Is anyone in Africa playing better attacking soccer right now than the Ivorians? The caliber of attacking players they have is incredible. Didier Drogba was named best footballer in France last year and is tearing it up at chelsea this season. Aruna Dindane was named best forward in the Belgian league. Combined, these two forawards have had a hand in the vast majority of Cote d'Ivoire's goals. At the halfway point in qualifying, the Ivorians are leading their group, which many considered to be the group of death. Most people thought they were just an afterthought. They're not even in the current Cup of Nations. How have they improved so fast? I'm just in awe of the depth they have in their attack. Salomon Kalou (Bonaventure Kalou's brother) was the leading scorer for Feyenoord, but he can't even crack the Ivorian line up. Most Americans would probably rate the USA higher than Cd'I, but can you imagine the Yanks having so much depth that one of the top scorers in a league like Holland's couldn't even get onto the pitch for the National Team? Not to take anything away from DaMarcus Beasley, but Yank fans (including myself) are thrilled that he's scored a handful of goals for a top Dutch team. He's an automatic starter for the U.S., but Kalou, who's more dominant in the same league, can't get a sniff of playing time on his National Team. If the U.S. had a player like Kalou, he'd probably be the best attacker on the team. It should be interesting to see if Les Elephants can keep up their momentum and qualify for their first-ever World Cup.