Obviously Tom Sermanni still has a long way to go in rounding out the Orlando Pride's roster. The team has 12 roster players at this time after picking up nine players yesterday in the NWSL Expansion Draft to go along with the previously acquired Alex Morgan, Kaylyn Kyle and Sarah Hagen. The club must fill in the midfield, and acquire some additional talented forwards and defenders, and possibly add a third goalkeeper for when Ashlyn Harris is on international duty.
Still, Sermanni has enough pieces in place already to field a competitive starting XI in a 4-4-2 diamond formation. Let's take a look at how the team (so far) could line up.
Morgan and Hagen make a formidable strike force. Morgan is a world class talent, and although she has yet to return to her top form, she still scored 15 goals with Portland from 2013-15. Hagen scored eight goals with FC Kansas City in 2014-15. The two together could be too much for opposing teams to handle.
Getting them the ball, and chipping in some scoring of her own, will be England international Lianne Sanderson. With 46 international caps and 15 goals for England, Sanderson is a dangerous offensive player. She passes well and could settle in nicely to the No. 10 role with Orlando.
Currently, this squad could put Jasmyne Spencer and Jamia Fields out on the wings. The two have played forward in their careers, but neither is likely to displace Morgan or Hagen if they're available. Spencer, a diminutive 5-foot-1 player, scored six goals in 42 games with Western New York Flash since 2014 began. On loan with FC Sydney, Spencer has eight goals in 13 appearances. If she can cross, she could find a spot on the wing in the midfield.
Fields isn't much taller than Spencer, at 5-foot-5. She had one goal in 10 appearances with Western New York in 2015 after arriving from Florida State University.
Based solely on the current players, we see a back line of Toni Pressley and Taryn Hemmings at center back, with Camille Levin and Maddy Evans at the fullback spots. Levin is an experienced left back and the former captain of the U-23 USWNT. The Stanford product has yet to score her first pro goal. Evans is a versatile player who can slot into the midfield or back line. She scored two goals in 46 games with the Boston Breakers since 2013.
Melbourne, Fla., native Pressley is 5-foot-11 and has played 33 NWSL matches the last three years. Her size, along with 5-foot-8 Hemmings, would put these two in the middle of the back line in front of goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
This will almost certainly not be the starting XI on opening day of the 2016 NWSL season. There is still much work to be done in roster building for GM Paul McDonough and Sermanni. But given the current roster, this is a preview of how the team could look when it takes to the pitch next season for its first NWSL match.