Gil could be the next big thing

Teenager has a smooth way on the field, and U.S. coaches await for him to blossom

Updated: June 8, 2010, 5:48 PM ET
By Scott French | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

CARSON, Calif. -- The future of American soccer just might be a pimply, unassuming kid from Garden Grove who before his 16th birthday had wowed some of the world's biggest clubs, then rebuffed their offers and signed with Major League Soccer.

Luis Gil is a technically gifted playmaker with uncommon vision who -- and the scouts are unanimous about this -- "gets it." That he could be the best No. 10 this country has produced is understood but unspoken, and there's a caveat to all this, ...

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