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After one of the busiest offseasons in MLS history, there is no doubt that the league is getting stronger as a whole.
No longer are there simply a few dominant clubs at the top, while the remaining smaller-market teams struggle to make an impact. 2012 looks to be the most balanced year in league history, as almost all teams have a chance to bring home some sort of silverware in the next eight months.
That being said, however, the L.A. Galaxy are once again the favorites to be top dog when November comes around. The league got a glimpse of just how dangerous a David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane attack can be last postseason, and with all three of them returning healthy, it is a wonder if any team will be able to keep the Galaxy off the scoreboard this season.
The return of Juninho in the midfield and the addition of Edson Buddle up top also point to another fantastic season for L.A. in 2012.
Will the Galaxy have some harder competition in their quest for more silverware? Of course. But right now, all potential competition still isn’t on the level of the reigning MLS champs.
Other Potential Candidates: Seattle Sounders, New York Red Bulls