Team (prev.) Comment
1. L.A. Galaxy (1) MLS Cup will be at home stadium on Nov. 20. It
could be Beckham's last year. Storybook finish?
2. Sounders FC (2) Losing maestro midfielder Mauro Rosales (MCL)
for the conference semis would be a huge blow.
3. Sporting K.C. (3) Started 1-7-3 but climbed to the top of the
Eastern Conf., completing a worst-to-first turnaround.
4. Houston (8) Midfielder Brad Davis finished with a league-high 16
assists, but is it enough to win MLS MVP?
5. Philadelphia (4) Le Toux has been great, but can he do it alone?
No one else on the team has more than five goals.
6. Real Salt Lake (6) Cohesiveness, experience will help them overcome
a six-game winless streak before the playoffs.
7. FC Dallas (5) Sounds like injured star David Ferreira is
unlikely to make it back in time for postseason.
8. Colorado (9) The uncertain future of coach Gary Smith has made the
start of the playoffs somewhat awkward.
9. Chicago (10) Finished the season on a red-hot 7-2-1 run, but it
wasn't quite enough to make the playoffs.
10. Columbus (7) Robert Warzycha's team has overachieved, but has
a minus-1 goal differential.
11. N.Y. Red Bulls (12) Struggles had them last into the 10-team
postseason field, but still a side no one wants to play.
12. Portland (11) Disappointed to miss the playoffs, but there's a
lot to be excited about after a solid Year 1.
13. San Jose (17) Chris Wondolowski tied for the MLS lead in goals
(16) and only one was via penalty kick.
14. D.C. United (13) Will playing for a losing team cost Dwayne De
Rosario (16 goals, 12 assists) the MVP award?
15. Chivas USA (14) Forward Juan Pablo Angel revived his career with
the Goats, but will he stay on for 2012?
16. Toronto FC (15) Didn't finish as the worst Canadian team, but is
0 for 5 when it comes to making the playoffs.
17. Vancouver (16) Year 1 was tough, but new coach (Martin Rennie)
and stadium (BC Place) is cause for optimism.
18. New England (18) The Steve Nicol era has come to an end. The
coach and team agreed to part ways after 10 years.