We were told not to take notes or record anything. Seems some recorded the last one and they were not too happy about it. Lots were keeping watch so this is all per memory. Circa 40 of us were there with most of the discussion centered around the Youth Academy since this is instrumental in the 5yr plan that was also discussed at length. Earnie stressed he did not sign a 3yr contract but a 5yr one. After 18 months he is on track and wants this team after 5 years to be a consistent playoff team with making occasional deep playoff runs. He is very happy with the home record and thinks we can turn the away record around since every one has been close (contrary to last year when we were blown away 3 or 4 times). He also stressed that Atlanta is only 3 points above us after spending millions more (I did not remind him about Chicago..). He also mentioned that he realizes that the most successful teams stay together for more than 4 years so he puts a lot of effort in keeping the core of the team as is. One thing he stressed is that when an Academy player makes the first team and starts, then that gives him extra $'s to use on improving another position. But the Academy is still a mess: they lost a good goalkeeper to Benfica and received zero Dollars. Currently they seem to have an amazing 13yr old and Earnie told us to go to YSC on Saturdays to see the Academy teams play. YSC seems also to receive another name soon .... A lot of new things are being done at the Academy. They also now seems to have a scouting system in place at the Academy although their best scout recently left for ManU. If this Academy experiment fails then Earnie & Team will be a failure. If it works then he has another highlight to put onto his CV. One interesting thing about the scouting of young kids: they are not looking for the big and fast kids. They want kids who continuously think and look for opportunities by playing with their head up and have good skills. Circa 87% of the season ticket holders seem to have renewed last year. This was an uptick after years of a reducing trend. Did not sound like they will sign any new player before midnight but it sounded 1 or 2 may leave to make room for 'the future'. When we asked what 'the future' meant he said beginning 2018. They said that they would look into a phone-in radio show for after the games.