Jewsbury's horizons have expanded a little since then, of course-but with great emphasis on "a little." Now a starting player with the senior squad, Jewsbury makes $50,000 a year. MLS calls him one of the developmental program's success stories. Okay, but $13,000-$18,000 a year simply isn't enough money to live. From the point of view of the MLS Players Union, "it's ludicrous that a professional player should need financial help," as Jewsbury did when he was a developmental player.
As Bob Foose, the union's executive director, says, the league has created a system of "ridiculously low-paid labor." He says: "those developmental players have the same obligations as every other player on the team, but they're paid an embarrassingly low salary." Fully 30 percent of the league's players are paid developmental player salaries.