Post #46
Thursday September 10, 2015 4:32pm

Joined Nov 2012
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only 4: Blas, Watson, Castillo and Hernandez. Diaz still out with injury.

Don't knock the FCD academy, widely considered best in the country, at least among MLS programs. And I think I read somewhere else that Garber said the official academy system we know today is only like 3 or 4 years old, so producing 5 league starters in that time is no small feat. Granted, they won't always be starters...but Ulloa, Acosta and Hernandez are all preferred starters, and Gonzalez is looking like a beast already and should have that No. 1 jersey from the jump next season. Zendy is raw but he's got skeelz for days, and to be honest I haven't seen enough of Craft to make a judgment as to whether or not he's ready to break into the matchday squad.

He could point to the year-by-year improvement of the academy teams playing in the Dr. Pepper Cup as to a sign of growth, but it's not as sexy as the Dallas Homegrown stat...same with all the USL Pro and PDL teams created by MLS teams to get their academy/reserve players game time in lower divisions.

Post #47
Friday September 11, 2015 1:31am

Joined Jan 2013
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Didn't mean anything against Dallas at all, I just remember having that match on for a few min and remember them saying how many players were out for international duty.
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Post #48
Friday September 11, 2015 2:35pm

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I know, I was just using Dallas to highlight that real growth without spending on big name players is definitely possible. LA have the benefit of both big spending on name players and a great academy system, on top of being in a large soccer market for talented youngsters coming up.

If we can keep producing first team ready guys through the academy system, whether or not they go pro or go to college, it'll help the game grow domestically and will increase our standing internationally as being a producer of young talent rather than shipping off our teenagers to overseas academies.

Post #49
Sunday January 17, 2016 1:08am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 3,315
As Miami stalls, Sacramento keeps its momentum going and is right there in case of any problems in Miami.

Also the Rams returning to LA has given a little extra in an odd twist for the city of St Louis. They should have had a team in MLS and now it's just a matter of time. Say Miami does get its act together, it wouldn't surprise me to see Sac and St. Louis right behind making 26 teams.

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