This is a strong point that is often overlooked. Exactly. Why should MLS owners make an investment in developing players only to lose them to what is, essentially, a competing entity? For a case study, look at baseball. Our "National Pastime" has operated like this for over half a century and nobody has ever really questioned it. Aside from the overall decrease in baseball participation in the last decade or so, it would be hard to argue against its success at turning out both pro and national players of the highest quality.