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MLS clubs trying to develop their own
, February 10th, 2010 12:15PM
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There are only two American MLS teams without teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league, and both of those clubs have plans to join the system soon. So with the introduction of professional clubs to a youth structure that had been around for years, would there be backlash? How would the professional teams do against established clubs?'s JR Eskilson speaks with the directors of several MLS youth programs, including Brian Crookham, Colorado Rapids, who says,  “We are different in that player development is paramount and winning will be a by product of development, not the opposite." Oscar Pareja, FC Dallas’ Director of Player Development, says, “The professional clubs should set the highest standards in soccer here in USA.”

“In order to be able to produce world class players, y ou have to have world class training programs for players to develop,” says D.C. United's John Maessener. "This country is used to being the best, I’m confident if we do the things that we all know need to be done, we will be a world power in the next 10-20  years.”

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  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: February 10, 2010 at 2:51 p.m.
    I think it's great for kids and parents who happen to be close enough and good enough to make the U.S. SDAL but there are players out there that are as good who's parents either can not financially afford these academies or have to drive for hours or relocate to give there kids this great opportunity. This seems to dictate that unless your parents are very well off or are willing to relocate, it will be extremely difficult to get the recognition as a top teen player in the US. I realize that there are talent scouts that actively keep an eye out for talented players but they can only cover a small amount of players nation wide.

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