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Preseason depth chart shows roles mostly settled

It's time for the first depth chart of 2016.

With the draft and major signings behind us, it's time to look at the depth chart as it exists in a presumed 4-3-3 formation.

Let's review the formatting. The first section is where a player fits in their presumed most common role. There's also notations about who holds DP slots, which players were bought below the DP threshold with TAM, the Homegrown Players and the Generation Adidas kids. Draftees are listed here, but remember that they have not yet made the team.

Below that you will notice the depth by role. Ideally this represents what Sigi thinks of the players and their order of usage if all are healthy. There are also notations to indicate where the team is strong, deep and in need of someone to break through expectations.

preseason 2016 depth chart

As it looks now, the competitions are: For Jordan Morris to break into a starting slot; between Cristian Roldan and Michael Farfan to be the primary backup central midfielder; and how many of the draftees and trialists will make the squad.

It's a younger team. There are five HGPs, two GA players and four draftees. That could mean 11 players with little to no professional experience. Some may not make it through the five weeks of preseason, at least not with the first team. Plus, they will be challenged by trialists. We know some of those already.

2016 preseason trialists future

The cupboard is not completely bare. Despite producing seven HGPs, an NASL pro, a USL pro and four players that signed with lower-level teams internationally, the Academy still has talent in it.

David Olsen is the most notable. He was among the final 15 for the Hermann Trophy that Jordan Morris won. He was also Morris' teammate in the Academy, scoring 20 goals while starting as a junior. Seyi Adekoya went from Academy backup to UCLA stud. Down in defense look at Ben Huynh. He's young and getting USYNT calls (so are Tomozawa, Russell, Rogers, Saunders, Hinds). Paul Christensen dominated down at U of Portland. Don't hold that against the Pilots. They've produced gobs of pro keepers, including a certain bald dude in Seattle's broadcast booth.

If you want to print out this simple version of the preseason 3XI depth chart, click here (UPDATED to include Scott).

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