[BY THE NUMBERS]
The U.S. national team training in Sao Paulo -- all but one of them based on MLS clubs -- is reflective of the current cream of the crop of U.S.
talent. Of the 26 players in camp, 18 played in college, and they played an average of a shade more than two years of college ball. They give hope to all players not taken right away in Thursday's
SuperDraft as eight of the 15 national team players who went to college and went through the draft were picked in the second round or lower.
and Tally Hall
weren't taken until the fourth round of the SuperDraft, and Chris Wondolowski
picked out of Division II Chico State until the fourth round of the ... Supplemental Draft. Eric Alexander
and Nick Rimando
went in the third round, while Seth Sinovic
, Brad Evans
and Graham Zusi
were second-rounders. Trivia Time:
Name the only one of the 26 national team players to go with the No. 1 pick in the
SuperDraft? Route to MLS: PLAYERS 14
Collegian homegrown signing. 2
*Collegians who played initially in Europe. 1
Collegian who played initially in NASL. 8
Didn't play in college.
was drafted by the LA Galaxy in 2007 but signed with Esbjerg in Denmark. Collegians in SuperDraft: ROUND 1st:
7 players. 2nd:
3 players. 3rd:
2 players. 8th:
was taken in the fourth round of the 2005 Supplemental Draft, which followed four rounds of the SuperDraft. College Experience: YEARS 0:
*8 players. 1:
1 player. 2:
6 players. 3:
3 players. 4:
8 players. *Mix Diskerud
, the lone national team player not in MLS, was born and raised in Norway. Non-Collegians: 2:
Began careers in Europe. 2:
Signed MLS homegrown contract. 2:
via MLS SuperDraft 1:
Signed via MLS Weighted Lottery. 1:
*Signed directly with MLS club.
was signed by the Miami Fusion in 2000 without going through any of the signing mechanisms as we know them now. Trivia Answer: Chance Myers
by Kansas City in 2008.