MLS Jumble: Cup Winners and Surprises

2010: Who's Hoisting?

(Your MLS Jumble participants)

Let’s get cracking….

Okay guys, lobbing a softball here to start:

Who’s your 2010 MLS Cup favorite? Who’s your MLS sleeper team?

Chris, Dynamo Fan: My MLS Cup pick this season is Seattle. They return all their critical pieces, have a fantastic home field advantage, and are very well coached. If Ljungberg can stay healthy and Steve Zakuani continues to mature as a player I think they’re the team to beat.

My dark horse is the Dynamo, Dom Kinnear is the best coach in the league and I think Houston could contend again this year, all depends if Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, and others can fill the void left by Holden and Clark and if they can find/add another scoring threat to complement Brian Ching.

Everyone's favorite?

Charles, MetroStars: My pick for MLS Cup are the Seattle Sounders. Kasey Keller, Freddy Ljungberg and a cast of resolute role-players seem ready to add to their shiny new US Open Cup. They have a fine coach in Sigi Schmid. When all in Qwest Field sing the folk song “Seattle” your hair will stand on end. Welcome MLS challengers…welcome to Seattle.

Philadelphia for a sleeper splash. No one knows them…it worked for Chicago in 1998.

Connor, Ninety-Plus: MLS Cup Favorite…. Seattle Sounders FC.  The Sounders not only made themselves stronger by signing Blaise N’Kufo, but retained the services of Freddy Montero,  Jhon Hurtado, Kasey Keller, and Fred Ljungberg.  Coupled with their ferocious home crowd, I expect the Sounders to add to their trophy case in November.

MLS Sleeper Team: New York Red Bulls.  Yes, the worst team in the league last season could very well come out and be a contender in the East.  They picked up a lot of key role players to support Juan Pablo Angel, and their undefeated preseason and convincing win over Brazilian club Santos is hard to ignore.

Joe, Miami Monsters: Columbus Crew– 2 Shield Trophies in a row, leading scorer, strong overall team…whats not to like!!

Sleeper team: Can’t consider the Galaxy since they made the final so I will say the Revolution. Made every playoff since 2002 and if healthy they have some serious game .

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kevin U. on 2010/03/30 at 12:56 AM

    Don’t sleep on Chicago Fire with de los cobos as the new skipper and the always steady Mcbride and Collins John and Nyarko attacking up top, also i think this dykstra could be the real deal in the net with a pretty decent Defense I believe they are better without blanco and play more fluidly


    • Posted by cesar on 2010/03/30 at 11:46 AM

      true, but even as a fellow fire fan, you have to admit that the midfield is a bit anemic, it’s not like Mapp, Pause or Lowry are really blowing anyone away… and what about left-back? Banner certainly isn’t the answer there, and CdlC doesn’t seem very impressed with Król there.


      • Posted by Kevin U. on 2010/03/30 at 4:00 PM

        ya after watching them play against NYRB i wasnt impressed with the midfield at all but I think thorrington is a pretty good player and they should put pappa in the middle Banner was very sketchy at LB so idk I guess I’m just hoping they can pull it together this year..the semifinal with Real broke my heart last year


  2. So much for controversy:-)

    I like NYRB as a sleeper pick (and they’re one I thought of too), they’ve done some interesting things in the offseason and looked very good in their first match. I’m not sold on Chicago as a real contender at this point, getting rid of Conway seems like a bit of a haphazard move and I’ll have to see some evidence before being convinced that Dykstra is ready to step into those large boots.


    • Posted by cesar on 2010/03/30 at 11:51 AM

      Conway? You must mean Jon Busch.:)

      Buschie’s actually been picked up by the Earthquakes now. Which makes for an interesting reunion when they come to Toyota Park on the 10th. I’m sure San Jose fans will love him.


      • Sorry, too many keepers bouncing around the last few weeks:-) But yeah, he’s one if the better shot stoppers in the league and seems like a big risk to go with a totally unproven keeper. We’ll see if it pays off.


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  4. Posted by Joe on 2010/03/30 at 12:43 PM

    I like the NY red bulls as a sleeper after watching them this week. They look pretty entertaining especially in that new stadium. Maybe Kandji will surprise everyone and make it to the US squad someday…since thats the only team he wants to play for.


  5. In response to the picture’s caption, Toronto will be hosting this year’s MLS Cup which should provide a hell of an atmosphere. They seem to be in a bit of a “anything you can do, I can do better” off the field rivalry with Seattle.

    As for my limited knowledge of MLS picks, I would say Chicago is the dark horse since they’ve changed coaches, and lost a creative midfield influence, and their #1. If Collins John can fulfill some of his potential with his old strike partner and Nyarko continues to mature, they could have a terrorizing front line. The problem will be whether or not anyone can get them the ball…


  6. Posted by Kevin on 2010/03/31 at 4:29 PM

    What’s with everyone choosing Seattle as the MLS Cup winner? They’re not that good. Of course my view might be a little biased since I hate Seattle, but still. Up untill the first Seattle goal in first kick, they were being outplayed by Philidelphia.


    • Posted by KL on 2010/03/31 at 4:41 PM

      First of all, I will predicate my response by saying I am a Sounders supporter. Not a fan, per se, but a supporter.

      I think the big deal is the fact that they did extremely well last year and haven’t lost anything really. All of the major pieces are back. They possess the best 12th man in the country. And, they’re quicker than nearly anybody as a team. The thing for me is they don’t play typical MLS football in that they don’t use the long ball every 25s. They play on the ground which unlocks defenses and springs Montero. You have to admit, the guy is sick. Goes down easy, but stupid good.


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