EARL EDWARDS. Basketball, not soccer, was Edwards' first love and he started out as a defender, not a goalkeeper. Indeed, he was so dismayed with his play in goal that he almost quit at age 13. But he kept growing and growing -- he's now 6-foot-3 -- and advancing in the strong Nomads program. Now, he's arguably the top goalie prospect to ever come out of residency. It's produced more than a dozen national team players, but so far none has been a goalkeeper.
LUIS GIL. The youngest player in the U.S. lineup is also one of its most stylish players. He had a tremendous tournament in midfield during Concacaf qualifying. The Pateadores midfielder has been linked with English club Arsenal.
NICK PALODICHUK. A relatively late addition to the U-17 program, he scored two first-half goals in the 3-0 win over Honduras in the final CONCACAF U-17 qualifier and has seen his playing time increase in recent months. He could start on the right wing.
WILL PACKWOOD. The 6-foot-2 midfielder moved to Birmingham City from the FC Greater Boston Bolts two years ago and has already played for the reserves. He was brought into the U-17 team late in the process, taking part in a 10-day training camp at Chelsea's Cobham training ground. He's the only player who is not a full-time member of U.S. Soccer's Residency Program in Bradenton.
JACK MCINERNEY. The 5-foot-8 striker from Georgia's Cobb FC leads the U-17s with 16 goals in 26 games. McInerney scored five goals in three games at 2009 Concacaf U-17 qualifying in Tijuana. He had a 12-day tryout at Dutch club Vitesse in the summer.