What They're Saying: Richie Graham

“I feel like we have an obligation to the game. It is in our best interest and developing these kids is a sustainable model. And I believe that as a league we do need to spend more on senior players—I get that. But at the same time, I think we have to put our money where our mouth is as it relates to our policies and what’s actually being put in place to incentivize owners to want to invest in youth development. There are incentives—(targeted allocation money) and other things to invest in foreign players. But where are the incentives, really, for these (academy) players?”

-- Richie Graham, founder of the YSC Academy, the Philadelphia Union's youth development program, and a minority owner of the Union, on YSC's approach that includes an academic program and has produced in six years such first-team players as Auston Trusty, Mark McKenzie and Brenden Aaronson. (The Athletic)
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