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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:53 pm 
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Should US Soccer help create a professional U23 league?
After the United States failed to make the World Cup, there are needed changes in the development of American youth

Now, all MLS teams have academies and some teams in the USL do as well.

North Carolina FC started their academy in early 2017 as an effort to get MLS.
But there are several MLS teams who do not have a reserve team in the USL or a U23 team.

There are only three clubs in the MLS that have a reserve team in the USL and a U23 team.

My suggested League setup
So how will this work?

(Now I understand that teams are changing leagues, expansion is real, USL D3 plans to add a bunch of teams in their new league in 2019, and everything is fluid in lower-division American soccer. Just go with 61 for this example.)

So you start with 61 MLS/USL teams all required to have academy teams. Now that would seem like a lot of travel, but that problem can be eliminated. Split the country up into conferences, East and West, or East Central and West, or North South Central and West. I know 61 is difficult to divide evenly… but that’s okay too. With the craziness that is US Soccer, it will almost never be a perfect even number.

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