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Published on February 16th, 2017 | by Jeff Engelhardt

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MLS Season Predictions

Is it too early for MLS season predictions? No!

We’re not going to wait for the big-time influencers to release their predictions before we make our bold choices. We’re going into this without that safety net. We’ll either crash and burn or look like geniuses. Let’s get to it.

Jeff’s Picks

Let me just start out by saying I am both very good and very bad at preseason predictions. Last year, I picked Toronto FC to beat Seattle in the MLS Cup and FC Dallas to win the U.S. Open Cup. But I also picked Vancouver to win the Suppoters’ Shield. So I’m a mixed bag.

As far as the Fire’s outlook for the 2017 season, I’m going to repeat a lot of what I said last year. I feel good about the direction of the team, a last-place finish would be a monstrous disappointment and a playoff spot is no guarantee despite the good vibes right now. The talent level in MLS gets better every year and 2017 is no exception. Atlanta United is coming in hot and ambitious and a team like New York City FC announced its title aspirations with the addition of Maxi Moralez. And of course Toronto FC is still the class of the conference.

But the time for excuses has long passed for the Fire. This is the year the club must take a step forward. The league is bringing the All-Star game, the front office is investing and there is a real chance to win back some fans. The club needs to be in the playoff hunt come October or there will be a lot of jobs (and fans) being lost.

Eastern Conference
1. Toronto FC  2. New York City FC  3. Montreal Impact  4. New York Red Bulls  5. DC United  6. Columbus Crew  7. Chicago Fire  8. Atlanta United  9. Philadelphia Union  10. New England Revolution  11. Orlando City FC

Western Conference
1. Seattle Sounders (SS) 2. Portland Timbers 3. FC Dallas  4. LA Galaxy  5. Sporting Kansas City  6. Colorado Rapids  7. Houston Dynamo  8. Real Salt Lake  10. Vancouver Whitecaps 11. San Jose Earthquakes  12. Minnesota United

MLS Cup
Toronto FC over FC Dallas

US Open Cup
New York City FC

MVP
Nicolas Lodeiro

Ryan’s Picks

My reputation for nailing predictions precedes me, so please take the following write-up as gospel (Also, please don’t look up my past predictions. Just rest assured they were perfect).

My thoughts on the Fire are similar to what they were last year, in what turned out to be my only career misfire: On paper, there’s more than enough talent here to where another “defense” of the Wooden Spoon should not occur. The top of the conference is still stacked compared to the Fire, but the team has enough pieces where it should at least be competing for one of the last playoff spots heading into fall. As Jeff mentioned above, there are too many things working in the Fire’s favor this year for them to blow this opportunity to ascend to respectability and bring fans back into the fold. Luckily, my crystal ball shows the Fire making good on their promise to bring watchable football back to the Windy City.

Eastern Conference
1. Toronto FC (SS)  2. Montreal Impact  3. New York Red Bulls  4. NYCFC  5. Philadelphia Union  6. Atlanta FC  7. Chicago Fire  8. DC United  9. Orlando City  10. Columbus Crew  11. New England Revolution

Western Conference
1. Seattle Sounders  2. FC Dallas  3. LA Galaxy  4. Portland Timbers  5. Colorado Rapids  6. Sporting Kansas City  7. Real Salt Lake  8. Houston Dynamo  9. San Jose Earthquake  10. Vancouver Whitecaps  11. Minnesota United

MLS Cup
FC Dallas over Toronto FC

US Open Cup
New York Red Bulls

MVP
Sebastian Giovinco

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One Response to MLS Season Predictions

  1. Ahan Jain says:

    Disagree with Fire at 7. I feel they can be at four or five and above the red line.

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