When the last cycle ended, I think there was general agreement that the contenders for central defense in this cycle were: Onyewu, Goodson, Gonzalez, Agbossoumonde, Opara, Ream and Marshall. I've felt all along that Boss was the most complete and talented player in this group. But I also developed some concerns about the path his career was taking. With the recent move to Djurgården where the coach apparently plans to slot him into the starting lineup, those concerns have been removed. I think it quite likely that barring injury he will win a starting spot with the nats at some point in this cycle and be in the starting lineup in 2014. Who will be his partner? Based on play toward the end of the MLS season and in the South Africa and Chile friendlies, I've come to favor Tim Ream over the other contenders. He is certainly not as physically imposing as most of the other guys on that list. But I think he brings enough offsetting attributes, mainly the calm distribution from the back. A combination of Boss and Ream would represent nothing short of a revolution in terms of the way the US plays out of the back. I realize that early projections sometimes go wrong. But that's my call and I'm sticking with it.