3. Filling in the holes in Vancouver
In 2012, the Whitecaps became the first Canadian team in MLS to qualify for the postseason. However, Martin Rennie’s men basically backed into the playoffs and were quickly dispatched by eventual champs LA Galaxy in the wild-card play-in round. With lessons learned in his first season in charge of Vancouver, Rennie approached the offseason with a to-do list that focused on removing the weak links in the line-up and finding the right pieces to install. Defender Nigel Reo-Coker and midfielder Daigo Kobayashi strengthen the core of the squad, while sophomore forward Darren Mattocks will be expected to provide the fireworks in front of goal. If Rennie can resist the urge to tinker with the Whitecaps roster like he did last summer, Vancouver could find themselves as the kings of Cascadia.