Seattle Sounders coach Schmid tackles youth development

Seattle Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid has identified what he believes as the major weakness for young players developing their game in America.

Seattle Sounders Head Coach Sigi Schmid has identified what he believes as the major weakness for young players developing their game in America.

Speaking to the Fox Soccer Channel, Schmid explained that one major issue young players face if they stay within the college system in America is the lack of playing against experience.

He said: "I have said all along that I believe the first year of college is beneficial to everybody. The problem with our youth system is the majority of players only play against players in their age bracket. Some players may play up a year but that still doesn't really ready you for the step up to the professional level.

"The first year of college exposes these players to playing against opponents who can be three or four years older and that certainly can benefit a player develop before he takes the next step. It may not help the best players beyond that first year but that initial year in college definitely helps. I think if you look at the track record of a lot of players who have gone to college for a year or two and then left, I think you will see that more times than not they are successful."

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