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March 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

My MLS power rankings — preseason

LA Galaxy Logo.jpgWith the Sounders getting a Week 1 bye in the MLS regular season, my power rankings won’t run in print until next week. But I figured I’d get a preseason edition up on the blog before Saturday’s opening games. Let’s get to it.

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1. Los Angeles Galaxy (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 1, 19-5-10)

No surprise here. The loaded Galaxy are a near consensus No. 1 pick. Defense a concern?

2. Seattle Sounders FC (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 2, 18-7-9)

Another common pick. I think the Sounders are closer to L.A. than they are to the rest of the field.

3. Real Salt Lake (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 6, 15-11-8)

Yep, I know they beat Seattle in the playoffs last year, but depth is a serious concern this year.

4. Sporting Kansas City (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 3, 13-9-12)

An overwhelming top choice in the East. Might they make a Supp. Shield run in a weaker conference?

5. FC Dallas (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 7, 15-12-7)

George John is back from his West Ham loan to lead the defense. Blas Perez is the key up front.

6. Houston Dynamo (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 4, 12-9-13)

MLS Cup runners up got a boost in the return of Ching. A new stadium also adds to the good vibes.

7. New York Red Bulls (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 11, 10-8-16)

Talent makes them hard to ignore, especially with new defensive additions Holgersson and Conde.

8. D.C. United (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 14, 9-13-12)

Found some late life in ’11 with the addition of De-Ro. Will he still dominate after getting his big raise?

9. Toronto FC (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 16, 6-13-15)

Looked solid Wed. versus the Galaxy. Koevermans could be a dark horse MVP/Golden Boot candidate.

10. Portland Timbers FC (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 12, 11-14-9)

Expectations are high in Year 2. Will DP forward Kris Boyd be able to carry the load offensively.

11. San Jose Earthquakes (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 13, 8-12-14)

Wondo finally has some scoring help in Marvin Chavez, Tressor Moreno and Simon Dawkins.

12. Philadelphia Union (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 5, 11-8-15)

Offseason turnover had many fans scratching their heads. Leadership, chemistry could be a concern.

13. Chicago Fire (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 9, 9-9-16)

Looked one step away from putting it together last year. Could things fall into place in 2012?

14. Columbus Crew (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 10, 13-13-8)

One of about a dozen teams that could fall anywhere from No. 6-16, but this squad doesn’t excite me.

15. Colorado Rapids (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 8, 12-9-13)

The same weapons are there, but will things click in Year 1 for new coach Oscar Pareja?

16. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 17, 6-18-10)

Martin Rennie takes over as coach and has many weapons. Toughness is midfield appears lacking.

17. Chivas USA (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 15, 8-14-12)

JPA has re-signed and he’ll need to have a huge year to keep the “other” L.A. team in contention.

18. New England Revolution (last year’s final ranking, record: No. 18, 5-16-13)

New coach Jay Heaps has work to do. We’ll see how much he relies on Federal Way’s Kelyn Rowe.

19. Montreal Impact (last year’s final rankings, record: N/A)

Expansion side starts on bottom, in part due to principle and also because the roster looks incomplete.

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I’ve seen power rankings all over the place in other publications, but what do you think? Who’s overrated or underrated?

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