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Other teams to watch

Columbus Crew

Hunt Sports Group entered discussions about a potential sale of the team last year, but talks died even as the Crew increased its value with a championship season. A buyer may be tough to find in this economy, but the possibility remains that the Hunts might sell if one comes forward.

New York Red Bulls

As the club heads into its last season in the Meadowlands, its new stadium under construction in Harrison, N.J., is already generating buzz in MLS circles. How the team leverages that buzz for new ticket sales and corporate sponsorships will be critical to its future in the New York market.

Los Angeles Galaxy

Life without David Beckham looks like a reality after the 2009 season for MLS’s most valuable club. How will the team prepare for his departure and remain relevant in a market where star power sells? Will it sign another star player? Will it improve the team’s performance by going in another direction?

— Tripp Mickle

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