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Underdog Olympic Qualifying Roster



Will the Olympics happen? Time will tell, but before that we need to qualify. If the guys actually get to play the Olympic qualifiers they will be happening soon.


US vs Costa Rica, March 20

US vs Dominican Republic, March 23

US vs Mexico, March 26

The top two team of this group will meet in a semi-final of the top two teams from the group containing: Canada, El Salvador, Haiti and Hondurus

Winners of each will meet in a final April 1, but both finalists will have qualified for the Olympics.

US’ Olympics Qualifying Squad

David Ochoa USMNT USYNT goalkeeper RSL Real Salt Lake Olympics

David Ochoa (Salt Lake)
Matt Freese (Philadelphia)
JT Marcinkowski (San Jose)

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Dallas, MLS

Reggie Cannon (Dallas)
Chris Gloster (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia)
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Vienna)
Justen Glad (Salt Lake)
Aaron Herrera (Salt Lake)

Richie Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Paxton Pomykal (Dallas)
Jackson Yueill (San Jose)
Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia)
Hassani Dotson (Minnesota)
Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago)

Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg, Germany)
Sebastian Saucedo (Pumas, Mexico)
Jesús Ferreira (Dallas)
Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland)
Jonathan Lewis (Colorado)

How many of the above will be at the Olympics? Time will tell and this will be a great opportunity for them to make a name.

Underdog SP Olympic Qualifying Squad Roster

Knocking it Around

Underdog soccer podcast draft 2021



Underdog Soccer Podcast had a Draft between Matty Knips (@UnderdogSP), Marcus O’Malley (@chasingacup), Justin Moran (@kickswish), Vince Maduri (@usmnt_thoughts) and Chris Kerr (@kerrc17) selecting USMNT players.

We did a snake draft 1-2-3, 3-2-1. The person who picked last in the former round is first in the following round. The assumption is all players are healthy at the time of the draft.

Justin won first pick overall, followed by Matty, Vince, Chris & Marcus on the turn. The full draft is at the bottom of the page by round.

Below are our final XI:

Justin Moran:

Matt Knips:

Vince Maduri:

Chris Kerr:

Marcus O’Malley:

The Complete Draft:

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Top 5 Underdog Soccer podcast 5th Edition



2022 USMNT Depth Chart and Underdog Soccer Podcast

Matty Knips of Underdog Soccer Podcast and Marcus O’Malley from deliver the 5th edition of the top 5 rankings. Chris Kerr, who wasn’t able to join for this edition, did give his rankings. The aggregate ranking from the three USMNT fans is located here:

Matty (@underdogsp), Chris Kerr (@kerrc17) & Marcus O’Malley (@chasingacup) put their heads together and rank the USMNT by position.

Give it a listen, like and rate Underdog Soccer Podcast:


Here’s our starting XI:

2022 USMNT Depth Chart and Underdog Soccer Podcast


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Top 50 U20 Players Spring 2021 Edition



David Kerr’s Top 50 Spring 2021 edition of the best U20 players is here. This was an extremely challenging year for YNT players due to covid disrupting seasons and transfers around the world.

Many YNT players in Europe only played 3-4 games in the youth ranks, while MLS was impacted with both the tournament and modified season that impacted many young players opportunities to break in and/or transfer due to the window and global financial disruption.

David Kerr (@dkerr0118) & Matty Knips (@underdogsp) joined Marcus O’Malley (@chasingacup) to discuss his list.

You can find the Podcast on Underdog Soccer Podcast on Apple or Soundcloud or view below on Knocking it Around on Youtube:

The Top 50 u20 Eligible Prospects (Spring 2021 Update)

  1. Gio Reyna – Winger, Borussia Dortumund, 2002
  2. Yunus Musah – Winger, Valencia, 2002
  3. Folarin Balogun – Striker, Arsenal, 2001
  4. Malick Sanogo – Stiker, Union Berlin, 2004
  5. Caden Clark – Attacking Mid, New York Red Bulls, 2003
  6. Bryan Okoh – Center Back, Red Bull Salzburg, 2003
  7. Alex Mighten – Winger, Nottingham Forrest, 2003
  8. Malik Tilmann – Center Mid, Bayern, 2002
  9. Moses Nyeman – Center Mid, DC United, 2003
  10. Jonathan Gomez – Left Back, Louisville City FC, 2003
  11. Ricardo Pepi – Striker, FC Dallas, 2003
  12. Gianluca Busio – Defensive Mid, Sporting Kansas City, 2002
  13. Hassan Ayari – Attacking Mid, Sheffield United, 2002
  14. Konrad De La Fuente – Winger, FC Barcelona, 2001
  15. Bryan Reynolds – Right Back, Roma, 2001
  16. Uly Llanez – Winger, Wolfsburg, 2001
  17. Tanner Tessmann – Center Mid, FC Dallas, 2001
  18. Justin Che – Center Back, Bayern, 2003
  19. Aidan Morris, Center Mid, Columbus Crew, 2001
  20. Julian Araujo – Right Back, LA Galaxy, 2001
  21. Reed Baker-Whiting – Defensive Mid, Seattle Sounders, 2005
  22. Owen Otasowie – Center Back, Wolverhampton, 2001
  23. Bryang Kayo – Center Mid, Wolfsburg, 2002
  24. George Bello – Left Back, Atlanta United, 2002
  25. Paxten Aaronson – Attacking Mid, Philadelphia Union, 2003
  26. Brooklyn Raines – Center Mid, Barca AZ, 2005
  27. Felipe Valencia – Winger, Inter Miami, 2005
  28. Cade Cowell – Winger, San Jose Earthquakes, 2003
  29. Efrain Alvarez – Attacking Midfielder, LA Galaxy, 2002
  30. Diego Lopez – Center Mid, Philadelphia Union, 2005
  31. Taylor Booth – Defensive Mid, Bayern Munich, 2001
  32. Zach Booth – Center Mid, Leicester City, 2004
  33. Evan Rotundo – Attacking Mid, Schalke 04, 2004
  34. Kobe Hernandez-Foster – Left Back, Wolfsburg, 2001
  35. Brandan Craig – Center Back, Philadelphia Union, 2004
  36. Mauricio Cuevas – Right Back, LA Galaxy, 2003
  37. Matt Hoppe – Striker, Schalke 04, 2001
  38. Nati Clarke – Center Back, Sporting Kansas City, 2005
  39. Cole Bassett – Center Mid, Colorado Rapids, 2001
  40. Santiago Munoz – Striker, Santos Lugano, 2002
  41. Kevin Paredes – Winger, DC United, 2003
  42. Fede Oliva – Winger, Athletico Madrid, 2004
  43. Marcos Zambrano – Striker, Philadelphia Union, 2005
  44. Sebastian Carbajal – Striker, San Jose Earthquake, 2005
  45. Antonio Leone – Center Back, LAFC, 2004
  46. Jose Gallegos – Attacking Mid, San Antonio FC, 2001
  47. Julio Benetiz – Center Mid, Real Salt Lake, 2005
  48. Dante Sealy – Winger, FC Dallas, 2003
  49. Cam Harper – Winger, New York Red Bulls, 2001
  50. Jack McGlynn – Center Mid, Philadelphia Union

Honorary mentions

  1. Jonathan Perez – Attacking Mid, LA Galaxy, 2003
  2. Johnny Cardoso – Defensive Mid, Internacionale, 2001
  3. Leon Flach – Center mid, Philadelphia Union, 2001
  4. Nico Carerra – Center Back, Holstein Kiel, 2002
  5. Aethan Yohannes – Center Mid, AZ Alkmaar, 2004
  6. Joseph Scally – Right Back, Mönchengladbach, 2002
  7. Matko Milijevic – Winger, Argentinos Juniors, 2001
  8. Kenan Hot – Defensive Mid, New York Red Bulls, 2004
  9. Daniel Leyva – Defensive Mid, Seattle Sounders, 2003

Previous rankings

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April 2020

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