Winning the Preseason…so far

Winning the Preseason…so far

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 13, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Preseason

It is mid-February, which means every Major League Soccer team is in the middle of their preseason camps. Several are in Arizona while most are in Florida.

Teams are making moves left and right these days but just who is doing a good job about it all remains the big question. So here is a short list of who I think is winning this preseason so far and who still has work left to do.

So far so good

Seattle – The Sounders have made plenty of good moves this winter in my mind. Sure, they lost Eddie Johnson but that was going to happen. Letting Mauro Rosales go was also a necessary move as well. But in return they have brought in guys like Marco Pappa, Chad Marshall and Kenny Cooper. All experienced guys with plenty to offer if they remain healthy. I can’t stress that last line enough, if this group remains healthy, the Sounders will go far in 2014.

LA Galaxy – You have to like what Bruce Arena has been able to do in LA this winter as well. Small moves have been the name of the game this year and there is nothing wrong with that. They’ll contend just like they always do and the fact that they now have a ‘farm’ team in the USL PRO really helps out.

Philadelphia – Out of the Eastern Conference sides, the Union have made possibly the most noise outside of Toronto. Their moves have been pretty interesting to watch but most importantly, they have been pretty smart from top to bottom. The biggest thing will be if they can gel quickly as a unit.

Hoping for less is more

Real Salt Lake – We knew they’d go through some transition with Jason Kreis leaving and Jeff Cassar taking over. Still, this group will contend with the core group of players involved there.

New York – You’d expect this club to be making big moves left and right but the Supporter Shield champs are playing things nice and cool at the moment.

Houston – Three new players, just three for Dominic Kinnear. I can’t imagine that will be enough.

Sporting KC – The defending champs haven’t done a lot of work in adding new faces this winter but when you got something good going, why try and fix it?

Work left to do

Montreal – I’m still a bit shocked at the Impact and their lack of additions this winter. Cap space may be one thing but with a new coach you’d almost expect a slew of new guys. Maybe they’ll be fine with their 2013 group that did reach the playoffs, but I think they still need some work to improve the depth of that roster up front and in the defense.

Colorado – I think the Rapids are about to make a slew of changes in the coming weeks that will make me rethink this position that they are in at the moment. Still, no new head coach to discuss (just name Pablo Mastroeni head coach already!) either.

Vancouver – After the whole Andre Lewis and Camilo issues this winter, the Caps have slightly settled down. But I still feel like the Caps need more help all over the pitch.