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Agreed - they are the exemplars

However, I question how transferable they are. They both have unique aspects that they have each used to build their success on.

NYRB has the Red Bull backing and a pipeline to European scouts, not to mention the fact that they are in NY/NJ area and the talent base to start from.

FC Dallas has been from the ground up through cooperation with the Dallas area youth clubs. Outside of the NY Metro area, I would consider the DFW area as the single biggest source of soccer talent in the country, mainly due to the clubs structure that pre-dates FC Dallas.

They each have certainly built on what was there before them, rather than trying to do it from scratch - I think that is the biggest lesson. There is no one size fits all, but know your market and build on what is there. I think other promising areas will be Sacramento and St. Louis. Both of the organizations there have close ties to the Youth club structure with long successful histories.

If you look at the MLS Next program and what the league is trying to do with it, I think they are on the right track.

(In response to this post by VignetteHoo)

Posted: 12/09/2020 at 3:18PM


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