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The Year Of the Goat
Jonah Freedman
April 07, 2008
While David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy got the ink last year, their Home Depot Center cotenants quietly turned into contenders. This year forward Maykel Galindo (left) and an even stronger Chivas USA should clear the final hurdle, downing D.C. United in the MLS Cup final at the HDC on Nov. 23. Here's a team-by-team look at how MLS's 13th season will play out.
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April 07, 2008

The Year Of The Goat

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1. Houston Dynamo
Dwayne De Rosario will pick up the scoring slack from his deep striker position; Brian Ching remains effective up top.

2. Chivas USA
With a heavy slate of summer games, the Goats brought in much-needed reinforcements. But will keeper Brad Guzan bolt for Europe?

3. FC Dallas
Hard-nosed Mexican newcomer Duilio Davino will shore up the defense, helping to unleash an attack with seven scoring threats.

4. Los Angeles Galaxy
The all-star trio of Beckham, Landon Donovan and Carlos Ruiz should be enough for a playoff berth—but it'll be close.

5. Colorado Rapids
Christian G�mez, one of MLS's best-ever attackers, will find this supporting cast nowhere near as good as the one in D.C.

6. Real Salt Lake
With a collection of scrappy Argentines and young, hungry norte�os, things are looking up in the Wasatch.

7. San Jose Earthquakes
The Quakes won't play like an expansion club: Their rock-solid veteran D is smart and savvy. Scoring is another matter.

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