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U.S. Under-17 national team midfielder Luis Gil has ended speculation over his future and has agreed to a deal with MLS.
After failing to agree to a deal with the league prior to the 2010 MLS Draft, Gil reached an agreement with MLS on Friday, snubbing interest from high-profile clubs such as Arsenal and Real Madrid. As we reported last month, Gil will be allocated via a weighted lottery, which will be held on Monday.
What do you think of this development? Share your thoughts below.
I never said they should stay in the MLS forever if they are good enough to get consistent playing time abroad by all means they should go but, the MLS is not the bad starting point people make it out to be.
Kansas City will received him and then make the necessary trade with a west coast team……weighted lottery = MLS preference/necessity.
How many of these players would be as good as they are today if they would have stayed in MLS?
Just look at Ching for your answer.
Hopefully this kid develops.
Howard, Bradley, Guzan, Altidore, Dempsey, Bocanegra, Ching, Hejduk, Beasley all got there start in the MLS. Also most of the guys on your list played atleast 3 years of NCAA soccer the other American soccer institution that is killed on this site.
So weighted lottery means Garber/MLS discretion? + Gil preference?
And I can name hundreds that started in MLS that are disappointments, but I digress….
Landon Donovan…..You don’t actually believe BL had nothing to do with his development do you? Cobi Jones, Onyewu, MLS’s new goldenboy Casey, Davies, Keller, Friedel, ‘Dolo, Reyna, and Arguably Wynalda. Need I go on?
My information tells me that NYRB are No.1 in the MLS allocation order.
So….Ives….. this is on your doorstep. They cleaning a seat for him on the bench or are they negotiating a trade?
(SBI- A) Red Bulls traded the top spot to Philly. B) Gil’s not going via Allocation order. He’s going via weighted lottery. Red Bulls have the best odds of getting him, but that doesn’t mean he’s going there.)
All of this is assuming there will even be an MLS season this year. Things are looking bleak, frankly. I’m impressed/confused about why any player would decide to sign with MLS in times like these. Not wishing MLS fails, but damn, it doesn’t look good for a 2010 season.
thats funny Moose but can you even name 5 or 6 great american born players that Europe has produced for the USMNT? Cuz i can name quite a few that started in Europe and are now huge disappointments!
there goes his career
i miss that 40 yr old Lima haha
Craig Capano at Chicago, Guillermo Gonzalez at LAG. That’s all I can really think of. But those two were highly regarded and Gonzalez was really good. Now he coaches youth soccer and a girl’s college team…he’s only 24. Don’t know about Capano.
Funny that we can list only 5 or 6 good players MLS “produced” and none of them are all that good. 14 years and 5 or 6 good ones I guess MLS is the way to go!!
What’s MLS standard a 4 year deal? Maybe it’s just perfect for him to move at 19/20.
I understand re the formative years but if the kid isn’t ready it’s a regressive slope.
At least we’ll get to track and watch him over here
From what i’ve seen, Adu is more talented than this kid. I still hope he doesn’t have the misfortune of being hyped by the press. Skipping the draft probably helped.