Right now our roster stands as (P-40, SI, and T-I indicated) Forwards: Alecko Eskandarian Jaime Moreno S-I Jason Thompson P-40 Midfielders: Freddy Adu P-40 Brian Carroll Christian Gomez S-I Joshua Gros Dema Kovalenko Nana Kuffour T-I/DISC Tim Lawson Ben Olsen Santino Quaranta Eliseo Quintanilla T-I Defenders Bryan Namoff Mike Petke Brandon Prideaux David Stokes P-40 Goalkeepers Troy Perkins Nick Rimando This is based on the assumption that Petke resigns and Gomez can stay. This leaves us with 19 players on the roster, 9 short of the max. We also have room for 2 more SI's, have 2 allocations (assuming Nellie leaves), and 2 draft picks (2nd and 5th rounders, IIRC). Lets start with the easiest position, our keepers. Obviosuly with rosters going to 28, we can (and should) pick up another one. I know there was a young keeper training with United last August, not sure of his name, but I would imagine he would be the one who stays on. (total players 20) Next up defenders. We better use one of our alloctions for a central defender that can take Nellie's place. We really do miss having Ezra as he could play either in the center or on the right in our 3 man line, or come in and allow us to play a 4 man backline. I expect us to at least take a long look at Alex Yi (maybe we already have), I mean he can't be worse than Stokes. I would also expect us to use a draft pick here So let's figure another 3 defenders added to the team (total 23) Midfielders: We really don't need to make any changes here, its the deepest part of our team. Carroll and Olsen are locked into their spots, with Lawson and Dema capable of filling in. Dema, Gros, and Q1 can each play either wing. Freddy, Gomez, and Q2 give us depth at that attacking mid spot, and Nana, well I'm not sure where his best spot would be. I expect that to be sorted out his play on the reserves, but from what little we did see of him, he could be on the wing or in the middle. I guess with the reserve system, another player or two could be brought in, but it is not needed. (roster goes up to 24) Finally we come to the forwards. We obviously need depth up top, Gomez and Adu can fill in and Thompson should be able to contribute, but we still need depth. We do have an allocation in hand and while I don't think we should use it on a forward, I do think it can be used to help solve this problem...I think we should trade it to another team for a proven forward and a few picks in this year's draft. I doubt we could find a forward that could unseat Esky or Moreno so it would be a waste to use an allocation. We also need a bunch of young players, the kind you get through a draft, so I think this move would make sense (or I could be crazy). (assuming we add at least 2, roster goes up to 26) While the core of our team is set for next season, there are a bunch of moves that need to be made to add those periphery players that turn a good team into a championship one. We can never underestimate the importence of depth in having a good team.