Just got done reading that disheartening Stephen Goff thread ( Skip looks to the skies) and I decided not to add my 2 cents there but to think just a little bit on how to improve the team. Nothing really deep here, but it's kinda weird how little this gets mentioned here: how slow the team was this year in the center of the field, especially central defense to a-mid. Leaving aside the skill sets of the various players, using Nellie, Petke, Dema, and Marco as the spine of your team just begs for other teams to run circles around us. All of these guys are slow. Individually, one can justify (sort of) all of these players starting, but collectively, it's a mess. Remember in the preseason Hudson saying how he was planning to have Marco surrounded by players who could run? It never really happened as the area directly behind Marco was too slow. For me, this is one of the bigger reasons why the forwards had so little service. Whoever is coach next year needs to address this if we are to become competitive. This not only means dealing with Marco though. It also means looking hard at how to best use Dema- how well does he fit into the team regardless of his individual skills. The Petke/Nelsen tandem also must be scrutinized as together they do not do so well when they are directly run at, thus requiring the d-mid to concentrate on protecting them when he could be at times more productive elsewhere. Again, nothing earth-shattering here but the response to Goff's article hit a new low on this board and I had to do something.