FourFourTwo's 20 Best CONCACAF U-20 Boy Wonders: 5-1
Drum roll, please. The five best U-20 players in CONCACAF are...
5. Ronaldo Cisneros
Sharing the same name as two of the most prolific goal-scorers in the history of the game, Ronaldo Cisneros has looked more than capable of living up to those lofty standards. A fleet-footed striker that can buzz in behind defenders, Cisneros possesses the unique ability to always find himself in the right place at the right time in front of goal.
Dangerous running into space as well as finishing in the penalty area, Cisneros rarely needs more than one or two chances to find the back of the net, often dazzling with first-time finishes anywhere near the goal. The leading scorer at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship with six goals from five games, finding the back of the net at a high clip has never troubled him for Santos Laguna or Mexico’s youth teams. The problem has been translating that into opportunities in Liga MX, as Cisneros has been limited with first-team minutes since making his debut back in October 2014 for Santos. Once that happens, the goals should start to flow.
- Travis Clark
4. Cameron Carter-Vickers
The search for the next top American center back starts and ends with 19-year-old Carter-Vickers. The England-born defender is yet to be cap-tied with the senior U.S. team, but he spent his entire youth international career in the U.S. system, often playing years ahead of his age.
Carter-Vickers has developed at Tottenham, where coach Mauricio Pochettino went so far as to say the center back could be among the best in the Premier League in the future. No pressure.
With his 6-foot-1 frame, he has the physical tools to be an elite-level defender, and he is a cerebral player who reads the game well. First-team minutes are what he needs most, whether at his longtime club or elsewhere. He has all the makings of a player on the cusp of a senior-level breakout.
- Jeff Kassouf