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  1. Akinola started for the USA U20s in their final pre-World Cup camp as they had a very impressive 2-2 draw against France U20. France tends to only play up potential superstars in age groups since their pool is so deep, thus their U20 team consists of many very good professional players, such as Dan-Axel Zagadou, who starts for Borussia Dortmund, and Jean-Clair Todibo, who recently earned a transfer to Barcelona. I believe that's their central defense pair. And France U20's fullbacks "only" start in Ligue 1 and the Eredivisie. That's the caliber of defenders Akinola was facing in the match. Akinola also showed very well in TFC's last match and was named to the bench for the MLS Team of the Week for Week 3. Clearly a prospect worth pursuing. Except for Tomori, I'm not sure if there's another more important prospect currently representing another country's youth team.
  2. That's some amazing depth for sure. The young central depth of certain European nations is astounding, especially France, England, and the Netherlands. Absolutely staggering for France when players like Laporte and Lenglet aren't even getting called up. Just have to qualify for 2022, which is entirely possible, then go all-in on recruiting for Tomori assuming he isn't cap-tied at senior level and his England youth eligibility has expired.
  3. I agree we cannot rule out that Gutierrez is eventually good enough for Chile. At least he'll wait a while longer. Chile do not seem what they used to be, and Gutierrez is still fairly young and plays a position that most nations are not deep in. Within the last six months Chile has called up two players from MLS (!) and one player from English League Two. They call up a lot of players from their own domestic league and from Liga MX, which are both likely better than MLS but not a whole lot better. Their youth national teams currently call up a few US-and-raised US Development Academy players, including one who was cut from a US youth team. They do not seem to be on the level of the top South American teams. If Gutierrez has just one good season in Chile, with his age and the position he plays, he might warrant a Chile national team callup.
  4. Akinola was named yesterday to the USA U20 squad for the final camp before the U20 World Cup. Tomori was named yesterday to the England U21 squad for the last or second-to-last camp before the U21 Euros. I think Akinola is more gettable. He lives and plays in Canada. Both will try to push their limits with their current national teams, but I believe Tomori is a top talent who is good enough to eventually be part of England's senior pool and earn a cap-tie in UEFA Nations League or WC qualifying. Not saying Tomori is good enough to start for England for the next decade but I do think he has the quality to be part of their pool for a while. He's just that good. It also helps his case that he can fill in at right back as well as centrally, so he makes a lot of sense at least as a bench option for England.
  5. For however little it's worth, 2005-born attacker Mataeo Bunbury of Minnesota United was just called up to the United States U14s. He's apparently the son of Alex and either the brother or half-brother of Teal. 2004-born Toronto FC goalkeeper Adisa De Rosario, son of Dwayne, is listed on the Development Academy site with US nationality. You'd assume he was born in California when Dwayne was playing there, then eventually raised in North York (listed as his hometown). 2004-born Montreal Impact attacker Medgy Alexandre is listed on the Development Academy site with US nationality, apparently born in the US and raised in Montreal. Unclear if he has Canadian citizenship, but he probably does. He was just named the Impact U15 player of the month. He and De Rosario might be ones to watch if the US federation attempts to pull another "Akinola" in the near future. US-born Jonathan David is more than good enough for the USMNT right now so the US might be happy to call in some US-eligible talents from Canada.
  6. Another Chituru Odunze-like prospect has popped up. 17-year-old forward Brandon Cambridge who has appeared for the Whitecaps first team this preseason. He's attended multiple Canada youth ID camps in the past, but was born in New York, and there's little doubt the USSF is aware of him. Unclear whether he has Canadian citizenship.
  7. You're absolutely correct Odunze would never be able to represent Canada if he played a US competitive youth match before getting Canadian citizenship. The USMNT has suffered the same fate with Diego Fagundez and Jack Harrison. Two young, promising players who spent their formative years in the US, but played competitive youth matches for Uruguay and England before obtaining US citizenship. They'll fail to make the Uruguay and England senior teams, but can never switch to the USMNT despite having US citizenship. Odunze almost certainly will play for the US in the tournament, so he must have his Canadian citizenship by mid-April. Though if he's going on trial with a Premier League club, he has to think he has a good shot of eventually making it with the US national team.
  8. Apparently Odunze has obtained Canadian citizenship, according to the Whitecaps website. Also, he is going on trial with Leicester City. https://www.whitecapsfc.com/youth/post/2019/01/19/goalkeeper-chituru-odunze-set-trial-english-club-leicester-city-fc
  9. I believe he has one Nigerian and one American parent. I also believe Odunze will only play for Canada if he isn't good enough for the USA. The problem is he needs to have Canadian citizenship by the time of the US provisional cap-tie in late April or so. If Odunze becomes a Canadian citizen after representing the US in the CONCACAF U17s, it will be too late. I know the US Federation was hoping for the same thing with Jack Harrison who had lived in the USA for almost eight years. However, he was called up from MLS to England under-21s, England's only player not living in Europe, and played in Euro qualifying before he obtained US citizenship. Thus, he can never represent the USMNT in the future even after he fails to break into England.
  10. The massive 6-foot-7 (and growing) England-born, Canada-developed goalkeeper has again accepted the USA U17 callup with CONCACAF U17 World Cup qualifiers looming. He has lived in Canada since 2012. The US rates Odunze pretty highly, otherwise they wouldn't be consistently flying him out from Vancouver all the way to their camps in Florida. The word is he has been "working" on his Canadian citizenship. To represent Canada, he needs to have it before he likely gets provisionally cap-tied by the US in the CONCACAF U17s in April.
  11. Watching the match by Odunze, he has some work to do on positioning and decision-making, but he seems to have secure hands and is completely aerially dominant -- no wonder, with that height and wingspan. Turkey didn't score and had little chance on set pieces. Obviously not Courtois, but his size/physique has the resemblance. Courtois is listed as 6-6 212 lb, Odunze is listed as 6-7 213 lb and could grow more. Like Akinola, he's a Canadian product, but who US Soccer scouts stumbled upon and recruited. Perhaps the #2 Canada-eligible youth keeper behind Busti.
  12. Here is today's full match of USA U17 against Turkey U17, with Vancouver Whitecaps GK Chituru Odunze (green shirt) in goal for the US, for those interested in watching his play. Born in England and spent brief time in some academies (including Chelsea, Cardiff, West Ham), moved to Calgary around age 11-12 and was further raised/developed there, but also has a US passport and was identified by US scouts about a year ago, and seems regarded well by the US. Born in October 2002, so he just turned 16 but is already 6-foot-7. It's not entirely clear if Odunze has Canadian citizenship. If so, then a good chance Canada can get him by the 2026 WC or sooner -- he will be just age 23 or so and likely uncapped by the US at senior level yet, with other European-based US keepers (Zack Steffen, Ethan Horvath, Jonathan Klinsmann) in their prime. If he does not have Canadian citizenship yet, he needs to have it by the time the US provisionally cap-ties him at the CONCACAF U17 Championship next year, in order to be eligible to switch to Canada later. It should be noted that his Instagram bio has a Canada emoji and he lists his hometown as Calgary, so he may have it.
  13. https://www.instagram.com/chituru.odunze/ Found Chituru Odunze's Instagram and it has a Canadian flag emoji along with US and Nigeria, so it's possible he has acquired his Canadian citizenship. He also lists his current location as Vancouver and his hometown as Calgary. It's rather likely he will be provisionally cap-tied by the US U17s at next year's CONCACAF U17 Championship, so he must have Canadian citizenship by that time in order to play for Canada later. He is already 6-foot-7 at age 16 and looks very promising. If Odunze were in the Canadian setup, I would guess he could be ranked as high as the #2 teenage keeper prospect behind Busti.
  14. For Odunze's previous callup, the USA U17s played a tournament in England against Brazil, England, and Russia. Odunze got the start against Russia and played well, according to the Twitter account of the club hosting the match. I think Odunze is very much one to watch for Canada. He obviously has the physical tools, and the US U17 #1 Damian Las is very highly regarded in the US system otherwise Odunze could have been the #1 in a normal cycle. Also, even though their field players have looked poor recently, the US senior team has three keepers age 23 or younger who look truly promising in Zack Steffen (seven saves against France, now transferring to Man City and reportedly loan to Girona), Ethan Horvath (seven saves against Italy, starts for Club Brugge and recently shut out Monaco in Champions League), and Jonathan Klinsmann (made his Europa League debut for Hertha Berlin), so Odunze has to be keeping that in mind. The US senior team seems to have a lot of question marks at the moment but promising keeper talent is not one of them. I believe he has to get Canadian citizenship fairly soon, though, if he doesn't yet have it. I assume he will be the US backup keeper at the CONCACAF U17 Championship early next year. If he plays even one match, say after the US wins their group in the group stage, then he will be ineligible for Canada if he doesn't yet have citizenship. He has to have Canadian citizenship at the time of the provisional cap-tie.
  15. He scored twice for the US against Puerto Rico today, and nearly had two more. The funniest thing about this match is two US-born brothers of PR descent started against each other, both from FC Dallas. Brandon Servania for the US and Jaden Servania for PR.
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