Chase for USA Under-17s heats up

Chase for USA Under-17s heats up

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Chase for USA Under-17s heats up

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Two of the U.S. Under-17 national team's top prospects are inching closer to European moves, while a third is edging closer to an MLS deal.

Manchester City and Real Madrid have stepped up their bids for U.S. Under-17 midfielder Luis Gil, while Under-17 striker Jack McInerney is being courted by Hertha Berlin and Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, sources have told SBI.

While Gil and McInerney could be headed abroad, one American U-17 who could be close to staying home is forward John Agudelo, who has been offered a contract by the New York Red Bulls. As a product of the Red Bulls Academy, Agudelo is eligible to sign directly with the club rather than going through the MLS Draft.

One thing that remains unclear is how youth prospects like Gil and McInerney will navigate new FIFA rules recently put in place to restrict the movement of players under the age of 18 to clubs outside of their native countries. According to sources within U.S. Soccer, the new FIFA guidelines will be strictly enforced, making foreign moves by youth players very difficult.

Gil and McInerney could wind up staying in the United States as both players have been offered MLS contracts. If they signed, they would go through the 2010 MLS Draft.

What do you think of Gil and McInerney potentially heading to Europe? Like the idea of Agudelo signing with the Red Bulls? Hoping all three wind up in MLS?

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