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blaise213
Post #16
Tuesday February 20, 2018 10:16pm

Joined Sep 2012
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I think it's garbage MLS didn't up the DP level to at least 4 yet !!

hamsamwich
Post #17
Friday February 23, 2018 6:44pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,689
I'd like to see him get a cap against Paraguay. There are openings for sure. Second half substitute for Brooks.

Natural players like Palmer Brown don't come around often. His athleticism shines alongside his intellect. Whoever the coach is should make the call and get him in there for the friendly, it's not too early to start his clock in the backline. Maybe 3 in the back....

bjelks
Post #18
Friday February 23, 2018 9:06pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 707
Dunno about 3 in the back but I'm big on EPB
goalsense
johnvuke
Dallas
Post #19
Tuesday February 27, 2018 4:35pm

Joined Aug 2016
Total Posts: 33
Original post from dolcem

Great posts. But you're missing one important point: the salary cap. Even if an MLS team were to make a huge sale of a player, they wouldn't be able to invest that money back in the squad because of the salary cap.

And there's the youth thing too, which you mentioned. Basically there's no financial incentive in America to develop young talent. That's why we still aren't elite yet.


I agree...However, the goal of an MLS franchise owner is to make money. Yes the Salary cap would restrict a huge sale from being fully reinvested into the squad, but the excess could go towards the owner...or youth clubs etc. If MLS owners realized they could make significant sums of money by selling their best youth players, they would sell more young players, as well as would play to showcase them, rather than do what they did with EPB which was to bury him on the bench. MLS needs to get away from single entity rules when it comes to youth players, and should embrace being a selling league, by having most of the sale proceeds go directly to the club and owner. it would create huge incentives for MLS to develop and play younger guys,so they could be showcased and sold. I think it would improve the quality of play overall as well as MLS could shift from a slow and methodical play style reliant on physicality into a more high press, high pace creative style that a younger team like Atlanta can deploy

Lilshmike
Post #20
Tuesday February 27, 2018 7:33pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 783
Original post from johnvuke

I agree...However, the goal of an MLS franchise owner is to make money. Yes the Salary cap would restrict a huge sale from being fully reinvested into the squad, but the excess could go towards the owner...or youth clubs etc. If MLS owners realized they could make significant sums of money by selling their best youth players, they would sell more young players, as well as would play to showcase them, rather than do what they did with EPB which was to bury him on the bench. MLS needs to get away from single entity rules when it comes to youth players, and should embrace being a selling league, by having most of the sale proceeds go directly to the club and owner. it would create huge incentives for MLS to develop and play younger guys,so they could be showcased and sold. I think it would improve the quality of play overall as well as MLS could shift from a slow and methodical play style reliant on physicality into a more high press, high pace creative style that a younger team like Atlanta can deploy

In reality, assuming that MLS will not change its current ways, the MLS needs to work with the NCAA and get rid of soccer as a college sport.

There are a number of arguments that can be made for and against, yes. However, college soccer holds back our development of youth players. It sucks, because in our country/culture, its seen as a requirement to go to college. But the current college system is based on playing for one season, playing many games in a short period of time during that season, and getting immediate results.

Players need to be playing year-round, and playing so many games in a short amount of time with immediate results expected prevents/limits squad/player experimentation (ie player development).

Lilshmike
Post #21
Tuesday February 27, 2018 7:47pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 783
Our kids, on average, are just as good as anywhere else in the world up until about the age of 17-20. At that age, it seems like theres a lag/pause in development. Thats the age range where players are going to college. Its better on average for a player to develop in a pro academy than to go to college.

NCAA rules prevent kids from taking payment to play. If MLS/US Soccer was serious about player development, they would need to do either take college soccer out of the NCAA or work out a deal with NCAA for players playing pro. This is a general statement that would feed into the following actions:
  • Extend the college soccer season to both fall and spring
  • Effectively turn college soccer teams into "academies", where certain pro/semi-pro teams (MLS, USL, NASL, etc.) have affiliations/rights over certain schools
  • Teams can call players into their pro teams to train/trial/play when needed, and send them back to the college team when needed, without affecting their eligibility to play for the college team

There are college soccer teams everywhere. By connecting colleges to the professional teams, it extends the geographic reach of all pro soccer. Coaches for college teams would essentially be scouts for the pro clubs, allowing teams to scout more talent then they would be able to otherwise. Not only that, but MLS teams could have annual/semi-annual college camps where they call in a number of players to train/compete to get a better view of them instead of once at the MLS combine. All of this without affecting their eligibility.

There are more things that could be done too, and there are augments against of course, but this seems like an easy starting block outside of whats been already mentioned.

Lilshmike
Post #22
Tuesday February 27, 2018 7:48pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 783
^^^ This is all assuming that MLS/US Soccer genuinely cares about developing youth talent instead of increasing the popularity/marketability of the sport.

hamsamwich
Post #23
Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:21am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,689
I read where MLS has changed its rules and Montreal (the example that was used) will get 100% of the money from the sale of Ballou to Barcelona.

kernn63
Post #24
Wednesday February 28, 2018 3:08pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 298
Anyone have any idea how much Sargent makes at Bremen? It blows my mind that Adams made less than 100k last year.

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