The U.S. and Canadian U17 men’s national teams are loaded down with Development Academy stars at this month’s U17 CONCACAF Championship in Panama, which starts on April 21.
In fact, 18 of the 20 U.S. players at this event came up through Development Academy clubs (three are current pros), while 16 of the 20 Canadians in Panama are with MLS academies, even though we acknowledge that 11 of those play for Toronto FC, which doesn’t participate in the DA. But in any case, MLS and DA-linked teams are heavily repped among Canadian and U.S. clubs, more so than ever at the U17 tourney.
But what about the rest of CONCACAF?
There are nine players from the other 10 nations at the U17 CONCACAF Championship currently playing their soccer in the U.S. Five of those are currently ensconced at Development Academy clubs, while four, all Jamaicans, are playing at American high schools. Here’s a run-down of each of those nine players and how they might fare this month in Panama.