Columbus Crew SC comes in at No. 1 in MLSsoccer.com's first Power Rankings of the year, as the 2021 regular season is set to begin for Columbus on Sunday, April 18 vs. Philadelphia at 5:30 p.m. ET at Historic Crew Stadium (FS1, FOX Deportes).
As for the league site's rationale, they kept it brief.
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"The MLS Cup champions got better this offseason."