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Twellman's Takes: Which team is the biggest surprise of 2024?

MLS is a league of parity, which means nearly every year a few teams vastly exceed expectations. Just look at 2023's Houston Dynamo FC (US Open Cup champions) and St. Louis CITY SC (No. 1 seed in the Western Conference).

2024's been no different, and as the season approaches the one-third mark, Taylor Twellman makes a case for four teams as the most pleasant surprises of the year.

  • Real Salt Lake: Riding an MVP-caliber campaign from Chicho Arango to first place in the Western Conference.
  • Minnesota United FC: Second place in the Western Conference despite the continued absence of star playmaker Emanuel Reynoso.
  • Charlotte FC: 4W-1L-1D at home, Charlotte have turned Bank of America Stadium into a fortress.
  • Toronto FC: Last year's Wooden Spoon winners seem to have repaired a broken locker room and sit third in the Eastern Conference.