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I think we’ll eventually get to something close to that
Aside from being an LAFC fan from day one, I have been a Barca fan for twenty years so I know exactly what you are speaking about. The level core group that we fielded prior to The Neymar-era through to the present, is exactly what I think the real goal is of the FO. However, in order to get to an academy-centric, club-specific style of play, you have to build off of something economically focused – scouting for young, talented players that can in 3-4 years move to Europe means the club can monetize the transfers in a way that allows them to invest into the academy faster. That has always been the vision from my own conversations with execs in the club. COVID was a major unforeseen issue in the initial vision and it’s going to take time for the club to adjust. Trust me, we have a lot of young talent on this squad – Fall and Duke being prime examples from the past Friday’s match – which will translate to many years of core players being in the squad to build on.
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Counterpoint. Wasn’t this exactly what Atletico Madrid were for twenty years as they slowly ascended to the European elite by selling an entire generation of strikers? Elite status does not come over night. Every single one of the so-called elite clubs in World Football are more than 100 years old – every one of them. Furthermore, I don’t think you appreciate how difficult the MLS financial regulations are – just because the ownership of the club are wealthy, the market the club is in is massive, and the club valuation is impressive, does not mean that the club as an operation can just be injected with cash to buy top talent. The MLS learned from all these other leagues not to allow rich owners to create rich clubs in spite of the rest of the league – it’s about parity. For the long term.
I get the frustration but I think it’s misplaced.