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DA without MLS means the END of the DA.
Not sure if the end is near, but over the last five days several things have happened.

1) MLS potentially leaving DA
2) EDP getting the okay from US soccer to have DA clubs participate in their showcases/tournaments
3) Announcement that Minnesota Thunder Academy is leaving BDA for ECNL

http://www.boysecnl.com/2019/01/boys...019-20-season/
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Not sure if the end is near, but over the last five days several things have happened.

1) MLS potentially leaving DA
2) EDP getting the okay from US soccer to have DA clubs participate in their showcases/tournaments
3) Announcement that Minnesota Thunder Academy is leaving BDA for ECNL

http://www.boysecnl.com/2019/01/boys...019-20-season/
Thunder only had the older two teams, both bottom of the table. ECNL is better for them.

MLS clubs leaving wouldn't mean instant death but a possible mortal wounding. the other issue is GDA is a mess. USSF is stretched thin trying to salvage multiple projects at once.
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Thunder only had the older two teams, both bottom of the table. ECNL is better for them.

MLS clubs leaving wouldn't mean instant death but a possible mortal wounding. the other issue is GDA is a mess. USSF is stretched thin trying to salvage multiple projects at once.
ECNL is probably better for about 90% of the DA teams in your world isnt it .... to sum up your sentiment, GDA stinks and is rife with bad teams (far more bad teams than good).
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ECNL is probably better for about 90% of the DA teams in your world isnt it .... to sum up your sentiment, GDA stinks and is rife with bad teams (far more bad teams than good).
Well, that is true about GDA, especially around here Empire? SCU? Alby? BDA has more quality clubs but not all should be in it either USSF has booted a few clubs over the years or demoted them (take away a few teams). That is what should happen to keep quality up to snuff. Sounds like the MN team self-selected out. GDA can'a afford to boot teams and when several clubs bailed out last year they were replaced with lower quality clubs.

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Well, that is true about GDA, especially around here Empire? SCU? Alby? BDA has more quality clubs but not all should be in it either USSF has booted a few clubs over the years or demoted them (take away a few teams). That is what should happen to keep quality up to snuff. Sounds like the MN team self-selected out. GDA can'a afford to boot teams and when several clubs bailed out last year they were replaced with lower quality clubs.

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MN club left on their own. Girls have done well in the ECNL and now they have both clubs in the same league. Other clubs soon to follow. The GDA was finished last year. The buzzards are now circling around the BDA. It was always going to end this way. USSF were the only ones that didnít realize it.
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MN club left on their own. Girls have done well in the ECNL and now they have both clubs in the same league. Other clubs soon to follow. The GDA was finished last year. The buzzards are now circling around the BDA. It was always going to end this way. USSF were the only ones that didnít realize it.
Finally someone hits the nail on the head on TS.

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MN club left on their own. Girls have done well in the ECNL and now they have both clubs in the same league. Other clubs soon to follow. The GDA was finished last year. The buzzards are now circling around the BDA. It was always going to end this way. USSF were the only ones that didnít realize it.
GDA for sure. BDA still has life left in it but if MLS clubs pull out that's going to be tough to combat.
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GDA for sure. BDA still has life left in it but if MLS clubs pull out that's going to be tough to combat.
The writing is on the wall, no? Only a matter of time.
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The writing is on the wall, no? Only a matter of time.
Unless MLS clubs are trying to use the pullout threat to get what they want? Certainly from a financial perspective it makes little sense for them and I can see why they are pushing back. Imagine if the the NFL clubs were told they now had to train youth players. Sure they could better afford it BUT they wouldn't want it? No way. Their advantage (and the NBA) is they use college programs as their farm team system. College soccer is mostly high school soccer on steroids. The NFL and NBA also aren't competing internationally. In soccer kids commit to pro around the age of 16. Playing DA until 18 and then college soccer won't develop top soccer players.
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Unless MLS clubs are trying to use the pullout threat to get what they want? Certainly from a financial perspective it makes little sense for them and I can see why they are pushing back. Imagine if the the NFL clubs were told they now had to train youth players. Sure they could better afford it BUT they wouldn't want it? No way. Their advantage (and the NBA) is they use college programs as their farm team system. College soccer is mostly high school soccer on steroids. The NFL and NBA also aren't competing internationally. In soccer kids commit to pro around the age of 16. Playing DA until 18 and then college soccer won't develop top soccer players.
They will only get a little but still have a lot of hassle ... if they pull out they get everything they want and all of the stuff that they didn't even think of yet.
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