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March 6, 2014 at 9:49 PM

My MLS power rankings — preseason edition

Here are my preseason MLS power rankings, as part of our season preview package. Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments section.

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Rank Team Comment
1 Sporting KC Defending champ always gets top spot; Week 1 assignment is facing 40,000 in Seattle
2 Portland Year 1 under coach Caleb Porter was a revelation; what’s in store for an encore?
3 LA Galaxy Have to wonder if the window is closing. Landon Donovan is 32, Robbie Keane 33
4 NY Red Bulls Supporters’ Shield holders didn’t do much in offseason, might have even regressed
5 Real Salt Lake So begins life without revered coach Jason Kreis; tough act to follow for Jeff Cassar
6 Sounders FC “Rebuilding” year still comes with the same pressure and MLS Cup expectations
7 New England Young, exciting core is a year more experienced, led by Federal Way’s Kelyn Rowe
8 Colorado Talent warrants decent ranking, but this might be high, with no full-time coach in place
9 Houston Didn’t make major moves, but coach Dominic Kinnear always has them in it at the end
10 Toronto FC Clear offseason winner, acquiring Michael Bradley/Jermain Defoe, but that’s just on paper
11 San Jose One of the hottest teams from the end of last year has Chris Wondolowski back healthy
12 Philadelphia Centerpiece of a few active months was bringing back U.S. international Maurice Edu
13 Columbus Another returning USMNT player, Michael Parkhurst, will help shore up a leaky defense
14 FC Dallas Can new coach Oscar Pareja replicate what he did in Colorado and find right formula?
15 Vancouver Uphill battle? Didn’t get its top coaching target (Bob Bradley), lost its top scorer (Camilo)
16 Chicago Reigning MVP Mike Magee will need to keep up that ’13 pace for Fire to be contenders
17 D.C. United Made EJ a DP and other moves to look much more competitive, but have to see it first
18 Montreal Had the quietest of offseasons, which doesn’t instill confidence after last year’s collapse
19 Chivas USA Needs to rebuild from recent embarrassment; changing ownership was requisite step

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