Well I think sufficient time has passed since the end of FC2. Yeah I know..season #2 just ended but I'm bored, tired of splitting wood, and really not looking forward to going on a ride later today. Some things the Freedom should consider between now and the start of the 2003 season: 1) Several rumors have lurked beneath the surface regarding what the Chinese federation is planning on doing with their Chinese players in preparation for the 2003 WWC. Some have said that the Chinese federation will hold back all their Chinese players next year. I guess we'll just see what happens. 2) Steffi Jones is going back to Germany to play in the Ladies Bundesliga but I think she will be back in time for the start of the season and preseason training camp. Right? 3) We don't have a first round pick correct? 4) Get rid of Milburn. 5) Who are other players on the bubble (retiring, trades, etc.)? 6) Do we have a good group of forwards? Our main ones are Bai Jie, Mia and Abby with the second group being Beard (yeah right like she is ever gonna play), Jacqui, and Milburn. Should Jimmy integrate that second group into the mix more? 7) I've always said offline that something will happen to Mak in the offseason..it could be a trade or she decides to retire. Call me paranoid. Other than that, on the surface, I don't see the team really needing to make major changes. But I could be wrong. One of the things that I don't want to see is this team becoming complacent at the beginning of the season (please see the 2002 version of the Beat to get a better understanding of this). Oh....when are the official WUSA off-season training dates? I believe it was late fall (like late October or sometime in November) and sometime in the winter (January) last time around. Other stuff to come later.