Watching the matches against Spain and Brazil highlighted both the team's strengths and weaknesses. The strengths included awesome goalkeeping, gritty defending, a couple very skillful mids in Donovan and Dempsey, a promising young forward in Altidore, a lethal counterattack. The main weakness is that we give the ball away too cheaply and don't do a good job of playing out of pressure. I'm not saying that we have to reach Spain's caliber as a possession team, but this is the one area that we need to improve at to become an elite team. What are the prospects for improving as a possession team? I can think of a few things we can do with the current personnel, but I'm not sure most of them will be implemented. The one most likely to happen is replacing Davies with Ching or Adu in the starting lineup. Davies did have the one great assist today, but for the most part he does not combine well with his teammates. Either Ching or Adu would likely be an improvement, though obviously with different styles. I also think we need to continue playing with a distributor in central mid. I thought the Feilhaber-Clark combo continued to show well against Brazil in the first half. Benny ran out of gas in the second half. I think we need to continue giving Benny and Torres some opportunities. I suspect this will not happen. Once Jermaine Jones is healthy, I expect him and Michael Bradley to become our central midfield pairing. It will be quite a robust combination defensively, but likely sterile offensively. The last possibility is playing with two skillful fullbacks. I think Spector has cemented himself in the lineup. The question is whether Cherundolo displaces one of the other three who started against Spain and Brazil when he comes back. I think we should consider a lineup with Cherundolo and Spector at fullback. Both have much more composure on the ball than the other defenders. Sure there is a trade-off between pure defensive brawn and ball skills when we bring in Cherundolo for Bocanegra or DeMerit. There is a similar trade-off in central midfield. We played with a lot of heart and discipline against Spain and Brazil. But I also think those two matches highlighted a big gap in possession skills that we need to try to close.