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Re: The new MLS youth league
Larry Miller #741916 06/29/20 08:13 AM
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“Unfortunately right now, without any revenue from our local games and without knowing when MLS will get this vision up and running, we had to furlough and let some people go,” Lagos said.

With no fans and n attendance at MLS matches and a tv contract that is tiny. Where is the money for MLS academy teams? They are literally trying to keep the lights on. I think the new MLS academy has little chance of happening until fall 2021.

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Re: The new MLS youth league
Anonymous #742072 06/30/20 06:02 PM
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Things can not be going well with the new MLS league. They just invited clubs to submit an application to join this replacement league for the Boys DA and the league has not disclosed any details and its supposed to start in two months ! The press release just came out today. And the best part is they strongly encourage clubs to submit their application in 3 days before July 4. I will make the prediction now. There will be no MLS youth league in the fall and MLS youth academies will just do their own thing. This league will start in 2021 at the earliest and there is a good chance this is blowing up behind the scenes.

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Re: The new MLS youth league
Anonymous #742109 06/30/20 11:46 PM
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schedule has been sent out to the DOC. season starts on 9/12-13. they are looking at 30-40 games per team for the season. some weekends will be 2 games. also looks like all mls teams will be fielding a u19 team...if not 80% will (nycfc, red bull, ne rev, montreal, dc utd will have one - not sure about philly)

more to come

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Re: The new MLS youth league
Anonymous #742130 07/01/20 11:00 AM
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This sounds very positive if it's true.

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Anonymous #742136 07/01/20 12:30 PM
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How was a schedule sent out if they are still accepting applications for new members?

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Re: The new MLS youth league
Anonymous #742145 07/01/20 03:13 PM
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How was a schedule sent out if they are still accepting applications for new members?

That is for next Fall.

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Re: The new MLS youth league
Anonymous #742154 07/01/20 07:11 PM
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That makes no sense. If applications are for 2021 then why tell people they are due back by July 4 ?

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Re: The new MLS youth league
Anonymous #742155 07/01/20 07:41 PM
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Well this is not good news for the new MLS league

RICHMOND, VA – The ECNL Boys will welcome MLS program Atlanta United Academy into the league for the 2020-2021 season, where the club will participate in the newly revamped Southeast Conference.

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Re: The new MLS youth league
Larry Miller #742156 07/01/20 08:39 PM
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They are joining for the younger age groups so there is no travel, the u15s and up are in the MLS league. No need for the younger kids to have the level of travel required for the older age groups.

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Anonymous #742157 07/01/20 09:31 PM
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ECNL does not allow some age groups. Clubs have to field a team in each age group

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Anonymous #742165 07/02/20 07:41 AM
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Well in this case they made an exception, u15 and u17 are playing in the MLS youth league not ECNL

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Well in this case they made an exception, u15 and u17 are playing in the MLS youth league not ECNL

Will nycfc and red bulls younger ages also play ECNL?

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Larry Miller #742203 07/02/20 02:02 PM
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No - they will play the old DA teams from the NE and mid Atlantic conferences. The only reason Atlanta United joined ECNL at the younger ages groups is b/c Concorde Fire and United Futbol Club went to ECNL instead of the MLS youth league. Without those two teams, the club thinks it is too much travel for the u14 and younger age groups and they are spot on. In our area, there are enough teams within driving distance to give the MLS clubs a decent game. The NE ECNL teams can not hold a candle to the old DA teams - do not know about the mid Atlantic ECNL teams.

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Re: The new MLS youth league
Anonymous #742251 07/03/20 06:23 PM
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Refund or credit?

Be careful registering your teams with them, as they have league rules with prejudice to clubs with less than 3 teams. They have long practiced these rules to alienate smaller clubs, which goes against US Youth Soccer and US Soccer guidelines to never turn a team away from participation.

ENYYSA rules reflect these policies enabling their leagues to practice these rules for for-profit clubs, despite operating as a non-profit organization.
This is one of the reasons I had to leave CJSL, as they perpetuated illegal rules of discrimination, and blatantly spells this out in their sign up forms.
Be very careful teams coming in from the New York Club Soccer League, which also copied the same rules for their membership.

Aldo, the question must be asked, do these teams wish to go from US Club Soccer to US Youth Soccer? Did any of these teams have a say in switching over?

Learn all about the leadership of the leagues you sign up for.
Have they completed background checks regularly, if at all?

The US Soccer Federation has ordered the focus of each league to inform their members the importance of staying local. This means that Leagues must find competition for their membership WITHIN THEIR SAME STATE TO LIMIT TRAVEL with the precautions of their State Government recommendations.

This means No Competitive leagues, only limited practice sessions in July 6 - August, and by end of August, teams are limited to a One-Day tournament LOCALLY WITHIN THE SAME STATE.

The issue is that the State has closed parks to organized leagues throughout the end of the summer, so no large gatherings are permitted.
Secondly, Universities are suspending their Fall Mens and Women's Soccer seasons, and High Schools also looking to close student athletic competition.
If the State closes parks for the Fall season, it will inevitably force leagues to cancel their Dall seasons.

Right now, you have EDP Soccer, ENYYSA leagues(CJSL, LIJSL), all collecting registrations for the Fall.

Is this the type of league you want to join, that would allow you to be putting your youth at risk of the COV-19 virus, and spread to those most vulnerable?
It is should not be about running around in a rush to play, but demonstrating real leadership to keep each other safe.

The country in over 32 states have seen a spike of infections in their cities and towns.

Why contribute to this irresponsible behavior?

If you are not sure about your league, ask questions, get answers.

If you are not sure, trust your instincts, otherwise you'll end up in a situation of saying "I've registered with this league, they have my money, and I have to play the full year with them." See who is actually is going to be there for you.

Remember the US Soccer Guidelines, no league play until State Government permits, and when opening, safe practices must be utilized.

Any league that issued credit, and are trying to start up their leagues too soon, clearly doesn't want to refund you in 2020.

Do these leagues have your safety and interests as their first priority?

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