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Reviewing 2016 Big D Soccer Staff Predictions

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How did we do at the beginning of last season?

We look into the past.
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It is time to look back at our predictions from last year and sass the individuals for their poor predictions. Who do you think should have gotten more/less credit?

FC Dallas Predictions

1. What excites you most about the upcoming season?

Phil: FC Dallas is a legitimate favorite to win the Western Conference for the first time in the 10 years that I've been a fan.

Well, you were right about that, Phil.

Jason: At this very moment (2/26)? Seeing the new jersey!

Jason, do you even know how these predictions are supposed to work?

Ryan: Being able to build off last season, and seeing Pareja fully take this team as his own by shedding some old veteran players and bringing in more of 'his' guys.

Mo: With the US Open Cup, the Supporters Shield, MLS Cup, and being involved in the CCL, I think this may be the year that FC Dallas finally gets a new trophy addition to its trophy case and that has me giddy.

I was right as always.

Nathan: …FC Dallas is going to continue to show what you can achieve when you give young players a chance to shine.

True story. #HomegrownCity

Scott: It's very, very early but from what I've seen from Maximiliano Urruti in the preseason, it looks like he might be a very viable candidate to be FCD's clear striker.

This did actually happen though many of us predicted it as you will see below.

Taylor: …hosting MLS Cup, because it's going to happen.

Ugh, we were so close.

Ben: Pairing a Lamar Hunt trophy with the Supporters' Shield will be a tough task, but it's certainly doable.

Yer' a wizard, Benny.

Edin: The team has added firepower and experience which makes it deeper and stronger to go all the way this time.

Drew: This team is young but in a good position to make some serious history this season.


2. What worries you the most going into the season?

Phil: Fabian Castillo is sold this summer. The club receives $10M, but refuses to buy a top winger or striker.

Umm, close'ish? He was sold, but not for anywhere near $10M and we bought Colman?

Jason: Can this team manage the travel and minutes of playing in three competitions this year?

They did.

Ryan: Expectations. Hopefully Pareja is able to keep them grounded.

Papi managed them almost perfectly.

Mo: The absence of a #9.

This was a moot point until Mauro got hurt. After that, we couldn't score, unfortunately.

Nathan: Overall, FC Dallas fans need to continue to be concerned about the future of the franchise off the field.

I think winning helped? Just need that Cup now.

Scott: With such a deep roster, and this seems like it isn't actually a problem -- I'm concerned that as the season goes on, the starting lineups will get very inconsistent because OP will want to utilize as many players as possible.

We had some of this happen, but it was not too big a concern, I think.

Taylor: Defense is up in the air for me right now.

We did not have a formidable defense, but we scored plenty of goals to make up for it.

Ben: They're a little thin up top. If the injury bug strikes, it could get dicey if we had to choose between Pitter and Barrios as our lone striker.

Lol at Pitter.

Edin: The lack of a 15-goal forward signing and Je-Vaughn Watson's replacement.

Atiba performed well over the course of the year but the striker, yes.

Drew: Definitely the expectations set upon this club to go along with the fact that the team didn't get a big time striker in the offseason (though there is still time).

They rode the expectations train all the way to two trophies.


3. Who will be FCD's Golden Boot winner in 2015?

Phil: Maxi Urruti.

Jason: Maxi Urruti

Ryan: Maximiliano Urruti.

Mo: Maxi Urruti.

Nathan: It'll be a tie between Fabian Castillo, Maxi Urruti, and Tesho Akindele.

Awkward…

Scott: Maximiliano Urruti.

Taylor: URRUTI!

Ben: Maxi Urruti.

Edin: Max Urruti

Drew: Fabian Castillo. It is his year to shine.

In Turkey...


4. Top defender in 2015.

Phil: Matt Hedges.

Jason: Matt Hedges

Ryan: Matt Hedges.

Mo: ….so I will go with Walker Zimmerman this year. Walker will have a solid year, maybe earning the starting CB role this year as a result.

I am anointing myself the champion in this category.

Nathan: Matt Hedges.

Scott: Matt Hedges, but it would not surprise me at all if by season's end fans look more to Loyd as the number one defender.

Unfortunate that Zach got hurt and your prediction did not come true.

Taylor: Matt Hedges.

Ben: Death, Taxes, Matt Hedges.

Edin: Matt Hedges.

Drew: Matt Hedges.


5. Team MVP

Phil: Mauro Diaz.

Jason: Mauro Diaz

Ryan: Matt Hedges.

Mo: Matt Hedges will be the MVP as his leadership and importance to the defensive side of the ball is often overlooked.

Yeah, I picked Hedges for MVP and Zim for Defender of the Year. Sue me.

Nathan: Mauro Diaz via goals, assists, and leadership.

Scott: Mauro Diaz.

Taylor: Carlos Gruezo. The dude's a baller.

Underrated MVP of the year, in my opinion.

Ben: Urruti. The team's the star, but the guy who bags 20 gets the trophy.

Lol nice try, Benjamin.

Edin: Mauro Diaz

Drew: Matt Hedges - To me the defense is the key to winning as much as Diaz's health is.


MLS Predictions

1. Biggest story (non-FCD related) you're following.

Phil: How long will it take Bruce Arena to fine-tune the LA Galaxy?

It took some time but they hit their stride eventually.

Jason: What's going to happen to Jermaine Jones?

He is in LA now.

Ryan: The CONCACAF Champions League. MLS desperately needs that schedule change, immediately. They're getting man handled out there.

They didn’t change it and we have two MLS teams in the semis.

Mo: Who that next big superstar to make the jump to MLS is intrigues me very much.

Keisuke this year?

Nathan: Seattle missing Oba will be interesting to see. Can the youngster Jordan Morris step up and fill his shoes?

Yes he did en route to an MLS Cup.

Scott: I'm really excited to see how teams with rosters like FC Dallas, Portland, Columbus, etc. perform against teams like LA, NYCFC and Toronto.

FC Dallas performed well but so did Toronto. I would say it was even.

Taylor: LA Galaxy. They have a whole new team and a lot of stars. All eyes will be on them this season.

Ben: The US Men's National Team. I think the 'Nats are primed for a bounce back year after a somewhat miserable 2015.

Lol. Klinsmann out.

Edin: Personally interested to see how Veljko Paunovic fares in MLS with Chicago Fire

Hopefully, year two is better?

Drew: Can MLS finally break through in the TV rating game?

I thought I saw that ratings were not doing much better somewhere?


2. Prediction for top team out of the East.

Phil: Columbus Crew.

9th place, bro.

Jason: Toronto FC

They did make it to the MLS Cup?

Ryan: New York Red Bulls. Those guys will continue to tear it up in that conference.

Well done.

Mo: I am going to go with Toronto FC.

Nathan: I got to go with the Columbus Crew here.

9th place...

Scott: Montreal. Call me crazy…

You're crazy.

Taylor: Toronto FC. Wait what? Did he just...I think he...yup he did just predict Toronto as the top team.

Great minds think alike, but they also flounder together.

Ben: Montreal. In the 11 games Didier Drogba played for the Impact, they earned 2 points per game.

Too bad Drogba didn't play much.

Edin: New York Red Bulls

Edin with the stoic response as always.

Drew: Chic....just kidding. Sticking with New York Red Bulls here.

Clever, Drew. Clever.


3. Prediction for top team out of the West.

Phil: FC Dallas.

Jason: Vancouver Whitecaps

They did not even make the playoffs.

Ryan: FC Dallas. Again.

Mo: The Portland Timbers will edge out FC Dallas on tiebreak to take the best Western Conference regular season record.

Yikes, I am with Jason in this category. At least I had FCD up there?

Nathan: It's a toss between Portland Timbers and FC Dallas, but I'll go with FC Dallas... of course.

Smart man.

Scott: FC Dallas.

Taylor: Dallas. Who gon stop us? Who gon stop us, huh?

Seattle in the first round.

Ben: When in doubt, go with the homer pick. FC Dallas.

Edin: LA Galaxy

Drew: Portland. I have been impressed with what they and Vancouver did this winter but there is a lot of momentum following this team into this season.

Hey! Both of the teams did not make the playoffs. Great minds, Drew.


4. Playoff predictions for the East

Phil: 1. Columbus Crew 2. New York Red Bulls 3. Toronto FC 4. New England Revolution 5. Montreal Impact 6. Orlando City SC

Missing Philly and NYCFC.

Jason: 1. Toronto FC 2. Columbus Crew SC 3. New York Red Bulls 4. New England Revolution 5. Montreal Impact 6. DC United.

Missing Philly and NYCFC.

Ryan: 1. New York Red Bulls 2. DC United 3. Columbus Crew 4. New England Revolution 5. Toronto FC 6.Orlando City SC

Missing Philly, Montreal, and NYCFC.

Mo: 1. Toronto. 2. New York 3. Columbus 4. Montreal 5. DC United 6. NYCFC

Missing Philly. (I was the closest J)

Nathan: 1. Columbus 2. New York Red Bulls 3. New England Revolution 4. Montreal Impact 5. Toronto FC 6. New York City FC

Missing Philly and DC.

Scott: 1. Montreal 2. Toronto 3. New York Red Bulls 4. Columbus 5. D.C. United 6. New England

Missing Philly and NYCFC.

Taylor: 1. Toronto 2. NYRB 3. Columbus 4. New England 5. Montreal 6. DC

Missing Philly and NYCFC.

Ben: 1. Montreal, 2. Toronto, 3. Columbus, 4. Orlando City, 5. Red Bull New York , 6. New England

Missing Philly, DC, and NYCFC.

Edin: 1. NYRB, 2. Toronto, 3. New England, 4. Columbus, 5. Montreal, 6. NYCFC

Missing Philly and DC.

Drew: 1. New York 2. Columbus 3. Toronto 4. Montreal 5. DC United 6. Orlando City

Missing Philly and NYCFC.


5. Playoff predictions for the West

Phil: 1. FC Dallas 2. Portland Timbers 3. Seattle Sounders 4. LA Galaxy 5. Vancouver Whitecaps 6. San Jose Earthquakes

Missing Colorado, Real Salt Lake, and Sporting KC.

Jason: 1. Vancouver Whitecaps 2. LA Galaxy 3. FC Dallas 4. Seattle Sounders 5. Sporting Kansas City 6. Colorado Rapids

Missing Real Salt Lake (well done, Jason. 5/6)

Ryan: 1. FC Dallas 2. Portland Timbers 3. LA Galaxy 4. Real Salt Lake 5. Vancouver Whitecaps 6. Seattle Sounders

Missing Colorado and Sporting KC.

Mo: 1. Portland 2. FC Dallas 3. Seattle 4. Vancouver 5. LA Galaxy 6. Sporting KC

Missing Colorado and Real Salt Lake.

Nathan: 1. FC Dallas 2. Portland Timbers 3. Vancouver Rapids 4. LA Galaxy 5. Sporting Kansas City 6. Houston Dynamo (That's right - no Seattle!)

This genius did not call the MLS Cup Champions making the playoffs and put Houston in instead.

Missing Seattle and Real Salt Lake.

Scott: 1. FC Dallas 2. LA Galaxy 3. Portland Timbers 4. Seattle Sounders 5. Vancouver 6. Sporting KC

Missing Colorado and Real Salt Lake.

Taylor: 1. Dallas 2. LA 3. Portland 4. Vancouver 5. Seattle 6. KC

Missing Colorado and Real Salt Lake.

Ben: 1. FC Dallas, 2. LA Galaxy, 3. Seattle, 4. Portland 5. Vancouver 6. San Jose

Missing Colorado, Real Salt Lake, and Sporting KC.

Edin: 1. LA Galaxy, 2. Dallas, 3. Seattle, 4. Portland, 5. Vancouver, 6. RSL

Missing Colorado and Sporting KC.

Drew: 1. Portland 2. Dallas 3. LA 4. Vancouver 5. Seattle 6. Sporting KC

Missing Colorado and Real Salt Lake.


6. League MVP

Phil: Sebastian Giovinco. He's on another level.

Not even a finalist.

Jason: Clint Dempsey

Nope.

Ryan: Sebastian Giovinco

Robbed.

Mo: Michael Bradley will claim the honors

It was bold and it backfired.

Nathan: Didier Drogba

L.O.L

Scott: Sebastian Giovinco

Close but no cigar.

Taylor: Giovinco.

Sad!

Ben: Didier Drogba. He beats father time in his last season. Legend.

Hahaha.

Edin: Sebastian Giovinco

Should've been.

Drew: Sebastian Giovinco

We should be the people who vote, to be honest.


7. Golden Boot prediction

Phil: Robbie Keane. Keane is a safe bet for 20 goals.

Not even close, Phil.

Jason: Robbie Keane

Y'all were way wrong on this one.

Ryan: Sebastian Giovinco

3rd place. Not a bad guess.

Mo: …Clint Dempsey has more goals due to Obafemi leaving the fray in Seattle.

I see you judging me right now. He got injured, okay?

Nathan: Sebastian Giovinco

Scott: Didier Drogba

Y'all crack me up with your Drog love.

Taylor: Giovinco. Again, I don't see anyone reaching his tally.

Ben: Urruti. I told you I drank the Kool-Aid.

I hope you have recovered from all that sugar.

Edin: Sebastian Giovinco

Drew: Sebastian Giovinco


8. Supporter's Shield winner

Phil: Columbus Crew. It's not fair. They get to feast on the lowly Eastern Conference.

Lol, the conference feasted on them.

Jason: Toronto FC

Ryan: New York Red Bulls

Winner winner……not.

Mo: The Eastern Conference winner takes it again with Toronto FC claiming the Supporter's Shield.

Jason and I had higher hopes for Toronto.

Nathan: FC Dallas!!!!

Yes.

Scott: FC Dallas

Homer for the win!

Taylor: Dallas. It's happening.

Well done, Taylor!

Ben: The East won't be quite as cushy as it was last year, so FC Dallas brings it home this year.

Finally, a smart prediction out of you. :)

Edin: LA Galaxy

Drew: New York Red Bulls - freakin' East is still a bit too easy.

Thankfully, not.


9. MLS Cup winner

Phil: LA wins the cup.

Nah, they lost Nigel.

Jason: FC Dallas

Fake news.

Ryan: FC Dallas

Mo: This is our year barring any major injuries.

We had one in the last game of the season.

Nathan: With a hat trick by Tesho Akindele in the final against Toronto FC!!!!!

Toronto did make the final though.

Scott: LA Galaxy

Taylor: Dallas. It's all happening!

No treble, unfortunately.

Ben: FC Dallas for the treble. Castillo and Diaz get sold in the winter. What a year!

Nope, but we were almost there.

Edin: FC Dallas

Drew: Vancouver. MLS Cup goes Canadian as it stays in the Pacific Northwest for another year.

They didn't even make the playoffs, though it did stay in the Pacific Northwest.

STAY TUNED FOR THIS YEAR'S PREDICTIONS COMING SOON!