Throughout the early years of MLS, one of the biggest problems has been the lack of depth. As a result, once a guy establishes himself as a starter, he usually doesn't have to work too hard to keep his job. In the 2003 season, we've finally seen some signs that this is changing. Here are some players who could be starters, but aren't. The Bench 11 GK - Joe Cannon, Colorado In 2002, he beat out Tim Howard for MLS keeper of the year. In 2003, he can't shake Scott Pepper, uh, Garlick. LB - Bobby Convey, DC National team regular, Premiership signee, and DC can't even squeeze him in at left back. CB - Eddie Robinson, San Jose Frank Yallop seems to think that Robinson has a national team future (and he's already won a call-up). But when Agoos and Dayak are healthy, they're the starters. CB - Alexi Lalas, LA Won universal praise as the anchor of the 2002 league champs; this season, he simply hasn't beaten out Bo ... maybe soon. RB - Ryan Suarez, LA After several call-ups, he finally earned a cap against Wales. It hasn't helped him break through on the Galaxy back line. LM - Freddy Garcia, Crew Guatemala's second-best player can't keep up with Brian West ... then again, few people can. CM - Leo Cullen, New England Another guy who has a national team cap in 2003 but can't win a place in his club team's line-up. AM - Andy Williams, Fire Earlier this year, he led Jamaica to a win against Nigeria ... but Chicago isn't too keen on him. RM - Pat Noonan In spite of some impressive outings, he's unlikely to be a starter once Joe-Max gets back. F - Manny Lagos, San Jose It's easy to forget how close this guy came to the 2002 World Cup squad. In 2001, he was terrific in MLS; in 2003, his minutes are mostly the result of injuries ... and he's been forced to play out of position at forward. F - Jeff Cunningham, Crew Healthy or not, this guy's not even close to the starting line-up ... not even close. Sub - Joselito Vaca, Dallas In Collin Clarke's new set-up, he seems to be the odd man out. Despite all of their struggles and injuries, it's impressive that Dallas has a player like him in reserve.