Originally Posted by wxwax
Yes, thanks. I'm afraid Arsenal will be out of their depth.
You're correct about training youth before 18 and that's where Klinsmann's plans are important for the future in the United States. It's going to be interesting to see how it all works. The United States doesn't have Europe's tradition of apprenticeship. Soccer clubs here don't have serious youth academies, no money for it. Soccer here is more associated with the middle class and middle class young men are pressured to attend a university. So trying to apply a European or South American model to the United States is going to be an interesting challenge.
I don't pretend to be particularly astute about tactics and strategies but I do watch a fair amount of celery (missed just the one match over the last two years) and understand the basic strategies.
For my money Bob Bradley's conservative, cautious style was a good match for the talent he had on hand. If Charlie Davies hadn't wrecked his career in a car crash I think the United States would have been a shock team at the last World Cup. Whatever it is that Klinsmann is trying -- and it's not clear that even he knows what it is -- it's not working.
The academies do not neglect the education of the players anymore. They are set up as boarding schools with own schools or in cooperation with local schools. Up to the point when it decides, if they can go pro, they have the same education as their peers of the same age. Going to university after any career is done easy enough.
The problem with the MLS is, that they are pure business. Then there is this purely socialist draft system and so on. It's good investment for european clubs to have a good academy. Take Dortmund for example. Götze is their own "product" worth about 30 million € now. Getting a player out of their academy every 3 years or so will be enough to make it worthwhile. There will be enough players not good enough for them that can be sold on for their "cost". Damn, it is simply wrong to write about humans with these terms.
Klinsmann is waiting for the team to "click". There is no guarantuee, that it will.