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That's fair -- I just see so many kids at that level whose parents don't know the first thing about how all this work. And that's not unreasonable. The clubs could do better for the boys.

My son played at an Academy club on the top team at U11 and, very fortunately for us, they let us know in early May that he wasn't going to be on the Academy team. We knew at that point anyway, but the early notice was appreciated, although it made the rest of the Spring season a bit of a drag...
No many don't know how it works if it's their first kid in the system at the higher levels. There's always churn at clubs but more so in top DA because clubs are always looking for the best talent they can find and can develop. The system is also a funnel, intentionally. Few will make it to the top. Parents are not always honest with themselves about their kids abilities. They also naively think clubs will be loyal to their players. It's a nice idea but just isn't there at the club level. Some coaches care but they are rare gems. You were lucky to know well enough in advance to find options and also lessen the blow to your son. Getting cut sucks.

If by early spring your player isn't playing much 1) initiate a conversation with the coach about the player's strengths/weaknesses and future 2) start exploring other options before the actual tryout season starts 3) even if he can stay evaluate the tradeoffs of PT vs training. They can't practice what they're taught if they're not on the field a good amount. Most importantly, players want to PLAY! Will he or she stay motivated if they're not playing?
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itís amazingly sad how NYCFC discriminates against players who are choosing to attend college, instead of the very slim chance of becoming a successful pro. I know that is the case, but in all honesty, itís just business. Even more sad, almost all of the boys that think they are headed to Europe, will have no spot, and no education in 4-6 years. Statiscally, the odds of a very successful pro career are grim...
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itís amazingly sad how NYCFC discriminates against players who are choosing to attend college, instead of the very slim chance of becoming a successful pro. I know that is the case, but in all honesty, itís just business. Even more sad, almost all of the boys that think they are headed to Europe, will have no spot, and no education in 4-6 years. Statiscally, the odds of a very successful pro career are grim...
Ask long as they offer a free program, they can do what they want. If college is your objective, go to a pay for play Academy.
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Ask long as they offer a free program, they can do what they want. If college is your objective, go to a pay for play Academy.
It sounds like you are defending them, if so, you kid must be one of the fools that think Manchester City are scouting your kid, wake-up, and get your kid an education, no future in pro soccer for 99.9% of them...
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itís amazingly sad how NYCFC discriminates against players who are choosing to attend college, instead of the very slim chance of becoming a successful pro. I know that is the case, but in all honesty, itís just business. Even more sad, almost all of the boys that think they are headed to Europe, will have no spot, and no education in 4-6 years. Statiscally, the odds of a very successful pro career are grim...
They're in the business of developing professionals. NYCFC does not care about developing college players. Also, they're spending a lot of money to develop those players so yes they want to see something for their investment.
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It sounds like you are defending them, if so, you kid must be one of the fools that think Manchester City are scouting your kid, wake-up, and get your kid an education, no future in pro soccer for 99.9% of them...
The blame rests with USSF - forcing MLS clubs to develop 80-100 players a year at great expense to the clubs, with very little return. Clubs want pro players that they can use on their own teams or sell off to others and make a return that way. It's no wonder MLS club would like to split off with USSF; that way they won't be training so many players to fill our college ranks.
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