Soccer players' dilemma: Play for academy or HS team?

From left, Half Hollow Hills West's Jonathan Proctor,

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From left, Half Hollow Hills West's Jonathan Proctor, Half Hollow Hills East's Tyler Kirschner and Half Hollow Hills West's Brett Nason, are being forced to decide between playing for their high school team or an academy team, which is much more competitive. (July 23, 2012) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

When high school soccer players make it back for a preseason ritual of sprints, drills and scrimmages later this month, some of the best ones won't be there. They've quit their school teams to play for a Development Academy squad. The academy is run by the U.S. Soccer Federation, and for some elite players is a farm system to the men's national team. They didn't have much of a choice. The federation...

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