We should be better last year. We improved our depth and got some capable subs/rotational starters which crippled us last year. The lost of Ream will hurt but he did regress last year compared to his excellent rookie season and he's off to bigger and better things in England(He'll be the starting CB for USMNT) Henry is in some wicked form so that's a plus considering last year he was struggling early on
But it kind of sucks that Juan Agudelo will be missing time for the Olympics and he probably will be behind Henry, Luke Rogers(Needs to get his visa), and possibly Cooper in the depth chart. Backe doesn't really like Agudelo for some odd reason. Cooper is a great pickup and we didn't give up much for him. But the problem is that he isn't a target forward but more of a winger but still he's skilled and was a prolific MLS scorer with his FC Dallas days.
The key for the team is Rafael Marquez. If he plays like a bum like last year we'll be an average/above average squad. BUT, if he can play to the level which he played in the past or for Mexico than we'll be competing for some trophies.
I also like the signings we made. We signed a big Swedish CB who should help our defense and should help us in our set pieces which was woeful last season. We also signed Wilman Conde who was a great MLS CB, but he's coming off injury and he's not 100% fit. We are probably going to go after a 3rd DP in the summer probably a CAM
Also, our GK position will not be a concern as both of our GK's have been playing great this preseason. Were probably going to start Ryan Meara in net this year and he's a 2nd round pick rookie who has been playing great so far.. Alot of praise for him
This is the starting lineup most likely