1. Columbus Crew - Sweet vindication for Sigi Schmid this year after two years of missing post-season
2. Chicago Fire - On the other end of the spectrum, Denis Hamlett is making good on finally getting the head coach gig
3. Toronto FC - John Carver is breaking the cliche about foreign coaches in MLS - he's doing quite well
4. New England - Steve Nicol has proven he's one of the best in MLS - but the Fire have his team's number in early going
5. FC Dallas - Steve Morrow's squad will rue dropped points of so many draws later this season.
6. Colorado Rapids - Christian Gomez > Marcello Gallardo looks obvious. Fernando Clavijo > Tom Soehn is more surprising.
7. Kansas City - Curt Onalfo keeps tinkering - the ideal combination could come up soon.
8. Los Angeles Galaxy - Ruud Gullit is very glad David Beckham is both on his team and healthy
9. New York Red Bull - The curse of New York hasn't broken Juan Carlos Osorio yet, but he hasn't buried it, either.
10. Chivas USA - Preki has more job security than his players, perhaps.
11. Real Salt Lake - Jason Kreis gets the Argentine connection on his squad going, but then defense can't shut Beckham down.
12. DC United - Tom Soehn is suffering through a sophomore slump and the absence of Ben Olsen.
13. Houston Dynamo - Winning MLS Cup twice in a row brought Dom Kinnear a lot of respect - but that winless record is merciless.
14. San Jose Earthquakes - It's a good thing Frank Yallop is happy to be back in SJ, because this team isn't creating much joy.