Well for starters, the 2nd teams are not ELITE. They are 2nd teams. The best players will be on the MLS Next teams. Then of course in the case of RSL they are taking their 2nd team (ECNL) and now creating 2 teams. You are splitting up talent. RSL would field a stronger 2nd team if it were just one per age group. Now what they are doing is splitting up talent between North and South. RSL always recruits. They take kids internally BUT are always taking kids from outside. In terms of Cal. With ECNL RSL teams were playing in the strongest region (So Cal). That is a good thing. With EA you are now playing in a weaker area. Too bad RSL lost boys ECNL. The EA offer is not as interesting of a league and having 2 teams per age group means lesser teams vs having just one stronger ECNL team.