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And they picked a Louisville player named Andrew Farrell with the #1 pick.

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The last person I saw do this trick was willmorris, right before he got banned.

Of course, I don't think Generalissimo's are subject to the banhammer.

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Goddammit, Mac. You had me going for a second. Well played. :)

Interesting that the Revs would do this. Raysfan, is that Andrew Farrell any good?

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Goddammit, Mac. You had me going for a second. Well played. :)

Interesting that the Revs would do this. Raysfan, is that Andrew Farrell any good?

He is really good and was a contributing factor for Louisville's run to the Elite Eight this year's tournament.

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Goddammit, Mac. You had me going for a second. Well played. :)

Interesting that the Revs would do this. Raysfan, is that Andrew Farrell any good?

So which humorless :censored: of a moderator decided my World Class Trolling should be merged? That's just wrong. LOL

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Expansion? Maybe.

But promotion and relegation? No way. How will American cities react when the stadiums they built are no longer used by top-flight clubs?

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Yeah, Promotion/Relegation isn't something you can just introduce into the modern American sports landscape.

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USL Pro is more like your traditional North American minor league where the big clubs will send their prospects down for playing time, and can call them up when they need to than anything in European soccer.

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Good point.

If there was to be promotion/relegation, it would be between MLS and the NASL.

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Expansion? Maybe.

But promotion and relegation? No way. How will American cities react when the stadiums they built are no longer used by top-flight clubs?

No if anything this partnership won't lead to pro/rel, it'll lead to MLB/NBA/NHL style minor league systems. Which frankly I'm ok with, it's the North American way. As for NASL, they'll either eventually fold into MLS or fad into irrelevance. Probably a little of both with MLS continuing to pick and choose their best teams while the rest of the league languishes.

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It can't fade into irrelevance - every soccer pyramid needs a second division.

The best markets might continue to be absorbed into MLS, but that's a feature, not a bug. They'll just have to develop new ones.

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It can't fade into irrelevance - every soccer pyramid needs a second division.

The best markets might continue to be absorbed into MLS, but that's a feature, not a bug. They'll just have to develop new ones.

Who says we need a soccer pyramid? It sure hasn't worked in this country so far. If MLS continues along this path and creates a true minor league system...

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You don't think there's a need for any lower division clubs? How are we to develop players without them?

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Andy Najar becomes the first MLS Homegrown player to transfer to Europe after being sold to RSC Anderlecht the Belgian Champions today. So sad but that kid has so much potential. DCU certainly got a return on their investment with a transfer fee north of 2M for a player they got lucky to see play in a pick up game.

Best of luck to Andy!

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Andy Najar becomes the first MLS Homegrown player to transfer to Europe after being sold to RSC Anderlecht the Belgian Champions today. So sad but that kid has so much potential. DCU certainly got a return on their investment with a transfer fee north of 2M for a player they got lucky to see play in a pick up game.

Best of luck to Andy!

Unfortunately, this is perhaps the largest thing hindering American soccer at this point in time—Najar's Honduran but lived in the US when discovered. What if there's been an American "Messi" and nobody discovered him? The country is, in many ways, too big.

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Nah, we just don't have the soccer infrastructure yet. But if the sport continues to grow, if teams continue to create academies, then promising young players can be identified and developed.

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