Five prospects who missed the Top 25 

October, 16, 2012

Our U.S. Top 25 U-21 prospects feature takes fans through many of the top emerging prospects for the U.S. national team, reaching deep into the youth player pool.

Just a few years ago, finding 25 Americans under the age of 21 playing professional soccer would have been a tall order. But the explosion of youth talent, players trying their luck in the pros instead of college and a worldwide scouting initiative by the USSF to find passport holders in pro leagues abroad have significantly multiplied the young player pool.

It's a sign of the times that we couldn't find space for many of the talented American U-21s playing professionally around the world. In fact, there's not even room for several players getting first-team club time, and others who have been youth-level fixtures for years.

To get a sense of how much quality young talent the U.S. has at this juncture, it's insightful to take a peek at some of the notable players who didn't quite make the inaugural Top 25 under-21 list.

Here are five U-21s -- and one more notable exclusion -- who just missed the cut.

Zac MacMath, 21, GK, Philadelphia Union (U.S.)

Why he's a prospect: Union higher-ups have deposited their faith in the young goalkeeper, and MacMath has responded with some stellar play this season. Blessed with all of the tools of a top goalkeeper, he's talented enough to have impressed in training with Everton two years ago, and looks like a good bet to eventually become another in a long line of stellar American goalkeepers abroad.

Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.