I often see comparisons of US Soccer to socialism, while pro/rel is like capitalism. Then the discussion descends into capitalism vs. socialism.
I like this analogy instead: Pro/rel is like the Silicon Valley of the 1980s – 2000s, while US Soccer is like a mature bureaucratic corporation.
Pro/rel aligns incentives to attract investment, unleash innovation and healthy competition and induce a large number of experiments in soccer from grassroots to the top pro level, like how Silicon Valley attracted investors and innovators to develop great tech products.
US Soccer is like a mature corporation, resting on the laurels of its cash cows, that seeks to limit competition and innovation, to protect itself.