MLS: Projected opening day lineups

MLS starts its 20th season on Friday when the defending champion LA Galaxy hosts Chicago. Here are our best-guess opening day lineups for all 20 teams.

They take into account recent rotations coaches have been using in preseason. A big question mark will be the availability of players who spent the week taking part in the CBA negotiations in Washington.

A little more than a quarter of the starting positions should be filled with players who were not with their current teams in 2014. Of those newcomers, slightly more than a half are players who were playing in foreign leagues in 2014. Just three rookies are slated to start.

Note: Players in bold are newcomers.

CHICAGO (Opener: Friday at LA Galaxy)
GK: Johnson (USA).
D: Palmer (Jamaica), Larentowicz (USA), Gehrig (USA), Jones (Trin. & Tob.).
MF: Alex (Brazil), Watson (England); Maloney (England), Shipp (USA).
F: Igboananike (Nigeria), Amarikwa (USA).
Composition: 8 returnees; 3 newcomers.
Newcomers: 3 imports (3 transfers).
INJURED (projected starters): Accam (Ghana), Adailton (Brazil).

COLORADO (Opener: Saturday at Philadelphia)
GK: Irwin (USA).
D:  Riley (USA), Burling (USA), Sjoberg (Sweden), Harrington (USA).
MF: Sarvas (Brazil), Pittinari (Argentina), Sanchez (Uruguay), Torres (Panama), Serna (USA).
F: Badji (Senegal).
Composition: 4 returnees; 7 newcomers.
Newcomers: 1 imports (1 loan); 4 MLS players (2 acquired via trade; 1 acquired via Dispersal Draft; 1 first-come, first0serve); 2 SuperDraft picks.
INJURED (projected starters): Moor (USA), O'Neill (USA).
INELIGIBLE: MacMath (USA).

COLUMBUS (Opener: Saturday at House)
GK: Clark (USA).
D: Grana (Argentina), Parkhurst (USA), Pogatetz (Austria), Francis (Costa Rica).
MF: Trapp (USA), Tchani (Cameroon); Finlay (USA), Higuain (Argentina), Steindorsson (Iceland).
F: Kamara (Sierra Leone).
Composition: 8 returnees; 3 newcomers.
Newcomers: 3 imports (2 free agents, 1 returning free via Allocation Order).

FC DALLAS (Opener: Saturday vs. San Jose)
GK: Kennedy (USA).
D: Harris (St. Kitts & Nevis), Zimmerman (USA), Hedges (USA), Hernandez (USA).
M: Ulloa (USA), Michel (Brazil); Castillo (Colombia), Diaz (Argentina), Hollingshead (USA).
F: Perez (Panama).
Composition: 9 returnees; 2 newcomers.
Newcomers: 2 MLS players (1 acquired via Re-Entry Draft, 1 acquired via Dispersal Draft).

DC UNITED (Opener: Saturday vs. Montreal)
GK: Hamid (USA).
D: Franklin (USA), Boswell (USA), Birnbaum (USA), Kemp (USA).
MF: Kitchen (USA), Arnaud (USA), DeLeon (USA), Rolfe (USA), Pontius (USA).
F: Arrieta (Costa Rica).
Composition: 10 returnees; 1 newcomer.
Newcomers: 1 MLS player (1 acquired via trade).
SUSPENDED (for first 6 games): Espindola (Argentina).

HOUSTON (Opener: Saturday vs. Columbus)
GK: Deric (USA).
D: Sarkodie (USA), Horst (USA), Taylor (Jamaica), Beasley (USA).
MF: Garrido (Honduras), Clark (USA), Davis (USA), Garcia (Honduras), Miranda (Argentina).
F: Bruin (USA).
Composition: 10 returnees; 1 newcomer
Newcomers: 1 import (1 loan).
INJURED (projected starter): Rodriguez (Spain).

LA GALAXY (Opener: Friday vs. Chicago)
GK: Rowe (Panama).
D: Gargan (USA), Gonzalez (USA), Leonardo (Brazil), Rogers (USA).
MF: Ishizaki (Sweden), Juninho (Brazil), Walker (USA), Jamieson (USA).
F: Keane (Ireland), Zardes (USA).
Composition: 11 returnees.
INJURED (projected starters): DeLaGarza (Guam), Penedo (Panama), Husidic (Bosnia-Herzegovina).

MONTREAL (Opener: Saturday at D.C. United)
GK: Bush (USA).
D: Cabrera (Argentina), Soumare (Mali), Ciman (Belgium), Toia (USA).
M: Reo-Coker (England), Donadel (Italy); Mapp (USA), Piatti (Argentina), Duka (USA).
F: Oduro (Ghana).
Composition: 4 returnees; 7 newcomers.
Newcomers: 3 imports (2 free transfers, 1 loan); 4 MLS players (1 acquired via Dispersal Draft; 1 acquired by Waiver Draft; 1 acquired via Re-Entry Draft; 1 acquired via trade).

NEW ENGLAND (Opener: Sunday at Seattle)
GK: Shuttleworth (USA).
D:
Alston (USA), Goncalves (Portugal), Farrell (USA), Tierney (USA).
MF: Caldwell (USA), Kobayashi (Japan); Bunbury (USA), Fagundez (Uruguay), Rowe (USA).
F: Agudelo
(USA).
Composition: 10 returnees; 1 newcomer.
Newcomers: 1 import (1 returning free via Retained Rights).
INJURED (projected starters): Jones (USA), Nguyen (USA).

NEW YORK CITY (Opener: Sunday at Orlando City)
GK: Saunders (Puerto Rico).
D: Williams (USA), Mendoza (Ecuador), Hernandez (USA), Wingert (USA).
MF: Jacobson (USA), Diskerud (USA), Grabavoy (USA), Ballouchy (Morocco).
F: Villa (Spain), Nemec (Slovakia).
Composition: 11 newcomers.
Newcomers: 4 imports (3 free agents, 1 acquired free via Allocation Order), 7 MLS players (4 acquired in Expansion Draft, 3 acquired via trades).

NY RED BULLS (Opener: Sunday vs. Sporting KC)
GK: Robles (USA).
D: Duvall (USA), Perrinelle (France), Zubar (France), Miller (Costa Rica).
MF: McCarty (USA), Felipe (Brazil); Sam (England), Luyindula (France), Kljestan (USA).
F: Wright-Phillips (England).
Composition: 8 returnees; 3 newcomers.
Newcomers: 2 imports (1 transfer, 1 acquired with transfer via Allocation order) 1 MLS player (1 acquired via trade).

ORLANDO CITY (Opener: Sunday: vs. New York City)
GK: Ricketts (Jamaica).
D: Ramos (Portugal), St. Ledger (Ireland), Collin (France), Shea (USA).
MF: Okugo (USA), Ceren (El Salvador), Neal (England); Molino (Trin. & Tobago), Kaka (Brazil).
F: Rochez (Honduras).
Composition: 3 returnees (from USL PRO team), 8 newcomers.
Newcomers4 imports (2 free agents, 1 transfer, 1 player acquired with transfer via Allocation Order); 4 MLS players (2 acquired via Expansion Draft; 2 acquired via trade).

PHILADELPHIA (Opener: Saturday vs. Colorado)
GK: Mbolhi (Algeria);
D: Williams (USA), White (USA), Vitoria (Portugal), Gaddis (USA).
MF: Edu (USA), Nogueira (France), Wenger (USA), Maidana (Argentina), Le Toux (France).
F: Aristeguieta (Venezuela)
Composition: 9 returnees; 2 newcomers
Newcomers: 2 imports (2 loans).

PORTLAND (Opener: Saturday vs. Real Salt Lake)
GK: Kwarasey (Ghana).
D: Powell (Jamaica), Borchers (USA), Ridgewell (England), Villafana (USA).
M: Jewsbury (USA), Chara (Colombia), Nagbe (Liberia), Asprilla (Colombia), Wallace (Costa Rica).
F: Adi (Nigeria).
Composition: 9 returnees; 2 newcomers (1 import, 1 MLS player acquired via trade).
Newcomers: 1 import (1 transfer), 1 MLS player (1 acquired via trade).
INJURED (projected starters): Zemanski (USA), Johnson (Canada), Valeri (Argentina).

REAL SALT LAKE (Opener: Saturday at Portland)
GK: Rimando (USA).
D: Beltran (USA), Olave (Colombia), Schuler (USA), Mansally (Gambia).
M: Beckerman (USA), Gil (USA), Morales (Argentina).
F: Jaime (Argentina), Saborio (Costa Rica), Garcia (Colombia).
Composition: 10 returnees; 1 newcomer (1 MLS player acquired by trade).
Newcomers: 1 MLS player (1 acquired by trade).

SAN JOSE (Opener: Saturday at FC Dallas)
GK: Bingham (USA).
D: Wynne (USA), Bernardez (Honduras), Paulo Renato (Portugal), Francis (Jamaica).
M: Pierazzi (France), Koval (USA), Matias Perez Garcia (Argentina), Nyassi (Gambia), Salinas (USA).
F: Wondolowski (USA).
Composition: 8 returnees; 3 newcomers.
Newcomers: 1 import (1 free agent); 2 MLS players (2 acquired via Re-Entry Draft).
INJURED (projected starters): Goodson (USA), Stewart (England), Emeghara (Switzerland).

SEATTLE (Opener: Sunday vs. New England)
GK: Frei (Switzerland).
D: Mears (Jamaica), Marshall (USA), Evans (USA), Gonzalez (Costa Rica).
MF: Neagle (USA), Azira (Uganda), Pineda (Mexico), Pappa (Guatemala).
F: Dempsey (USA), Martins (Nigeria).
Composition: 10 returnees; 1 newcomer.
Newcomers: 1 import (1 free agent).

SPORTING KC (Opener: Sunday vs. NY Red Bulls)
GK: Marin (Chile).
D: Dia (USA), Besler (USA), Opara (USA), De Jong (Canada),
M: Espinoza (Honduras), Feilhaber (USA), Nemeth (Hungary).
F: Zusi (USA), Dwyer (England), Anor (Venezuela).
Composition: 6 returnees; 5 newcomers.
Newcomers: 3 imports (2 free agents, 1 player returning free via Retained Rights); 1 MLS player (1 acquired via trade); 1 SuperDraft pick;
INJURED (projected starter): Myers (USA).

TORONTO FC (Opener: Saturday at Vancouver)
GK: Bendik (USA).
D: Creavalle (USA), Perquis (Poland), Caldwell (Scotland), Morrow (USA).
MF: Bradley (USA), Cheyrou (France); Osorio (Canada), Giovinco (Italy), Findley (USA).
F: Altidore (USA).
Composition: 6 returnees; 5 newcomers.
Newcomers: 4 imports (3 free agents; 1 player acquired with transfer via Allocation Order); 1 MLS player (1 acquired via Re-Entry Draft).

VANCOUVER (Opener: Saturday vs. Toronto FC)
GK: Ousted (Denmark).
D:
Beitashour (Iran), Waston (Costa Rica), Kah (Norway), Harvey (USA).
M:
Teibert (Canada), Laba (Argentina); Rosales (Argentina), Morales (Chile), Manneh (Gambia).
F: Rivero (Uruguay).
Composition: 9 returnees; 2 newcomers.
Newcomers: 1 imports (1 transfer); 1 MLS player (1 acquired on first-come, first-serve basis).

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