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Top 20 United States Prospects Born in 2007

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MAY 2023


#1 | LB, Christian McFarlane, NYCFC

Other citizenship: England
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 1
McFarlane is a super left-back prospect with a complete game. He has a plus athletic profile, great skill on the ball and is a very good on and off ball defender.

Club Experience

McFarlane continues to battle injuries this year. He has played a little bit for the U17 team, but he is primarily a reserve team player. If he stays healthy and continues to progress, it's possible he earns his first team debut towards the end of the year.

International Experience

McFarlane is one of the most important dual-nationals in the pool. He has played for both England U17s and the United States U16s and U17s. He would have likely made the U.S. Conacaf U17 Championship team if he were fit. This will be a battle worth monitoring.


#2 | RCB, Tyler Meiser, Borussia Dortmund

Other citizenship: Germany
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 1
Meiser is a super advanced center-back prospect with all of the tools: size, mobility, ball control, passing range, defensive instincts and he is a great leader. He is the captain of the U16 German Youth National Team.

Club Experience

Meiser is highly rated at Dortmund. He played primarily with the U17s, but also saw time with the U19s, one of the only 2007s to do so. He also earned an opportunity to play EUFA Youth League, one of the youngest players to appear in that competition.

International Experience

Meiser has low odds of suiting up for the United States as he appears to be very committed to Germany. He is the U16 captain and has appeared for that team nine times.


#3 | AM, Axel Perez, Lyon

Other citizenship: Spain
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: Low 1
I don't have a full scouting report on Axel because I have only see him play a couple of games for the U.S. U17 and I have not seen him play for Lyon this year. I have seen enough to know he is really good. He is a super creative and technical player that can make magic happen in the final third.

Club Experience

Perez has been with Lyon, one of the best Academies in the world, for two years now. He plays primarily with their U16s and the last I heard he was their leading scorer.

International Experience

Perez has been a difficult player to get released for the U.S. He was selected, but not released for the Concacaf Championship. He has appeared three times for the U17s with one excellent goal.


#4 | LB, Peyton Miller, New England Revolution

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: Low 1
Miller is a fantastic young left-back with a good athletic profile, great feet, vision and passing range. He is also a very good one on one defender.

Club Experience

Miller has recently been promoted from the U17 team to the second team and he has been a regular starter so far this season. He has looked great at the young age of 15. He has already recorded his first professional assist. It seems very likely that Miller will receive a first team deal before too long.

International Experience

Miller has appeared twice for the U.S. U16s with a goal and was recently promoted to a U17 camp. He is a strong chance of solidifying a role with that team.


#5 | CF, Caden Glover, St. Louis City

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: High 2
Glover is a big and skilled number nine with good feet, vision, passing ability. He can score in a variety of ways.

Club Experience

Glover has been one of the top goal scorers in MLS Next at the U17 level and he is starting to get minutes in MLS Next Pro. Glover signed a first team deal earlier this year, one of a few players with a first team deal at this age group.

International Experience

Glover appeared four times at the U15 level with one goal and he has been brought into a U16 camp.


#6 | CM, Adyn Torres, Atlanta United

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: High 2
Torres is a true box to box midfielder with great strength, balance and quickness. He controls space well and is a ball progression machine.

Club Experience

Torres recently signed a one year deal with Atlanta's second team and that will turn into a first team deal starting in 2024. Torres has played primarily with the U17s this year.

International Experience

Torres has been invited to U16 camps but has yet to appear in an official game.


#7 | CM/DM, Evrit Fisher, D'Feeters Kicks SC

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: High 2
Fisher is a big and extremely skilled and creative playmaker with great passing and striking technique.

Club Experience

Fisher is one of two players on this list that play for lesser well known academies. DKSC is an ECNL club in North Texas. MLS academies have been salivating at the chance to sign Fisher, but he remains loyal to DKSC and appears to be committed there for the time being or until he can move to Europe.

International Experience

It was encouraging to see U.S. Soccer have a pulse on Fisher and invite him in to their last U16 camp.


#8 | CF/AM, Justin Ellis, Orlando City

Other citizenship: Uruguay
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: High 2
Ellis is a super intelligent attacker with soft feet and an ability to work in very tight spaces.

Club Experience

Ellis moved from Inter Miami to Orlando City in the middle of this season. He is getting first and second team training and has been a consistent starter for the U17 team.

International Experience

Ellis was invited to U15 camps, but has not been selected to a camp in some time — he is long overdue.


#9 | CF, Dino Klapija, Dinamo Zagreb

Other citizenship: Croatia
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 2
Klapija is an undersized striker who really knows how to get into dangerous spots and quickly got off accurate shots.

Club Experience

Klapija was the top scorer for NYCFCs U17 team before moving to Croatia to join the highly acclaimed Dinamo Zagreb Academy in Croatia after turning 16.

International Experience

Klapija has appeared twice for Croatia's U17 team and has been in U16 camps for the United States. This will be another hotly contested dual-national battle.


#10 | WING/AM, Gavin Turner, D.C. United

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: 2
Turner is a very well rounded inverted attacker that knows how to impact the game and create danger.

Club Experience

Turner is well on his was to a first team deal and rumors have been that he is close. Unfortunately he was injured in a USYNT U16 game earlier this year and the injury required surgery. He has been out ever since then. Turner has experience playing for Loudoun United in USL.

International Experience

Turner has been one of the more consistent youth call-ups from this group before the injury. Turner has four appearances and a goal at the U15 level and one appearance at the U16 level, where he was injured.


#11 | CF, Axel Kei, Real Salt Lake

Other citizenship: Ivory Coast
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 2
Kei is a powerful striker with a very soft first touch and an advanced feel for combining with his teammates.

Club Experience

Kei was primarily a second team player last year at just 14 years old. He played in over 1,000 minutes with three goals and an assist. He was on pace to potentially make his first team debut this year, but he has been battling an ankle injury for a while.

International Experience

Kei has yet to be called into a camp for Ivory Coast or United States.


#12 | WING, Zavier Gozo, Real Salt Lake

Other citizenship: Ivory Coast
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 2
Gozo is an athletic, creative and confident winger that plays without fear.

Club Experience

Gozo has been one of the top goal scorers for RSLs U17s this year. He signed a one year professional deal with RSLs MLS Next Pro team and has one appearance so far. RSL has been aggressive in signing academy players to first team deals and Gozo might be the next one up.

International Experience

Gozo has three appearances at the U15 level and three appearances and two goals at the U16 level.


#13 | CM, Kyrome Lumsden, LAFC

Other citizenship: Jamaica
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 2
Lumsden is a tough and quick box to box midfielder with good ball control and an ability to create chances.

Club Experience

Lumsden went from being a start player on LAFCs U15 team last year to more of a rotational player for the U17s. Lumsden is still playing well, but the LAFC U17 team is the deepest in all of MLS Next. He will take a more prominent role next season.

International Experience

Lumsden has four appearances and a goal for the U.S. U15s and has been invited to U16 camps.


#14 | AM, Leo Orejarena, Barca Residency AZ

Other citizenship: Colombia, Poland
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 2
Orejarena is a quick and super skilled number ten with great vision, passing ability and knack for scoring goals.

Club Experience

Orejarena moved from Chicago Fire's Academy this season and has been the standout performer for Barca's U16 team this year. Orejarena has an EU Passport and will be looking for a move to Europe when he turns 16 in November.

International Experience

Orejarena has been invited to a U.S. U16 camp, but has yet to appear in an official game.


#15 | RB, Drew Baiera, NYCFC

Other citizenship: Italy
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 2
Baiera is a well rounded right-back that with good skill on the ball. He combines well on offense and is very reliable and consistent on defense.

Club Experience

Baiera played a little bit with NYCFC 2 last year, but has yet to see an opportunity in MLS Next Pro this year. He has been a top performer for the U17 team. Baiera is probably the next NYCFC Academy player to get a first team deal or he may be looking abroad because he is now 16 and he has an Italian passport.

International Experience

Baiera has been invited to a U.S. U16 camp, but has yet to appear in an official game.


#16 | WING, Adriano Samayoa, Total Futbol Academy

Other citizenship: Guatemala, Costa Rica
Status: Not tied
Prospect Tier: 2
Samayoa is a super fun and strong winger with quick feet, an ability to manipulate the ball and good passing range.

Club Experience

Samayoa is a top performer for Total Futbol Academy in Los Angeles. I believe LAFC owns Samayoa's territorial rights and he could move to the MLS giants this summer before the 2023 - 2024 season.

International Experience

Samayoa has yet to be invited to an International camp, but there are whispers that he may be on U.S. Soccer's radar.


#17 | RB, Jeremiah White, Philadelphia Union

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: Low 2
White is an athletic right-back that gets up and down the flank well. He is very useful in the attack and has improved a lot as a one on one defender.

Club Experience

White moved from New York Red Bull's to Philadelphia Union last summer and has been a rotational starter for Philly's GA Cup Championship winning U17 team. He'll be a key contributor next year.

International Experience

White has been a consistent call-up to U.S. camps and tournaments. He has four appearances for the U15s and three for the U16s


#18 | LB, Leo Christiano, Sporting KC

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: Low 2
Christiano is a smooth and fluid player on the ball with a great offensive skillset. Defensively, he is positionally sound and responsible.

Club Experience

I believe Christiano has been SKC U17s best player. SKC played him at a lot of positions at the U15 level, but he has really settled into the left-back role and it suits his game well. He has one appearance in MLS Next Pro and looks like a potential homegrown signing.

International Experience

Christiano has not been invited to a U.S. camp, but I think that is because he has just settled into the left-back role and that is also a strong position for this age group. With McFarlane and Miller getting looks with the U17s I would hope Christiano may get a U16 look soon.


#19 | CF, Zeke Soto, Houston Dynamo

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: Low 2
Soto is an athletic and balanced striker with equal ability to play on and off the ball.

Club Experience

Soto is a U17 player for Houston and has been the youngest Dynamo player to appear in MLS Next Pro with four appearances and an assist. The Dynamo have not been willing to sign many players to first team deals and Soto will be a tough one because LA Galaxy have his territory rights.

International Experience

Soto has been the most called on 2007 player to the U.S. U17 team. He has 14 appearances and five goals and was part of the runner up Concacaf Championship team.


#20 | CM, Jonny Shore, NYCFC

Other citizenship: None
Status: Not applicable
Prospect Tier: Low 2
Shore is an impact midfielder that knows how to get on the ball. When he does, he shows great skill and he makes very good decisions in the final third.

Club Experience

Shore recently signed a first team deal with NYCFC. He has been a great performer for the U17 team this year and was one of the top players at the GA Cup. He has also earned two MLS Next Pro appearances.

International Experience

Shore has been invited to a couple U.S. U16 camps.

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How I approach scouting, grading and tiering youth prospects.

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