MLS Preseason Power Rankings: Toronto FC tops the charts

Here’s a rundown of how the 23 teams that will play in MLS look heading into the league’s 23rd season that kicks off Saturday. 

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1. TORONTO FC. Supporters’ Shield winner, MLS Cup champion.

2. ATLANTA UNITED. Broke league attendance record, scored goals in bunches.

3. SEATTLE. 2016 champion, lost in final last year.

4. NY RED BULLS. Playoff run atoned for sixth-place finish.

5. PORTLAND. Good squad, big coaching change.

6. NEW YORK CITY FC. The post-Pirlo era begins but Villa lives on.

7. CHICAGO. A few small holes to fill.

8. HOUSTON. Like the Fire, out to prove ’17 was not a fluke.

9. COLUMBUS. Hard to ignore the gathering storm clouds.

10. REAL SALT LAKE. Poised for big surge this season.

11. VANCOUVER. Not sure if it can match last year’s displays.

12. SPORTING KC. New signings must adapt quickly.


13. PHILADELPHIA. In Earnie We Trust. For now.

14. LOS ANGELES FC. Definitely a playoff contender, on paper.

15. SAN JOSE. Should be competent but is that enough?

16. LA GALAXY. When Sebastian Lletget gets going, look out.

17. ORLANDO CITY. Improvement likely but competition is brutal.

18. MONTREAL. Old guard out, Remi Garde in.

19. FC DALLAS. What the heck is going on?

20. NEW ENGLAND. Steep learning curve for Brad Friedel.

21. MINNESOTA UNITED. Looks again like entertaining, frustrating campaign.

22. D.C. UNITED. Long stadium wait had better be worth it.

23. COLORADO. As of yet, low prospects in Mile High City.








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