Cheaters never prosper...when they suck

Random, no reason in particular plug for Pack87Man. I like guys who talk about the business side of MLS, so I don't feel the need to make half-assed guesses about the subject.

David Wilson is gonna take a damn week to pick the top ten teams in MLS history, apparently. Number 10 is the '96 Mutiny, which he says is a homer pick but I think is perfectly legit. Problem is, they went kerfloppity in the Open Cup and the playoffs. It would be cheap and unprofessional to blame Thomas Rongen for that, but who else do you blame? Interesting turning point in MLS history when Bruce Arena won that semifinal.

Anyway. This morning, the LA Times' Eric Sondheimer wrote about a 16-year-old prospect named Andrew Tusaazemajja. Tus-a-zay-MA-ja, just like it's spelled.

The picture from the LA Times of Drew was supposed to go here, but apparently the Times doesn't approve of people stealing their copyrighted work, the thin-skinned little nancymuffins.

Drew and some of his Fulton teammates helped make up the numbers in a Riot Squad supporters tournament back on the 3rd, and holy crap, this kid is good. We couldn't even stop him by cheating. And believe me, we tried.

It's just amazing the kind of player that the United States is turning out these days. Eddie Garcia, his Fulton coach, teaches on the total football model, preferring to develop players rather than simply focus on winning - and what do you know, he's doing both.

Okay, so Project 2010 is a no-go...project 2022, maybe?

The other thing about the article is what a perfect freaking zoo our youth system actually is. Private schools recruiting him, club programs that would prevent him from playing for his school (and presumably, vice versa) - and that's before we factor in pro teams, from the Galaxy to Chivas to Chelsea, trying to make inroads. Eddie is also dedicated to keeping agents and such away from his players...of course, this was before the LA Times devoted a page to one of his players.

Maybe Drew ends up becoming a pharmacist, maybe he ends up being a big-time pro. But if he does make it, I can say that back in the day, I didn't belong on the same field as him.

(Yes, I'm aware that if "way, WAY better than me" is the criteria for a professional prospect, everyone of you out there is worthy to start for Barcelona.)