8. Atlanta United
Last season finish: 40 points; 11th place in East, 23rd in League
Player to watch: M Thiago Almada
I refuse to bite the poison Atlanta United apple. I've been extremely high on Atlanta each of the last two seasons, only to eat massive amounts of crow when the Five Stripes failed to do anything of substance.
If the top end talent hits, then Atlanta will walk into the playoffs. I don't have any faith that Atlanta will actually hit though.