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2018 MLS season preview: Interviews, analysis, projected lineups and more

22:05 EAT 02/03/2018
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Goal has provided a comprehensive preview of the 2018 MLS season, including breakdowns of all 23 clubs

Welcome to the 2018 MLS campaign.

With the introduction of expansion side Los Angeles FC, MLS finds itself at 23 teams entering its 23rd season. For every one of those clubs this side of Toronto FC, the new year is about trying to dethrone the treble winners, who will be looking to establish a dynasty after claiming the MLS Cup, Supporters' Shield and Canadian Championship in 2017.

So it comes as no surprise that TFC sits atop Goal's preseason power rankings. Sebastian Giovinco and Co. also emerged as the consensus pick to repeat as champions in our annual survey of MLS general managers and technical directors, who offered their anonymous opinions on teams, players, league rules and more. And Goal editors and writers followed suit while offering predictions for the 2018 season, with TFC pegged as the odds-on favorites to again lift the MLS Cup in December.

As MLS kicks off with 10 matches this weekend, we've compiled handy run-downs of the top newcomers to watch, familiar faces in new places and the stars you can expect to see at the World Cup this summer. In a preseason edition of the Media Microscope, we've also offered insight on how the league's TV coverage will look in 2018.

If you're seeking club-specific breakdowns, we have you covered. Goal has put together a detailed analysis of every team entering the new season, including a look back at their 2017 campaigns, recaps of key offseason losses and additions, our projected lineups, and more. We've also spoken to coaches and players across the league for a series of features to provide perspective on the personalities and storylines expected to loom large this season.

Without further ado, we invite you to prepare for the 2018 MLS season with Goal:


Atlanta United


Atlanta United 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

Slipping out of his comfort zone: Darlington Nagbe embracing fresh start with Atlanta United


Chicago Fire


Chicago Fire 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Colorado Rapids


Colorado Rapids 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Columbus Crew


Columbus Crew 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

Facing a season of change, Crew try to maintain consistency to clear championship hurdle


D.C. United


D.C. United 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

Will D.C. United's Chris Durkin be the next breakout American teenager in MLS?


FC Dallas


FC Dallas 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

Reggie Cannon feels ready for starting role as FC Dallas looks to rebound


Houston Dynamo


Houston Dynamo 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


LA Galaxy


LA Galaxy 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

LA Galaxy look to rebound in 2018 while confronting a new crosstown rival


Los Angeles FC


LAFC's 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

Joao Moutinho poised for breakout rookie season with LAFC


Minnesota United


Minnesota United 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Montreal Impact


Montreal Impact 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


New England Revolution


New England Revolution 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


New York City FC


NYCFC's 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


New York Red Bulls


New York Red Bulls 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

Tyler Adams focused on making his own mark, and not on filling other players' shoes


Orlando City


Orlando City 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more

Jason Kreis shaping revamped Orlando City for the post-Kaka era


Philadelphia Union


Philadelphia Union 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Portland Timbers


Portland Timbers 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Real Salt Lake


Real Salt Lake 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


San Jose Earthquakes


San Jose Earthquakes 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Seattle Sounders


Seattle Sounders 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Sporting Kansas City


Sporting Kansas City 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Toronto FC


Toronto FC 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more


Vancouver Whitecaps


Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more