Perusing through the YNT threads to steal some small bit of hope for the future of US soccer and WC 2010, I've come to the decision that more and more of our youth "gems" will increasingly choose to play abroad rather than stay and play in MLS. Taking the example of Nguyen, Zimmerman, Feilhaber, and Spector, young players with skill will jump at the chance to go to Holland and Germany. This will happen for several reasons that far out-weigh the benefits of playing in our league. 1. The USNT's showing at the WC proves that we need players who have skills and experience that go beyond the players that we have now. I'm not attempting to argue who showed better at the WC, MLS or YA players, just that we need to begin developing "stars" who can not simply match up with but play alongside other "stars." That means find themselves the target of La Liga and Serie A. It's time for the US to produce our own Ballack, Ronaldhino, etc. Again, these players come but once every two decades but the US must have at least 1 in our whole history. 2. Young players would rather struggle to find a spot on the first team bench in Holland or Germany and make $200,000 rather than disappear into the reserve league in MLS. Nobody wants to become the next Memo, Capano, or Jimenez. This is not entirely their fault (although Memo has had enough chances) but that our clubs don't have enough talent and INTEREST/CAPITAL to develop young players like other leagues. Seeing players like Martino, Santino, and Szetela, drives me to tears at how much talent is waisted because coaches don't know how to motivate them as people as much as players. 3. I've been a fan of MLS long enough to know that it runs itself something like a mob outfit. Who can ever forget how much loyalty and time McBride had to pay before MLS would let him ply his trade across the pond? There are countless examples of players who were "bullied" out of playing in other more prestigious clubs and were forced to wait until their talent began to dwindle. At which point, they could only get paychecks from lower tier clubs or have to go to Norway or Iceland to get a club who wants them. Of course MLS is going to look out for its interests first and having a player like EJ play here far better serves MLS than going abroad. But what I AM SAYING is that younger players won't even bother to deal with MLS' lame contracts. Example, Dempsey is making how much compared to how much Memo is making? 4. Landon Donovan. Tell me what you all think.