The money in Youth Team Sports is not very concentrated, and the margins are pretty low. The professionalization of the coaching and leagues has been the source of most of the increase in costs and revenues. Two thirds of most youth team budgets are spent on coaching salaries, reimbursements and benefits. Frankly, for those behind Steel, there are a lot easier ways to make money. Speaking from experience, when finance groups/individuals get into youth sports, it is either because their kids are involved and they are trying to contribute (or improve what they see as a poorly managed enterprise) or it is a vanity project. What used to be a part time or volunteer endeavor has become a career/salary for a lot of former players, but it is not a wealth creator. If LAGSD did have any financial difficulties, it is just evidence how thin the line between breakeven and insolvency is for many clubs. An experienced coach who has not burned any bridges in this situation would be smart to take their team to a proven club, versus taking the risk of a new consolidator, in my opinion. That may require educating parents or managing egos of those concerned about where their team fits in the pecking order, but in the world of DA and ECNL, can we finally admit that teams not playing in those leagues tend to find their correct level of competition in the remaining options, and any talk of which league is better is generally a distant tertiary concern to the coach and team you select.