5. Columbus Crew
Last season finish: 46 points; 8th place in East, 16th in League
Player to watch: ST Cucho Hernandez
Columbus should've made the playoffs last season, and it should've done so with relative ease. The Crew blew so many late leads and squandered countless opportunities to stack points throughout season.
Out went perennial flip-flopper Caleb Porter, and in came CF Montreal architect Wilfried Nancy.
Nancy brings his attractive and effective style to a talented team led by dynamic striker Cucho Hernández and former MLS Cup MVP Lucas Zelarayán.