Thursday, March 1, 2012

MLS Eastern Conf. Picks: The Guardian

Guardian readers are "Bikram-practicing middle-class liberals preoccupied with ending all wars and rolling their own cigarettes". At least, that is who they are according to today's New York Times.

The Guardian's Eastern Conference Preview. LINK.

1st: Sporting KC
2nd: Houston Dynamo
3rd: New York Red Bulls
4th: Chicago Fire
5th: Philadelphia Union
6th: Columbus Crew

This year, new signing Olman Vargas will carry the frontline hopes for the team (it may be a season early for homegrown prodigy Ben Speas...). Of the new faces beside him, veteran defender Carlos Mendes might be what Ron Atkinson would call "lightning slow", but is strong and reads the game well and was a good value squad pick-up to add to the defensive rotation. Really though, the Crew need a spark - a lot of eyes are on Milovan Mirosevic as a playmaker who might provide it. It may take a season to work.

7th: DC United
8th: Toronto FC
9th: Montréal Impact
10th: New England Revolution

The above vision has been foretold by artist/writer/overall/cool/dude Graham Parker.

I'll try keep track of these preseason predictions. I'll have mine up next week sometime.

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