West Division at a glance

DEAN MCNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

HOUSTON DYNAMO

Mo Johnston must cringe every time he looks at the Dynamo roster that includes the two best Canadian players in MLS in Vancouver goalkeeper Pat Onstad and Toronto forward Dwayne De Rosario, the team's best defensive and offensive weapons. Hardly any changes for the club looking for a three-peat as MLS champs.

LA GALAXY

Call them the LA Beckhams if you wish, but with or without their superstar player, this team lacked scoring power in 2007. But with new coach Ruud Gullit and the addition of Carlos Ruiz the Galaxy should be a lot more entertaining than they were last season.

FC DALLAS

There have been changes in the FC Dallas game plan after the squad was beaten in the first round of the playoffs by their cross-state rivals last fall. It was the sixth consecutive year that Dallas failed to make it through and coach Steve Morrow has ditched the 4-4-2 formation to go with a three-man back line.

REAL SALT LAKE

Management at Salt Lake wore their disappointment on their sleeves after the 2007 season and vowed to make sweeping changes and they did with 13 new faces including Kenny Deuchar. Matias Cordoba and Dema Kovalenko.

CHIVAS USA

Chivas is expected to give Houston a run for top spot in the regular season with the addition of Raphael Wicky from the Swiss premier division to go with Sacha Kljestan, who they will lose for the Beijing Olympics, in the middle. Ex-TFC striker Alecko Eskandarian also is on board.

COLORADO RAPIDS

Head coach Fernando Clavijo has that dead-man-walking look as the team refused to grant him an extension of his expiring contract this year. And if he attempts a basket full of trades in an attempt to keep his job the Rapids will be even worse off.

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

What can you say, except good luck Ronnie O'Brien, the talented midfielder traded by TFC to the left-coast team where he will have to endure another long season of losing.


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