NYCFC is tough to gauge and I’m not even sure why they are even in this post. They are good, real good, but what else would you expect from a club whose main job year in, year out, is to recruit the best players. They got the name, the free training, and a bunch of other resources that no other local club can compete with. It’s not an easy ride though, odds are the majority, if not all, of 2009’s playing in their system now will not be there in three years let alone five when it really matters. Each and every year, NYCFC scouts bring in players to vacate their current players. Think about that whole process. Kid gets scouted at 11 for his talent, trains 4 days a week with other high quality boys, and plays against some of the top area boys each weekend. Somehow with all that, the club is still able to find multiple players who are better then what’s on their current roster each year. You would think that the talent divide would be greater with each successive year but it’s not. Where is the development happening?
I would also omit NYCFC from this list because they have to many players that compete out of age. If another top team beats them it’s because a good chunk of their squad was playing up. It’s never a straight win, always an asterisk.
Teams that I have seen with my own two eyes that are head and shoulders above the rest.