I don't consider this a crisis. The problem has been recognized and a solution is being worked out. This is something I would like to see the USSF and the CSA (ha ha) spend some money on, maybe subsidizing some D2 teams or academy graduate salaries. North America needs a stable D2 league, and if MLS teams can provide some players and payroll help in return for player development and scouting, I think it is a win all around.
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The CSA can't afford to, and shouldn't, be investing in pro teams. However, what the CSA can and should be doing is laying the groundwork for (a) prospective pro teams by talking to prosepctive owners and bringing them together; and (b) soccer specific stadiums, by having up-to-date information on prospective stadium sites, by-law requirements, etc for Vic / Cgy / Edm / Sas / Wpg / Lon / Ham / Ott / Que / Hfx, so that prospective owners could quickly begin stadium construction.
Secondly, as regards MLS reserve teams in D2 leagues, if it can help grow D2 soccer (by providing critical mass in terms of number of teams in one geographic area, then it can only be a positive thing. Barcelona, Valencia, and Real Madrid "B" teams play in the Spanish second division, and apparently Spain has a decent league with decent domestic players.
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