Enough teeth gnashing, Bruce's head calling, and Casey bashing.... Mission accomplished...3 points from a weak opponent to open a long tournament while vetting some newbies and resting some vets. Here is the main thing I think we learned... 1. While we have "depth", our A players are better than our C players. (as my 9 year old daughter would say "No...duh") However reading some posts on the board, it seems that this point is lost on some. Come on people, Davis does not equal Donovan, right ? What did you expect ? Corollary # 1 to above - our C team would have a hard time qualifying out of Concacaf Corollary # 2 to above - We only have a few players who have true creativity in attack. And very few of them were in the starting line up last night. The performance we saw last night prior to the 3 subs was not so much the US being outplayed, but rather a lack of creativity, first touch, penetrating striker's runs and opportunistic finishing by our C players. The US wasn't outplayed at all. But we were matched by our opponent's athleticism and our starters struggled to put them away. As for some individual's play, no need to repeat the players ratings. Suffice it to say that a player who struggled to excell against Cuba will not help us in Germany. 2. Dempsey looks more and more like he belongs on the A/B + team. 3. For reasons that perhpas some else can explain, DMB seems to do much better playing an outside forward role for PSV than for US. Overall, it was a frustrating game to watch as a pure fan (until the last 6 minutes) but from an objective view - mission accomplished.