Dallas Soccer: Predictions

2011 bold predictions - the scoring

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
2:49
PM CT
It's time for the end of the season scoring of the often imitated, never duplicated, original BOLD PREDICTIONS. (Which have been running them since 1998)

I do this bit every year, and you can look back at all the previous versions on this site if you like, they're at the bottom of this page. Here's last year when I rocked an 8 for the second year in a row.

Ouch 5 points. That’s not good. Maybe the 20th team will be announced soon and get me to 5 and a half.

Twenty Bold Predictions for 2010

1. Thierry Henry will play less than 15 games this season for New York. Age and injuries are catching up with him, he just won’t be able to stay on the field enough. 0 points – he did miss some games but managed to play 26… not as few as I anticipated.

2. Carlos Ruiz will be MLS Comeback player of the Year. Is it really a comeback if he wasn’t injured but was rather just fat and lazy? I like O’Brian White’s chances at this award if Ruz isn’t deemed eligible. 0 points – Once David Beckham was eligible for this award it was going nowhere else… not that Ruiz would have won anyway.

3. A Home Grown MLS player will finish top 5 in scoring in MLS. Proving to MLS teams once and for all that their own Academies are the way to go and putting a death watch on the MLS SuperDraft. 0 points – missed bad on this one, I thought a HG player would break out. I’m looking at you JA.

4. West Finish: Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, San Jose, Colorado, Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Chivas USA. Dallas being slow starters won’t be able to catch RSL and LA. San Jose is better (watch out for them), Colorado worse. Seattle is slipping. Chivas USA is a mess and worse than the expansion sides. ˝ point – only miss was Seattle, the rest was fairly close to where they ended up.

5. MLS will announce the newest expansion franchise to New York and it won’t be the Cosmos. Unsuccessful gimmick is unsuccessful. Welcome to MLS Brooklyn FC and part owner Jay-Z. ˝ point – they didn’t announce it yet but it sure looks like it’s happening, and sure looks like it’s not going to be Cosmos.

6. East Finish: New York, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Houston, DC United, Chicago, Columbus, New England, Toronto FC. The East isn’t that great which allows Philly, KC, and DC to improve. The Crew, Revs, and TFC are all going to struggle. ˝ point – Got 4 of the top 5 and 4 of the bottom 5, only the Crew are out of place.

7. Tim Ream will be Defender of the Year for the Red Bulls. Let’s face it the kid can play, and the US Nat love will make him ever more popular. 0 points – sophomore slump for Ream. Omar Gonzalez wins.

8. FC Dallas this season will cut someone and sign their 7th home grown player. FCD used 4 Academy kids in their first reserve game… and won. 0 points – nope.

9. San Jose Earthquakes will be US Open Cup Champions. I think their ability to beat anyone day to day carries them a long way in the Cup. 0 points – never bet against Seattle in the USOC.

10. Following the Gold Cup, Bob Bradley will step down as US National Team coach. He’ll have a new job and be “moving on to something new” to a MLS team as TD or VP of soccer ops. 1 point – He got fired instead. Same thing.

11. Peter Nowak will be MLS Coach of the Year. Philly will do well in the East and the press love Nowak as he is a MLS “legend.” 0 points – When the Galaxy are good they get lots of love.

12. The Rookie of the Year will be AJ Soars. He’s going to play enough for the Revs that people will talk about Nicol’s genius drafting again. Sheanon Williams should win this award but having been a pro before MLS will say he’s not eligible. 0 points - C.J. Sapong won. AJ did start 28 games for NE and is a lock starter, but goal scorers get the glory.

13. Robert Warzycha will be fired midseason. The Crew keep losing players and it’s hard to coach without talent. 0 – points. Nope. He actually rallied the Crew for a good year.

14. New York Red Bulls will win the Supporters Shield. The Bulls will win a lot of game and RSL’s busy schedule will cost them the shield. 0 points – NYRB should have been better.

15. Chris Wondolowski repeats as the MLS Budweiser Golden Boot for the Quakes. I just have a feeling he’s gonna do it again. A rejuvenated Carlos Ruiz will shockingly run 2nd. 1 Point – um hum, nailed it.

16. Real Salt Lake will be MLS Cup Champs. I really like what Jason Kreis is doing with his team, they are built to win and their home field advantage is amazing. 0 points – RSL is dang good, just didn’t get it done in playoff time.

17. Javier Morales will finally be MLS MVP. He’s been one of the best players in MLS the last few years. 0 points – he never gets the love he should.

18. The World Football Challenge will draw big crowds. The WFC will dwarf the MLS regular season, making the WFC a win now, lose later deal for MLS. 1 point – 80k for an exhibition game? Wow.

19. Dwayne De Rosario will throw a fit when subbed out of a game. At some point this season he’ll get subbed out, refuse to shake the coach’s hand, and throw his jersey at someone… and he’ll be right to do so. 1/2 point – He asked to be traded form TFC, then got traded again, then won the MVP for a team that didn’t make the playoff and actually had a better record without him… Bizzaro De-Ro world but dang what a great player.

20. Diego Cháves will be the MLS Newcomer of the Year. Not that it will help Chicago be better than mid table. 0 points - Mauro Rosales won and was a big part of the Seattle turn around.

If you're bored and curious, you can read the previous decade worth of prediction here:1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
The good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.

It's time again for the often imitated, never duplicated, original FEARLESS PREDICTIONS.
(Which have been running since 1998)

I do this bit every year, and you can look back at all the previous versions on this site if you like, they're at the bottom of this page. Here's last year when I rocked an 8 for the second year in a row.

It’s not exactly opening day anymore, but we had a lot of content to run so I held off on running this when I wrote it. Now it’s totally late, which is in and of itself bold!!

Twenty Fearless Predictions for 2010

(For recreational purposes only, no wagering please.)

1. Thierry Henry will play less than 15 games this season for New York. Age and injuries are catching up with him, he just won’t be able to stay on the field enough.

2. Carlos Ruiz will be MLS Comeback player of the Year. Is it really a comeback if he wasn’t injured but was rather just fat and lazy? I like O’Brian White’s chances at this award if Ruz isn’t deemed eligible.

3. A Home Grown MLS player will finish top 5 in scoring in MLS. Proving to MLS teams once and for all that their own Academies are the way to go and putting a death watch on the MLS SuperDraft.

4. West Finish: Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy, FC Dallas, San Jose, Colorado, Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Chivas USA. Dallas being slow starters won’t be able to catch RSL and LA. San Jose is better (watch out for them), Colorado worse. Seattle is slipping. Chivas USA is a mess and worse than the expansion sides.

5. MLS will announce the newest expansion franchise to New York and it won’t be the Cosmos. Unsuccessful gimmick is unsuccessful. Welcome to MLS Brooklyn FC and part owner Jay-Z.

6. East Finish: New York, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Houston, DC United, Chicago, Columbus, New England, Toronto FC. The East isn’t that great which allows Philly, KC, and DC to improve. The Crew, Revs, and TFC are all going to struggle.

7. Tim Ream will be Defender of the Year for the Red Bulls. Let’s face it the kid can play, and the US Nat love will make him ever more popular.

8. FC Dallas this season will cut someone and sign their 7th home grown player. FCD used 4 Academy kids in their first reserve game… and won.

9. San Jose Earthquakes will be US Open Cup Champions. I think their ability to beat anyone day to day carries them a long way in the Cup.

10. Following the Gold Cup, Bob Bradley will step down as US National Team coach. He’ll have a new job and be “moving on to something new” to a MLS team as TD or VP of soccer ops.

11. Peter Nowak will be MLS Coach of the Year. Philly will do well in the East and the press love Nowak as he is a MLS “legend.”

12. The Rookie of the Year will be AJ Soars. He’s going to play enough for the Revs that people will talk about Nicol’s genius drafting again. Sheanon Williams should win this award but having been a pro before MLS will say he’s not eligible.

13. Robert Warzycha will be fired midseason. The Crew keep losing players and it’s hard to coach without talent.

14. New York Red Bulls will win the Supporters Shield. The Bulls will win a lot of game and RSL’s busy schedule will cost them the shield.

15. Chris Wondolowski repeats as the MLS Budweiser Golden Boot for the Quakes. I just have a feeling he’s gonna do it again. A rejuvenated Carlos Ruiz will shockingly run 2nd.

16. Real Salt Lake will be MLS Cup Champs. I really like what Jason Kreis is doing with his team, they are built to win and their home field advantage is amazing.

17. Javier Morales will finally be MLS MVP. He’s been one of the best players in MLS the last few years.

18. The World Football Challenge will draw big crowds. The WFC will dwarf the MLS regular season, making the WFC a win now, lose later deal for MLS.

19. Dwayne De Rosario will throw a fit when subbed out of a game. At some point this season he’ll get subbed out, refuse to shake the coach’s hand, and throw his jersey at someone… and he’ll be right to do so.

20. Diego Cháves will be the MLS Newcomer of the Year. Not that it will help Chicago be better than mid table.

If you're bored and curious, you can read the previous decade worth of prediction here: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Bold Predictions 2010

April, 9, 2010
4/09/10
11:36
AM CT
It's time again for the often imitated, never duplicated, original BOLD PREDICTIONS.
I do this bit every year, and you can look back at all the previous versions on this site if you like, they're at the bottom of this page. I did well last year predicting RSL as league champs. I'll be dinning out on that one all season. Here's last year when I rocked an 8.
I actually wrote most of this before the season, and while it's a piss poor excuse I moved the weekend MLS opened. So the week before and the week since my life has been chaotic as heck. Hence the crazy time frame of many recent posts. So anywhere, here's the bit...

Twenty Fearless Predictions for 2010

(For recreational purposes only, no wagering please.)
1 US Advances in the World Cup. After earning a draw against England on a Bocanegra header, the US will advance to the second round with a loss to Slovenia and a win over Algeria.
2 Richard Mulroney will be Comeback Player of the Year for the Dynamo. He'll end up starting 28 games for Houston. (I'm trying to break the jinx by not picking Taylor Twellman again this year, for the good of the league I'd love to see him healthy)
3 Five World Cup Players Join MLS. What I mean is five players currently not in MLS will be sign with the league post South Africa. Two Americans and three players from other countries.
4 West Finish: Seattle, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Colorado, Houston, San Jose, Chivas USA. I have great faith in Sigi and expect the Seattle home crowd to carry them a long way. RSL is still good and LA would finish 3rd if not for being the most impacted by the World Cup. Colorado is solid and makes the playoffs as the 5th team from West, 3rd to 5th seperated by 2 points. Houston slips this year, San Jose has not made enough progress, and Chivas is going to be as terrible this year as I expected last year (no Thornton miracle season).
5 Frank Yallop will be fired. Two straight seasons near the bottom will get Yallop the ax.
6 East Finish: Columbus, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Toronto FC, New England, Philadelphia, DC United. I'm not as in love with the Crew as I was, but they still have enough. Chicago's defense is down a notch but no one else is really good yet in the East to challenge them. NY and KC have solid years, but only one gets in, and I'm betting it's NY. TFC I just think Mo will end of wrecking somehow. NE has lost to much and DC has too much to fix in one season.
7 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado will be Defender of the Year for the Sounders. Keller behind him and Alonso in front makes Hurtado look really good. Omar Gonzalez will finish second in voting.
8 Peter Nowak and Preki will get in a fight on the sideline of a TFC/Union game. Two stubborn hard nosed coaches for two stubborn hard nosed teams that won't be playing well. It's a recipe for trouble and it will brew up on the sideline over a de Guzman tackle.
9 LA Galaxy will be US Open Cup Champions. They players have something to prove after the World Cup/Donovan missing slump. Plus the Gals like to buy home field.
10 Pachuca will win the SuperLiga. They've been the best team in North American over the last 6 years or so and they aren't in the Champions League this year. (To be honest I can't find confirmation of who's in SuperLiga this year from Mexico. So I reserve the right to edit this one if I can find the damn list of teams)
11 Hans Backe will be MLS Coach of the Year. New York + playoffs + new stadium = coach of the year.
12 The Rookie of the Year will be Blair Gavin. He's gonna get some serious PT for Chivas in their midfield.
13 Berk Shea will have a break out season for FC Dallas. What's a break out season for a 20 year old? Hum, how about 4 goals and 6 assists.
14 Seattle will win the Supporters Shield. Seattle rides the wave of attendance to the regular season title.
15 Omar Cummings wins the MLS Budweiser Golden Boot for the Rapids. He's a bit more selfish this year, his assists will be down and his goals are up.
16 Seattle Sounders will be MLS Cup Champs. Seattle knocks off LA, FCD takes RSL but losses in Seattle. The Crew knock off Colorado, Chicago beats New York and then the Crew on the road. Seattle beats Chicago in Toronto in front of a sold out crowd.
17 Freddy Montero will be MLS MVP. Kyle Beckerman should be the winner, but he won't. First place is worth to much to media schmucks. Montero will lead Seattle in scoring and that's enough to get the award.
18 Red Bull will trade Juan Pablo Angel. In preparation for their multiple post World Cup signings, the Heffers need to move some cap. Angel ends up with someone else in MLS.
19 Kenny Cooper will return to MLS. He's on loan from 1860, and isn't playing for his new club either. He also won't make the US World Cup team. That's not exactly the combination Cooper had in mind when he left. No reason to stay there now, a loan back to MLS and FC Dallas is next.
20 Collins John will be the MLS Newcomer of the Year. He'll lead Chicago in scoring and keep them near the top all year.

If you're bored and curious, you can read the previous decade worth of prediction here: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

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