1. Seattle Sounders
Last season finish: 41 points; 11th in West, 21st in League (Won CCL)
Player to watch: M Obed Vargas
Seattle is the pinnacle of MLS. The club made the postseason every season until last year, but still managed to become the first team in league history to win the Champions League. The Sounders may be another year older, but this team is still one of the finest in the league.
The top-end players are equisite, and the depth has been improved as the academy produces better players. As long as most of the stars can stay healthy, Seattle could be prime contenders for another Supporters' Shield.