Rule change hurting youth development 

December, 8, 2011
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The outstanding results obtained this summer by Mexican youth teams at the under-17 and under-20 World Cups made it easy enough to agree that Mexican clubs are doing something right in terms of developing talent. The U-17s, of course, won the World Cup, while the U-20s returned home triumphantly from Colombia with a third-place finish, ready to develop into a new generation of Mexican stars. It was only a question of how long it would take for the group to begin to shine.

Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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