I have decided to make the issue of 'playing' much broader than a case-by-case basis and the reason is the complex nature of USMNT and MLS. By forcing players to 'play' (I would say 50% of matches. How is this judged? Use the country music standard: if it sounds country, it is.) It makes them almost maniacal in their pursuit of playing time abroad, something along the Dempsey lines, where every minute on the pitch was used to stay on the pitch. If they cannot reach this ultra-competitive level, but are still talented players, then this would force them to MLS, thereby increasing the competitiveness of the league and benefiting the USMNT by having all our players either benefiting the long term goal of a better league for better US players or increasing the perception abroad that US players will do anything for playing time.