We're back for another season of Three Questions with our colleagues around the SB Nation network. This week we discuss our season opener with the Philadelphia Union blog, the Brotherly Game. Eugene Rupinski was kind enough to answer the usual set of questions.
BDS: How has Earnie Stewart done this offseason in rebuilding the Union's roster? Do fans feel like it was enough?
tBG: I feel like the Union had one of their best offseasons ever. Almost every position of need was addressed, and for the first time ever the Union are deep at positions. A portion of the fans however seem hung up on a rumored DP striker that was coming but has (as of yet) failed to materialize. That being said, the Union are all in on CJ Sapong and feel he can be that top striker for the club now that the attacking midfield has been improved upon. The logic is that with better service, Sapong will have better chances on goal.
BDS: FCD fans have questioned the lack of option up top on their own roster but the Union only have a couple forwards signed of their own right now. Are Union fans upset more hasn't been done to bolster their attack this winter?
tBG: Yes, although I think the upgrades at midfield will help alleviate that concern. The Union are confident not only in Sapong's abilities, but also in the abilities of the recently drafted Fabian Herbers as well as Chris Pontius and Sebastien Le Toux to fill in if there are injuries.
BDS: Who is one new player that Union fans are most excited about going into the new season?
tBG: I think the player the most buzz has been about has been Ilsinho. The Union brought him in on trial, and the ex-Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder really seemed to fit in well with the players. For a club that is used to getting itself into trouble by overextending themselves on player contracts, bringing him in on trial was a huge step toward fiscal responsibility and smart personnel management for the Union. Once the chemistry between him, Tranquillo Barnetta, and other new signing Roland Alberg comes together it's going to make for some exciting soccer - and hopefully for us lots of goals.
Bonus - starting lineup predictions:
tBG: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Anderson Conceiçao, Ken Tribbett, Keegan Rosenberry; Brian Carroll, Vincent Nogueira; Roland Alberg, Chris Pontius, Ilsinho; CJ Sapong