Remember when we thought that Hankinson had an eye for talent? (well, most of us thought this) Quick look around the league at the young, first-year (MLS) players that have made a real impact for their teams: Galaxy: Carlos Ruiz Fire: Kelly Gray and Billy Sleeth Metros: Brad Davis Revs: Taylor Twellman Quakes: Luchi Gonzalez DC United: Milton Reyes Crew: Kyle Martino DC: Ronnie O'Brien The only first-year player the Rapids have managed to bring in this year and have any kind of impact is Jeff Stewart -- who after a solid string of performances in the first half of the season is apparently not in the good graces of Messr. Hankinson. Kingsley has impressed, but only done so because the performances surrounding him have been so flat and inconsistent. I'd love to see a lot more of the kid but don't have lofty expectations for a midseason A-League callup. Where is the future of this team? The only young player of note that Hankinson has brought into this club is Beckerman, whose usefulness remains severely limited so long as the Mop runs the midfield. We're without significant draft picks for at least one more year, and don't appear to be able to be too good at locating solid young talent. Perhaps I'll just have to keep holding onto my dream that Conor Casey will come play in MLS and for his hometown club.