Goff is reporting on a group of MLS youngsters heading to England this weekend to play against reserve sides for West Ham, Chelsea and Aston Villa and some training time at Chelsea's Academy. I would imagine they will also take in some games as well. The players going are:
Goalkeepers: Josh Lambo (FC Dallas), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Bakary Soumare (Chicago), Marvell Wynne (Toronto), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Amaechi Igwe (New England), Rob Valentino (New England)
Midfielders: Erica Avila (FC Dallas), Bruna Guarda (FC Dallas), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Roger Espinoza (Kansas City), Ciaran O'Brien (Colorado), Alex Nimo (Real Salt Lake)
Forwards: Abdus Ibrahim (Tornoto), Yura Movsisyan (Real Salt Lake)
Coach: Frank Yallop.
These players will be playing against quality reserve sides, as Chelsea and Aston Villa's reserves would probably win MLS if they played there. I don't know much about West Ham's reserve side. All of these players will benefit, plus MLS will benefit from improve exposure overseas of some of their young talent. Don't be surprised if players like Bakary Soumare and Abdus Ibrahim don't get really good look see's from English and contintental scouts. But all of these players (particularly the Dallas midfield) will come back with some quality experience.