It's a little disconcerting to see so many players getting injured in these pre-season "friendlies" and cup events (MLS All-Star Game, Amsterdam, US tours, etc.). Carrick, Cole...who's next? I realize that training matches are an integral part of getting ready for the upcoming campaign, but is the desire to sell kits in America and the Far East worth the risk of losing a superstar? At the highest levels of play, it's difficult to hold back and not go 100%. I think that's what happens in these matches - the players restrain themselves and, in the process, are more open to injuries. What do you guys think? I would much prefer these top clubs face a bunch of patsies from the Nationwide Conference than the "chip on the shoulder" MLS boys looking to make their marks (at mid-season form and fitness levels, no less) . Is there a British equivalent of Dr. Frahnkenstein (pictured)?