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Post #1
Wednesday January 21, 2015 3:02am

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http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/01...

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Post #2
Wednesday January 21, 2015 4:07pm

Joined Nov 2012
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It's not hard to understand why teams would value technical ability first and foremost from a homegrown, generally a skill found in the smaller players earlier. What the article fails to mention is the average age of a draftee vs. the average age of an HG at the time of signing...most of the players in the draft just graduated, around 22. I can't speculate as to the percentage without crunching some numbers I probably wouldn't be easily able to find online, but it's more than a fair assumption that the disparity in averages is no less than 3 years. 3 years is a long time to develop physically for the HGs and a long time to develop technically for the draftees.

MSantoine
Post #3
Wednesday January 21, 2015 5:38pm

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Meh. I don't think that's a valid argument to make. It's like saying the price of gas has gone down drastically since all the issues with the cops (not getting into it just using it as a point in time) so if we keep having issues with cops the price of gas stays down.

Most homegrown players are wingers, midfielders, smallish forwards. Why? Because those skills stand out when your 13-17. What players get drafted early? Center backs and target forwards. Why? Because they lead the nation in scoring and are most ready to play. Also since defenders need more time to develop it makes sense that a 16 year old wouldn't be ready but at 21 they would be.


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