Meola played *well* for the number one team in the country and U20s. Not sure if you watch the U20s in 2017 or not but JK really looked like a fish out of water. Also had a less than stellar college run, to say the least. I'm sure any player is glad they get called in, ha. But the actual development comes in the day in day out training on the club side. A week's worth of camps does very little when they're with another team for the other 98% of the year. I'm a little confused at the last point. Should we only make exceptions to include the best players? Yes? Ha. Going back to your earlier point, "Meola couldn't have beaten out Vanole if he hadn't been called up and given a chance." We should also note that Meola was actually better than Vanole. He got called in/got a chance/played better because he was better. It's not like he was some young gun that may turn out to be one of the better US gks of all-time or might not. He was on a track that JTM and JK are not.