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PST writers predict the 2014 Major League Soccer standings, do you agree?


On the eve of the Major League Soccer season, we’ve been having a little fun over at ProSoccerTalk.

Amongst the plethora of top quality of season previews we’ve been churning out — you can find them all here at PST Preview central — we took some time to predict how the MLS standings will look after the final games of the regular season have been played.

The magic eight ball was working overtime as we discussed our picks. If only I could find that crystal ball…

The predictions from our six writers varied, but Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers are the clear favorites with our guys, while it’s not looking great for the likes of Chivas USA and D.C. United once again. Also, we think Toronto FC will use their new superstar signings, Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe, to surge up the standings and finally make the playoffs.

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Below you can see who we think will win the league, who will qualify for the MLS postseason and who will win MLS Cup and be crowned 2014 champions. Bonus: Click on the teams and it will take you to their season preview.


MLS Cup Winners, 2014

JPW: New York Red Bulls
Richard Farley: Real Salt Lake
Mike Prindiville: New York Red Bulls
Kyle Bonn: Portland Timbers
Kirsten Schlewitz: Portland Timbers
Nick Mendola: Toronto FC

Feel free to let us know your final MLS standings in the comments below. Anyway, here’s our predictions:

ProSoccerTalk’s 2014 MLS Prediction

JPW Nick Mendola Richard Farley Mike Prindiville Kyle Bonn Kirsten Schlewitz
1. New York 1. New York 1. Sporting 1. New York 1. Sporting 1. Sporting
2. Toronto 2. Toronto 2. New York 2. Toronto 2. New York 2. New York
3. Sporting 3. Houston 3. Houston 3. Sporting 3. Toronto 3. New England
4. New England 4. Philly 4. Toronto 4. New England 4. Chicago 4. Houston
5. Houston 5. Sporting 5. New England 5. Philly 5. Houston 5. Philly
6. Columbus 6. New England 6. Philly 6. Montreal 6. New England 6. Toronto
7. Chicago 7. Chicago 7. Columbus 7. Houston 7. Columbus 7. Columbus
8. Montreal 8. Montreal 8. Chicago 8. Chicago 8. D.C. United 8. Montreal
9. D.C. United 9. D.C. United 9. Montreal 9. D.C. United 9. Montreal 9. Chicago
10. Philly 10. Columbus 10. D.C. United 10. Columbus 10. Philly 10. D.C. United
1. LA Galaxy
1. RSL
1. Portland
1. Seattle
1. Portland 1. Portland
2. Seattle
2. LA Galaxy 2. RSL
2. LA Galaxy
2. RSL 2. RSL
3. Portland
3. Seattle
3. LA Galaxy
3. Portland
3. LA Galaxy 3. San Jose
4. San Jose
4. San Jose
4. Vancouver
4. Vancouver
4. Seattle 4. LA Galaxy
5. RSL
5. Vancouver
5. Seattle
5. RSL
5. San Jose 5. Seattle
6. Vancouver 6. Portland 6. San Jose 6. San Jose 6. Vancouver 6. Vancouver
7. FC Dallas 7. FC Dallas 7. Colorado 7. Colorado 7. FC Dallas 7. Colorado
8. Chivas USA 8. Colorado 8. FC Dallas 8. FC Dallas 8. Colorado 8. FC Dallas
9. Colorado 9. Chivas USA 9. Chivas USA 9. Chivas USA 9. Chivas USA 9. Chivas USA

Premier League roundup: Wins for Chelsea, Liverpool; Draws for six others

HULL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KCOM Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The European tournament week left us with just five Premier League clubs in action on Saturday, but we still saw some sensational goals and stunning saves.

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For the most part, we saw expected results aside from West Ham’s failure to capitalize against visiting Middlesbrough.

Here, recapped, is our Saturday in England’s top flight.

Swansea City 1-2 LiverpoolRECAP

James Milner converted his fourth penalty kick of the season to complete Liverpool’s road comeback over Swansea City, casting further doubt on Francesco Guidolin‘s time as Swans boss. Roberto Firmino equalized off a Philippe Coutinho free kick after Leroy Fer gave the hosts an early lead.

West Ham United 1-1 MiddlesbroughRECAP

West Ham will be happy to have “stopped the rot” and not lost a fifth-straight game, but it took some “pure magic” from Dimitri Payet to avoid another loss at the Olympic Stadium. Cristhian Stuani netted early to give Boro a road lead, but Payet dribbled through the 18 before cutting the ball across his body and past Victor Valdes.

Hull City 0-2 Chelsea — RECAP

The Blues ended their three-match winless skid in style, working very good possession and build-up before breaking through after the hour mark with Willian and then Diego Costa. Chelsea now starts a brutal five match run which includes Premier League matches against Leicester, Manchester United, Southampton, and Everton.

Sunderland 1-1 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

Nacer Chadli has proven a good buy for the Baggies so far, as the ex-Spurs man scored again, but Patrick Van Aanholt continued his knack for big goals by pulling back a point for the woeful host Black Cats.

Watford 2-2 BournemouthRECAP

The Cherries had a pair of leads thanks to Callum Wilson and Josh King, and Jack Wilshere hit the post twice in a game the visitors could have and maybe should have claimed. But Troy Deeney and exciting sub Isaac Success nabbed goals for the Hornets as the two sides split the points.

VIDEO: Former players, journalists reflect on Wenger’s 20 years at Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is celebrating his 20th year in charge of the storied Premier League club, and the accomplishment bears discussing.

In an age of managerial turnover, the Frenchman has maintained a consistent hold of the Gunners, and is widely viewed as a wonderful company man.

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In the above video, several former Gunners join media members to discuss the genius that is Wenger.


Conte revels in Chelsea intensity in controlling win at Hull City

HULL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KCOM Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The intensity from Chelsea’s players in their 2-0 victory at Hull City was a sight for Antonio Conte‘s sore eyes.

Actually, that might be understating it.

“I like it when the team plays in this way,” Conte said after the win. “I like it so much.”

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The Blues controlled the match at the KC Stadium long before Willian and Diego Costa hit bullets past a helpless David Marshall to seal Chelsea’s 11th, 12th, and 13th points of the young Premier League season.

Conte loved the industry from his club in breaking a three-match losing streak.

From the BBC:

“We are working very hard and I am sure we can improve a lot if we continue to work in this way. I am pleased for all the players because in these situations because we have a clean sheet. In previous games we conceded too many goals. To finish with a clean sheet is very important. We also scored two and the performance is good. We must follow this with work, work, work!”

“We can improve and we must improve a lot and continue to work. After these two defeats it’s not easy to work because two defeats for Chelsea are heavy defeats. But this was a good answer.”

Yeah… he’s pretty intense. Is anyone going to take his “work, work, work” soundbite and work it into a Rihanna remix?

The Blues will need to work, as the schedule starts a brutal run after the international break: home to Leicester City and Manchester United, away to West Ham in the EFL Cup, and then on the road to Saints and home for Everton.

Adrian, Bilic praise Messi-like equalizer from “pure magic” Payet

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet, left, and Middlesbrough’s Marten de Roon challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Middlesbrough at The London Stadium  in London, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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To hear West Ham goalkeeper Adrian describe it, the Irons should start streaming their training sessions so we can see more magic from Dimitri Payet.

West Ham’s talisman rescued a point for his struggling club when he essentially worked six Middlesbrough players and delivered a terrific finish in a 1-1 draw at Olympic Stadium in London.

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Adrian says they see that a lot.

“Payet is like that in training,” the goalkeeper said. “He scored like a Lionel Messi goal at Barcelona. It is a massive goal to us.”

[ MORE: West Ham 1-1 Middlesbrough ]

The goal truly was massive, as the Irons avoided losing five in-a-row. They are still in the relegation zone, but baby steps.

Here’s WHUFC head coach Slaven Bilic:

“It was an unbelievable goal, it was a pure magic. It was only a shame it wasn’t a winning goal. We needed that moment of class from our best player to lift the whole team up.”