10. Minnesota United
After a blockbuster year for Minnesota United, one in which they reached the postseason for the first time and were the only club to win on the road against the record-breaking Los Angeles FC, 2020 could be tougher.
When the club came into the league as an expansion side in 2017, manager Adrian Heath talked about their three-year plan. They succeeded at that, but now into his fourth year in charge, what comes next?
Losing the attacking trio of Darwin Quintero, Angelo Rodriguez and Abu Danladi could put pay to their playoff hopes, but the talented defence might just keep their heads above the red line come October.
9. New England Revolution
The New England Revolution squeezed into the postseason last season, finishing in seventh in the Eastern Conference. But after some smart acquisitions and another year under Bruce Arena, they could be set for more than just the last place in the playoffs.
New England come home in ninth on our MLS Power Rankings. The experience of Arena at the helm is crucial, but this is also a talented squad.
The likes of Gustavo Bou, Carles Gil and new Designated Player Adam Buksa will all provide goals for the Revs in 2020, making them a team to take note of this season.
8. Portland Timbers
The 2015 MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers will be looking ahead to try and take another title five years on, but it could be a trickier task than they expect.
Now that Diego Valeri’s contract issues are done and dusted with, the Timbers can move forward knowing the Argentinian playmaker is theirs for the future.
The addition of new DP Yimmi Chara also provides some attacking threat, as well as a new centre-forwards Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Felipe Mora, but Portland have defensive issues to worry about as well this season. They will score plenty of goals, but they might struggle at the other end.
7. Philadelphia Union
The Philadelphia Union took a huge step forward last season as they challenged New York City FC and Atlanta United for the Eastern Conference title, before making it through to the Conference semi-finals.
Jim Curtin worked something of a miracle last season, but with a budget that the club has had to stick to, and just the one big offseason signing, can he do it again this term?
6. Toronto FC
For the third time in four seasons, Toronto FC made it through to the final of the MLS Cup final. Although they lost out to Seattle for the second time in that same time period, it was another great season for the club.
However, heading into 2020, there are a few issues surrounding the side and how they expect to move forward under Greg Vanney, especially with midfielder Michael Bradley injured for the early part of the season.
They also seem to be quite light in attack. An injury to either Jozy Altidore or Alejandro Pouzelo could curtail their postseason hopes for the campaign.