The U17 Men’s National Team is on the back side of its CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, but the USSF Development Academy and other leagues are plenty busy as we produce the April update of the Players To Watch 2012 Boys Top 100 ranking.
The 411: TopDrawerSoccer.com's Players To Watch rankings utilize national rankings out of a 16-region setup. Every Monday we will feature a national top 100 update for one of four rankings (2012 and 2013 Boys and Girls), while Tuesday through Friday we will update one of these regions for each feature.
Players To Watch Regional Rankings and National Top 100 in 12 age groups are based on staff assimilation of data and feedback received from coaches and other observers around the country.
For the uninitiated, our 16 regions are Southern California, Northern California & Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest (AK, WA, OR, ID), Rocky Mountains & Southwest (MT, WY, CC, NM, AZ, NV UT), Texas, Heartland (KS, MO, IA, NE and the Dakotas), Midwest (IL, WI and MN), Great Lakes (OH, MI, IN, KY), South (MS, LA, AK, AL, TN, OK), Florida, South Atlantic (SC, NC, GA), Mid-Atlantic (DE, VA, MD, WV), Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Northeast (MA, CT, RI, VT, NH, ME).
National teamers Marc Pelosi, Andrew Oliver, Alfred Koroma and Alejandro Guido lead the 2012 list, with Arsenal FC player Raul Mendiola finishing the top 5. Players making moves up on the list include Mario Rodriguez, Jalen Robinson, Michael Gamble, Cole Nagy and Felix Debona.
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