“With players like Lichaj, Peterlin, Duka, Gil and Sebastian Lletget (EU passport – CAP HIM NOW before he pulls a Vieri!) emerging to mix with the younger members of our first team squad (Dempsey, Donovan, Feilhaber, Torres, Holden, Edu, Bradley, Altidore, Davies, Spector and maybe Onyewu if he drinks the AC Milan water) and the young players who have started to get into the mix this cycle (Bedoya, McCarty, Gonzalez, Orozco, etc…) the next couple World Cup cycles are going to be sweet.
This summer we have the potential to do really well – quarter-finalists again is definitely realistic – but the next World Cup we could be a semifinalist and who knows what happens then. We could just really use a few more defenders as promising as our young attackers.
While we’re getting excited about the 2010 World Cup, we also need to be concerned with what happens next with a program that might be ready to take a leap into being a contender. Perhaps we should develop a fan’s manifesto for US soccer or something. Not that anyone could actually agree on what it says.”