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2009 MLS Season Preview: Prediction Edition

I am not a fortune-teller, I lack psychic powers, and I am definitely no prophet, so take these predictions with a grain of salt. I have consulted the league rosters (not tarot cards or the stars) to come up with a slew of predictions for the 2009 MLS Season. Here they are. If they do all somehow turn out to be right, it will be luck, so please do not burn me at the stake.

Regular Season Standings:


  1. Columbus
  2. Chicago
  3. New York
  4. Kansas City
  5. New England
  6. Toronto
  7. D.C.


  1. Houston
  2. Salt Lake
  3. Chivas USA
  4. Dallas
  5. L.A.
  6. San Jose
  7. Colorado
  8. Seattle

Supporters Shield: Columbus (again)

MLS Cup: Chicago

Individual Awards:

MVP: Guillermo Barros Schelotto (again)

Golden Boot: Juan Pablo Angel

Defender of the Year: Jimmy Conrad

Goalkeeper of the Year: Pat Onstad

Coach of the Year: Jason Kreis

Comeback Player of the Year: Taylor Twellman

Rookie of the Year: Steve Zakuani

(Fictional) Bust of the Year: Freddie Ljungberg, the “Swedish Becks”

2009 MLS Best XI:

Goalie: Pat Onstad

Defense: Chad Marshall, Jimmy Conrad, Drew Moor

Midfield: Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Sacha Kljestan, Javier Morales, Steve Ralston, Cuauhtemoc Blanco

Forward: Landon Donovan, Juan Pablo Angel

So, that’s it folks, those are my ultimately useless predictions for the 2009 MLS season. Will any of them be correct? Well, maybe one or two. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then, right? My 2009 MLS Season Preview Series is now complete. Please keep coming back to STO throughout the season for the best MLS news, commentary and analysis on the vast ocean of interwebs.