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VTHokie2000

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Given there is a national team level to football, collegiate


football has additional problems that isn't found with the other sports. If the USSF wants to be competitive with the other nations at the World Cup, then I am not sure if collegiate football is included in their plans. More specifically when it comes to player development.

Assuming USSF's scouting continues to improve in identifying talent at a younger age, then the players who have the best chance of making the national teams will mostly likely go the academy route with either a MLS club or foreign club. If the most talented US players are not playing for a collegiate team, then that should reduce the overall quality of the product.

Right now collegiate football is a feeder for MLS. If MLS wants to continue improving its image, then it may get to a point where MLS clubs may no longer sign collegiate footballers because they are drawing players from theirs academies and/or their USSL affiliates. If ACC wants to capitalize on this soccer craze, then it needs to make sure its players end up playing for either a MLS club or one of the top tier European clubs because that will ensure the quality is high enough to attract new audiences.

(In response to this post by HOO86)

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 5:18PM



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