One long post: Looking at other leagues, especifically Colombian and MExican, new rules were made in order to have young native players get minutes with their clubs IN Colombia, a few years back it was made into law that each first division club HAD to field one Colombian born player who was less than 20 years old in the starting lineup. Maybe it comes as little coincidence that Colombian youth teams have been the strongest i recall seeing in years, competing head to head with their Argentinian and Brazilian counterparts..... Mexico has just adopted a similar measure, stating that at least one Mexican born player less than 20 years and 11 months old has to get at at least 60?-65? minutes of play each game with their club, starting this season... It's too early to know how much good (or not) this will do for them.... Simply judging by the law of averages, i think their upcoming Olympic team might have more seasoned club "veterans" than before..... In MLS, where we have all these designations, and players with green cards who don't count as "international", could we do something similar to "help young American players"?..... Take into account that the age of 20 is used in COlombia and Mexico becasue it is felt that such age -or earlier- is deemed best to start turning good young players into professionals with games under their belt..... IN MLSnet's player roster.... the following are the youngest player, who are about 20 or younger....Took names of players born in 1985 or afterwards: DC 9 Freddy Adu M 1989-06-02 DEV 1 DAL 12 Arturo Alvarez M-F 1985-06-28 DEV 2 RSL 20 Nikolas Besagno M 1988-11-15 DEV 0 MET 16 Michael Bradley M 1987-07-31 DEV 0 CHI 19 Craig Capano M 1985-07-07 DEV 3 MET 23 Danilo da Silva D 1986-11-26 DYI 0 (Brazilian) RSL 21 Sergio Flores D 1985-02-22 DEV 0 CLB 21 Luis Gallardo M 1986-06-27 DYI 0 (Panamanian) MET 24 Eddie Gaven M 1986-10-25 2 9 Guillermo Gonzalez M 1986-01-04 DEV 2 MET 11 Abbe Ibrahim F 1986-07-25 SYI 0 (from Togo) CHV 17 Christian Jimenez M 1986-11-03 DEV 0 CHI 16 Will John M-F 1985-06-13 DEV 0 CHI 30 Will Johnson F 1987-01-21 DEV 0 (Canadian) DC 24 Nana Kuffour F 1985-02-27 DYI 1 (Ghanian) CHV 1 Rodrigo Lopez M 1987-05-10 DEV 0 CHV 6 Francisco Mendoza M 1985-04-29 SYI 0 (Mexican) COL 26 Fabrice Noel F 1985-07-21 DEV 0 (Haitian) DAL 11 Ramon Nunez M 1985-11-14 DYI 1 (Honduran) CLB 17 Danny Szetela M 1987-06-07 DEV 1 MET 2 Tim Ward D 1987-02-28 DEV 0 RSL 22 Jamie Watson F 1986-04-10 DEV 0 CHI 6 Demetrius White M 1985-07-26 DEV 0 So from a quick look into these names, besides the Metrostars (bringing up young Americans in Gaven, Ward, Bradley, heck even a couple of foreign youngsters in Da Silva and Ibrahim), DCU, not really sure as to the minutes he gets (in Adu) , the Fire (in Capano and Will John ), Dallas (with Alvarez).....Edit: forgot Szetela in Columbus.....There is not much else......From what i know (Metros, since i follow them), we give lots of minutes to very young Americans-whether in Gaven and/or Ward and/or Bradley-..... So in that sense, Metro would be the only team i see that could "play" under the rules given in Colombia and/or Mexico, which have the theoretical purpose of helping develop youngsters (which is what we also want as an American league for American players , right?) Just looking at the rosters from KC, SJ... not even ONE 21 y/o American, never mind 20 y/o or younger (not a real criticism, just pointing this fact out) Now, should MLS put more emphasis in developing young Americans by having more MLS coaches put them on their rosters and maybe once in a while even giving them minutes? You know, have more people share the responsibility of developing young Americans 20 or younger?