Some of our MLS competition are making significant improvements to their rosters and may be worthy challengers very soon, even the upcoming year. In particular two fellow Western Conference members Portland and Vancouver are teams to watch. I've put an asterisk or two next to the ones that I think are very likely to significantly add value to their teams. PORTLAND: With their newest signing Portland now has 3 DP's. They've added a bunch of youth as well: **Kris Boyd (DP): 6' 1" 28 yo striker. I've never seen him play but his Scottish leagues scoring stats are outstanding: 164 goals in 296 appearances, or an outstanding .55 g/appearance. True he played for the Rangers who tended to be much stronger than most of the competition, but he also scored for Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest. He will likely be an upgrade over Kenny Cooper. José Adolfo Valencia (DP): 6' 1" 20 yo striker, from Colombian U-20 team. Not a prolific scorer though (2g in 38 appearances for 1st division Columbian Team Sante Fe, 5 g in 10 app for 2nd division team, and 1 g in 6 appearances for U20's) so that seems like a red flag to me. He is young but still should be scoring more as a striker. OTOH, you have to be talented to get playing time for a Colombian national team. *Hanyer Mosquera: 6'1" 25 yo defender who was a regular starter for La Equidad in Colombias 1st division. Andre Jean-Babtiste: Superdraft from U Conn, 6-2" defender, Soccer America Second Team MVP (whatever that means). VANCOUVER I warned everyone to watch out for up and coming uber-manager Martin Rennie who has taken every team he has coached from the bottom to the top in a single year. May be a tall order in MLS, but there are signs (and signings) he is on the right track. He's adding the following to a team with Chiumiento, DeMerit, Hassli, and Camilo Sanvezzo: **Sebastien Le Toux: The biggest inter-MLS coup of the offseason was wresting Le Toux from the Union! What the hell is Nowak thinking? I know Le Toux's contract was up this year but he loved Philadelphia - surely something could be worked out. *Young-Pyo Lee: 34, 5'9" Korean soccer legend. Martin Jol once called him "the best left back in Holland." Played for PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham, & Boussia Dortmund. *Martin Bonjour: 26 yo 6'3" Argentine defender, most recently played for 1st division Uruguayan team. *Darren Mattocks: 20 yo 6'0" Jamaican forward from Akron, 2nd pick of the SuperDraft, finalist for the Hermann Award with 21 goals in 22 matches last year as a sophomore. Lee Nguyen: 25 yo 5'8" forward. They got lucky in the weighted lottery and picked up this U-23 player who skipped MLS but then struggled to get playing time in Europe. Did score 12 goals in 24 games for 1st division Vietnamese team in 2010. And finally he dumped Pete Vagenas (who is now a goat!) so we know he is on to something, eh?