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Post #1
Thursday June 6, 2019 3:30pm

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Decided to start a new thread in case we want to discuss this further.

To really fix it, the whole landscape of college athletics would need to be revamped to allow teams year round ability to train and compete 24/7.

Specific to soccer, the USSF could force each college team to register as a semi-pro team. This would either give each college team the ability to compete in the US open Cup or to loan players to other teams in their off-season (this would basically work like an internship).

I suppose loans could work the other way as well. MLS academy grads not quite ready for MLS could be loaned to a college program with the understanding the MLS team would pay for the education (provided the player can gain entry into the university). The player would play for their college through the fall then train with their parent club during the majority of the MLS season.

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Post #2
Thursday June 6, 2019 4:21pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 874
U.S. Soccer started a spring league for college teams last year. Not many teams are in it thus far, but I think there were 13 this year. North Carolina won it both years. Having the spring league is at least a step in the right direction.

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Post #3
Thursday June 6, 2019 6:16pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 1,281
Like I said, our major professional league no longer needs the superdraft. If a few college kids make it as free agents or homegrowns like Justin Rennicks could do, fine. But the relationship between MLS and college soccer has to end like yesterday.

I don't deny the fact that it served its purpose in the past and provided us some of our best players on the national team but that was a different era and we had a different mentality and played a very gritty way of soccer. With the direction US Soccer needs to go to get better, college soccer can't provide that direction unfortunately.


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