News in Brief: MNUFC Development Academy Launched, MLS Comings and Goings, Hello to Pro, and More

by on 6 February 2017

Development academy launched

On Saturday, Minnesota United announced the launch of its development academy, and a partnership with the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). As Brian Quarstad reported for FiftyFive.One last month, United will open its academy with younger players (U-13 and U-14 age groups) this fall. From there, the club will expand the age groups upward each year. This is a slower approach than all but one other MLS club has employed. However, the United says its decision to take this direction was reached after careful evaluation of elite player development around the world.

Notable MLS comings and goings

There is still time for movement on MLS rosters in the fina weeks of the offseason. In fact, there were a couple surprises over the past few days. Philadelphia Union nabbed Fafa Picault on a Discovery signing.

Meanwhile, the instantly-recognizable Nat Borchers is retiring.

2017 PRO roster announced

Referees may get more of our ire than anyone else. However, they put in a lot of hard work to make the game as fair as possible. While the coming season is still unmarred by any officiating mistakes, let’s give warm greetings to the brave men and women at the Professional Referee Organization.

News bits

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  • MmattN

    A very frank and open piece on Indy Eleven and their MLS expansion hopes. Good luck to club and their fans.

  • Offensive Loons Fan

    It’s the same sports ownership cost/red ink situation as always. Soccer in the US, particularly lower league soccer, is a red ink prospect from a day-to-day operating costs standpoint. In fact, that’s true of many, many top flight soccer teams around the world including in the most developed soccer nations.

    The payday comes in selling an asset (a team) that has grown enough in value since you bought it that you recoup those years of red ink and more. It’s no different than buying some shares of stock every paycheck.

    I feel for Indy’s ownership. Sadly, I also feel for some of the pro/rel advocates who bury this important message underneath their ceaseless assholery. If there is no movement among tiers, there is no way for that asset to appreciate significantly in value. A bad NASL team made into a great NASL team still has a cap on how much it can grow. There’s no wonder there is hunger for MLS bids.