Five Up, Three Down: 2014 MLS Preview

Five Up, Three Down: 2014 MLS Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 6, 2014
  • 2014 MLS Season

Alright, this is hopefully going to be a weekly thing around these parts this season. I’ve tossed away the Power Rankings series, as well as the Stock Report type of post that I did each month during the season last year. Neither one really seemed to stick for me. Anyways, it is a new season so it is time to try something new.

Basically, the idea here is each week I’ll give you five teams/players/things that are on the upward trend and three things/teams/players that are dipping down. So here we go.

Five Up

Toronto FC – The big noise this offseason was the Reds and what they were able to do. They brought in the likes of Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe and even got a Brazilian national team keeper on loan in Julio Cesar. How they managed to do all of this and stay in the salary cap zone, we’ll never truly know. Saying all of that, they’re a team to keep a very close eye on again as we head into the new season. It really will be playoffs or bust this year.

DC United – Another team that made plenty of moves in the offseason was United. For the most part, I loved what they did. They brought in a good mix of veteran players from around the league with guys like Davy Arnaud and Jeff Parke. They also got some firepower up front in Fabian Espindola and Eddie Johnson. Will it all work out? Time will certainly tell.

New kits in Portland, SKC and LA – SO far in the kit reveal, I have really enjoyed the new kits from these three squads. All were sharp, classy and a bit different from their old kits.

LA Galaxy II – In a small way this could be the biggest story of the offseason. A MLS team starting a ‘farm’ team in the third division. New York announced yesterday that they’ll likely follow suit in 2015. I know FC Dallas and a couple others are considering this as well for 2015. Player development is key for this league going forward and this deal will only continue to make it better.

Expansion – This continues to remain a hot topic around the league (and on this blog). Miami looks to be next. Atlanta appears to be after them.

Three Down

Colorado Rapids – Still no head coach going into the start of the season? At least they have a bye-week this weekend to potentially sort it out between now and next weekend. But seriously, time to make it official with Pablo Mastroeni.

New Kits in Chicago and RSL – I still reserve the right to be wrong when I see these kits in person but man do they look bad online.

Montreal Impact – I know Impact fans won’t like hearing this but have they really done enough this offseason to improve their roster? I’m not convinced that they have. But, like always, I am willing to be proven wrong over time. They did so in the past and I’m sure they can do it again.

  • TSN3

    Montreal strengthen up their defence up more, and brought in 1 new goal scorer. They will have to bring in an attacking midfielder (maybe on the left) following the World Cup (likely a DP), and then look to hire a big name DP striker to replace De Vaio at the end of the year.