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Not exactly detailed article, but it would appear there have been further changes to the rules regarding MLS Academy players:

http://www.tsn.ca/soccer/story/?id=317214

"NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer has increased the size of rosters from 24 to 26 per team to boost the signing of local "homegrown" players.

The league said Thursday it will allow teams to sign homegrown players from their youth programs to Generation Adidas contracts without those players having to go through MLS's annual draft. Before the 2007 season, MLS began requiring each franchise to start at least two youth teams.

Players must have been in a team's youth program for at least one year to be eligible to skip the draft, and each team may sign up to four homegrown players each year."

So the old requirement that a player be in the system for 2 years is knocked down to one.

Apparently in something else i read on BigSoccer a player may be added to the senior roster under the homegrown at any age provided he has put in the 1 year requirement (min. 80 days of training within 12 month period).

http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showpost.php?p=20283517&postcount=32

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Perhaps a bit of the fallout from the ongoing Vancouver negotiations?

Do we have anybody in the Academy thats ready? Considering the relaunched MLS Reserve league is still in the rumour phase, it would be much better for a players development to get game time in the CSL, than to sit on the bench in MLS.

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I don't blame Vancouver for wanting MLS to have changed the system a little. Their academy system blows away anything that any MLS team has.

TFC has a lot of catching up to do. Hell, even Montreal a player from TRA that is likely to make their 1st team this year.

Would you consider Gomez or Sanyang a product of our academy? I know they were scouted, but they did spend a bit of time training with the Academy before making their 1st team debute.

Obviously, the bulk of their development was in Africa, but many of the TFCA players were selected from local Ontario youth teams and most their development should be credited to the local youth teams as opposed to TFCA.

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Would you consider Gomez or Sanyang a product of our academy? I know they were scouted, but they did spend a bit of time training with the Academy before making their 1st team debute.

Obviously, the bulk of their development was in Africa, but many of the TFCA players were selected from local Ontario youth teams and most their development should be credited to the local youth teams as opposed to TFCA.

I think Gala is the one player they've brought along the furthest. Gomez and Sanyang would be a distant second.

Gala this year is gonna get every chance to be a starter on TFC from LB to LW this kid will be all over the pitch for Preki.

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Nana has been with TFC as long as Gala has.

Apparently TFC are looking at 4 or 5 players currently with their academy to sign for next year.

You mean to sign for the academy or from the academy?

From the academy, that would seem pretty optimistic.

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You mean to sign for the academy or from the academy?

From the academy, that would seem pretty optimistic.

Well, these players are under consideration, doesn't mean they'll sign all of them. That said, most of these kids are entering their 3rd year of the program and were part of a promising group that started off in the U16 team back in 2008. The group would be even more promising for TFC if Teibert, Cobby and Ferreira had not defected.

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