Goal previews the 2016 MLS season

Goal has spoken to coaches and stars across the league, offering roster breakdowns, lineup projections, player profiles and more ahead of the 2016 MLS campaign.

Welcome to the 21st Major League Soccer campaign.

Three months after the Portland Timbers lifted the MLS Cup, the league's 2016 season kicks off Sunday with a full slate of 10 matches. As the new season has crept closer, we have rolled out comprehensive coverage to help whet your appetite for another nine months of MLS action.

For a sweeping look at the league, you can check out our breakdowns of the Golden Boot favorites, newcomers to watch and familiar faces in new places, as well as a star-studded listing of every designated player in MLS, nifty infocards for each team and the Goal USA podcast's Week 1 preview.

But if a club-by-club analysis is more up your alley, we really have you covered. The Goal USA and Goal Canada teams spoke with coaches and players from across the league and put together a series of season previews — featuring projected lineups, offseason recaps, players to watch and much more. And our reporters have profiled a key player from each club to help you get to know some of the personalities that will define the coming season.

For your convenience, we have compiled all of that content right here. So go ahead: Dive in and immerse yourself in Goal 's 2016 MLS season preview.


CHICAGO FIRE

SEASON PREVIEW: CHICAGO FIRE KICK OFF NEW ERA UNDER VELJKO PAUNOVIC

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: FROM PLAYOFFS TO OLYMPICS, MATT POLSTER HOPES FOR BUSY SOPHOMORE SEASON


COLORADO RAPIDS

SEASON PREVIEW: OVERHAULED COLORADO RAPIDS HOPE TO GET BACK TO POSTSEASON

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: WITH RENEWED COMMITMENT, DILLON SERNA AIMS FOR 2016 BREAKTHROUGH


COLUMBUS CREW

SEASON PREVIEW: COLUMBUS CREW LOOK TO CLEAR MLS CUP HURDLE

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: BUOYED BY FAITH AND FAMILY, STEVE CLARK ROLLS WITH THE PUNCHES


D.C. UNITED

SEASON PREVIEW: D.C. UNITED HOPES FOR REINVIGORATED ATTACKING CORPS

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: MARKUS HALSTI TARGETS BOUNCE-BACK YEAR IN REVAMPED MIDFIELD


FC DALLAS

SEASON PREVIEW: FC DALLAS STILL BUILDING WITH YOUTH

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: CARLOS GRUEZO HOPES PERFORMANCES WITH FC DALLAS LEAD TO ECUADOR RETURN


HOUSTON DYNAMO

SEASON PREVIEW: OWEN COYLE WANTS HOUSTON DYNAMO ON ROAD TO PLAYOFFS

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: FRESH GILES BARNES READY TO GET BACK TO WORK WITH DYNAMO


LA GALAXY

SEASON PREVIEW: LA GALAXY HOPE VETERANS LEAD TEAM TO GLORY

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: DAN KENNEDY RECHARGED BY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RETURN


MONTREAL IMPACT

SEASON PREVIEW: MONTREAL IMPACT LOOKING TO BECOME A POWER IN EASTERN CONFERENCE

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: AFTER EMOTIONAL MOVE, HARRY SHIPP ADJUSTING TO LIFE WITH IMPACT


NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION

SEASON PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION READY TO MOVE ON WITHOUT JERMAINE JONES

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: JUAN AGUDELO EMBRACES STATUS AS YOUNG VETERAN IN MLS


NEW YORK CITY FC

SEASON PREVIEW: ROOKIE COACH PATRICK VIEIRA CONFIDENT IN NEW YORK CITY FC


NEW YORK RED BULLS

SEASON PREVIEW: NEW YORK RED BULLS LOOK TO CLAIM ELUSIVE MLS CUP

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: AFTER QUIET FIRST SEASON, GONZALO VERON READY TO PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN RED BULLS ATTACK


ORLANDO CITY

SEASON PREVIEW: ORLANDO CITY HOPES CONSISTENCY BRINGS POSTSEASON GLORY

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: REIGNING MLS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CYLE LARIN UNAFRAID OF SOPHOMORE SLUMP


PHILADELPHIA UNION

SEASON PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA UNION LOOK TO END UNDERACHIEVING WAYS

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: ANDRE BLAKE HOPES TO RESOLVE UNION'S INSTABILITY AT GOALKEEPER


PORTLAND TIMBERS

SEASON PREVIEW: TIMBERS ENTER 2016 WITH THE SWAGGER OF A CHAMPION

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: LUCAS MELANO READY TO RIDE PLAYOFF SUCCESS INTO STRONG 2016 WITH TIMBERS


REAL SALT LAKE

SEASON PREVIEW: REAL SALT LAKE LOOKS TO PROVE 2015 WAS A FLUKE

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: GOING ON A DECADE IN UTAH, KYLE BECKERMAN SEARCHES FOR RETURN TO THE SUMMIT


SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

SEASON PREVIEW: EARTHQUAKES USE DECISION-DAY DISAPPOINTMENT AS MOTIVATION

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: WORKING THROUGH UPS AND DOWNS, THOMPSON HOPES FOR THIRD-YEAR IMPACT


SEATTLE SOUNDERS

SEASON PREVIEW: SEATTLE SOUNDERS HOPE CHANGES RESULT IN LONG-AWAITED MLS CUP TITLE

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: SETTLED STEFAN FREI READY TO HELP SEATTLE FULFILL ITS MLS CUP ASPIRATIONS


SPORTING KANSAS CITY

SEASON PREVIEW: VETERANS LEAD THE WAY FOR SPORTING KANSAS CITY

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: IKE OPARA LOOKS TO BEAT THE ODDS AGAIN WITH ANOTHER INJURY COMEBACK


TORONTO FC

MLS SEASON PREVIEW: CHANGE, CONTINUITY STRANGE BEDFELLOWS FOR TORONTO FC

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: WILL JOHNSON EAGER TO PLAY BIG ROLE AT 'HOME' WITH TORONTO FC


VANCOUVER WHITECAPS

SEASON PREVIEW: VANCOUVER WHITECAPS AIMING TO BE A LEGITIMATE MLS CUP CONTENDER

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: KEKUTA MANNEH LOOKS TO LEAD SCORING CHARTS FOR WHITECAPS

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