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February 28, 2013 at 8:51 PM

MLS power rankings — preseason edition

1. L.A. Galaxy Two-time champs stay on top even with Beckham’s departure and Donovan’s delayed arrival
2. San Jose Last year’s Supporters’ Shield winner rightly rewarded Chris Wondolowski with a DP contract
3. Sounders FC Could get off to a slow start as new arrivals mix in. But if things click, watch out.
4. Sporting KC Lost two stars, Kei Kamara and Roger Espinoza, to teams in England. Will others step up?
5. Houston Oscar Boniek Garcia could be the player to push two-time MLS Cup finalists over the top
6. N.Y. Red Bulls Continue to boast some of the best top-end talent in the league with Henry, Cahill and Juninho
7. D.C. United Beware: High-powered offense of DeRo, Pontius, DeLeon and Ruiz could be dangerous
8. Chicago Success will depend heavily on a rebuilt midfield with newcomers Larentowicz, Lindpere and Duka
9. Real Salt Lake Salary-cap issues gutted the roster, but coach Jason Kreis kept a solid core. Can it stay healthy?
10. Columbus What does Federico Higuain, the 2012 MLS newcomer of the year, have in store for an encore?
11. Vancouver Built upon last year’s playoff appearance with intriguing signings of Nigel Reo-Coker, Kobayashi
12. Portland Caleb Porter takes over as coach. We’ll see if his amazing college success will carry over to MLS
13. FC Dallas Made a huge splash in acquiring forwards Eric Hassli and Kenny Cooper. Can they play together?
14. Philadelphia Perhaps the team’s biggest offseason story has been trying to unload well-traveled Freddy Adu
15. Montreal Second year. Second coach. Will Marco Schallibaum bring stability to the franchise?
16. New England Revs addressed all areas of the field in offseason. There’s a reason for that. They needed to
17. Chivas USA Much attention has gone to an increased Mexican influence on roster under new coach
18. Colorado Defense looks like it still could be a serious issue after conceding 50 goals last season
19. Toronto FC Has never made playoffs. It will be tough again after last year’s colossal embarrassment

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