7. Fredy Montero leaving Seattle Sounders
At first it would seem that losing a player who netted 47 goals over 4 seasons would leave the Sounders more like flounders on offense. However, Sigi Schmid has newcomer Mario Martinez to pick up some of the slack and a fully healthy Steve Zakuani to fill in for the rest. If Mauro Rosales plays at the MVP-level he did in 2011, and striker Eddie Johnson continues his scoring renaissance, then the Seattle is likely to surpass previous results despite the absence of Montero. Finding forwards that can score 10+ goals a season is never easy, but the Sounders have more than enough replacement parts to make do.