Folks - we have everything we've always wanted now from the player development programs in the US. There are no more excuses for MLS/US Soccer to not start producing talent in the next 10 years that is of an order of magnitude greater than before. Let's start at the top and work our way down the vertically integrated structure that is US soccer: 1. MLS teams have open developmental roster spots that don't count against the cap - making it easier for clubs to take chances on long term prospects at no short term cost to winning or the cap. 2. The MLS minimum salary is now respectable at $32k and set to increase reasonably each of the next 4 years - making it more palatable for an 18 year old Academy kid to skip college for a few years and live the dream. 3. The recent NCAA rule now permits kids to explore fully the MLS Academy option without risking the loss of a scholarship to a good college. 4. Each MLS team has a fully functioning Academy team - and several have multiple affiliations - and a few have full residency programs. 5. Kids don't have to pay a dime to be on an MLS Academy team from San Jose to NY - making it that much easier for any qualified kid from the depths of the inner city to the peaks of the Rockies to play soccer for free. 6. MLS coaching squads are taking the Academies seriously with expanded staff being hired to take on the full time responsibilities of both the reserve and Academy programs. 7. MLS squads are also fielding both U16 and U18 teams allowing for even more segmentation of the talent development process. 8. The USSF's Developmental Acadamies - have created yet another market for talent development that benefits the MLS Academies because they compete in the league and the DA system also provides a secondary developmental network of 70+ clubs that are doing MLS' job in other markets - which makes sense given the size of the country. 9. Rec and select soccer programs in the country are finally scaling down the playing field and number of kids on U10 and U8 teams so that the emphasis is on touches and fun - which is helping increase the foundational skills that are needed for higher quality soccer. 10. Kids at a younger age are being exposed to soccer - through video games - the World Cup - EPL on tv - and in general the overall awareness of high quality US players like Landon Donovan. 20 years ago none of this was remotely possible. 10 years ago people would doubt we'd have all of these things. 5 years ago people would think MLS or the NCAA were too rigid to make the necessary changes. 5 months ago - it all started to come together. Now there are no more excuses.