Mazel Tov to MLS on its Bar Mitzvah birthday! Here are one man's team-by-team thoughts on a league that's "all grows up," in predicted order of finish.
DC UNITED: New faces will propel elite club to another title.
HOUSTON: Orange will be crushed in final after winning West.
NEW ENGLAND: Can Twellman carry the team without departed Noonan? Unlikely.
CHIVAS USA: With Guzano in net, Preki's boys will be strong again. Where are fans?
KANSAS CITY: Intimate home, new Argie star enlivens Sky Blues. Good story.
CHICAGO: Once cancer Conde's gone, Blanco's boys will entertain and contend.
On the Fence:
NEW YORK: Donut club: Strong in front & back, weak in the middle. And tasty.
DALLAS: A healthy Toja and Cooper will keep the Deep Dish rocking.
COLORADO: Gomez lifts all Rapids. Coundoul will be the difference maker.
Playing for Pride:
LOS ANGELES: Gals' wins will be of the 4-3, 3-2 variety. There's no D in LA.
COLUMBUS: Will Sigi's youth movement finally start to mature? Not this year.
SALT LAKE: A revamped Real will win more than last year, just not enough.
Bottom O' the Barrel:
TORONTO: Won't take four matches to score this year. Home crowd gets antsy.
SAN JOSE: Yay, you're back! Ooh, you're bad! When's the season over?
Argies in Gotham
Well, Argies in the swamp, actually. Here's to the Fed for scheduling a killer friendly with Argentina on Sunday, June 8th at Giants Stadium. It'll be the Yanks' first appearance in the New York area since the 2005 Gold Cup Final, and along with matches at England (May 28th) and Spain (June 4th), should put our boys in fine shape to take on mighty Barbados to open World Cup Qualifying in Carson on June 15th, don't you think?