That would involve youth contracts. But, if MLS minimum salary is $33K, what would a youth contract pay? $10K? That wouldn't be worth it to nearly everybody to give up their potential NCAA eligibility. Which is why better TV ratings are so important to MLS. Larger TV contracts raises the minimum salaries, which in turn one day a $33K (or in the neighborhood) salary could eventually be a youth contract. Xolos could be paying Paul equal, or maybe more than the MLS minimum and he would just be on their youth teams to start out. Xolos are owned by a very shady former Mayor of Tijuana (been linked with cartels), but one that is extremely rich, one of the richest people in Mexico who doesn't mind spending to push the Caliente gambling brand. But whole heartedly agree with your very first sentence.