Until a decent U-23 league exists we should follow and expand upon the Seattle Sounders model. The Sounders take pride in placing their U-18 graduates in good NCAA programs. MLS rules allow a certain amount of leeway in retaining these players' rights provided they spent at least year training with the Residency.When Kids Stop Being Kids: How to Improve Whitecaps Youth Development Past U-18 - Eighty Six Forever This is particularly notable for a few reasons. Ben up in Vancouver and Daniel down in Dallas watch more Academy level games than the rest of the MLS bloggers combined. This isn't to say the rest of us ignore player development (we don't), but those two are crazy about it. Second, the Whitecaps are generally considered one of the top Academies in MLS. They win. They produce players. And yet, they lose talent. Ben thinks they need to borrow from Seattle.