1. NEW YORK RED BULLS
Roster from 2013 Supporters’ Shield winners kept largely intact.
2. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Defending MLS Cup champion looks able to survive its few key losses.
3. PHILADELPHIA UNION
Two new designated players should help lift Union into playoffs, and maybe Supporters’ Shield race.
4. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Young talent returns after 16-point improvement last season.
5. D.C. UNITED
Rebuilt roster looked rock solid at Carolina Challenge Cup.
6. TORONTO FC
Won the offseason, but regular-season skepticism still warranted.
7. HOUSTON DYNAMO
Club history demands respect, but as others climb, someone must slip.
8. CHICAGO FIRE
New coach, wobbly defense. Can Mike Magee possibly duplicate MVP season?
9. COLUMBUS CREW
Improved defense, first-year coach could signal start of climb in Columbus.
10. MONTREAL IMPACT
Inconsistent Impact didn’t do much in offseason while others improved.
1. PORTLAND TIMBERS
Continued improvement even after big turnaround started last season.
2. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Lots of changes could mean slow start, but roster has stars and depth.
3. LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Perennial contender seems improved unless aging stars start slowing.
4. REAL SALT LAKE
Roster solid again, but loss of coach Jason Kreis — who will lead expansion team New York City FC in 2015 — adds big question mark.
5. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Ended 2013 with a rush that recalled form of 2012.
6. FC DALLAS
Longtime coach and familiar faces gone. Might step back before going forward.
7. COLORADO RAPIDS
Kids produced in 2013, but coaching uncertainty could slow progress.
8. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Loss of Camilo Sanvezzo, yet another coaching change. Show-me attitude appropriate.
9. CHIVAS USA
New ownership and cutting Chivas cord should pay off — down the firstname.lastname@example.org