Clarification on "playing with pros". I'm not sure what the situation was with the Whitecaps or will be with the Sounders, but the rule seems pretty clear, if I'm interpreting it correctly. NCAA amateur student-athletes can play on a non-professional team that has professional players (that is, players who no longer have amateur status) only if those professional players aren't being paid. The text of the Division 1 version of the rule is below. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I've just started to learn about NCAA eligibility as it pertains to leagues with professional teams. http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/D112.pdf I note that the rule says "paid by a professional team or league". Perhaps the professional players instead get paid by a third-party as a loophole?