FC Dallas is new and improved. The Hoops are a completely different team than last season. New Head Coach, new players, new stadium name. FCD will look to improve on last season's 8th place finish in the Western Conference.
Are these preseason rankings right about FCD? Where do you think the Hoops belong?
Comment: Oscar Pareja was in the running for Coach of the Year last season, and he'll have to do a similar job in 2014 if he wants his new side to compete in a murderous Western Conference. The talent's there, but the chemistry will need work.
Comment: Oscar Pareja returns to his former club and inherits a team that has seen some impressive offseason upgrades. Forwards David Texeira and Andres Escobar, coupled with defensive midfielder Hendry Thomas, should help FC Dallas close the gap on the playoff teams in the West, but there will be pressure on Mauro Diaz to be the sort of elite playmaker former MLS MVP David Ferreira was.
Comment: Oscar Pareja's FC Dallas have the potential to be a sleeping giant that is dangerous when he is awakened. Not a lot is expected from this Dallas side, so expect some noise to come from Big D.
Comment: Dallas made some intriguing acquisitions, including Young DP David Texeira and former U.S. residency and UVA star midfielder Brian Span, and Óscar Pareja has a good track record of working with young players. Still, his first season in Colorado wasn't a huge success.