by JAMIE HILL
December 10, 2012
AP Photo - Mark Humphrey
If the Olympics were this year, who would be on the team?
In the hope of glimpsing a sign of a brighter future, U.S. soccer fans have long devoted extensive time and attention to youth national teams.
Of these squads laden with the unknown and the unproven, none are higher-profile than the under-23 Olympic team. It's no surprise. The U-23 team is playing to compete in an extremely well-known international competition and its roster is usually populated with a handful of players who have already broken into the full national team, with several more serious prospects besides.