Will a revamped Atlanta United repeat as MLS Cup champions or will the New York Red Bulls finally break their MLS Cup curse?
That's the question entering the 2019 MLS campaign, which kicks off Saturday with last year's top two teams taking the field in the midst of their Concacaf Champions League campaigns. Another MLS team in Concacaf Champions League is a popular pick to reach the MLS Cup final in Sporting Kansas City, which is seen as the favorite to represent the Western Conference when the dust settles.
There are very few consensus selections, with only one unanimous pick among Goal staffers, Atlanta United's Gonzalo 'Pity' Martinez is the unanimous choice to be the best newcomer in MLS in 2019, which shouldn't come as a surprise given how good he was for River Plate.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Josef Martinez are neck and neck in the conversation for most likely MVP pick, with LAFC's Carlos Vela also generating consideration. All three were finalists in 2018, with Martinez taking the prize.
Here is a look at all of the 2019 MLS predictions by the Goal editorial staff: