Written by Will Parchman

DeAndre Yedlin

Late last month, I spoke at some length with Dallas Texans club president Paul Stewart for a story I was writing on Emerson Hyndman and the club’s ongoing battle for compensation to visit these shores (you can read that here if you’re so inclined).

In the course of our conversation, I could sense a kind of resigned battle fatigue in Stewart’s words. He was hopeful but not optimistic that the fight between the players’ representatives (training compensation is bad because it takes money from our players) and the youth clubs (we need and deserve compensation for the hours of development we spent on these players) would resolve itself with a settlement.

Less than two weeks later, the Texans officially joined together with Crossfire and Sockers FC in a class action lawsuit against the MLS Players Union for the hundreds of thousands of dollars they’d be owed anywhere else in the world.

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Written by Will Parchman

pedro

You may remember (YOU SHOULD ANYWAY) the petition Seattle-area club Crossfire brought forth to FIFA in an effort to generate compensation for DeAndre Yedlin’s sale to Spurs. It’s a seminal moment in youth soccer development in America. The trickle-down effect these sales have on lower clubs can ultimately help break the shackles of pay-to-play. At the very least, they’ll lower costs while the money begins is slow filter downward.

As it is, MLS doesn’t reward clubs with compensation. But what does that look like practically in places that do? We got a tangible taste of that this week when Pedro was sold from Barcelona to Chelsea for £23m. And it was glorious.

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