MLS Youth System Getting Better

MLS Youth System Getting Better

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 8, 2008

Five MLS clubs can now sign players out of their youth academies. Two-time champions Houston Dynamo along with the Chicago Fire, DC United, New York Red Bulls and Chivas USA can sign players who have graduated from their youth academies to their senior rosters.

New England and Toronto are the only established MLS teams that still do not have youth academies in place but both are in the process of trying to establish programs that will launch during the 2008 season. From what I hear in Toronto, they are close to finalizing their program in the coming weeks and will have tryouts soon.

No word on if Dallas, Colorado, Salt Lake, LA, Columbus and Kansas City have filed paperwork to be able to join the five clubs above.

Clubs have to have players in their systems for two years before they can sign them for a senior roster spot. No word on if any club is actually going to be signing anyone at this point but at least systems are in place now for most clubs to be able to sign local young talent to their rosters like most clubs do in the world.

Hopefully in a few years we will actually be able to see the benefits of this system and have young players all over in the league.

What do you think of this youth system here? I think it will be enough in the coming years as the league expands and grows to have enough talent to fill the talent pool in the MLS.