14-year-old Francis Jacobs (center) is one of the most exciting American youth prospects and will play for Orange County at the Western Conference USL Academy Event. Photo courtesy Orange County SC
The inaugural USL Academy event kicks off in just over one week, with 14 teams headed to San Antonio to test themselves against the nation's other elite youth players. Plenty of the players at the Western Conference event have been called in to the U.S. youth national team set up, and the talent on display should provide a glimpse of the future for American soccer fans. From this field of excellent players, there are a few that stand out as the event's top players to watch.