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Tim Weah, Ezequiel Barco, Dan-Axel Zagadou: Players to watch at U-20 World Cup

The Under-20 World Cup kicked off this Thursday, and there's no shortage of players who will be hoping to shine on the big stage in Poland. We run through the squads to pick out 10 young stars looking to get noticed: Five are on the United States team or based in MLS, and the rest are from elsewhere.

Players from the U.S. or Major League Soccer

This summer will see MLS sides lose plenty of talent to international duty, especially with the CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONMEBOL Copa America taking place....

U.S. striker Sebastian Soto left home at 15 to pursue his soccer dream. Now he's ready to star at U-20 World Cup

Bruce Arena says the USMNT's World Cup qualifying failure in 2017 did not factor into his decision to take the head-coaching job with New England.
Sebastian Soto became the second-youngest American, behind only Christian Pulisic, to debut in a Bundesliga game when he appeared vs. Wolfsburg on April 6.

In early 2018, Sebastian Soto traveled with Real Salt Lake's first team for preseason. Like every player on the trip, he was given a per diem (or daily allowance) envelope with his meal money for the trip, about $600. With Soto having subsisted on $12 a day on trips with RSL's academy, the amount was a shock.

"I said, 'Oh my god.' I went to my hotel room and poured it out on the bed," Soto recalled. "I told one of the staff, 'This is the most money I've ever held in my hand.'"

Given that the players...

'Game of Thrones,' Marvel comics, sushi: Meet U.S. U20 star Paxton Pomykal

Paxton Pomykal has two goals and an assist this season for FC Dallas and is catching the attention of clubs like Bayern Munich.

PLANO, Texas -- Paxton Pomykal can't believe what he's just heard. With a look of disbelief spread all over his face, he tilts forward to see if the guy joining him for lunch is really telling the truth.

"Wait... Never? You've never seen 'Game of Thrones'?"

With that, Pomykal, one of eight FC Dallas players that meets at teammate Jacori Hayes' house every Sunday night for grilling and "Game of Thrones" watching, proceeds to channel his inner FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez by taking out...

Borussia Dortmund's warm farewell for Christian Pulisic, a player always destined to move somewhere else

Pulisic's farewell to the Dortmund home crowd was warm and polite, but he was always destined for a big move away from the club. Once Chelsea's offer came in, he was destined to leave.

DORTMUND, Germany -- As he walked down the tunnel, he was holding back tears. Four minutes before half-time, Christian Pulisic was again holding back his tears; he'd just scored to hand Dortmund the lead. They remain firmly in the title race and "Captain America" had come to the rescue. Just over an hour later, Borussia wrapped up the 3-2 win and Pulisic obliged with the media tour before walking to the locker room. At 6:36 p.m. local time, he left, his family waiting for him near the exit.


Galaxy creator and partner to a pop star: Sebastian Lletget is the most interesting man in American soccer

The LA Galaxy have their longest win streak since 2014, but are they as good on paper as their MLS record this season? Via MLS

LOS ANGELES -- Five o'clock on the Friday of a holiday weekend is not an ideal time to be driving on the highways of Southern California. But here we are, somewhere between the apartment Sebastian Lletget shares with his girlfriend, pop star Becky G, and Dignity Health Sports Park, home of the LA Galaxy -- who host Real Salt Lake on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+). The 26-year-old star, a facilitator of his Major League Soccer club's potent attack and arguably the one man in the U.S. men's national...

Learning languages, talking race and soccer: U.S. U20 captain Mark McKenzie opens up over dinner

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Paul Mariner square off in predicting five of the most notable Major League Soccer fixtures this weekend.

BEAR, Del. -- It has been a busy day in the McKenzie household; that's only natural when there are inhabitants ages 20 and younger. One of them, Mark, just so happens to be a second-year center-back with the Philadelphia Union and one of the rising stars within U.S. Soccer. But it's another McKenzie who has the more pressing matter. Younger sister Madison has prom coming up and a decision needs to be made.

"Sorry I'm late," says Mark, who slides into a booth at a Buffalo Wild Wings, just miles away...