Does anyone remember watching the Confederations Cup in 2003 and worrying about our future at defense with the likes of Danny Califf and a less than stellar Berhalter. How amazing is it that in just over a year we've seen the emergence of Gibbs and Bocanegra into starters or near starters, the arrival of Gooch and hopefully Marshall, and Spector, Karbassiyoon, Simek, and Whitbread in the pipe (who knows if they'll ever get there). The same can be said of D-mid. From the game against Uruguay two years ago to now we've seen Mastroeni and Zavagnin and the prospect of Clark, Dempsey (if not at attacking mid), and Szetela. I'm not one to get overly excited, but the culmination of MLS signing young players and Bradenton really has improved our prospects in little more than a year.