SBI MLS Season Preview

Major League Soccer

SBI MLS Season Preview: Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire turned a few heads last season, and now they are looking to turn a few more in 2018.

The Fire had an unpredictably strong regular season in 2017. Behind a Golden Boot-winning year from Nemanja Nikolic and the veteran presence of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty, the team finished third place in the Eastern Conference.

SBI MLS Season Preview: D.C. United

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D.C. United has found a way in the past to use poor campaigns as motivation for the following season. 2014 saw the team finish atop the as the MLS' Eastern Conference, a year after finishing bottom in the East under head coach Ben Olsen.

Following a pair of fourth-place finishes in 2015-16, lets just say that 2017 was the not the season that Olsen and his players had hoped for.

SBI MLS Season Preview: FC Dallas

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From MLS Cup dreams to regular-season nightmares. From flying high to crashing and burning. FC Dallas' 2017 campaign went from one filled with promise to one underlined by frustration and disappointment. It was a tough year, a year to forget, and a year the club has already turned the page on.

The focus now is on bouncing back and trying to make this season one to remember.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Philadelphia Union

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The third year of the Earnie Stewart-Jim Curtin era was supposed to spring new life into a franchise ridden by bad decisions.

But instead of reinvigorating the squad with new signings, the Union made one major move and are relying on their youth to fill the voids left by the big contracts on the roster.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Colorado Rapids

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Of the five new managers in Major League Soccer for the 2018 season, Anthony Hudson may have inherited the most difficult task.

The new-look Colorado Rapids rebuilt a squad with reliable veterans and retained a few key pieces from the team that placed second-to-last in the Western Conference in 2017.

The Rest

SBI MLS Season Preview: Orlando City

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They don't hand out trophies for offseason champions. It's not a real award and, even if it was, it isn't one you'd necessarily want.

Regardless, Orlando City is a team that went into the offseason with an aggressive mindset and, when all was said and done, they emerged with a rebuilt roster that looks set to finally contend for a playoff spot.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New York City FC

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New York City FC remain in the space between dazzling entertainers and bona fide contenders as the 2018 season looms.

Capable of playing some of the most fluid, interconnected soccer this side of the Atlantic, NYCFC is also equally as capable of imploding into a confused mess. Their two-legged loss to the Columbus Crew epitomized this as a 2–0 second leg win at home was not enough to offset a 4–1 loss in the first leg.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Montreal Impact

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It's the start of something new at the Montreal Impact.

Out went Mauro Biello and in came Remi Garde, as the Impact followed in the footsteps of many MLS teams by recruiting a high-profile coach. The Frenchman brought friends and former colleagues from back home to form his staff.

Former Lyon B team head coach Maxence Flachez joins as assistant coach and former Lyon goalkeeper coach, and mentor to such keepers as Gregory Coupet and Hugo Lloris, Joël Bats signed on as goalkeeper coach.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Atlanta United

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When you come out of the gates like Atlanta United did in 2017, people tend to take notice. It was a debut unlike any in MLS history as Atlanta United attacked, attacked and attacked some more en route to one of the most entertaining seasons in MLS history.

Now, entering Year Two, the mentality remains the same.

SBI MLS Season Preview: LA Galaxy

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The LA Galaxy never had a year like 2017, and that's a fact that rings true for all the wrong reasons. For a franchise defined by historical success, the 2017 season was a catastrophe. It was a season headlined by failure and, ultimately, by change.

That change began midway through the 2017 campaign, one which saw the Galaxy miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008 while finishing dead last in the Western Conference.

SBI MLS Season Preview: San Jose Earthquakes

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Throughout the club's history, the San Jose Earthquakes have made a habit of providing surprises, and they provided a few more throughout 2017. After parting ways with longtime boss Dom Kinnear, the Quakes surged through the second half of the season, overcoming a leaky defense and a losing record to seal a playoff berth on the last day of the season.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New York Red Bulls

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For the better part of three years, the New York Red Bulls have been working on a culture change. For years, the club was constructed around big names and international stars but, from the moment Jesse Marsch was hired in January 2015, the shift turned towards youth.

Over the past three seasons, the Red Bulls have tinkered their way towards a vision and, with the 2018 season set to begin, Marsch says the vision is starting to come through.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Toronto FC

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Toronto FC put together something historic in 2017. Now, they're tasked with a follow up.

After coming short in the 2016 MLS Cup final, TFC achieved the Canadian treble and then some. A Voyageur's Cup and a record-breaking regular season culminating in a Supporters' Shield were backed by the team's ultimate goal, their first MLS Cup.