The U.S. U-23s begin their quest for London in Olympic qualifying, as the team of the future is being molded in the possession-based vision of senior coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
The latest MLS expansion team had a sensible draft and appears realistic under Coach Jesse Marsch, but it might not be enough to avoid the pain of a maiden season, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.
The Fire carries a strong young core of dynamic players, but it remains to be seen whether or not that group can mask a lack of depth at either end, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.
Change is nothing new during the MLS offseason, but these five teams made changes better than the others, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.
The U.S. faces a tough test against Italy -- a team the Americans have never beaten.
With coach Aron Winter's 4-3-3 formation taking hold in Toronto, the MLS team with the longest postseason drought could make the playoffs, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.
The Dynamo's run in 2011 was remarkable, but repeating the feat this season will be tough considering the loss of valuable depth up and down the roster, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.
Despite losing several key veterans in the offseason, coach Robert Warzycha believes that the Columbus Crew's young, homegrown core can get them into the playoffs, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.
2011 was nothing but disappointment for the high-priced Red Bulls, but will a shaky back line and inexperienced goalkeeper doom them in 2012?
The Union's young core should thrill again in 2012, but will the departures of key veterans derail a promising team?
In young players like Andy Najar, D.C. United personified youth last season but struggled to keep pace. With more experience under their belt, United should end their four-year playoff drought.
It's deja vu for New England, which once again finds itself in a rebuilding year. This time, under new coach Jay Heaps, the side hopes to build around technical players like Benny Feilhaber.
Central America is a tough place to play, but for Jurgen Klinsmann, it's all part of the learning curve.
The U.S. isn't scoring goals. But what's even more of a concern is the lack of chances the players are creating per game under Jurgen Klinsmann.
The rescheduled clash between the Galaxy and Red Bulls should be a memorable game for one team to confirm glory and another to stave off disaster, writes Leander Schaerlaeckens.
Whether it's fair or not, the All-Star game will be seen as a referendum on Major League Soccer. So the pressure is on Hans Backe to get a win over Manchester United.