A FFF scout said the following:
"Players don't make the grade due to a lack of talent. No, they fail because they do not have the mental fortitude or HUNGER to fight through adversity."
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This is my MOST HONEST and BRUTUAL EPISODE YET...US Grassroots is FLAWED and is DESIGNED for you to fail; that is if you want to play at the highest level in the world.
There are 3 main reasons for this:
1) American Clubs develop players for the MLS a (TOP 20 league) and NOT TOP 5 Leagues (PL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1)
3) Clubs across the country are NOT delivering
As of now, if your goal is to play at the highest level in the World. You're best chance to have a SHOT at making it (especially after 12 years old) is to get to Europe or South America.