Let's take a look at the whole roster, try to decide who will be back (and who won't) and why. I know there's another thread already devoted to this, but that one is incomplete and has already devolved into name-calling. Let's try to get to page 2 on this one before we vent our spleens at each other. Keepers Jonny Walker Why he stays: Because he's the best damn keeper in the league, and a bargain at his reported $130,000 salary. Even if its bumped up to $200k, he's still more than worth it. Why he goes: Barcelona decides to splash out $3m on a new keeper because Rustu sucks. Other than something like that, there's no way Walker isn't a Metro next year. Verdict: Keep him. Paul Grafer Why he stays: He's a vet with playoff experience, a great locker-room guy who doesn't make waves and loves the team. And he's not an embarrassment when he actually does play. Also, he makes minimum salary, or thereabouts. Why he goes: Because he's only just not an embarrassment. It's not outlandish to think there's a better, younger keeper out there. Verdict: Keep him. Defenders Eddie Pope Why he stays: He's the captain, our best player and the best defender in the league. He's a two-time World Cup vet who's still on the right side of 30, and completely irreplacable. Also signed a long-term contract at midseason, so he's tied to the league for the next 4 years. Why he goes: Max salary for a defender who's going to miss large chunks of the season due to call-ups and injuries? What if Dallas offers us Gbandi and the first overall pick, and Marshall declares for the draft? I'm just talking here. In reality there's no way he goes. Verdict: Keep him. Steve Jolley Why he stays: No one bleeds Metro like Steve; no one loves the team like Steve. He's also a very good central defender with a flair for late-game heroics. Before his midseason injury a case could have been made for him being one of the top 3 defenders in the league (with Pope and Boca). Since then he's dropped in form, but four months off should see him fresh and ready next March. Also tied to a long-term contract, and on the right side of 30. Why he goes: If someone offers us a forward who can actually put the ball in the net, good-bye Steve. Verdict: Keep him. Chris Leitch Why he stays: He's a quality role-player who works cheap and doesn't make mistakes on the flank, save for the gaffe against LA way back in April. Just 24 years old. Why he goes: Not a sure starter, not a dynamic presence. Why keep him around? Verdict: Keep him. Edgar Bartolomeu Why he stays: He's a threat to attack up the left flank who has shown flashes of brilliance this season. On the right side of 30, and a rare left-footer. Why he goes: He's shown flashes of pure crap as well. Also he takes up an SI slot, which ain't great value. Verdict: Keep him. Joey DiGiamarino Why he stays: An acceptable back-up or spot-starter on the left side, he's on the right side of 30 and works cheap. Considering that he'd been out of soccer for 2 years, he showed pretty well this season despite some embarrassing moments. Why he goes: Doesn't really solve any problems, and on his bad days he's very, very bad. Verdict: Keep him. Craig Ziadie Why he stays: Defender with international experience who can play in both the 3 and 4-back sets. On the right side of 30, and works cheap. Why he goes: He's more prone to mental errors than any back in the league and after three years it's clear he's not getting any better in that respect. Seemingly went out of his way to lose his starting spot. There's definitely more value out there for the spot. Verdict: Lose him. Joe Addo Why he stays: Wily experienced vet who works cheap. A true gentleman who loves the game, and who's never been a problem in the locker room. Why he goes: He's about three years past his sell-by date. The second goal v. DC, the PK against Dallas, and a hundred other plays illustrate that he just can't keep up mentally or physically in the league. And he's on the wrong side of 30. Verdict: Lose him. Juan Forchetti Why he stays: Young defender has performed well at times and doesn't count against salary cap b/c of TI status. Argentinean experience, however overstated, is still a plus. Also could provide cover at d-mid. Why he goes: Too small, slow and error prone for the league. Looked more and more overmatched as the season went on. Verdict: Lose him and see if Boca will send us someone decent instead. Kenny Arena Why he stays: Big, strong, young defender with youth international experience who is a non-rostered, developmental player - those are hard to find. Dude works hard in practice. for $600/month and doesn't complain. Has definite upside, and because of his non-rostered status Metro can afford to be patient. Why he goes: Was horrid, just horrid in his time this year. The game at this level is too fast for him. Verdict: Keep him. Midfielders Amado Guevara Why he stays: When on his game, he's among the most dynamic midfielders in the leauge. A wealth of international experience. He also came through clutch repeatedly in the USOC, and is on the right side of 30. Why he goes: Hasn't come up clutch in the regular season or playoffs so far. Hasn't put the ball in the net with any regularity, even for a midfielder. Verdict: Keep him. Ricardo Clark Why he stays: Future of the national team at d-mid, a guy with as much potential at that spot as any American who's ever laced up the boots. Young, gifted and black. Works cheap (for now). Why he goes: No way he goes, even given that he's not going to be a pro-40 next year and will take someone's slot. Verdict: Keep him. Mark Lisi Why he stays: Most gifted passer in the league, plays better in crunch time, on the right side of 30 and works cheap. Showed this past weekend that he's capable of playing defense, and has big "I'll play with a torn tendon in my foot, then chaperone Clint" balls. Why he goes: Eddie Gaven takes his spot making Lisi redundant, and someone offers us a forward for him. Verdict: Keep him. Eddie Gaven Why he stays: He's a 17 year old Luis Enrique. His potential is damn near limitless, and even at 16 didn't look overwhelmed in the league. Will still be pro-40. Why he goes: Someone offers us Adu instead Verdict: Keep him. Richie Williams Why he stays: A great locker-room guy who's won in this league and with the national team. A useful late-game "kill the clock" guy. Why he goes: Past his sell-by date, in addition to the fact he makes a lot of cash for a guy who will spend most of his time on the bench. Verdict: Lose him. Tim Regan Why he stays: Showed that he can be an effective back-up for Clark at d-mid. Has some upside, works cheap, just 22 years old, and provides cover in the back as well. Why he goes: Terrible in the regular season finale, and he's almost painfully ugly. Verdict: Keep him. Jacob LeBlanc Why he stays: 22 year old right midfielder has worked hard and put the ball in the net twice in limited time this year. Has some skill and is on a pro-40 contract, so he's not rostered. Why he goes: He's not likely to be a starter for the Metros, probably ever. Verdict: Keep him. Jose Galvan Why he stays: Is keeping him even an option? Why he goes: He's gone already. Verdict: Lose him. Forwards Clint Mathis Why he stays: If he ever recovers his form he'll be one of the best forwards in the league, a real terror. He's on the right side of 30, a World Cup vet, and is probably the only Metro that actually is a draw. Why he goes: Has lost his scoring touch, first step, and temper. He cost the Metros games last year, and this year the team has been better without him. Also makes max salary, and doesn't appear to link well with the other guys on the team. Verdict: Lose him. Andrzej Juskowiak Why he stays: Has shown flashes of skill. Big and strong, he holds the ball well and has big-game experience internationally and in the Bundesliga. Why he goes: Slow, inconsistent finisher, a SI, on the wrong side of 30. Verdict: Lose him. John Wolyniec Why he stays: Late game hero on numerous occasions, he never stops working, is a local guy, works cheap and is on the right side of 30. A real warrior. Why he goes: He's ideally a fourth forward on any team. No one who's four deep on the chart is ever untouchable. Verdict: Keep him. Mike Magee Why he stays: Skillful and opportunistic teenager has scored some big goals for the Metros. Likely to be Pro-40 for one more year, he's not rostered. Has improved his overall game greatly from game 1 to game 30, though is in a slump in front of the net currently. Why he goes: DC offers us Adu for him. Verdict: Keep him. Mike Nugent Why he stays: A developmental player, he showed a lot of hustle, some skill and intelligence against New England. Especially for a guy who makes $600/month. Bradley had him in Chicago, and brought him to Metro, so there's a bond. Why he goes: Who's to say Robens Jerome, or one of the other now-ex MetroBlack players isn't better and willing to work for the same contract? Maybe we sign a few Pro-40 players to take up the six non-rostered spots, meaning Nugent would become rostered. Would you spend a full roster slot on him? Also, he looks like a dick. Verdict: Keep him. Jaime Moreno Why he stays: Oh please. Why he goes: Too many reasons to list. Verdict: Lose him.