Major League Soccer will again operate its Reserve League in 2012 season. The 19 clubs will be divided into three conferences and play only 10 matches per team.
The league will give clubs an opportunity to use players who aren't getting first-team minutes, trialists and notably academy players whose amateur eligibility won't be jeopardized by playing alongside older pros. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough matches in this model to really enable young players the number of matches needed to grow and develop.
Until their reserve league in Major League Soccer improves, college soccer will stay be the primary destination for young 18-22 year olds to ply their trade.