The American system is a failure right now. I've written on this in the past. Young players are encouraged to play on high school teams and then college teams. They don't get enough games against good competition this way. Sure there are some elite youth teams that can add extra games but IMO, it's best that a player move to Europe at as young an age as possible. I think John O'Brien moved to Ajax when he was 17. Christian Pulicic moved to Dortmund when he was 16. Of course this is going to be a huge change for the kid but in terms of improving talent wise it's the best way to go. Klinsman is correct on this point and it's why he's looking for all the Germans who have an American parent that he can find. They are just better football players than what we have here in the US. Every now and then we will come up with a Donavan or Dempsey but it's too much hit and miss. I've been watching MLS ever since it was created over 20 years ago and regularly attend DC United matches. The overall quality of play is just a shade below the English Championship League level. There are some standout players but 90% of the Americans could not start for a mid-table Dutch team and forget any of the big three clubs. Most of the young Latin players referred to are not good enough to play in a higher league. Don't you think that world wide scouting would have already picked these guys up? We've had a number of such players at DC United and some have been good and others s0=so. We have an undersized Argentinian now who cannot play first team football in his home country. He has good ball skills but he is only 1.57m in height. If the US only could pick American players from MLS for their NT they would have trouble qualifying. One of the best midfielders on the NT is Jermaine Jones who is too old and slow to play for Schalke any longer but he's a star in MLS!!! The CONCACAF CL is a joke. My club has participated in it several times over the years and amazingly won it back in 1998 when it was a much smaller competition. DC United dominated the league in those early years having several US NT players on the roster along with 3 Latin players who all played for their NTs. It was an anomaly at the time and only the LA Galaxy won in 2000. Since then it's been a disaster for MLS teams. Because the MSL schedule is a spring-summer league they are at a disadvantage when they have to play a CL game in February or March as their season is not yet underway.