NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The Revolution is in danger of becoming soccer's version of the Buffalo Bills after reaching the MLS finals four times in six years without a Cup to show for its efforts. Coach Steve Nicol is hoping to change that this season. But the off-season loss of Andy Dorman and Pat Noonan will hurt.
NEW YORK RED BULLS
This is a team ready to make a serious run at a championship having obtained Chicago's Juan Carlos Osorio to guide its established superstar Juan Pablo Angel and its superstar in waiting Jozy Altidor. This group may finally put the Red Bulls on Gotham's sporting consciousness.
When Mexican superstar Cuauhtemoc Blanco arrived in the Windy City midway through 2007 Chicago caught Fire, so to speak. But many are also according coach Juan Carlos Osorio the plaudits for the team's second-half spike. Osorio has defected to New York, with Denis Hamlett taking over. He will need newcomer Tomasz Frankowski to produce.
United coach Tom Soehn has an unenviable job of steering a very good team through a tough schedule that will include long trips to take part in a pair of international tournaments this season. It's likely that the team also will be dealing with constant reports of MLS moving the franchise out of Washington to a city with a proper soccer stadium.
Columbus need to have both Alejandro Moreno and Guillermo Barros Schelotto to be firing on all cylinders for the Crew to make it into the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. Coach Sigi Schmid knows anything less than a playoff berth will be chalked up as a failure.
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS
Early signs have many observers saying that this version of the Wizards is an improvement over last year even with the departure of big-time scorer Eddie Johnson to Fullham of the English Premier League. The Wizards open their new stadium tomorrow against DC United.