Griffin Dorsey (Indiana; Evergreen, Colo.), Emmanuel Perez (NC State; Garner, N.C.), Nebiyou Perry (AIK; New York, NY), Nicholas Taitague (Schalke; Midlothian, Va.)

Four Euro-based players, including an arguably top-5-overall US prospect ('01 Konrad) and a top-10-overall one (Taitague). Perez is one of the very best NCAA players and has drawn interest from Spain and Portugal. But this does not include the '00s and '01s at the U17 World Cup (it's 6 plus the highly-rated Llanez, who is only traveling with the team). Sargent, Weah, Carleton, and even Reyes all looked better than Akinola in the opening World Cup match:

FORWARDS (7): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Houston, Texas), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain, Rosedale, N.Y.)

Combine these two groups, and you've got the initial forward pool for the 2019 US U20s.

Perry switched to Sweden because he wasn't getting enough minutes with the US. But good post overall.

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2 hours ago, harrycoyster said:

Perry switched to Sweden because he wasn't getting enough minutes with the US. But good post overall.

Perry is currently with the US at the camp, the final one for the 2017 U18s before it becomes the 2019 U20s. He has been to a multitude of Sweden camps but isn't with them at the moment. I know his Transfermarkt currently says Sweden but it hasn't been updated. He seems genuinely torn between the two countries: born and raised through early childhood in New York, then moved to Sweden.

He (#21) started their opening match a few days ago, a friendly loss to Belgium.

You aren't wrong, though, that his minutes have been shaky with the US. He (and Akinola) could certainly be overtaken by this guy:

 

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Please with this crap about TFC telling the kid to go play for the US , the US came calling and because he was born there decided to play in a national youth set up he thinks can give him more exporsure because of the fact the US youth teams seem to qualify for on a greater consistent basis to the youth world cups a lot more than Canada,  he is playing in the current U17 World Cup while Canada as usual is staying home. But of course let’s blame TFC instead of the same useless coaches we get over and over again coaching these youth Canadian national teams.

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1 hour ago, jpg75 said:

Akinola subs on to replace Weah in the 63' and opens the scoring in the 75th. Currently 1-0 USA late in the match.

Oh how all his family back "home" in the US must be so proud...

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6 hours ago, jpg75 said:

Akinola subs on to replace Weah in the 63' and opens the scoring in the 75th. Currently 1-0 USA late in the match.

Congrats to him! Game winning goal 

Minute 1:20 ^

Next match VS Colombia on Thursday 

I bet TFC must be pleased, I really do hope he can be promoted to the first team and given an MLS contract when he turns 18 prior to the pre-season 

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Akinola reminds me a bit of Larin. Seems utterly useless in most aspects but is a naturally prolific goal scorer. Of course, he’s much further along than Larin was at same age so I think it’s way too premature to assume he won’t be goood enough for the USMNT.

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7 minutes ago, Floortom said:

Akinola reminds me a bit of Larin. Seems utterly useless in most aspects but is a naturally prolific goal scorer. Of course, he’s much further along than Larin was at same age so I think it’s way too premature to assume he won’t be goood enough for the USMNT.

Best comparison I've heard is Fanando Adi. Their game's are more or less identical, but I think Adi might be a little faster. 

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28 minutes ago, Thomas said:

 

I bet TFC must be pleased, I really do hope he can be promoted to the first team and given an MLS contract when he turns 18 prior to the pre-season 

He can be given a pro contract any time, he's a Canadian citizen, there is nothing holding them back. Problem is Akinola apparently wants to test the waters in Europe.

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Akinola gets an assist in the Round of 16 vs. Paraguay.

I still don't think he'll have a major role with the US in the future, and may well switch to Canada. But he's certainly done enough in this tournament for the US youth teams to want to keep him as a contributor for a little while longer.

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On 10/16/2017 at 11:52 AM, ChuckMe92 said:

Akinola gets an assist in the Round of 16 vs. Paraguay.

I still don't think he'll have a major role with the US in the future, and may well switch to Canada. But he's certainly done enough in this tournament for the US youth teams to want to keep him as a contributor for a little while longer.

Same thoughts, with the sheer amount of talent the Us has at forward for young players too. Also most YNT players won't go on to be full nationals, he'd need to pass 4-5 guys in talent that will be within the same generation.

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It's kind of weird, I've been watching Akinola this tourny thinking of him as a Canadian player, like I watch Canadians playing for their clubs... Its the kind of thing that sets a fan up for heartbreak. Although you can tell he's below Weah for sure, he has been a big part of the US team and not a guy with an outside shot as a lot of people here seem to say he is. Although I do understand he has a lot of slightly older players ahead of him, most notably Pulisic, he seems like a prime candidate to get a Teal Bunbury type Cap for the US at the very least at this point. 

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