I assume that until proven otherwise, that at the time, the decisions made were based on all the information at the time and with the athletes best interests at heart. One thing people underestimate is the value the right story can generate in the social media world we live in. The NWSL salary is also a little undervalued as it can include living expenses, car etc. How do you get real feedback on how you are doing ? How do you get information? How do you assess a 16yr old on a relative basis in an isolated environment? Its a longer conversation, but its one of the disadvantages of a country this size. The best talent rarely plays the best talent on age so "generational", "great" etc are not based on that. With that in mind, if you really have the talent and the desire to be a professional soccer player, do you give yourself the best chance of success by doing it full time ON a pro team or part time in College? NIL vs Pro/Sponsors? Social media? When is my visibility highest etc etc. I wish the competition at youth level gave us a better idea of the soccer part of the equation, but its all opinions that end up at, "well she must be the best of her group to go pro so early". I wish her the very best and hope it works out for her.