2012 Boys Club Top players to watch

2012 U.S. Boys Club Top Player Rankings

Provided by Topdrawersoccer.com.

  • 1. Raul Mendiola
  • F - Arsenal FC, Alta Loma, California

THE SKINNY: Dynamic and exciting dribbler who is an exceptional playmaker on the field. He is the two-time Development Academy Player of the Year who is rumored to be sought after by a few high-profile professional clubs.

  • 2. Marc Pelosi
  • M - U.S. U-17s, Sunnyvale, California

THE SKINNY: Extremely polished player capable of defending or playing as a midfielder. Possesses a wealth of international experience including his time at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. Has signed a professional contract with English team Liverpool.

  • 3. Mario Rodriguez
  • F - U.S. U-17s, North Hollywood, California

THE SKINNY: A physical striker with a bright future. Rodriguez is often the target of opposing defenses who try to corral his dangerous runs and goal-scoring ability. Has signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at UCLA.

  • 4. Alfred Koroma
  • F - U.S. U-17s, Sunnyvale, California

THE SKINNY: Tall, fast and skillful up front, he brings a unique dynamic element to the U.S. U-17 national team. He's extremely difficult to mark and is a constant threat. Has signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at Akron.

  • 5. Jalen Robinson
  • D - D.C. United, Catonsville, Maryland

THE SKINNY: An athletically gifted player who is capable of playing any position on the field, Robinson's versatility and competitiveness made him a key component for the U.S. U-18 national team last summer. Signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at Wake Forest.

  • 6. Esteban Rodriguez
  • M - U.S. U-17s, Bell Gardens, California

THE SKINNY: Small, but quick and dangerous; Rodriguez is an athletic slashing attacker who is fearless. Signed a pro contract with Mexican Club Tijuana.

  • 7. Alejandro Guido
  • M - U.S. U-17s, Chula Vista, California

THE SKINNY: A dangerous attacker who thrives at running at defenders. Also played at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico, he has good size and skill.

  • 8. Andrew Souders
  • D - U.S. U-17s, Amherst, Ohio

THE SKINNY: A technically proficient player with great leadership -- was named a captain of the U.S. U-17 team. Souders has good size and poise on the ball. Has signed a letter of intent to play at Akron.

  • 9. Andrew Oliver
  • F - U.S. U-17s, Indianapolis, Indiana

THE SKINNY: Can get forward in a hurry. Another youth national team veteran, Oliver is a determined forward who works hard to get into scoring position. Has signed a letter of intent to play for Indiana.

  • 10. Joseph Amon
  • M - U.S. U-17s, Summerville, South Carolina

THE SKINNY: Valuable member of the U.S. U-17 World Cup squad. Amon is a defender that lacks imposing size but is strong and competes well. Has signed a letter of intent to play at North Carolina.

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