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Goal.com USA's editorial staff predicts who will win the 2012 MLS Cup as well as several award categories including MVP, Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Allen Ramsey (@AllenRamsey)-Chief Editor

2012 MLS Cup Winner: Sporting Kansas City
MVP: Thierry Henry-New York
Rookie of the Year: Darren Mattocks-Vancouver
Coach of the Year: Schellas Hyndman-Dallas
Most Improved Player of the Year: Juan Agudelo-New York
Golden Boot: Henry-New York
Goalkeeper of the Year: Nick Rimando-Salt Lake
Surprise Team: New England Revolution
Underachiever: Houston Dynamo
Player Likely to Head Abroad: Brek Shea-Dallas
 
Alex Labidou (@Sportslab)-Deputy Editor and Soccer Insider

2012 MLS Cup Winner:
Los Angeles Galaxy
MVP: Fredy Montero-Seattle
Rookie of the Year: Luis Silva-Toronto
Coach of the Year: Hans Backe-New York
Most Improved Player of the Year: Kenny Cooper-New York
Golden Boot: Kris Boyd-Portland
Goalkeeper of the Year: Joe Cannon-Vancouver
Surprise Team: Toronto FC
Underachiever: Chicago Fire
Player Likely to Head Abroad: George John-Dallas

Shane Evans (@Shanevans)-Senior Editor

2012 MLS Cup Winner: Los Angeles Galaxy
MVP: Landon Donovan-Los Angeles
Rookie of the Year: Kelyn Rowe-New England
Coach of the Year: Dominic Kinnear-Houston
Most Improved Player of the Year: Freddy Adu-Philadelphia
Golden Boot: Chris Wondolowski-San Jose
Goalkeeper of the Year: Sean Johnson-Chicago
Surprise Team: Vancouver Whitecaps
Underachiever: Seattle Sounders
Player Likely to Head Abroad: Fredy Montero-Seattle

Zac Rigg (@ZacRigg)-Senior Editor

2012 MLS Cup Winner: Sporting Kansas City
MVP: Osvaldo Alonso-Seattle
Rookie of the Year: Dom Dwyer-Kansas City
Coach of the Year: Peter Vermes-Kansas City
Most Improved Player of the Year: Darlington Nagbe-Portland
Golden Boot: Robbie Keane-Los Angeles
Goalkeeper of the Year: Tally Hall-Houston
Surprise Team: Toronto FC
Underachiever: New England Revolution
Player Likely to Head Abroad: George John-Dallas

Seth Vertelney (@SVertGoalcom)-Associate Editor

2012 MLS Cup Winner: Los Angeles Galaxy
MVP: Javier Morales-Salt Lake
Rookie of the Year: Luis Silva-Toronto
Coach of the Year: Jason Kreis-Salt Lake
Most Improved Player of the Year: Darlington Nagbe
Golden Boot: Thierry Henry-New York
Goalkeeper of the Year: Nick Rimando-Salt Lake
Surprise Team: Toronto FC
Underachiever: Vancouver Whitecaps
Player Likely to Head Abroad: Juan Agudelo-New York

Nicolas Rosano (@nicholasrosano)-Associate Editor

2012 MLS Cup Winner: Los Angeles Galaxy
MVP: Fredy Montero-Seattle
Rookie of the Year: Kelyn Rowe-New England
Coach of the Year: Peter Vermes-Kansas City
Most Improved Player of the Year: Bobby Convey-Kansas City
Golden Boot: Eric Hassli-Vancouver
Goalkeeper of the Year: Stefan Frei-Toronto FC
Surprise Team: San Jose Earthquakes
Underachiever: Philadelphia Union
Player Likely to Head Abroad: George John-Dallas

Predictions Breakdown:


  • Four of Goal.com USA's editors picked the Los Angeles Galaxy to win the 2012 MLS Cup. Two editors, Ramsey and Rigg, picked Sporting Kansas City to prevent a repeat.
  • Toronto FC appears to be a popular choice for surprise team of the season with three votes. Maybe the club will finally make the playoffs
  • Luis Silva and Kelyn Rowe split the lead for Rookie of the Year gaining two votes each.
  • While Brek Shea is the highest-profile player on the minds of scouts abroad, Goal.com USA's editors picked his teammate George John as the player most likely to leave. With one year remaining on his contract, he can sign a precontract during the summer.
  • The New England Revolution were picked as the MLS club most likely to struggle with two votes. With head coach Jay Heaps predicting a rebuilding year, the vote tally isn't surprising.


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