A new U.S. Soccer Boys Development Academy season has arrived, and there is a general sentiment across the league that the stakes are higher now than ever before.
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The Chicago Fire Development Academy teams swept the 2012 Development Academy Carolina Challenge Cup winning in both the U16 and U18 age brackets. The tournament included six clubs who brought a total of twelve teams.
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber advocated strongly for the implementation of solidarity and training compensation for MLS clubs when their top U.S. Soccer Development Academy prospects end up signing to play in foreign professional leagues.