I've been noticing a lot of comments the past 2 months about "trade Quaranta" or "he'll never amount to much" or "he's over-rated" or "he's a brat." The kid is what...18? I think the reality of the situation is this: ....some kids don't mature physically (I'm not talking emotionally now, only in terms of their bodies) until later--they have a series of injuries and can't stay healthy. Take a look at Convey's record with injuries his first 3 years--the kid couldn't stay on the field. ...very young players may not be consistent enough to be reliable for a couple of years. I bet everyone on this team would love to have Buddle. He too started out as P-40. Had less impact than Quaranta did his first 3 years. Then exploded this year, impressing enough for people (including Arena) to start talking about him as national team talent. ...an emotional even keel (ie: maturity) for young players is rare. Yes, Quaranta got kicked out of practice a year ago, Stoichkov berates him b/c he wears the wrong shoes, Hudson pushes him b/c he feels he didn't warm up properly. Well, Convey would disappear for stretches in matches, didn't appear very "tough" and wouldn't get "stuck in" and seemed quiet his first couple of years. Santino's emotions are different. But in both cases, each player has needed time to reach the point where they have the attitude and emotional stability to be counted on by their teammates. Bottom line: Santino Quaranta may turn out to be a bust--not all young talents become good pros. But to evaluate the kid on the basis of 3 years (most of which he's been injured) at his age is just silly. It's like reading some of the Metro fans rants at Magee--claiming he isn't tough enough, isn't good enough in the air, disappears for stretches, has a weak first touch. They forget his age and that he's a rookie. It's also an important point about relying heavily on youth. It's rare to find a youngster (and I'm not talking someone with 2-3 years of college--I mean 16, 17, 18 years old) who can come in and play consistently and at a high level. Doesn't mean there isn't a place for those players OR that it isn't CRITICAL to MLS to give those kids PT and opportunities. It just means that relying on them is a roller-coaster ride. All of us need to be far more patient with Santino Quaranta. If the argument is that: "he's a pro and needs to produce right now" than you're arguing that MLS (and DCU) can't afford to give opportunities to teenagers.