Has Sporting Kansas City stumbled upon a piece of new bulletin board material heading into the 2021 campaign?
Take a look at MLSsoccer.com's season-opening power rankings and decide for yourself.
Manager Peter Vermes' men finished atop the Western Conference regular season standings last year, setting a club record with 1.86 points per game, and returns the core of a team that was on track to host MLS Cup before falling to Minnesota United FC in the conference semifinals.
Despite that, MLSsoccer.com has tabbed Sporting at No. 11 in the first power rankings of the season.