Sebastian Giovinco – Toronto FC had another winter spending spree and landed Giovinco as a designated player. The ex-Juventus forward has the potential to dominant MLS with his agility, technique and playmaking ability. His success will directly correlate to TFC’s.
Pedro Morales – The Chilean attacker was the Vancouver Whitecaps’ top scorer with 10 goals. New signing Octavio Rivero should give the Whitecaps the elite striker they need. However, Morales’ play will dictate how well the Uruguayan striker performs.
Ignacio Piatti – The Montreal Impact still don’t have the big-name striker the fans expected to see. This makes Piatti’s role even more important this season. He’ll be tasked with igniting the Impact attack, because until this forward arrives, the Argentine will have to carry the load.
Kaka – The Brazilian playmaker was recently named Orlando City SC captain for the upcoming season. Given his success and experience, it was a no-brainer by head coach Adrian Heath. The 32-year-old is still a tremendous player with incredible technique and will be a joy to watch in 2015 and beyond.
David Villa – Ex-European and world champion David Villa will spearhead the New York City FC attack this season. He’ll be a sure-fire candidate to win the Golden Boot as well. The Spaniard is unquestionably one of the most talented MLS strikers and capable of scoring at least 20 goals in 2015.
Frank Lampard – The saga surrounding Frank Lampard and NYCFC was embarrassing. However, once the Englishman arrives to MLS, he’ll add more quality to a midfield that already boasts Mix Diskerud and Ned Grabavoy. Those three should form one of the best trios in the league.
Robbie Keane – The MLS MVP has scored 53 goals in 84 regular-season games since joining the LA Galaxy. Landon Donovan’s retirement is a big loss, but as long as Keane is fit, the Galaxy will in good shape, especially with Steven Gerrard arriving this summer.
Clint Dempsey – The Seattle Sounders have one of the best squads on paper, but Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are arguably the most dangerous forward duo in MLS. The American was involved in 25 goals for the Sounders last year, so if Seattle wants to win its first MLS Cup, the 31-year-old has to deliver similar numbers.
Bradley Wright-Phillips – Last year’s Golden Boot winner was rewarded with a designated player contract, but with great power comes great responsibility. Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill are gone, so Wright-Phillips will be the New York Red Bulls’ only hope if they want to make the playoffs.
Steven Gerrard – The Liverpool captain won’t be joining the LA Galaxy until July, but he’ll arguably become MLS’ biggest star alongside Kaka and Frank Lampard. Gerrard will also help fill the attacking void left by Landon Donovan.