As you already know my team didn’t make the playoffs this year. It was unfortunate to not be part of the playoffs after making it last year. All in all, our team not only learned a lot but also grew as well from the ups and downs during this rollercoaster season.
I’m confident the players and coaching staff will work as hard as we can to get back to the playoff picture next season. As a matter of fact, I’m already counting down the days until preseason. The Sons of Ben deserve to be cheering in November.
With the playoff teams set, I figure I should use this time to pick who I think will win the MLS Cup. Let me start by saying my judgment might be a little biased based on the fact that I’m refusing to pick D.C. United or New York because of rivalry reasons. Sorry, not sorry.
In all seriousness though, congrats to all the teams that made the playoffs. Each team showed tremendous fortitude and will to grind results and stay consistent throughout such a long season.
The playoffs are now in the conference semifinals after the wildcard games have been decided. Right now you have San Jose against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake, D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls, and Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo. I’m not going to lie; I’m excited about all these matchups. Each series has either a rivalry feel or backstory behind it.
For example, San Jose and the Galaxy is an intense rivalry for California supremacy. They are the past two Supporters Shield winners and some of their players have played for the opposing team. I also like the Kansas City vs. Houston matchup because of what happened last year. Houston is just a strong playoff team; there is no other way to put it. Coach Dominic Kinnear knows how to get his team ready but Kansas City should be more prepared this year after the fabulous year they had.
However, my pick to win the MLS cup this year is the Seattle Sounders. I think they finally made the right adjustments to get over the hump and win the championship. Coach Sigi Schmid has the team playing wonderful soccer and I believe their experience from past failure in the playoffs and this year’s U.S. Open Cup will help them overcome adversity this go around.
With their stingy defense and lethal combo up top between Freddy Montero and Eddie Johnson they can finally win. They have a tough road to get through but I believe they will find New York in the final. Seattle will host the final, which will be a great advantage, and they will not only capture their first MLS cup but also add another year to the New York no cup drought – going on 17 years now.
Sorry to the fans of the teams that I did not pick winning the cup. There is only one winner though and I can’t please everyone. Regardless, the playoffs should be a fun watch so make sure to tune in. Hopefully this time next season I’ll be able to submit my own team for winning the MLS cup. Until then enjoy and I hope you liked my blog.