What They're Saying: Claudio Reyna

"I think we have to be very conscious of how much parents are paying for their kids in all sports, from individual training to just the travel out there. It takes away from the joy a little bit. I grew up in a different time, and I can talk to that. I spent a lot of time playing, but I also was home with my brother and my family. I feel now youth sports has become this industry where you just travel so much. On weekends, long trips. Kids of a young age getting on planes to play games. You're just not quite sure why. It's something more generational from my time growing up. It's on steroids. It needs to calm down a little bit. That would be one thing. That would also calm down the hysteria with all the parents about trying to get their kids to college. We're in a different world right now and hopefully that's something that will change, is just the overall cost and those resources."

-- Austin FC technical director Claudio Reyna, the former U.S. national team captain and U.S. Soccer's former youth technical director, on his hope for positive changes to youth development in the post-Development Academy era. (Austin American-Statesman)
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