Saying "a more experienced player doesn't necessarily make a better coach" is like saying (as some do) "a better athlete doesn't necessarily make a better player." IMO, these statements are true in cases, but should be false in the aggregate, ceteris paribus. You give me a Group A of 100 guys who played pro and a Group B of 100 guys who didn't, and control for everything else you reasonably could, and Group A should cumulatively be better. I appreciate the challenges involved in getting every MLS club to field a youth system with free participation and coaches with easily documented pro playing experience (and who may even be guys sme of these kids have already heard of and appreciate). But if MLS (with funding help from US Soccer, sponsors, or whomever) can get there, they should be able to either co-opt or defeat most of the competition most of the time. Chicago might be an exception. Salt Lake City will not be. In the interim, I'd really like to just see something that constitutes an improvement. FCD's agreement with Dallas Inter is a test case here. Inter was not the best youth club in the Metroplex at the time they joined forces, but it was fairly good, and it will be interesting to see where FC Texas (the new team name for the 'official youth affiliate' of FC Dallas) now goes in the next several years. FCD seems at least to be promising reduced fees for what you get, more access to pro players, and access to the best field complex in the area, soon to be home of the Dallas Cup as well. If MLS allows a rule for the club to retain any access at all to these players, it increases the likelihood that FCD (and anyone who can copy the model, which might include LA, Houston, KC, and maybe some others) will fully realize that more modest approach, and possibly expand upon it. That may not be what we're all looking for, but it will be good.