However, each year the league faces a similar situation to this. We enter 2016 with the Boston Whitecaps once again as the reigning champions but missing two of the team's cornerstones in Graham and Markette. The Portland Stags and Boston both retained the largest amount of players from last season. The difference is Portland was able to keep their stars.
While they may be the two favorites, every franchise has a lot of questions that need to be answered and some will go far beyond Week 1. Whoever does emerged out of the crowd in 2016, will surely be able to build a stronger franchise in the next two years.
#1 Portland Stags: 2015: 9-1
1st in West; Western Conference Runner-Up
#2 Philadelphia Spinners: 2015: 6-4
2nd in East; Eastern Conference Runner-Up
#3 Boston Whitecaps: 2015: 7-3
1st in East; MLU Champions
#4 Seattle Rainmakers: 2015: 5-5
2nd in East; Western Conference Champion
#5 Washington D.C. Current: 2015: 5-5
3rd in East
#6 San Francisco Dogfish: 2015: 3-7
Tied for 3rd in West
#7 New York Rumble: 2015: 2-8
4th in East