It's safe to say that we forgot how cold the desert gets in the winter (40s, feels like 30s!). The temperatures here at the 2009 Development Academy Winter Showcase (operative word: Winter) have been quite chilly and many of the Development Academy staff were just not prepared for the near freezing temps. A quick trip to the store to stock up on hats, gloves, long sleeved shirts, socks and other warming devices that have been distributed to all the field operations folks have warmed us up, but the nights have still made a big, heaping cup of hot chocolate a necessity. Whipped cream was even provided! Our crack staff put space heaters in the locker room tents for the international games to keep those players toasty off the field. Of course, when they hit the pitch, they get warmed up by the impressive pace at which the matches have been played so far. We know that a scarf around the neck is standard issue to warm the neck, but there were more than a few folks bundled up tight with U.S. Soccer, their club, or EPL team scarves two nights in the row as Brazil, Holland, Portugal and the USA did battle. There are no international matches tonight, but the Development Academy Select Teams will be in action, so it's getting almost time to layer up. We've heard that it might rain tomorrow, so we will be ready to break out the ponchos.