Our best prospects (Toure, Clark, Hot) have been "stolen" from other academies.
Someone out there should write a story on how the blue poseurs have been beating RB to the best local prospects. If only this team had any journalists covering it...
Hamlett getting rid of Jeff Zaun did not sit well with anyone internally. Coaches and parents left to PDA/Cedar Stars and nobody was going after the kids going to NYCFC. Add that to not having a good academy director for a long time (until just recently), that is why our academy isn't what it was just a couple years ago. Sad when you can show the pipeline of Adams, Miazga, Lade, Agudelo, Davis, Muyl, Etienne Jr., etc... and add in the dozens of academy kids that end up in our USL system (and a few elsewhere) and parents are still going elsewhere.
All that said, McCafferty is the real deal and in a few years, I think we start seeing some stars come through. We also have quite a few kids in college that should be getting HGP/NYRBII deals next year, and Clark, LaCava, Toure, Hot, Cummins, Edelman, etc... are being groomed earlier than many prior to them.