When the U.S. Under-17 national team kicks off its World Cup in Nigeria on Oct. 26, scouts will have their eyes trained on several of the U.S. team's top prospects, including midfielder Luis Gil, who is being pursued by a growing number of European clubs.
Gil had been set to join English club Arsenal's youth academy, but sources tell SBI that new interest from another UEFA Champions League team, coupled with interest from multiple clubs in Spain, could mean a new destination for the California native.
Gil, forward Jack McInerney and midfielder Marlon Duran are just three of the top young prospects who will be showcased on a U.S. Under-17 team that is expected to have a strong tournament despite the absence of top U-17 prospects Charlie Renken and Joseph Gyau.
What do you think about the increased European interest in U.S. youth players? Which Under-17 player are you most looking forward to watching next week when the USA takes on Spain?
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