Since I ventured into the gloom and doom thread and now feel like I need a little silver lining for the cloud that is the Revolution, here's a thread for the positives from this year and our hopes for next year. Positives: Alston, Barnes and Osei were all better than we expected. It looks like we have the nucleus of a solid back four for some time to come. We made as many international signings who actually played and played well (2) as I can remember in any season in the past. Mansally has distinctly improved from last year, since he was put on the left. Hopes: Our injured core players will come back and have healthy seasons (note this is a hope, I'm not counting on it). The team is encouraged by the positive impact of Osei and Janny this year and does more in the international market. In a backhanded way, not making the playoffs (should it happen) may make us more active in the international signing market.