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Starting XI - 2016 Season

With the new season kicking off in just over a month let's take a look at what I expect the starting lineup to look like on March 6th verse FC Dallas. Yes, I know it's only the second day of the preseason and other players will join the team (only 20 of the 28 roster spots are currently filled).

Let's assume that the Union continue to play a version of the 4-3-3 that looks more like a 4-2-3-1. Based on the current roster I believe the lineup would look like this:

---------------------------------Blake---------------------------------

-----Fabinho-------Conceicao-------Marquez-------Gaddis-----

--------------------------Edu---------Nogueira---------------------

-----------Le Toux----------Barnetta-----------Pontius------------

--------------------------------Sapong--------------------------------


IF
this is the starting lineup, the backups would be…

GK – McCarthy
Outside Defender – Rosenberry, Washington
Central Defender – Yaro
D Mid – Carroll
Wing A Mid – Restrepo, Ayuk
Central A Mid – Fernandes
F – Herbers

**Unsigned draft picks:
Mitchell Lurie
Cole Missimo

**Players on loan:
Michael Lahoud

While I know this suggestion my not be popular in the modern game but I believe the Union personal is better suited for the 5-4-1. The setup would look like this....

---------------------------------Blake---------------------------------

Fabinho----Conceicao-----Marquez-----Yaro------Rosenberry

-------Barnetta---------Edu---------Nogueira------Pontius------

--------------------------------Sapong--------------------------------

In this formation the emphases would be on defending and keeping clean sheets. It would also free up our outside backs to make runs forward and get crosses into the box. Barnetta would move to his best position on the left side of the midfield and Edu can make crashing runs into the box from the midfield. I could also see this working with Le Toux for Pontius or Gaddis for Rosenberry.

Thoughts? Comments?

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