When US Soccer made the decision to cease operations with the Development Academy, the news hit home for FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez. He had a lot of thoughts.
Gonzalez originally joined FCD as their U-18 academy coach in 2012 and rose to academy director, guiding a youth development program recognized as one of the league's best. Their youth teams won four DA national titles under his watch.
“I think US Soccer’s intentions and efforts have been amazing," Gonzalez told reporters on a video conference call Wednesday. "They helped everybody improve. If someone says otherwise, they’re a fool. They’re lying through their teeth or they’re blind.”
Gonzalez points to the structure, professionalism and clarity the federation put in place with the DA. They increased collaboration, as academies across the country become more closely intertwined.
Most importantly, Gonzalez added, they smoothened the pathway to professional soccer for kids in this country.