I normally don't post that much, but I have noticed over the past year that our debates have too easily spiraled into flaming and trolling battles. This bothers me a lot. The Yanks Abroad board was always one of my favorite spots because I didn't have to read the trash found so frequently on the other boards. Posts were meant to be well intended discussions with genuine respect for other posters. Has our relative success abroad eroded our old inferiority complex and turned it into a hubris that was applied towards us? The reason I turned onto soccer in 1990 was I went for the underdog. I am very proud of our development and feel, in a small delusional way, responsible. But that in no way means that I stop taking interest in the 2nd or 3rd division Americans, whether he be 19 or 35. As an old school BS poster I remember the day when we sh!t our pants because "American" David Wagner was playing in some 2. Bundesliga team and we were comparing him to Mehmet Scholl. We ALL supported him. If McBride played in the 2. Bundesliga, and played ten minutes, we collectively shat ourselves (except for that poster who spelled players names backwards). We argued about what spot Wagner should play, not about how he doesn't deserve a passport. We defended McBride because we knew he had a tough time adjusting to Germany at a young age. Now it seems some posters are ready to trash potential players or posters and muckrake without providing real substance to the discussion. To me, if you visit these boards, you should, at least, nominally support everyone from Cleetus to Enochs. Support the players and the posters who mean well, not because of what talent they do or do not have, but because they are Americans and still the underdog. I am not saying we can't have disagreements, but can we conduct it in a civil way? If posters don't share this opinion, then don’t mind me when I talk about how I want to go back to the days where we ALL rooted for ALL the players and we all freakin didn't flame and troll each other. I know some of what I say is absolute, but I just want to remind people that we are here to support not only the soccer players abroad, but also in creating a growing pool of educated people interested in yanks abroad.