After seeing and reading this article on the front page it got me thinking. http://scn.matchnight.com/scn-entry....&article=18687 This is exactly the kind of thing that needs to be said by players, commentators, and fans. Players at that level shouldn't be doing such things. Justin Mapp is one of the most gifted young players in the league. He is going to school any defender playing sloppily. I have griped for years about the lack of critical commentary in Nats games and during MLS games. Usually the color guy or announcer doesn't know enough about the game to comment at a critical enough level. But take Celo on the Nats Broadcasts. I mean the kid has played in 2 World Cups yet doesn't say a single bad thing when Hejduk flies his 1000th cross over the head of everyone or when Olsen leans back as he hits a ball first time and skys it into the stands. Everyone knows what is coming before they take that cross/shot, but no one says anything saying how bad that is. Sure 5% of the time it may go to the right place and .5% of the time some good may come of it. But do I want to give either of them 200 chances to have something good happen. I would much rather have lewis or ralston or donovan or convey or whoever doing either of those things. There is no excuse for these players to not practice these situations, perfect there technique and realize if i run up and kick the ball its going to go higher and further than it would if i do it just walking up to it. I mean this is fundamentals of the game. Think of an NBA player not being able to use their left hand. If everyone knew that kobe couldn't go left he would be shot down now matter how good he could go right. Think of an NFL Broadcast when a reciever drops a ball he should have caught, or a lineman that is called for holding, or a running back fumbling the ball. Announcers are instantly saying "You have to catch that", or "You have to protect the ball in those situations". We need to be pissed off at Ihemelu(and I'm Hoops fan) for fouling someone outside the box especially trying to slide tackle on Mapp in that position. Of course he is going to draw a foul so don't do it. Think of a baseball player commiting errors time and time again. This is crucial in maturing as a soccer team, fan, and nation. In the article I think donovan isn't trying to personally attack the players for doing these things. I think he is just being brutally honest so these players start to realize to play at the international level or in the european level you have to one be as good as mapp at controlling the ball AND be smart enough to recognize said talent in controlling the ball AND knowing what to do and what not to do when confronted with that situation. This applies everywhere on the field. Every pass, shot, save, cross, tackle, foul needs to be groaned at by the fans if it is an obvious bad move. Each us world cup teams players have been better and better at all of these pieces. Soon we are going to have a team full of players that don't have these bad habits, or at least they don't arise as frequently. Thus raising the bar for our expectations of how they perform. Having said all that I still am really excited about the world cup and am cautiously optomistic of our chances of advancing. I think we can do it we just have to go out there and excecute. I don't feel like I did in 94 98 and 02 where I felt others would have to stumble for us to advance. And we are in a much tougher group now than either of those years.