4. Bigger is always better in Texas
After a disappointing loss in the 2010 MLS Cup final to Colorado, FC Dallas never seemed to regain their footing. MVP David Ferreira suffered a devastating injury a year later and last season young winger Brek Shea regressed in his development. Since a strong finish to the 2012 season, Dallas has sold Shea to Stoke City in the EPL and turned that money around to buy a pair of proven goal scorers in Kenny Cooper and Eric Hassli. With Panama striker Blas Perez also in the mix, coach Schellas Hyndman has a trio of big bodies of which to choose from to employ ahead of a healthy playmaker Ferreira this season. Could FC Dallas be following the recipe San Jose Earthquakes rode to the playoffs last season? Sure looks that way.