I brought this up on another thread, but wanted to make its own thread because I'm curious what others think. It seems to me that we have a real problem getting our big name guys from the national team come close to reproducing their peak form in league play. If guys like McBride, Donovan, Pablo, etc... are so damn good and clear picks for the US team, don't they ALL need to get off their asses and play like it in MLS? Watching the difference in these guys playing hard and running hard for the US and then loafing around the field for their MLS teams can sometimes look pretty pathetic. I'd be more than happy to see Bruce stop giving call ups to guys who don't produce in the league for a year or two until they understand that being a top player means being a top player wherever you are playing, every time you take the field. We could still beat up on the early round CONCACAF minnows using the likes of Buddle, Twellman, Ralston and others. We'd have plenty of time a year or more from now to start welcoming guys back into the fold once they get their act together and play at a high level regularly. We may be a weaker team in the short term, but if it could motivate players to understand they have to play hard every game in the league, it could raise the level of MLS play, it could mean a long term benefit for the national team.