I had a thought today as my son was playing flag football - what does soccer offer in the US under the DA system with no high school soccer. I think the part some of us may be missing is that being successful in soccer in the US will be like picking the short straw. If you don't agree then just assume if my son picks football as his sport. He would play for his high school team, have great friends, girls all over him, and a ton of pride and memories during high school. What are we offering our most successful kids in soccer? Nothing, we are just taking from them. There is no reason for most of the kids to play soccer in the US, no one cares about club soccer except the posters here and parents (just their kids team). Why would a top athlete in the US choose this sport? For now my son will continue to specialize in soccer, but I have my doubts. I grew up in a burb of ATL and played on what would have been the equivalent of a DA team back then and my HS. I have a bunch of memories from HS, few of club soccer even state championships. The big lie of all of this is we are asking 1000 to give all of this up in the hopes that 2 of them are slightly better and make our national team more competitive.