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Old 05-01-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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The academies are constantly making announcements about which of their players have signed to play in college. If college soccer is so bad, why do they make such a big deal of it? Even U.S. Soccer does it: National Signing Day: Academy Players Announce College Destinations for Fall of 2014 - U.S. Soccer

I still think a draft is perfectly fine as long as it is open to all players (not just college). I don't believe that soccer players are inherently more sensitive to displacement than hockey or baseball players.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:50 AM
 
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Have you ever watch college soccer ? I have, its not good at all.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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I admit, I've only been to one college game. But I'll take your word for it.

What would be a better option for top players? Try out for a USL team?
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:33 AM
 
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I admit, I've only been to one college game. But I'll take your word for it.

What would be a better option for top players? Try out for a USL team?
Most top players should be picked up in their teens by MLS, USL, NASL type teams I would think/hope. If somebody came up to me and said their teen son really wants to be pro what should they go to the local USL or tryouts for the Houston youth teams when they have them next to see if they make the cut.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:24 AM
 
Location: IL
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The academies are constantly making announcements about which of their players have signed to play in college. If college soccer is so bad, why do they make such a big deal of it? Even U.S. Soccer does it: National Signing Day: Academy Players Announce College Destinations for Fall of 2014 - U.S. Soccer
Let's pretend the Chicago Fire wanted my kids to play in their academy (that isn't on my radar by the way, just an example). I would be leary, as the likelihood of them going pro is slim, so I really want them to go to college. If I see a path from academy to college scholarship, I become more interested in letting my child go to the academy. Maybe that is why they announce it...
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:05 PM
 
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Let's pretend the Chicago Fire wanted my kids to play in their academy (that isn't on my radar by the way, just an example). I would be leary, as the likelihood of them going pro is slim, so I really want them to go to college. If I see a path from academy to college scholarship, I become more interested in letting my child go to the academy. Maybe that is why they announce it...
Another reason so many academy kids go to go college is the fact that MLS restricts how many academy grads can be signed to anything more than league minimum. MLS clubs are only allowed 3 academy grads at Generation Adidas wages. So MLS is more than happy to let their academy players go the college route. They hold on to their rights while they are at college.

It's a really horrible system.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:20 AM
 
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I am starting to watch more European sports (mostly soccer, but some hockey) and less North American sports because I prefer the former's structure over the latter. Having a draft is nothing more than socialism because it rewards the worst teams for their failure. It is not much different than governments rewarding the losers in life with handouts that are paid for by the productive members of society. The worst teams should be relegated instead, like they are in Europe.

I am also opposed to salary caps because I see no reason why there should be a "level playing field" to appease the owners who don't want to spend. And if these laggard owners can't afford good players, they probably have no business owning a pro sports franchise to begin with. Sell the team to someone who cares.

So long as the MLS continues to use the North American model, I won't have much interest.
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Old 05-04-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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I am starting to watch more European sports (mostly soccer, but some hockey) and less North American sports because I prefer the former's structure over the latter. Having a draft is nothing more than socialism because it rewards the worst teams for their failure. It is not much different than governments rewarding the losers in life with handouts that are paid for by the productive members of society. The worst teams should be relegated instead, like they are in Europe.

I am also opposed to salary caps because I see no reason why there should be a "level playing field" to appease the owners who don't want to spend. And if these laggard owners can't afford good players, they probably have no business owning a pro sports franchise to begin with. Sell the team to someone who cares.

So long as the MLS continues to use the North American model, I won't have much interest.
Salary caps are the best thing MLS offers IMHO. It has more to do with teams overspending than a level playing field for me. Too many clubs overspend in Europe.
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:15 PM
 
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I prefer parity in a league.
So you prefer communism?
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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So you prefer communism?
LOL! As if governments and sports entertainment were comparable things.
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