Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to try and get as many two team sets of preseason posts up as I can this week.
I’m sticking with the Eastern Conference again today as I’ve already looked at the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew, as well as last year’s Eastern Conference finalists D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo.
Again, all I’m doing here is taking a quick look at some missing pieces that each club is needing to fill while they kick off their preseason camps this week.
- Direction. The Impact have been busy this winter but mainly in the sense that they have changed their coaching staff up. Jesse Marsch is out and Marco Schallibaum is in. So where exactly does this club that had a decent expansion season go next? Obviously in the direction to win the Serie A right?
- Thin in the attack. Outside of a couple Italians and Andrew Wenger, the Impact are very thin up front. If they are expecting to make a decent run of things in year two, they need more than what they possess up front right now. Possibly another DP? I’m not saying that will be the answer but they certainly are thin at the moment.
- Defensive depth. Outside of their regular starters, this group isn’t too heavy on guys that can fill in and step up in the defense just yet. Adding some depth at full back will be good.
New England Revolution
- So thin in the attack. It could be a long, long year if New England doesn’t get more help up front. Jerry Bengston and Saer Sene are both good but Sene isn’t fully healthy and you know Bengston will be in and out this season with Honduras. They need more up front, it is as simple as that.
- Playmaker in the midfield. They have some guys that can sorta/kinda fill this void but when you really boil it down the Revs lack a true number 10 on the field. They need a guy that can pull all the right strings and set up the attack and keep the pressure off a young defense.