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2012 MLS Power Rankings: Preseason

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IJanuary 28, 2012

2012 MLS Power Rankings: Preseason

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    Another year of Major League Soccer is dawning on the world. It seems as if the Los Angeles Galaxy lifted the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy, that chalice of footballing glory in the United States and Canada, only yesterday.

    But yesterday seems like two months ago, and a clean slate awaits the defending MLS Cup and Supporters Shield holders. Now L.A. finds itself in a race with 18 other teams hunting for hardware, the newest side being the Montreal Impact, who have an intention of living up to their moniker.

    As part of Bleacher Report's continuing coverage of the 2012 MLS season, we bring you the preseason power rankings for the league's 17th season. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

19. Montreal Impact

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    Manager: Jesse Marsch
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    New Team

    Tous Pour Gagner. All To Win.

    That is the mantra that hangs in the cool misty air of La Belle Province, Quebec, and its largest city, Montreal. While Les Canadiens are the talk of the town during the winter, come springtime, the Impact will take over.

    Montreal are no strangers to success, having won titles in the old USL First Division in 1994, 2004 and 2009. Montreal have dominated the Voyageurs Cup, winning Canada's top prize in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

    This year's Impact features notables faces that headlined other MLS sides last season, the most noteworthy being forward Brian Ching, whose selection in the expansion draft sparked the most unlikeliest of rivalries in the form of the Houston Dynamo.

    Other notable faces include midfielders Davy Arnaud, Sanna Nyassi and Justin Mapp, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and defender Nelson Rivas, the first-ever designated player for the Impact.

    Montreal will begin their season playing at the Olympic Stadium for five home matches before moving back to their traditional home stadium, Stade Saputo, in June.

    The Impact open their season on March 10 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Kickoff at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.

18. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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    Manager: Martin Rennie
    Conference: MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 6-18-10
    2011 Points: 28
    2011 Conference Finish: Ninth

    It was a tough first year of all sorts for the Vancouver Whitecaps, who underwent a managerial change midseason and stumbled on their way to finishing dead last in the MLS Western Conference.

    Retooled and refocused, the Caps will look to utilize the atmosphere at BC Place Stadium to their advantage.

    Notable returnees to the team up top include the scoring tandem of Eric Hassli and Camilo Sanvezzo. Last season, Hassli recorded 11 goals while Camilo added nine. Darren Mattocks, a forward from the University of Akron, will press for playing time.

    In the midfield, Davide Chiumiento, John Thorrington and Gershon Koffie return, but new additions have been made to add more muscle. Among those additions is Vietnamese-American Lee Nguyen, formely of V-League power Becamex Binh Duong. Combined with the addition of Jun Marques Davidson from Tokushima Vortis, Vancouver fields a competent midfielder tandem for 2012.

    Defensively, goalkeeper Joe Cannon and defenders Alain Rochat, captain Jay DeMerit, Jordan Harvey and Michael Boxall return. An addition to the back line is Korea Republic international Lee Young-Pyo. Lee's years of experience will prove vital in resuscitating a comatose defense that surrendered 55 goals in 2011.

    Vancouver open their season on March 10 against the Montreal Impact. Kickoff at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET.

17. New England Revolution

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    Manager: Jay Heaps
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 5-16-13
    2011 Points: 28
    2011 Conference Finish: Ninth

    The Steve Nicol era is officially over in Foxborough. Enter Jay Heaps, a former MLS standout looking to test the waters of managing the New England Revolution in 2012.

    The Revs return their marquee player in Shalrie Joseph, who led all goalscorers with five in 2011. Other notable returnees include midfielders Benny Feilhaber and Sainey Nyassi, defenders Kevin Alston and Chris Tierney, and goalkeeper Matt Reis.

    One addition to the side that could see plenty of time on the pitch is midfielder Kelyn Rowe, who was nearly lost to a big payday in Europe. Rowe could potentially be a catalyst to New England's chances this season.

    New England began the calendar year with matches in the FC Tuscon Desert Diamond Cup from Feb. 22 to March 3. However, their season starts on March 10 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

16. Toronto FC

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    Manager: Aron Winter
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 6-13-15
    2011 Points: 33
    2011 Conference Finish: Eighth

    The real reason why Aron Winter is still around at Toronto FC is because his Reds are in the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League.

    Had Toronto not advanced, chances are there is a new boss at the helm.

    Nonetheless, Winter is here now, and so Toronto makes plans for a resurgence in league play. The club's leading goalscorers in Danny Koevermans and Joao Plata return. Koevermans scored 10 goals last year, while Plata recorded eight.

    Notable returnees to the midfield includes Torsten Frings, Julian De Guzman and Terry Dunfield. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei leads a Toronto defense that features Adrian Cann, Ty Harden and Richard Eckersley.

    Toronto FC open up the year with CONCACAF Champions League action against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first leg of the quarterfinals. Kickoff at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON is scheduled for March 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Their MLS season opener is on March 17 against the Seattle Sounders. Kickoff at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. ET.

15. Chivas USA

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    Manager: Robin Fraser
    Conference: MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 8-14-12
    2011 Points: 36
    2011 Conference Finish: Eighth

    The Goats, who are accustomed to playing second fiddle to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., are looking to play their own tune in 2012.

    Nick LaBrocca and Juan Pablo Angel lead Chivas USA in the goalscoring department. LaBrocca recorded eight goals, while Angel added seven.

    The club's assists leader from last year, defender Ante Jazic (seven assists), also returns, as well as forward Alejandro Moreno, midfielder Laurent Courtois and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

    A notable addition to Chivas USA is forward Ryan Smith, who made 32 league appearances for Sporting Kansas City.

    Chivas open up their season on March 11 against the Houston Dynamo. Kickoff at the Home Depot Center is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PT/7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by Galavision.

14. San Jose Earthquakes

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    Manager: Frank Yallop
    Conference: MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 8-12-14
    2011 Points: 38
    2011 Conference Finish: Seventh

    San Jose had a difficult season, finishing seventh in the MLS Western Conference. A sense of refocus and resolve must be put into place in order for the Quakes to regain their swagger.

    And the man to deliver the swag? None other than Chris Wondolowski, who recorded 16 goals in 2011 for San Jose. Steven Beitashour also returns to the team for 2012. Beitashour recorded seven assists to lead the Earthquakes.

    Other notable returnees include midfielders Simon Dawkins and Ramiro Corrales, goalkeeper Jon Busch, defenders Nana Attakora and Jason Hernandez and forward Steven Lenhart.

    Key additions to San Jose include midfielders Marvin Chavez, Shea Salinas and Jean Alexandre. Accompanying Wondowlowski up top will be Sercan Güvenışık, a Turkish international with years of experience playing in Germany.

    San Jose open up the season on March 10 against the New England Revolution. Kickoff at Buck Shaw Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.

13. D.C. United

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    Manager: Ben Olsen
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 9-13-12
    2011 Points: 39
    2011 Conference Finish: Seventh

    2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario (13 goals, seven assists) was the main reason D.C. United had a modest season last year. Unfortunately, it was not enough as United were forced to watch the MLS Cup playoffs from the sidelines.

    This season, D.C. are intent of not only watching the playoffs, but being in it to win it all.

    Up top, Chris Pontius, Josh Wolff and Blake Brettschneider all return, and they will be joined by Maicon Santos from FC Dallas. In the midfield, Andy Najar, Branko Bošković and Stephen King return. Danny Cruz joins the midfield from Houston.

    Goalkeeper Bill Hamid leads a United defense that features Perry Kitchen, Ethan White, Dejan Jakovic and Daniel Woolard.

    D.C. United begin their season with preseason action in the Carolina Challenge Cup from Feb. 25 to March 3. They will over up the season on Saturday, March 10 against Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

12. Portland Timbers

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    Manager: John Spencer
    Conference; MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 11-14-9
    2011 Points: 42
    2011 Conference Finish: Sixth

    John Spencer's Portland Timbers had an impressive inaugural season, finishing just outside of the MLS Cup playoffs. Portland will look to build on their record in 2012, and they have the manpower to do it.

    Captain Jack Jewsbury return to lead the charge for the Timbers. Jewsbury recorded seven goals and eight assists to lead Portland.

    Other notable returnees include midfielders Kalif Alhassan (six assists), Darlington Nagbe and Sal Zizzo, forward Jorge Perlaza (six goals), goalkeeper Troy Perkins and defenders Mamadou Danso, Rodney Wallace and Eric Brunner.

    With Jeld-Wen Field laying claim to one of the toughest places to win a match, the Timbers Army and Timber Joey will look to establish a home-field advantage for Portland.

    Portland open up a seven-match preseason schedule at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. against the defending MLS Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy on Feb. 7. The Timbers open up the season against the Philadelphia Union on March 12 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2.

11. Chicago Fire

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    Manager: Frank Klopas
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 9-9-16
    2011 Points: 43
    2011 Conference Finish: Sixth

    Just finishing out of the MLS Cup playoffs, the Chicago Fire will look to rekindle the flames of success in 2012 after closing out 2011 on a tear.

    Dominic Oduro (12 goals), Marco Pappa (eight goals) and Patric Nyarko (nine assists) spearhead Chicago's 2012 run.

    Other notable returnees include defenders Cory Gibbs, Jalil Anibaba and Gonzalo Segares; midfielders Logan Pause, Daniel Paladini and Pavel Pardo; forward Orr Barouch and goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

    The Fire begin a seven-game preseason stand with a match against D.C. United at Florida Gulf Coast University in South Fort Myers, Fla. on Jan. 29.

    Chicago open up 2012 against the Montreal Impact at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on March 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT/2:00 p.m. ET.

10. Red Bull New York

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    Manager: Hans Backe
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 10-8-16
    2011 Points: 46
    2011 Conference Finish: Fifth

    Highly-touted as one of the favorites to win MLS Cup in 2011, Hans Backe's New York Red Bulls nearly tanked the season but were able to make the playoffs by the seat of their pants.

    Needless to say, the Red Bulls were slaughtered in fitting fashion by the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semifinals. This season, New York are intent on regaining their Big Apple mojo.

    Most of the usual suspects for New York are back including leading forwards Thierry Henry (14 goals),  Luke Rodgers (nine goals) and Juan Agudelo (six goals); midfielders Dane Richards (seven goals and seven assists), Joel Lindpere (seven goals and seven assists) and Rafael Marquez (seven assists) and defenders Jan Gunnar Solli and Roy Miller.

    Two question marks will need to be answered: in the back line and at goalkeeper. Defender Tim Ream has been offloaded to Bolton Wanderers. A potential replacement is Sweden international Markus Holgersson, who helped pace Helsingborgs IF to the 2011 Allsvenskan crown.

    Frank Rost turned out to be a bust for New York. Jeremy Vuolo, a former goalkeeper for Finnish second-division side AC Oulu, is slated to take over between the pipes.

    The Red Bulls open the calendar year on Feb. 23 with a preseason friendly against Pumas UNAM at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET.

    New York open up the season on March 11 against FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Tex. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET.

9. Columbus Crew

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    Manager: Robert Warzycha
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 13-13-8
    2011 Points: 47
    2011 Conference Finish: Fourth

    It was a middle-of-the-road season for the Columbus Crew, who did enough to make the playoffs but not much after that. While a return to the postseason holds high priority, an MLS Cup is what's really on the minds of America's hardest-working team.

    Columbus will need to find a scoring replacement for Andres Mendoza, who paced the Crew with 13 goals in 2011.

    Forward Emilio Renteria (eight goals) returns, as midfielders Eddie Gaven and Dilly Duka, goalkeeper William Hesmer and defenders Danny O'Rourke, Sebastian Miranda, Julius James and Chad Marshall.

    Columbus open up their season on March 10 against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and will be televised by AM 610 WTVN.

8. Philadelphia Union

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    Manager: Peter Nowak
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 11-8-15
    2011 Points: 48
    2011 Conference Finish: Third

    A vastly-improved Philadelphia Union side made their way to the Eastern Conference semifinals, only to be eliminated by eventual MLS Cup runners-up Houston Dynamo. This year, the Union look primed and determined to compete for a spot in the postseason, if not lift the trophy.

    Sebastien Le Toux has been an offensive catalyst for Philadelphia, leading the way with 11 goals and nine assists. Danny Mwanga hasn't been too bad himself, recording five goals and four assists.

    Notable returnees to the Union include goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon; defenders Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes and Sheannon Williams; midfielders Freddy Adu, Kyle Nakazawa and Amobi Okugo; the Farfan brothers, Michael and Gabriel; and forward Jack McInerney.

    Panamanian international Gabriel Gomez will be a new addition to watch for Philly. Having spent time with 10 difference clubs, this well-traveled midfielder is set to make a splash on the pitch at PPL Park.

    The Union open up the calendar year with a friendly against USL PRO side Orlando City at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Feb. 18.

    Philadelphia begin their 2012 run on March 12 against the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN Deportes and ESPN2.

7. Houston Dynamo

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    Manager: Dominic Kinnear
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 12-9-13
    2011 Points: 49
    2011 Conference Finish: Second

    So close, yet so far for Dominic Kinnear's Houston Dynamo, who finished runners-up to the Los Angeles Galaxy at MLS Cup 2011.

    The move to a new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, should boost the morale of a side ready to contend for American soccer's richest prize.

    Brian Ching may have been lost to Montreal, but the Dynamo return a number of prime scorers in Geoff Cameron, Will Bruin and Bobby Boswell (five goals each). Oh yes, and did we mention that Brad Davis (16 assists) is back with the team?

    Other key returnees include defenders Jermaine Taylor and Andre Hainault, goalkeeper Tally Hall, midfielders Je-Vaughn Watson, Adam Moffat and Luiz Camargo, and forwards Cam Weaver and Calen Carr.

    The Dynamo will play 11 preseason matches from Jan. 28 through Feb. 29 before opening up the season against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center on March 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by Galavision.

6. Colorado Rapids

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    Manager: Óscar Pareja
    Conference: MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 12-9-13
    2011 Points: 49
    2011 Conference Finish: Fifth

    Internal bickering, combined with the inability to defend their MLS Cup, cost Gary Smith his job managing the Colorado Rapids.

    In his place: Oscar Pareja, a Colombian who spent years playing in the midfield for FC Dallas, as well as taking up a role as an assistant manager. Pareja will look to re-establish a winning mentality in Commerce City.

    The bulk of the 2011 squad returns, including forwards Conor Casey (six goals in 2011), Caleb Folan (six goals), Macoumba Kandji and Omar Cummings (six assists); midfielders Jeff Larentowicz (seven goals), Brian Mullan, Jamie Smith and captain Pablo Mastroeni; defenders Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moore and goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

    Colorado will open up their season on March 10 against the Columbus Crew at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. MT/6:00 p.m. ET.

5. Sporting Kansas City

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    Manager: Peter Vermes
    Conference: MLS Eastern Conference
    2011 Record: 13-9-12
    2011 Points: 51
    2011 Conference Finish: First

    Falling one step short of the MLS Cup Final, Sporting Kansas City are ready to build on their regular season Eastern Conference crown.

    Two notable absences for Sporting include forward Omar Bravo, who now plays for Cruz Azul, and midfielder Davy Arnaud, who now plays for the Montreal Impact.

    Otherwise, the usual suspects for Sporting return, including goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen; forwards Kei Kamara (nine goals, four assists), C.J. Sapong (five goals and five assists) and Teal Bunbury (nine goals and three assists); midfielders Graham Zusi (five goals and seven assists) and Roger Espinoza; and defenders Matt Besler, Chance Meyers, Júlio César and Aurélien Collin.

    Sporting Kansas City open up play with the 2012 Disney Pro Soccer Classic from Feb. 24 through Feb. 29. Their 2012 season begins on March 10 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET.

4. FC Dallas

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    Manager: Schellas Hyndman
    Conference: MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 15-12-7
    2011 Points: 52
    2011 Conference Finish: Fourth

    Schellas Hyndman's FC Dallas simply ran out of gas before they could cross the finish line. The Hoops will look to have enough fuel to last another strenuous MLS campaign in 2012.

    David Ferreira, after being sidelined for most of 2011, returns to bolster the FCD offense. Midfielder Brek Shea (11 goals and four assists) will aim to improve on his last-season totals. Longtime MLS netminder Kevin Hartman recorded 85 saves last year and is back to make more stops.

    Other notable returnees include defenders Daniel Hernandez, Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Loyd and Jair Benitez; midfielders Ricardo Villar, Daniel Cruz, Andrew Jacobson and Bruno Guarda; and forwards Fabian Castillo and Ruben Luna.

    FC Dallas open up the 2012 season on March 11 against the New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC Sports.

3. Real Salt Lake

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    Manager: Jason Kreis
    Conference: MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 15-11-8
    2011 Points: 53
    2011 Conference Finish: Third

    Real Salt Lake are a side that were unfortunate enough to be their own worst enemy against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2011 MLS Western Conference Final. This year, with a return to the CONCACAF Champions League on the horizon, hopes are high at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

    The goalscoring tandem of Alvaro Saborio (11 goals) and Fabian Espindola (10 goals) return, as does the playmaking ability of captain Kyle Beckerman (nine assists).

    Other notable returnees include goalkeeper Nick Rimando (95 saves); defenders Tony Beltran, Jamison Olave, Nat Borchers and Chris Wingert; and midfielders will Johnson, Yordany Alvarez, Ned Grabavoy and Luis Gil.

    After a five-match preseason slate in February and March, RSL open up the 2012 campaign against the defending MLS Cup champions Los Angeles Galaxy on March 10 at the Home Depot Center. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT/10:30 p.m. ET.

2. Seattle Sounders FC

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    Manager: Sigi Schmid
    Conference: MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 18-7-9
    2011 Points: 63
    2011 Conference Finish: Second

    Successfully defending their U.S. Open, Heritage and Cascadia Cups will not be enough for Sigi Schmid's Seattle Sounders, who are making a nasty habit of crashing and burning out of the MLS Cup playoffs. Surely this year must be different.

    There will be at least one major difference in the lineup: no Kasey Keller. The longtime USA netminder retired in 2011 and makes way for Austrian international Michael Gspurning to take his place at the No. 1 goalkeeper position.

    Another notable absence is James Riley, who now plays for Chivas USA. Sweden international Adam Johansson looks to fill in the void in the back. Forward Pat Noonan also departed from the team, and is now with the L.A. Galaxy

    Aside from that, most of the squad is intact with forward Fredy Montero (18 goals in all competitions) and midfielder Alvaro Fernandez (11 goals) the key players to watch offensively for Seattle.

    Other notable returnees include defenders Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Leo González; midfielders Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle and Brad Evans; and forwards Mike Fucito, O'Brian White and Roger Levesque.

    A potential returnee that could return to the pitch midseason is midfielder Steve Zakuani. The Congo DR international was tackled in ferocious fashion in a match against the Colorado Rapids last year and is close to returning to match fitness.

    If luck is on the Rave Green's side, expect 2012 to be the season Seattle lifts the MLS Cup.

    The Sounders begin the calendar year with CONCACAF Champions League action against Santos Laguna in the first leg of the quarterfinals. Kickoff is scheduled for March 7, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. and will be televised by Fox Soccer Channel. The return leg in Torreon, Mexico is scheduled for March 14 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will also be televised by Fox Soccer Channel.

    Seattle open up the 2012 MLS season on March 17 against Toronto FC. Kickoff at CenturyLink Field is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET and will be televised by KONG 6/16.

1. Los Angeles Galaxy

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    Manager: Bruce Arena
    Conference: MLS Western Conference
    2011 Record: 19-5-10
    2011 Points: 67
    2011 Conference Finish: First
    Defending MLS Cup and MLS Supporters Shield Champions

    Great teams don't rebuild. They reload.

    Nothing could be more evident of this fact than the Los Angeles Galaxy, who earned a late Christmas present in David Beckham returning for two more seasons.

    Beckham, who recorded 15 assists last year, forms part of a formidable triple threat for Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy, which includes Landon Donovan (12 goals) and Robbie Keane.

    A big question for the Galaxy is in the back. Defender Omar Gonzalez suffered a torn ACL and will be sidelined for seven to nine months. Leonardo, who is coming back from injury, and new acquisition Andrew Boyens are slated to challenge at centre-back.

    Another notable absence is Juninho, who has been recalled to Sao Paulo after delivering in the midfield for the past couple of seasons. In his place is Marcelo Sarvas, formerly of Alajuelense. A highly-competent midfielder, Sarvas will team up with Beckham to bring some added life in the attack.

    Other notable returnees include goalkeeper Josh Saunders; defenders A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant and Sean Franklin; midfielders Mike Magee, Michael Stephens and Paolo Cardozo, and forwards Adam Cristman and Chad Barrett (seven goals and five assists).

    Aside from Sarvas and Boyens, new faces to watch include forward Pat Noonan and Yuri Gorentzvaig, midfielders Kenny Walker, Jose Villareal and Rafael Garcia; and defenders Tommy Meyer and Justin Davies, the latter being the brother of former D.C. United forward Charlie Davies.

    Los Angeles opens the calendar year with the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup in February. Afterwards, LA take on Toronto FC in the quarterfinals of the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League. The first leg is scheduled for March 7 at Rogers Centre, with the second leg on March 14 at the Home Depot Center.

    The Galaxy open their 2012 MLS Cup and Supporters Shield defense against Real Salt Lake. Kickoff at Victoria Street is scheduled for March 10 at 7:30 p.m. PT/10:30 p.m. ET.

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