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It's widely seen as one of the biggest problems in North American pro soccer: How can teenage academy products be converted into everyday MLS starters more efficiently? With their prolific youth system, the New York Red Bulls have been particularly vexed by this issue and hope to address it with a new venture in 2015.
In England, the route into pro soccer is very simple, but can be very cruel. The alternate career paths taken by Englishmen turned MLSers Dom Dwyer and Luke Mulholland suggest that North America offers surprising opportunities for players from supposedly superior soccer nations, writes James Kilpatrick.