Pro Soccer clubs and National Teams regularly scout talent as young as 16. You see it in Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Holland, Russia, France, and yes, the USA. These kids are paid by their club teams and receive training all year round. So it is no wonder that when they are 22, they are years ahead of American 22 yr olds coming out of the student/athlete NCAA system. Don't be confused by the college football to NFL transition. That is NOT how soccer works. Even the NBA recruits high schoolers. NCAA soccer is slowly becoming an extracurricular activity instead of being seen as the path to pro soccer. Just wait until European clubs start heavily recruiting players in the USA. That will be the final nail in the coffin. And then when pro soccer takes off in the USA, it will swallow up NCAA soccer.