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Meet the Wizards: Part III, The Midfield

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It's likely that the names and numbers on the back of the player's jerseys won't be enough to keep you from saying, at least twice, "Wait, who is that again?"So, in an attempt to clear up any confusion and formally introduce the newest Wizards, here is The Full 90's first-annual "Meet the Wizards" position-by-position preseason breakdown. We've already taken a closer look at the goalkeepers and the backline, now we'll look at what is likely a completely different midfield than 2009.

You won't be seeing...

Claudio Lopez

Herculez Gomez

Kurt Morsink

Kevin Souter

You will be seeing...

(* = projected starter) Stephane Auvray(*)













First impressions: Fun with the media guide: *These are real quotes from the 2010 Media Guide. Further reading: Instant fan-favorite, I'm telling you. Further watching: Beautiful goal in the Gold Cup. Birahim Diop(*)













First impressions: Fun with the media guide: Further reading: His wiki bio. Ryan Smith(*)











First impressions: Fun with the media guide: Further reading: Despite the slight derisive tone and flawed logic of this article, the writer might have a point: If Smith is an American citizen, he could really help the US national team. Further watching: An interview with Ryan Smith. Santiago Hirsig(*)













First impressions: Fun with the media guide: Further reading: His signing was apparently a "coup" last year. Jack Jewsbury











First impressions: Fun with the media guide: Further watching: An interview discussing his return from hip surgery. Roger Espinoza











denied the request of the Honduras' national team coach First impressions: Fun with the media guide: Craig Rocastle











First impressions: Fun with the media guide: Further watching: A media day interview. Igor Kostrov













First impressions: Fun with the media guide: Further reading: Two weeks ago, if you gave me a globe and spotted me 5 minutes, I might not have been able to find Moldova. Graham Zusi













First impressions: Fun with the media guide:

Overall feeling...

Unsettled.

Catch up on the series:

Meet the Wizards, Part I: The Keepers. Meet the Wizards, Part II: The Backline.
Coming tomorrow: Meet the new strikers, strangely similar to the last strikers.
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