Where are they now? 2013 U.S. U-20 World Cup team

The career of Luis Gil, who signed with the Houston Dynamo on Monday, has stalled in Mexico, but he has still played more Division I pro matches than any other player on the 2013 U.S. Under-20 World Cup team.

That team, which lost to Mexico in overtime of the 2013 Concacaf U-20 Championship, showed lots of promise. In terms of players who are currently in the national team picture, the team's success rate isn't bad. Columbus Crew teammates Zack Steffen and Wil Trapp and Newcastle United right back DeAndre Yedlin started in the USA's most recent match, a 1-0 win over Paraguay. Kellyn Acosta is currently injured but started for the USA when it won the 2017 Gold Cup.

But the percentage of players playing regularly at the Division I pro soccer level is low almost five years after the U-20 World Cup in Turkey. Only 11 of the 21 players are signed to a Division I pro team, and only five of them have played a league game in 2018, two only once. That leaves Steffen, Trapp and Yedlin as the only regular DI starters.

Four players are playing in the third division or lower and four are currently without a pro team or are already out of soccer.

2013 U.S. Under-20 World Cup team:
165 (0) Luis Gil (Houston Dynamo/MLS)
134 (7) Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew/MLS)
116 (13) DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG)
104 (0) Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas/MLS)
86 (0) Eric Miller (Colorado Rapids/MLS)
54 (1) Shane O'Neill (Excelsior/NED)
41 (7) Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew/MLS)
41 (0) Mikey Lopez (San Antonio FC/USL)
32 (1) Caleb Stanko (Freiburg/GER)
29 (0) Cody Cropper (New England Revolution/MLS)
25 (0) Jose Villarreal (Orlando City/MLS)
16 (0) Benji Joya (Irapuato/MEX D3)
7 (0) Alonso Hernandez (Atletico Reynosa, Mexico D3)
5 (0) Oscar Sorto (Orange County SC/USL)
4 (0) Danny Garcia (unattached)
4 (0) Victor Pineda (unattached)
0 Kendall McIntosh (Portland Timbers/MLS)
0 Mario Rodriguez (Sonnenhof Grossaspach/GER D3)
0 Javan Torre (FSV Frankfurt/GER D4)
0 Daniel Cuevas (unattached)
0 Juan Pablo Ocegueda (unattached)
*Division I league games played (in parentheses games played in 2018).
Note: Players capped on the senior national team in red.
3 comments about "Where are they now? 2013 U.S. U-20 World Cup team".
  1. R2 Dad, April 24, 2018 at 11 a.m.

    Cordiero was full of ideas, perhaps he can propose 3 options to remedy this situation. Unless his interest ends with MLS financial health, in which case "Steady As She Goes!"

  2. Giorgio Cabanas, April 24, 2018 at 10:23 p.m.

    Great start to an article. But where is the rest of it? What are the implications? Does this mean the 2013 U-20 coaches chose the wrong players? Are clubs to blame for not developing them? A in-depth look into each player that looked she’d new light on their journey and why they are where they are would have perhaps revealed a patter or insight or nothing but would have made for a much more interesting read. #contentisking

  3. James Madison, April 30, 2018 at 10:04 p.m.

    Interesting that with one exception all of the players who have played single digit or fewer professional games have Hispanic names.  Why would make an interesting follow-up article.

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