If you have noticed, my picks and predictions in recent times have been pretty terrible in all leagues. MLS is no different. Looking back at these predictions makes me want to cry, which is why I'm happy I put the disclaimer "here are some predictions that are sure to be wrong in May, let alone October". They were!
East Playoff Teams (My Predictions): ATL, NYRB, DC, PHI, CLB, MTL, NYCFC
East Playoff Teams (Actual): NYCFC, ATL, PHI, TOR, DC, NYRB, NE
Toronto and New England get in over Columbus and Montreal. Not as bad as it could have been.
West Playoff Teams (My Predictions): SKC, LAFC, POR, SEA, LAG, RSL, MIN
West Playoff Teams (Actual): LAFC, SEA, RSL, MIN, LAG, POR, FCD
So only one team wrong, but it was the one I predicted to win the Supporter's Shield. That was #CCLFever. But the other playoff teams, including the Loons, I actually got right. I'm mildly proud of myself.
MVP: Zlatan (he played really well! But Carlos Vela had a historically good season)
Coach: Jim Curtin (he could certainly win it. But how can it not be Bob Bradley?)
Defender: Walker Zimmerman (he would have won it if the season was 20 games long. Ike Opara did).
Rookie: Andre Shinyashiki (I got one right!)
Golden Boot: Zlatan (Carlos Vela did set the single season goal scoring record)
Comeback: Jordan Morris (more than likely)
I did predict Sporting Kansas City to beat the Red Bulls in MLS Cup 2019, which was extremely wrong and the playoffs haven't even happened yet. So here I am trying again, and sure to get it wrong:
2) Atlanta United over 7) New England
3) Philadelphia over 6) New York Red Bulls
4) Toronto FC over 5) DC United
4) Toronto FC over 1) NYCFC
2) Atlanta United over 3) Philadelphia
2) Atlanta United over 4) Toronto FC
2) Seattle over 7) FC Dallas
6) Portland over 3) Real Salt Lake
5) LA Galaxy over 4) Minnesota
2) Seattle over 6) Portland
1) LAFC over 5) LA Galaxy
1) LAFC over 2) Seattle
MLS Cup 2019: LAFC over Atlanta United 3-1
If my playoff predictions in baseball are any indication, good luck to these two teams, especially Atlanta United, who might not be immune to the Atlanta sports curse after all.