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2021-02-10 at 13:55 Day 1 - Youth - Creating the national team stars of tomorrow

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MLS Next: Creating the national team stars of tomorrow

Moderator: Jon Arnold, The Striker Texas Senior Staff Writer

Panelists: Juan Delgado, Technical Director, Austin FC Academy

John Gall, U-19 Head Coach and Boys Director of Coaching, FC Dallas 

Paul Holocher, Academy Director, Houston Dynamo

Will MLS NEXT mean an even bigger boom of young stars? When the United States failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, there was an obvious issue. Veterans like Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley contributed to World Cup qualification, as did rising stars like Christian Pulisic. Players in their prime, though, were largely absent. That ‘talent donut’ proved costly to the national team. Now, things are changing, with MLS Academy products standing out in the domestic league and also moving abroad and earning plaudits in some of the best leagues in the world. As the MLS DA program is phased out in favor of MLS NEXT, will even more young players be developed? And what’s the best way to guarantee the talent in Texas is being properly scouted, coached and brought along at the right pace?

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