winners of MLS Cup. RSL has more than enough offensive firepower and has a solid backline. However, RSL needs to have role players step up and be leaders when World Cup qualifying plucks key players out of the starting lineup.
NEWCOMER WITH THE BIGGEST IMPACT: Luke Kreamalmeyer
Kreamalmeyer has been very impressive in his still young professional career. A few months ago he wasn't even a blip on the MLS radar and then he burst on to the scene at the 2005 adidas MLS Player Combine, gaining top honors there. Kreamalmeyer has been dubbed "Laser" Luke by his teammates for his hard, well-placed shots. He is expected to see a fair number of starts as well as be the first man off the bench.
David Hale is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.