Personally, I don't think that the MLS DAs will reach their potential until we make better use of the PDL system. Most 18 year olds are not ready to turn professional. There needs to be a bridge between when a player is 18 and when he is ready to turn professional. I don't expect for the college system to go away, but we can still keep players affiliated with MLS teams through the PDL. I am not sure why this is not taken more seriously than it already is. Several MLS teams already have PDL teams. I would like to see DAs field more PDL teams. It is as if they are saying that development stops at 18 or that, if they haven't made it by that point (which very few players have) that the support goes away and it is now up to the colleges, who history has proved care very little about player development. Is this really in our country's or in our players' best interest? If the DAs are trying to create Division I college players, they should support them even while they are at college and continue to help them to get better - that is, if they truly are Development Academies. I would think that, if they provided this kind of support while the player was in college, that they would be more attractive to players looking to be successful, if nothing else, at the Division I level. Fewer would participate at this level since it is a larger age group but, fewer players would be good enough to participate at this level. Just trying to fill in the obvious gaps with systems that are already in place.