MLS Playoff Predictions In Review

Now that #DecisionDay has come and gone, we look back on our pre-season playoff predictions and whether our picks had a penchant towards perfection. (Ok, enough with the alliteration.)

So, how did we do? In the Eastern Conference, we successfully predicted 3 of 6 playoff teams. Who knew Chicago and Orlando City would be historically bad? In the Western Conference, Nick picked 5/6 teams, while Mike picked 4/6. Nick got the wrong LA team, and Mike put his faith in Vancouver. (Serves him right as a TFC fan.) Our picks are in the table below.

Additionally, Nick and Mike both incorrectly picked Sporting Kansas City to win the Supporters’ Shield. The theory was the Eastern Conference would beat up on itself while SKC cruised through the West. As it turned out, Atlanta United and the New York Red Bulls dominated the East, while the top teams in the West experienced hot-and-cold streaks during the season. Regardless, congrats to the Red Bulls on the Shield and setting a new MLS points record.

How were your predictions? Is your team in our out? What playoff match-up are you most excited for? The MLS just released the bracket, and there are several story-lines that we’ll be following and discussing in the weeks to come. Be sure to follow us on twitter @SOPSoccer and subscribe to the podcast (via the links on the right) to keep up with all the latest from Sons of a Pitch.

Eastern Conference

  Predictions Final
1 Toronto FC Red Bulls
2 NYCFC Atlanta United
3 Atlanta United NYCFC
4 Chicago D.C.
5 Orlando City Columbus
6 Red Bulls (Nick) / Union (Mike) Union

Western Conference

  Predictions Final
1 Sporting KC Sporting KC
2 Seattle Seattle
3 Real Salt Lake LAFC
4 Portland FC Dallas
5 Dallas (Nick) / Vancouver (Mike) Portland
6 LA Galaxy Real Salt Lake