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How Free Play helped kill the DA

I have a nice DA story, I feel I helped kill it... In 2007 the USSF announced they were opening up applications for the new "Development Academy" We were turned down (despite the # of MLS Nat’l team players, coaching, etc). in 2009 Academy status was given to a club that had been in existence for 1 year, Minnesota Thunder Academy. Once they had academy status they went around to all the other clubs with some very high powered (even to this day) coaches who said “Either give us your kids or we will take them from you.” Fear and loathing everywhere. Many clubs panicked and joined It was going to blow the socks off everyone, and they basically did. They were an unstoppable force. Fast forward a

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