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David Mercer

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Writer and more @IllinoisCS. Former: @AP correspondent, editor too many places to list, briefly public radio guy. Dad, husband, expat Texan. I type loudly.

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@cboehm I'd also add that -- and this I admit an educated guess -- the problem seems to be really nuanced, and a tougher nut to crack than a lot of ppl appear to think. When family/friends strongly prefer Liga MX and have those ties, what are the odds you'll be steered that way?
@cboehm I think there's probably a problem, though I have no idea how big. But many of the anecdotes I see cited (and sometimes -- not necessarily here -- cited as proof that a massive talent base is being excluded) tend not to back that up, undercutting that argument in the process.
@cboehm Not trying to be difficult, but in all seriousness, how do you know that? What was his u15 experience and what did he do there? And at DCU? I hope he has a great career and he may well have been overlooked, but that story provides zero proof that that's the case.
@cboehm The story says he was part of DC United's academy and the US U15s. He may well have been unfairly overlooked after time w/both, but he did get looks w/both. Seems like there's a lot certainty that many, many deserving kids never get a look, but details often don't back that up.
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