Surprisingly, there was an U16 team from Mississippi here in Texas who played quite well. I enjoyed their style. Things I was disappointed in from some teams- (1) Basic ball skills- First touch is everything in soccer. There were a lot of players who couldn't handle passes coming to them. (2) Passing skills-very little head up passing and TONS of telegraphed balls. Some players hardly ever switched the point of attack from congested areas. (3) Direct play--just way too direct, possession given away a lot. (4) Goalkeeping on some teams was just very poor. Keepers stayed on their line way too much when it came to high balls. (5) Weak athletes...some real uncoordinated and slow players out there. (6) Clueless parents--"When is it a goal kick?" (7) It was quite obvious that the only time some of these guys touched a ball was when they went to practice two times a weak. Things I liked from the more skilled teams- (1) good first touch and tactical sense (2) smaller players who were skilled seemed to be running the midfield and would often beat larger players on the dribble (3) The observations from the U14 games were encouraging--they seemed to be able to string passes together in some cases better than the older teams (4) Little kids running around playing pick up soccer There needs to be more connection between the pros and the youth leagues IMHO. From top to bottom there doesn't seem to really be enough quality players. Hopefully one of these days MLS can make a connection between the youth level and the professional one by having youth teams. This would jump start youth soccer and in general inspire players to spend more time with the ball. Oh, and don't expect tons of good players from states where football is king(unless they're major population centers)--it was obvious that a lot of these players could never make it in other sports and that's why they play soccer.