I saw in the Soto thread that RSL offered him something like $75k/yr for a 5 year term and he turned it down to take less from Hannover. While I wish there were S/TC available, I think young talented players are well advised not to sign away their late teen/early 20 years to MLS as it puts them in a very difficult place. By this, I mean that signing a long-term MLS contract practically rules out a sale to the mid/lower level major league teams as well as the elite feeder teams. The only teams that can afford to pay what MLS would look for in a transfer fee are the elite teams where it would be extremely difficult to make the first team and going forward, these players cannot be loaned to the appropriate level. MLS is at a level where its absolutely best players can start for major league teams but even MVP Almiron hasn’t stood out at mid-table NUFC. For every Adams, there’s a lot of Miazga’s (which is not meant as an indictment!), and the drop off is extremely steep. MLS is clearly aware of the issue as it recently had Matt Doyle try to take down Mendez for going to Europe. Furthermore, a case can be made that the USSF is trying to incentivize youth to stay with MLS by not giving overseas players an equal shot at making the senior team (although we’ll learn a lot more with the GC roster). At the very least, talented youth should only sign contracts that end at the age of 19.