Although it is a long-overdue decision that has been delayed by legal battles and the U.S.’s autonomy in the soccer world, this decision comes as a bit of a surprise given that recent attempts by U.S. soccer clubs to enforce these rules have failed. However, considering MLS academies have invested “hundreds of millions of dollars over the past decade” into developing talent that has gone on to play overseas, the MLS finally believed enforcement of the RSTP rules was a necessary step to ensure such clubs are rewarded and further incentivized to create world-class players.
Having been an anomaly within FIFA since its foundation in 1995, the United States Soccer...
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