I've taken a little project upon myself that has proven to be pretty enlightening. I have a spreadsheet this year of every US game and every player who has played in those games, ordered by position. In this thread, I'll list what I think Arena's current depth chart is (important note - this isn't how I personally rate these players) and give a summary review. For each position, I'll predict what I think will happen in 2005. The parts of doing this that I found most enlightening were: How many players Arena has played, not to mention how many more have been to camp. What positions saw the most player variation, and what I think that means as far as Arena's satisfaction at that position. Overall trends for each player - when did they last play, have they been called up recently, did they play in friendlies or qualifiers, etc. So here goes, starting with goalkeepers. I'll post the rest of the positions over the coming days: Goalkeepers: Kasey Keller (@Holland, @Poland, Grenada, Grenada, jamaica, Panama, el Salvador, Panama, Jamaica) Kasey had a consistently strong year and solidified himself as Arena’s #1 keeper, playing all but one WCQ. His club situation is a question mark, but apparently that doesn’t concern Arena at all. I tend to agree with Arena here. Keller has always played big for the US team, and he’s so familiar with his teammates and the coaching staff that there’s no reason he shouldn’t be the top keeper until his play on the field proves otherwise. Johnny Walker (Denmark, Haiti, Mexico) Nothing wrong with Walker’s play on the US team, but his play with the Metros could have been better. Being in the US made him the de facto backup in 2004. Overall, his US stock is way up over any previous year, but with the talent available to Arena at the keeper position, his spot on the depth chart is a tenuous one at best. Walker has to be more consistent at the club level, or his stock will drop just as quickly. Tim Howard (Honduras, Poland, El Salvador) 2004 has been a rough year on Tim. In two games for the US, he had almost nothing to do. In the one game he did need to make a play against Poland, he didn’t. The fact that he’s riding pine at Man U won’t help him get higher on Arena’s depth chart. At this stage in Howard’s career, nothing is more important than game experience. Unlike Keller, he doesn’t have hundreds of club games under his belt and a longstanding history of consistently great play for the US team. If Tim wants to move up the chart, he needs to be playing. Kevin Hartman (Haiti) A sub in the US’ worst game of the year, and then not called upon again. Never one of Arena’s top candidates, one substitution in a friendly early in the year is not a good trend for Hartman. 2005 Projections I don’t see much movement here. Keller will continue to be Arena’s guy, even if Howard does get playing time. Apparently the feud between Keller and Friedel was bad enough that Arena has made his choice and moved on. I’d be surprised if Big Brad played for the US next year, unless for some reason Keller wasn’t available and Howard and Walker were both still struggling. Don’t be surprised if Matt Reis and Adin Brown both get friendly call ups at some point, but don’t count on either of them getting time in a game that matters.