9. Colorado Rapids
Last season finish: 43 points; 10th in West, 18th in League
Player to watch: ST Diego Rubio
Colorado is perfectly fine. They're the exact type of decent squad built to squeak into an expanded playoff field. The Rapids are far removed from finishing first in the conference, but Robin Fraser's club is closer to contention than last year.
Diego Rubio had a career year in 2022. He finally delivered on the flashes of his potential and became a Best XI-caliber star. Can he continue that this season?