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Philadelphia Union 2016 Season Preview

Posted By Chris Ransom on 2/3/2015

The Philadelphia Union were a team that appeared to have an awesome roster at this point one year ago heading into 2015 before a disappointing season. The Union had an mixed review of an offseason. The Union certainly added some key players for the long term. At the same time, they lost 14 players to Free Agency or trades.

Forwards C.J. Sapong and Sebastian Le Toux will help this team. You will also see Fabian Herbers a rookie forward who was the top forward in the 2016 MLS Super Draft as a backup for depth.

Midfielder Christian Maidana lead the Union with 11 assists in 2014 and improved in 2015. Philadelphia traded Maidana to the Houston Dynamo. Fred Da Silva, and Maurice Edu will take over as central midfielders with Chris Pontius at left wing and Walt Restrepo at right wing. Fred Da Silva will be an attacking midfielder at central midfield while Edu is a defensive midfielder at central midfield.

The Union are gonna be better on defense as well. Fabio Alves plays left back. After moving on from Austin Berry and Ethan White, the Union now have Anderson Conciecao from Brazil at center back and Joshua Yaro the second overall pick and best overall player on my draft board next to him. Keegan Rosenberry the guy they took third overall, who was Yaro's teammate at Georgetown will play right back.

This defense will be better if this unit can stay healthy. Andre Blake the #1 overall pick in the 2014 MLS Super Draft will finally start at goalie after developing outside the MLS and learning the Union's playbook.

Philadelphia could turn a lot of heads. At the same time losing 14 players in the offseason on a 20 man roster can take it's toll.

Prediction: The Union didn't start Andre Blake last year and Austin Berry did not play. The defense may have been impressive early, but Ethan White really struggled in 2015 and the team traded Corey Ashe. That's why the Union's defense was so awful. With the offseason additions, the Union have made, that will change in 2016. I think the Union are a top 8 team in the Eastern Conference. This team will show improvement and they may end up getting a 3-6 seed as I said this team could get the 3 seed last year.

I learned my lesson from that and looked like an idiot. I still think the Union have a shot to make the playoffs with these improvements. At the same time, I cannot see the Union winning a playoff game yet because the Union won't have the depth to keep up with other teams if they squeak into the 2016 Eastern Conference Playoffs.

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