The addition of Cristian Maidana should help the winger situation. Both Sebastien LeToux, who led the Philadelphia Union in assists with 12, and Danny Cruz, bring hustle and speed to the position, but they lack the technical ability and vision to make this a playoff team.
The DP from Argentina should be the starting left winger, either in a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation. Lots of skill and aggression in his play should make him a fan favorite in the River End. The DP status may put a lot of pressure on his shoulders, especially after having unsuccessful previous attempts at going outside South American soccer. Look for Cristian to provide the entertaining flair that was missing from the team last year.
Sebastien Le Toux
Team Assists leader and fan hero should mean that Sebastien starts 2014 on the right of midfield. He can deliver a quality ball into the box, which is one of the more important parts of being a winger. He also has plenty of speed and a relentless work effort. The arrival of Maidana should allow Le Toux to stay on the right, where he was far more comfortable and successful.
Started almost every game he wasn't injured for last season - the arrival of quality DPs in the middle of the park is going to mean reduced playing time for Cruz. Showed glimpses in games last year of the quality he can bring (who will forget his 2 goals against Seattle). Still improving after a late start to the sport - could be useful off the bench running at and by tired defenders.
Jimmy Mclaughlin/Cristhian Hernandez
While both will likely be at Harrisburg, if injuries happen to LeToux and Cruz may give one/both of the home grown duo to play more in MLS. Hernandez may have a better chance due to impressing more at Harrisburg. Both players will bring skill to the team if given the chance.
May be traded or released, but since he is left-footed and is the player Hackworth thought was the most technically gifted player on the team last year there's a chance he will still be wearing the Union blue and gold. He is a good option off the bench to help finish off the game, as he has lots of composure on the ball.
Who should start opposite Maidana?
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Sebastien LeToux, leading the team in assists earned him the job.
Danny Cruz, his speed and hustle would be missed in the starting XI.
Keon Daniel, because I'm drunk.