My opinion: DC is too enamored of past team success, and is far too deferential to the old guard, constantly tinkering at the edges in hopes that by keeping old stars, and adding a precious few phenoms (Convey and Q1, now Q2) they will have the core to win. But by relying on MAE, Moreno, and Little Ritchie (dare I say Pope?) DCU uses up salary space that could land them several above average players, and stunts the growth of younger players. This is the 3rd season that Convey has been "not ready yet" to take over the #10 spot. There is only one way he will get ready and that is to play the #10, making mistakes, making great plays, and always gaining experience. But for the 3rd year in a row, DCU is deferring this chance to blood Convey for a shot at sneaking into the last playoff spot. MAE - what can I say, it saddens me, but it's obvious that league play has passed him by. He doesn't have the legs anymore and is no longer head and shoulders above most players talent-wise. Sure, he shows magic, and has a great mind for the game, and nobody can tarnish the contributions he has made to MLS and DCU, but it is time for him to move to the bench. Wouldn't it be great to see Marco as DCU's coach down the road? Moreno - you can't build a team around a guy who plays 10 games per year. Undeniable talent, great excitement. If salary space gets cleared up elsewhere, he may be worth the cap room. But is his contribution worth the cost to DCU at 2 or 3 other positions? Williams - same deal as Convey at #10, is that last playoff spot (maybe) worth entering next season with ABMOD as our only experienced D-mid? At a year older and an inch shorter? Time to let go of the past, DCU hasn't won hardware for nearly 3 years and the old guard is not going to do it this year, and is less likely to do it next. As with the Orioles, it is a lot more fun watching 19 and 20 year olds busting their guts and losing then 30+ year olds jogging around and losing.