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U.S. soccer: 10 to watch under 21

Updated: January 19, 2012, 9:07 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

Hope is the fuel that keeps many soccer fans coming back. No matter how dire a team's immediate prospects may be, youth players on the horizon can keep the flame of optimism alive.

The future of the U.S. men's national team is far from bleak, but the impulse to look to the future is just as strong, especially as the Americans threaten to join the elite and break into the later stages of tournaments. Would one more special player have provided that extra nudge needed ...

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