M, FC Dallas
There's a reason that FCD found Dax McCarty to be expendable, and that reason is Alexander. A crafty, hard-working central midfielder entering his second season in the league, Alexander blossomed in the latter half of 2010 and earned a call-up to Bob Bradley's January training camp. Not necessarily the flashiest or most tenacious of players, Alexander can provide an effective box-to-box presence in front of Daniel Hernandez. Alexander, a relative unknown a year ago, faces the challenge of trying to fulfill raised expectations while competing in a loaded Western Conference.