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The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team kicks off their FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign on Saturday vs. Nigeria, the first of three daunting group-stage matchups in Chile. But the young Yanks can call on Tyler Adams, the New York Red Bulls Academy product who is already turning heads with his quality play and maturity beyond his years. SoccerWire caught up to Adams as he and his teammates prepared for their Chilean challenge.
They’ve won multiple national titles, boast a pair of teams currently undefeated in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play and just won the prestigious Generation Adidas Cup. And yet, for the academy program of the New York Red Bulls, the only thing that really matters is the players they produce for their MLS parent club, coach Simon Nee tells SoccerWire in an exclusive interview.
It's widely seen as one of the biggest problems in North American pro soccer: How can teenage academy products be converted into everyday MLS starters more efficiently? With their prolific youth system, the New York Red Bulls have been particularly vexed by this issue and hope to address it with a new venture in 2015.
In England, the route into pro soccer is very simple, but can be very cruel. The alternate career paths taken by Englishmen turned MLSers Dom Dwyer and Luke Mulholland suggest that North America offers surprising opportunities for players from supposedly superior soccer nations, writes James Kilpatrick.