I have watched Ante Razov over the years with the Fire, and have at times been critical of his performances. Other Fire fans have been much harsher than me, and not without foundation, and he's heard the boo-birds on more than one occasion. The knock on him has been, among other things, that he was selfish, moody, reallydidn't connect with his teammates on the field, had no right foot, was more of a poacher than a finisher, and so on. Has this season been a transformtational one for Ante? I think it has. Ever since he came back from his suspension, his play has been nothing short of remarkable. And I am not talking about the scoring -- he could always score in MLS. No, it's the other things he's done, the other tasks a complete forward has to accomplish to really take it to the next level. The defense, the application of pressure on defenders, the ball-winning in the final third, the support, the communication with strike partners and wingers, the off-the-ball runs, the work, work, work. That's why I don't think Dave Sarachan was blowing smoke when he said this about Ante: "I am so proud of Ante. He is really a great pro and he has been so focused in these playoffs. The only thing on his mind is raising the trophy and whatever he can do to help ... He gets paid the money to score goals, but all the little things he has done these last few weeks other than scoring goals - patience, setting the tempo and being a leader - he has been fabulous." Are we witnessing the maturation of Ante Razov? Ante may not have quite the footspeed to play at the international level, but he clearly brings some interesting things to the table: left-footedness, clever dribbling, a certain kind of fearlessness about shooting from any range (one might argue he should be more selective in this regard), and a real finisher's mentality. Now, he's added to those virtues an incredible focus on all the other things a forward needs to do to have a total game. So, I don't know if he is an '06 roster candidate, it may be too late. But I would be shocked if he doesn't get called into an upcoming camp, and doesn't get an opportunity to show that he can't translate his now more complete approach to the national team stage.