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Fans of the Portland Timbers should fit right in among a region that’s big on pro soccer. Fans of the Portland Timbers should fit right in among a region that’s big on pro soccer. (File/Don Ryan/Associated Press)
March 15, 2011

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Teams listed in predicted order of finish. Last year’s record in parentheses.

Salaries from 2010. Designated players (DP) earn above $400,000 maximum.

1. Los Angeles Galaxy (18-7-5, 59 points, 1st in West) Top salaries: M-David Beckham (DP-$6.5M), F-Landon Donovan (DP-$2.12M), F-Juan Pablo Angel (DP-$1.91M).

In: F-Juan Pablo Angel (New York), F-Chad Barrett (FC Toronto), M-Paolo Cardozo (Quilmes AC), F-Adam Cristman (D.C. United), D-Frankie Hejduk (Columbus), M-Hector Jimenez (U. of California), M-Dan Keat (Team Wellington), M-Miguel Lopez (Quilmes AC), M-Dustin McCarty (U. of North Carolina), G-Brian Perk (Philadelphia), D-Ryan Thomas (Stanford).

Outlook: Angel takes a final flight.

2. Real Salt Lake (15-4-11, 56 points, 2d in West) Top salaries: F-Alvaro Saborio (DP), M-Javier Morales ($252,000), M-Kyle Beckerman ($250,000).

In: M-Arturo Alvarez (San Jose), F-Cody Arnoux (Vancouver), M-Jarad vanSchaik (U. of Portland).

Outlook: West dominates again.

3. New York Red Bulls (15-9-6, 51 points, 1st in East) Top salaries: F-Thierry Henry (DP-$5.6M), D/M-Rafa Marquez (DP-$5.54M), M-Carl Robinson ($315,000).

In: D-Stephen Keel (Portland), F-Corey Hertzog (Penn State), D-Sacir Hot (Boston College), M-Matt Kassel (U. of Maryland), M-Brian Nielsen (Vejle BK), M-Marcos Paullo (Atletico Paranaense), F-Luke Rodgers (Notts County), M-John Rooney (Macclesfield Town), M-Jan Gunnar Solli (SK Brann), M-Teemu Tainio (Ajax).

Outlook: Best of the East.

4. Sporting Kansas City (11-13-6, 39 points, 3d in East) Top salaries: F-Omar Bravo (DP), M-Davy Arnaud ($228,750), F-Kei Kamara ($182,500).

In: F-Omar Bravo (CD Chivas), D-Julio Cesar (Maritimo), F-Kevin Ellis (Sporting KC Juniors), D-Mike Jones (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville), G-Jon Kempin (Sporting KC Juniors), D-Scott Lorenz (Minnesota Stars), M-Luke Sassano (New York), F-C.J. Sapong (Reading United), M-Konrad Warzycha (Ohio State).

Outlook: New stadium helps.

5. Seattle Sounders (14-10-6, 48 points, 4th in West) Top salaries: F-Fredy Montero (DP), M-Alvaro Fernandez (DP), F-Blaise Nkufo (DP-$480,000), G-Kasey Keller ($300,000).

In: M-Servando Carrasco (U. of California), G-Josh Ford (U. of Connecticut), M-Erik Friberg (BK Hacken), G-Bryan Meredith (Monmouth), M-Lamar Neagle (IFK Mariehamn), M-Michael Tetteh (Cal-Santa Barbara), F-O’Brian White (Toronto FC).

Outlook: Third year the charm?

6. FC Dallas (12-4-14, 50 points, 3d in West) Top salaries: F-David Ferreira (DP), D-Ugo Ihemelu ($150,000), F-Peri Marosevic ($124,000).

In: F-Fabian Castillo (Deportivo Cali), M-Andrew Jacobson (Philadelphia), G-Chris Seitz (Philadelphia), M-Ricardo Villar (Unterhaching), M-Bobby Warshaw (Stanford).

Outlook: Need more emphasis on attack.

7. Columbus Crew (14-8-8, 50 points, 2d in East) Top salaries: F-Andres Mendoza (DP), D-Chad Marshall ($320,000), F-Jeff Cunningham ($230,125), M-Dilaver “Dilly’’ Duka ($213,000).

In: F-Bernardo Anor (U. of South Florida), M-Rich Balchan (Indiana U.), F-Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), M-Josh Gardner (Carolina RailHawks), M-Leandre Griffit (URS Centre), M-Cole Grossman (Duke), F-Tom Heinemann (Charleston Battery), D-Julius James (D.C. United), D-Sebastian Miranda (Union Espanola), M-Dejan Rusmir (Farul Constanta).

Outlook: No Barros Schelotto, no chance.

8. Colorado Rapids (12-8-10, 46 points, 5th in West) Top salaries: F-Conor Casey ($350,000), M-Pablo Mastroeni ($300,500), M-Brian Mullan ($189,812).

In: D-Tyrone Marshall (Seattle), M-Joseph Nane (Toronto FC), M-Sanna Nyassi (Seattle).

Outlook: Odds are against repeat.

9. San Jose Earthquakes (13-10-7, 46 points, 6th in West) Top salaries: M-Bobby Convey ($307,500), M-Khari Stephenson ($167,333), D-Ike Opara ($165,900).

In: M-Anthony Ampaipitakwong (U. of Akron), M-Tony Donatelli (Montreal Impact), F-Steven Lenhart (Columbus), D-Tim Ward (Chicago).

Outlook: Awaiting stadium.

10. Vancouver Whitecaps ( New to MLS in 2011; 10-5-15 in USSF Division 2)

Top salaries: F-Eric Hassli (DP), G-Joe Cannon ($200,256), M-John Thorrington ($189,500), F-Atiba Harris ($71,970).

In: M-Joseph Andre Anderson (Coastal Carolina), D-Santiago Bedoya (Northeastern), D-Michael Boxall (Cal-Santa Barbara), M-Jeb Brovsky (Notre Dame), G-Joe Cannon (San Jose), D-Davide Chiumiento (FC Luzern), D-Jay DeMerit (Watford), M-Terry Dunfield (Shrewsbury Town), D-Bilal Duckett (Notre Dame), D-Kevin Harmse (Houston), F-Atiba Harris (FC Dallas), F-Eric Hassli (FC Zurich), D-Jonathan Leathers (Kansas City), M-Ridge Mobulu (FC Lausanne), M-Alex Morfaw (Bodens BK), M-Michael Nanchoff (U. of Akron), D-Alain Rochat (FC Zurich), F-Omar Salgado (CD Guadalajara), M-Shea Salinas (Philadelphia), F-Camilo Sanvezzo (Gyeongnam), F-Long Tan (FC Tampa Bay), M-John Thorrington (Chicago).

Outlook: Best Canadian club?

11. Portland Timbers ( New to MLS in 2011, 13-7-10 in USSF Division 2)

Top salaries: G-Troy Perkins ($205,000), M-Jack Jewsbury ($154,125), D-Jeremy Hall ($124,000), D-Rodney Wallace ($124,000).

In: F-Freddie Braun (Portland PDL), D-Eric Brunner (Columbus), F-Kenny Cooper (TSV 1860 Munich), D-Kerrea Gilbert (Peterborough United), G-Jake Gleeson (Portland PDL), D-Kevin Goldthwaite (New York), D-Jeremy Hall (New York), D-David Horst (Real Salt Lake), M-Jack Jewsbury (Kansas City), F-Eddie Johnson (Austin Aztex), M-Peter Lowry (Chicago), M-Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), M-Adam Moffat (Columbus), F-Ibad Muhamadu (FC Dordrecht), F-Darlington Nagbe (U. of Akron), G-Troy Perkins (D.C. United), F-Jorge Perlaza (Deportes Tolima), D-Chris Taylor (U. of Tulsa), F-Brian Umony (SuperSport United), D-Rodney Wallace (D.C. United), M-Sal Zizzo (Chivas USA)

Outlook: Potent in attack.

12. New England Revolution (9-16-5, 32 points, 6th in East) Top salaries: M-Shalrie Joseph ($475,000), F-Ilija Stolica ($221,500), M-Marko Perovic ($190,000), G-Matt Reis ($182,011).

In: M-Michael Augustine (FCB Abuja), D-Ryan Cochrane (Houston), M-Ousmane Dabo (SS Lazio), D-Didier Domi (Olympiakos), M-Diego Fagundez (Revolution Academy), M-Ryan Kinne (Monmouth), F-Alan Koger (William & Mary), M-Stephen McCarthy (U. of North Carolina), D-AJ Soares (U. of California), M-Andrew Souza (Providence).

Outlook: Should be better — but so should everyone else.

13. Chicago Fire (9-12-9, 36 points, 4th in East) Top salaries: M-Logan Pause ($168,125), F-Patrick Nyarko ($160,000), F-Corben Bone ($136,200).

In: D-Jalil Anibaba (U. of North Carolina), M-Orr Barouch (UANL Tigres), F-Diego Chaves (Nacional), D-Cory Gibbs (Revolution), M-Marko Maric (Xanthi Skoda), D-Josip Mikulic (NK Zagreb), F-Gaston Puerari (Montevideo Wanderers), M-Bratislav Ristic (Rad Belgrade), M-Michael Videira (AC St. Louis).

Outlook: Carlos de los Cobos gets his men.

14. Houston Dynamo (9-15-6, 33 points, 7th in West) Top salaries: F-Brian Ching ($350,000), M-Brad Davis ($258,062), D-Eddie Robinson ($145,000).

In: F-Will Bruin (Indiana U.), D-Hunter Freeman (IK Start), F-Jason Garey (Columbus), M-Jordan Graye (D.C. United), D-Kofi Sarkodie (U. of Akron), D-Jermaine Taylor (Waterhouse FC).

Outlook: Rebuilding project.

15. Philadelphia Union (8-15-7, 31 points, 7th in East) Top salaries: D-Danny Califf ($250,000), F-Danny Mwanga ($206,250), D-Juan Diego Gonzalez ($184,462).

In: F-Brian Carroll (Columbus), G-Faryd Mondragon (FC Cologne), F-Carlos Ruiz (Aris Salonika), D-Carlos Valdes (Independiente Santa Fe).

Outlook: Sebastien Le Toux gets some help.

16. Toronto FC (9-13-8, 35 points, 5th in East) Top salaries: M-Julian de Guzman (DP-$1.71M), M-Dwayne De Rosario ($443,750), F-Jacob Peterson ($143,000).

In: M-Elbekay Bouchiba (Al-Shamal), F-Maicon (Chivas USA), F-Javier Martina (HFC Haarlem), F-Andrew Ornoch (BV Veendam), F-Nick Soolsma (VV Young Boys), M-Nate Sturgis (Seattle).

Outlook: Getting it right — finally.

17. D.C. United (6-20-4, 22 points, 8th in East) Top salaries: M-Branko Boskovic (DP-$516,200), M-Fred ($282,000), G-Pat Onstad ($172,333).

In: D-Rodrigo Brasesco (Racing Club), F-Charlie Davies (Sochaux), M-Fred (Philadelphia), M-Perry Kitchen (U. of Akron), F-Joseph Ngwenya (Houston), G-Pat Onstad (Houston), F-Josh Wolff (Kansas City).

Outlook: Davies makes comeback.

18. Chivas USA (8-18-4, 28 points, 8th in West) Top salaries: D-Heath Pearce ($207,500), M-Paulo Nagamura ($197,500), G-Zach Thornton ($152,500).

In: G-Sergio Arias (CD Chivas), F-Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles), D-Andrew Boyens (New York), D-Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City), M-Simon Elliott (Wellington Phoenix), M-Francisco Mendoza (Indios), F-Marcos Mondaini (Fenix), F-Alejandro Moreno (Philadelphia), Seth Owusu (Kessben), D-Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), D-Zarek Valentin (U. of Akron).

Outlook: Robin Fraser building from the back.

FRANK DELL’APA

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