Ok, now that the U.S. Men's National Team was obliterated in the Copa America, I won't make excuses as to why they stink because they do but I do wish they would have had their "A" squad there to see how they would have stacked up.
Anyway, the men's U-20 World Cup is going on right now in Canada. It is getting a lot of attention because it is a good precursor to World Cup 2010 since these players will be in their prime.
The U.S. has played two matches so far...a 1-1 tie with South Korea, and the other day, they squashed Poland 6-1 (Freddy Adu scored a hat trick) and the world is taking notice. Granted, it's Poland but beating anyone at this level 6-1 tells you this team is good (Poland by the way beat Brazil this year who has won the last 4 U-20 World Cups).
The U.S. is playing Brazil this evening 6:30 pm Eastern Time and they have finally decided to televise it on ESPN. Should be a good game and even some European Soccer Afficionados who stick their nose up to U.S. Soccer are saying that the U.S. might have a shot at winning the entire thing which would make the world shudder and finally give the U.S. some credit for the great strides we have made over the past decade in the quality of players coming up from youth organizations.