What’s next for the U.S. Under-17 MNT World Cup squad?
Chris Durkin, D.C. United
It remains a bit puzzling that Durkin made no MLS appearances in the 2017 season.
One of the top performers at the World Cup for the United States, Durkin faces an uphill battle for playing time in 2018 after D.C. United brought in Russell Canouse during its midseason makeover. Considering the level Durkin showed in India, don’t be shocked to see him transferred to a club abroad during the January window, as he’ll turn 18 on February 8.
Andrew Carleton, Atlanta United
Carleton’s chances of seeing minutes in MLS next season depend on Atlanta’s offseason moves. Yamil Asad spent the 2017 season on loan from Velez Sarsfield, and Miguel Almiron is already linked with a potential move to Europe.
Even if neither return for 2018, playing time isn’t going to be handed to Carleton. Expect to see him earn some minutes in MLS while also spending time with the team’s USL affiliate, Charleston Battery (provided Atlanta doesn’t launch its own reserve team).
James Sands, New York City FC
With New York City FC’s playoff run ending, Sands now has an entire offseason ahead to prepare for what could be a huge year for him.
Opportunity should knock in 2018, as the retirement of Andrea Pirlo and the likely departure of Yangel Herrera leaves a void in the team’s midfield.
Though other moves are likely, Sands is someone the club highly values. Hitting the 1,000-minute mark next year isn’t out of the question, depending on how the offseason goes.
Timothy Weah, Paris St. Germain
Thanks to a hat trick against Paraguay, Weah’s performance at the World Cup left an impression around the globe. Some of that derives from his last name, but Weah now returns to Paris Saint-Germain and a tricky way forward.
At just 17, he’s not about to waltz into the starting lineup with Neymar, Edison Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. UEFA Youth Champions League fixtures do provide opportunities for Weah to play in front of a big audience, but for now, if he can find his way onto the PSG bench by season’s end, that would be a positive outcome.
Perhaps, if PSG strolls through Ligue 1 and clinches the title early, he can make his full pro debut next spring.
Chris Goslin, Atlanta United
It wasn’t until the England game where Goslin’s importance to the U.S. U-17 men’s national team became clear.
The central midfielder still looks a long way from being able to contribute to an MLS team, and his range of passing might be questioned as a fit for Atlanta under Tata Martino. A season-long loan to either Charleston or Atlanta’s potential USL team is where 2018 will take him.