1. Columbus Crew
I have not been shy in my praise for the Columbus Crew’s work this offseason. So it is not surprising that I have ranked them at the top of this list. Caleb Porter’s team ended the 2019 season in excellent form, losing just two of their final 13 matches. And now they are adding to it.
Darlington Nagbe was the first big move, reuniting with Porter in central midfield. Then Lucas Zelarayan, the Tigres UANL playmaker arrived as the offensive x-factor at the heart of the team. Eloy Room and Costa Rican international Luis Diaz arrived last season, while Milton Valenzuela will return from injury.
The best aspect of the Crew’s business thus far has been the complementary nature of it. They now have a central midfield that possesses athleticism, technical skill, defensive security and creativity. That allows them to move Pedro Santos out wide and support Gyasi Zardes as the lone striker. The full-backs will return while Wil Trapp can drop to the bench.
Porter knows how to build a successful MLS team. And he is doing it all over again in Columbus.