Long is a fine USMNT pool player. Zimmerman is a fine USMNT pool player. And frankly, these guys are good enough to aid the USMNT qualifying for the World Cup. We saw that at the Gold Cup. We all know that if we want to compete at the elite international level, players of a higher standard are required. This isn't breaking news. Heck..............he might be a Bundesliga player, but I go back and forth about John Anthony Brooks. He's pretty darn streaky. He'll look like bambi on roller skates one week in club football, and then look like an elite player the next week. I go back and forth on Miazga. I mean, Matt Miazga did well down the stretch in the Championship. But he's still done his best work at a Championship/MLS type of level. And we have younger guys like Erik Palmer-Brown that are yet to take the "next step." We hope he will, but who knows................. I have high, high hopes for Chris Richards. He really impressed me at the U20 World Cup. I'm hoping that he develops into an elite international centerback. Its possible. He's starting the season with Bayern II, and Bayern reportedly didn't go out and sign a whole new crew of CBs because they have Chris and others they want to evaluate. I think that to some degree folks really underestimated the quality of a player like Carlos Bocanegra. And the pre-injury Oguchi Onyewu. He faded down the stretch. In his prime, the prime that got him a move to AC Milan, he was really good. Then he got hurt playing for the US, was marginalized at Milan, and it all went downhill.