Jeffrey Lutz breaks down the Wings
Carlos "Chile" Farias flashed impressive scoring ability during the intrasquad game and is viewed as the Wings' top playmaker. The offense around him might not be a work in progress, with several proven players.
Victor Quiroz is a former teammate of Farias, and coach LeBaron Hollimon has noticed chemistry between them. Chris Lemons, who can play midfielder or defender, has also blended in nicely.
"Chris Lemons has come in and fit in well with the style of play that Chile and Victor bring," Hollimon said.
The second line features Frederico Moojen and Jamar Beasley.
"They both lit it up pretty good in that scrimmage," Hollimon said.
The back line might be the Wings' area of greatest experience, with three players from the original Wings franchise — Larry Inlow, Jamie Harding and Brian Cushing.
Experience isn't the most important factor in building a defense from the ground up, though.
"Players come from teams with different philosophies," Hollimon said. "It's a matter of adapting everybody's defending philosophies to what we're expecting."
Adjusting a defense to fit a coach's style happens more often than doing the same with the offense, so it could take time for the defense to become established.
"Practices have been great, I think we're in a good place," Hollimon said. "But we don't know how good of a place we're in until we play that first game."
The highlights of the first quarter of the Wings' scrimmage last week were athletic saves by goalkeepers. Play in the net showed itself to be a strength, and the Wings' apparent depth made for some difficult roster decisions.
Sanaldo Carvalho, a native of Brazil with significant MISL experience, was the obvious starter. But the choice for backup wasn't as easy, and Nic Martinez was ultimately selected when the 18-man roster was finalized Monday.
Carvalho is a past MISL championship-game MVP from his time with Baltimore. He gives the Wings stability behind a defense that could take time to establish chemistry.
"I've got one of the best goalkeepers in the league," Hollimon said. "He's earned that right to be a starter."
The presence of Carvalho could serve as a boost to Martinez, a rookie of the indoor game who played at Sterling College.
"He's going to gain invaluable experience," Hollimon said.
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