There's been much chatter on here about Project2010, and if we're on target - was it realistic, attainable, etc ? By that point, there will be a host of our players over in Europe, who have had good competition from their local leagues and Cup/Championship series games. The other side of the equation is if our national team as a whole will have faced enough serious competition to make it a serious contender. This, to me, is the biggest hurdle we face towards becoming a world power. Without a regional championship to fill the 2 years after the World Cup, we will surely play our share of friendlies, but they will be just that. We might face talents like Holland, Mexico, Brasil & Argentina, but they won't be a top-notch roster, and won't be the best challenge for us.