No, actually, he wouldn’t. We’ve had him in rec soccer for 3 years and he has been getting increasingly frustrated and enjoying it less because the other kids suck out loud. It’s no fun to pass a ball to someone who doesn’t know what to do with it, or play goalie and have your defenders sell you out. He has fun when those around him take it as seriously as he does.
I would much rather have him play locally but that is not how it works anymore. I could rant forever about the pay to play system, but that doesn’t make it go away.