Armchair Analyst: One big question for each MLS team as preseason begins

The current offseason – the longest in quite some time – officially came to a close this past weekend for five of MLS's 26 teams, the five that will be playing in the Concacaf Champions League next month. Atlanta, LAFC, Seattle, NYCFC and Montreal all started camp on Saturday, January 11.

The other 21 teams will start their official camps on this coming Saturday, January 18.

With two new teams, plenty of new managers and a fairly staggering transfer outlay before the window has even opened, it's time to ask one big question for each of the 26 MLS teams.

Bear in mind it's not necessarily *the* big question I'm positing here. But sometimes, in the long run, *a* big question can be just as determinative of long-term success.

Atlanta United FC

Is this personnel/tactical/cultural overhaul going to continue, and will it all be worth it? They got rid of basically everybody who played on the left side last year... Read more

Chicago Fire FC

Does a new era mean a more successful team? I don't think Chicago hired Georg Heitz and Raphael Wicky because they want to field a team of 30-somethings... Read more

FC Cincinnati

Was last year's late-season defensive solidity a bunker-based mirage? Cincy set a new record last year for defensive ineptitude by shipping 75 goals. It was brutal. But... Read more

Colorado Rapids

Can Distressed Assets SC be a winning proposition in 2020? The Rapids were good and fun and played some of the best ball in the league after making a coaching change... Read more

Columbus Crew SC

What tactical approach will they take? Caleb Porter's been a head coach in MLS for six years now, and for five of those his team has played mostly on the counter... Read more

FC Dallas

Will anyone score consistently? I refuse to ask any other question of this team... Read more

D.C. United

Is Ola Kamara good enough to lead the line for a contender in 2020? Ola's MLS career has almost been unfair in its way... Read more

Houston Dynamo

Will Darwin Quintero fit on the wing? Teams don't usually go shopping for someone else's DP, but the Dynamo did and I absolutely get it... Read more


Will Bob Bradley rotate the squad more? They played the best soccer I've ever seen in MLS, set a ton of records, won the Supporters' Shield, and suffered for it... Read more

LA Galaxy

Can they fix the defense? So far it doesn't really seem like it... Read more

Inter Miami CF

Can Diego Alonso do his Pachuca thing again? Alonso is a legend with Pachuca because he was able to get the most out of a young and unproven group of players... Read more

Minnesota United FC

Where's the offense going to come from? So far there have been no offseason reinforcements, or even many rumors of such... Read more

Montreal Impact

Can anyone play on the right wing? Montreal's roster is misshapen right now... Read more

Nashville SC

Will Hany Mukhtar hit? In my years covering the league one thing that I've found is that if Garth Lagerwey thinks a player is good, I probably should as well... Read more

New England Revolution

What's going on at d-mid? Bruce Arena has moved quickly and without much fanfare and has, in the process, seemingly improved what was a hard-to-beat playoff team last season... Read more

New York City FC

Are their apex attackers good enough? I absolutely think they are... Read more

New York Red Bulls

How good is Cristian Casseres ready to be? Casseres could and should be a game-changer every single week... Read more

Orlando City SC

Will Papi get time to work even if things get ugly? Oscar Pareja is here to end this madness... Read more

Philadelphia Union

What happens when Ilsinho becomes mortal again? Ilsinho was mostly unreal last year, and Philly were ordinary (at best) when he wasn't that... Read more

Portland Timbers

Will they get enough production from the wings? Father Time wins every battle eventually... Read more

Real Salt Lake

Does Corey Baird have another level to hit? Nobody expected that much from Baird when he joined RSL as a Homegrown out of Stanford... Read more

San Jose Earthquakes

Is there a second scoring threat? Quakes fans are probably sick of me harping on this, but I am officially back at it... Read more

Seattle Sounders

Will any of the kids step forward? Whether they're ready or not, they're going to get thrown into the fire... Read more

Sporting KC

What's up with Ilie? Ilie was legitimately one of the best d-mids in MLS in 2017 & 2018, but was nowhere near that level in 2019... Read more

Toronto FC

Can Alejandro Pozuelo, Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley all play in the same three-man midfield? I still have my doubts about this trio working out as everyone hopes... Read more


Vancouver Whitecaps

What kind of a midfielder is Inbeom Hwang? The South Korean came into the league with a lot of fanfare after a strong performance for his country and some pretty serious reports of Bundesliga interest... Read more