Chivas USA, the 2007 Western Conference champion, is integrating a few new attacking elements and is embarking on a second season for Coach Preki, who was the league's Coach of the Year in 2007.
After winning only six of 30 games in its inaugural season, TFC is rebuilding not only its roster, but its structure as well, with John Carver taking over as head coach
and Mo Johnston moving into a role as manager/director of soccer.
"Preseason is always important," says Preki. "We had a good season last year but we fell short and we need to have more depth this year because we will playing in a lot of games."
Several players will miss the tournament to train with the U.S. under-23 team as it prepares for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, so plenty of bodies will be needed to play three games in five days.
Stuart Holden and Pat Ianni (Houston), Maurice Edu and Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC), and Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA) are occupied elsewhere.
"Yeah, that should be an interesting event," said Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, whose team split two games at the Pan-Pacific Championship in Hawaii last month and Tuesday claimed forward Kyle Brown off waivers.
Last week, it signed 20-year-old Argentine striker Franco
"We have to get ready for CONCACAF and that's our priority but those three games will give players some good competition."
Texas Pro Soccer Festival (all times Central)
Wednesday - Houston vs. Toronto FC, 6 p.m.; followed by D.C. United vs. Chivas USA.
Friday - Toronto FC vs. D.C. United, 6 p.m.; followed by Chivas USA vs. Houston.
Sunday - Houston vs. D.C. United, 12:30 p.m.; followed by Chivas USA vs. Toronto FC.