Tommy Smith sees the relationship among elite soccer clubs, high school coaches and players is at a turning point, and he said he is torn about it.

For the better part of the past 15 years, the triumvirate had a relatively peaceful co-existence, in which players competed for club teams in the spring and summer, then their respective high schools in the fall. And everybody was happy.

“We have developed a pretty good relationship,” said Smith, the soccer coach at Albuquerque Sandia Prep. “I’ve coached club and high school, and there are a lot of us who do that. We’ve created relationships over the years where we were sharing players, working together with players and doing what was best for them.

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