- Dec 25, 2011
Reading between the lines, MLS has been pushing for this for a while now and the pandemic provided cover an an opportunity to speed-up the schedule.U.S. Soccer terminates youth academy amid virus USSF ends academy; MLS announces youth league
Here ya go. Youth academy is finished.
Also saw an article on how MLS will likely not be returning anytime soon. Playing behind closed doors does not benefit them as most revenue is from ticket sales and concessions. It was not a very positive sounding article but it did start with saying that many owners had invested too much to fold. However, I found it interesting that the article started this way....I think that MLS is on shakier ground then they are saying. This shut down couldn't come at a worse time for them. Human implications aside, the league was really growing with attendance and talent. This halt and the reality that they may not start again until a vaccine is found, is going to really set them back years. I wouldn't be surprised to see many clubs fold, mostly expansion.
Personally, I believe USSF needs to be completely separated from MLS leadership. MLS owners want to make money and they can maximize their profits by spending as little as possible on development, i.e. overhead. It's the NFL business model which basically uses NCAA as no to low cost development system. Of course, this should be no surprise as there are quite a few NFL owners who are also MLS owners. USSF need to be focused on youth development and the national teams, which is a long-term business strategy that does not lead to crazy profits.