How to Fix Youth Development in Major League Soccer

How to Fix Youth Development in Major League Soccer

In the past decade, Major League Soccer has sunk plenty of cash into various attempts to increase youth development. In that same period, however, American starlets have begun to populate the landscape of International Football. Christian Pulisic at Dortmund and now Chelsea, Weston Mckennie at Schalke, and Josh Sargent at Werder Bremen highlight a few of the budding American players that will lead the next generation of the national team. Now, contrast their reasons for traveling abroad to expand their development with the MLS’s pitch for them to spend their younger years in their home country. Overseas, such players can play a high level of football in a league that offers wealthy contracts, greater recognition, and established means of producing talent. In the MLS, these same players have their contracts restricted by a salary cap, receive equal if not fewer minutes due to the demanding travel and compact schedule, and are separated from the clubs of their dreams by an entire ocean. What promising talent would evaluate both options and choose to stay at home? That’s right, no one. 

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