Here in New England, the 2017-18 academy soccer season gets underway the first weekend of September.
In light of that, we took a look at some FC Boston Bolts (Mass.) and Oakwood Soccer Club (Conn.) players who could enjoy especially strong seasons. They're committed to some top schools in the region, with some on the verge of scratching the radar of youth national teams.
Be sure to check back at New England Soccer Journal every Wednesday for academy updates throughout the region.