This is a quote from the latest issue of Soccer Digest about Ways to Improve MLS: "......the league must face the realization that the cream of the crop will eventually outgrow MLS. Mathis has reached that point and it's more important for him to play in Europe-both for his own development and for MLS. If he leaves, the league can take some of the money it would receive for Mathis-estimates have his transfer fee at $3million to $5million-to acquire and pay second-tier players and put toward player development. And if mathis does well, it could pave the wayfor other worthy Americans to take the leap across the Atlantic at high transfer fees, which also means more money for the league." So there you have it. If Metros management plays it right, they can actual be doing a lot to HELP our team when and if Clint goes. But that is a big IF. Sure, I enjoy watching Mathis when he is fit--making great plays, scoring sensational goals, but in the long run we may acquire someone even BETTER than him. The talent is out there, we just need to start looking more closely.