During my annual desk cleaning, I found this little sidebar that I clipped out of the ESPN magazine. I think it was a pre-season assessment of sorts. The order is my doing. Chicago Fire. Some key departures but DaMarcus Beasley, Chris Armas, Carlos Bocanegra, Ante Razov will keep Fire hot. San Jose Earthquakes. Minus Ariel Graziani and Dwayne DeRosario, Quakes need MVP season from Landon Donovan. New England Revolution. A slow start could trigger player revolt against coach Steve Nicol's conservative system. KC Wizards. If Igor Simutenkov and Josh Wolff bond up front and GK Tony Meola still has it, Wizards will climb the ladder. MetroStars. If GK Timmy Howard, D Eddie Pope, F Clint Mathis and F Jaime Moreno play like All-Stars, Metros could surprise. Colorado Rapids. Chris Henderson, Chris Carrieri, Mark Chung (11 goals each) won't do it again. Can John Spencer bounce back? D.C. United. Overhaul by coach Ray Hudson. Ernie Steward joins club with question marks up front and in the back. LA Galaxy. Reigning MVP Carlos Ruiz scores the big goals, but it's a stifling defense that'll spark the repeat. Columbus Crew. Once all hustle-bustle, now a more stylish attack with Freddy Garcia, Edson Buddle and Kyle Martino. Dallas Burn. Midfielder Oscar Pareja and gunner Jason Kreis light the fuse. If D.J. Countess starts in net, no weaknesses. Adjust your retroscope accordingly.