Hern, I read that article. It's very good. I like what Arena says about truthfulness. Apparently the players believe him. I hope he's not jacking the goalies, but really is undecided, even though most of us are not.
POPE, ONE OF OUR BEST DEFENDERS EVER?
I think Pope has to show us something in this World Cup before he can lay claim to a title anywhere near this headline. 1998 was a major disappointment. He can redeem himself but I just hope his reputation is not greater than the substance of his playing. As an example, if Agoos or Sanneh would have made the mistake Pope made in the Holland game, the soccer forums would have lit up with detractors saying to get them out of there NOW. Pope's reputation saves him from such criticism (and criticism may be unjust on review of the play).
I just hope Pope plays up to his potential for the first three games. I am starting to get used to the idea of us playing in the second round!