Not that this CR game was so interesting or important that we need to dissect every minute detail (but hey..this is USA Mens N and A -what else do we do here ?), but I need to vent a little. Was this, or was this not, the worst USA midfield that Arena has trotted out for ANY game ? While O'Brien is a favorite here, mostly due to his excellent WC 2002 and the fact he played in Europe (so we couldn't over analyze him to the enth degree), he just wasn't effective as an attacking central midfield player. Sure he looks good with the ball, wins it well and holds it well, he was rusty and woefully out of position. Armas - in his defense, he did the things he does well, well. He tracks back and cuts the passing lanes nicely. He rarely gets caught out of position. He did make one nice forward through pass during the last few minutes of the game, but mostly his passing was poor. Olsen - "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" Ralston - I love the guy for the Revs, but the truth is he has been having a sub-par season in MLS so far and he just is not quite there for the Nats. Its not his speed per se - sure it would be nicer if he were faster - I am not sure Eddie Lewis is much faster, but Eddie is able to make space better for himself to get his crosses off. Ralston looked good the few times he cut inside, but he is wasn't on the same page as the rest of the midfielders and they didn't play him one-two. He had two excellent crosses but really only gets them off when he has space due to the defender not closing as apposed to space he creates himself. I share the BS dogma on Stevie - great guy, great player, can help you against weaker teams but against a true WC defender, will struggle. Its too bad his value was not recognized when he was younger and a step faster. So that grand experiment is over. Once again, Arena got the result right but boy was it painful for a fan to watch. Please Bruce...Never Again.