- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 7, 2008
- 0 Comments
Something I probably should discuss more on here is youth development here in the States with Major League Soccer.
I wondered onto FC Dallas’s team blog this evening to find a post that laid out their youth system in detail. I must say I was pretty impressed with the amount of detail the team blog put into the post and the fact that more is on the way regarding the subject.
I love that each club is moving into a direction to develop their own players locally or at least in a network club now days. The ground work is being laid and in a few years time I think we will really see the benefits of such systems.
Dallas is probably like many others around the league starting up. I’m not as familiar with other ones and I am with Dallas, not because I just read about it but because I’ve had dicussions with other media types about it in weeks past.
I think the best news for Dallas fans was the news that they are bringing back Oscar Pareja as a youth coach in their system. Most remember I was pulling for Pareja to be the next Dallas coach but this is a decent trade off as he will be excellent at developing young players as the the Director of Player Development, the head coach of the FCD Jrs U-18 team, and the co-head coach of FCD Jrs. U-16 team.
The post also presented a nice diagram of how things are laid out. The image to the right is how they laid everything out. From top to bottom it looks like a good system to me. I know the amount of kids in the Big D that play big time club soccer and having FC Dallas on board to develop those kids will only make things better.
I will try to go and find out more about each youth system in each club here soon. Like I said, the ground work has been laid and some clubs will soon see the benefits from it. And more so will we all on National team levels.