MLS 2020 Season Predictions
With the 25th MLS season kicking off, I’ve decide to make a few predictions ahead of what should be an exciting 2020 season.
Top Newcomer: Rodolfo Pizarro (IM)
Without doubt most of the preseason hype belongs to Javier Hernandez when looking at newcomers, but if I’m honest, I don’t expect too much production from the veteran. Pizarro, though not known for his goal scoring, is experienced and has his best year ahead of him. I expect Inter Miami to actually outperform expectations, and do it leaning on their new star.
Rookie of the Year: Patrick Seagrist (RBNY)
The first round pick from Marquette will have his opportunity to start right of the bat for the Red Bulls in the spot Kemar Lawrence has vacated. Strong CBs for the Red Bulls will allow him to get forward, and I expect this young player to develop into a star in Harrison quickly.
Defender of the Year: Aaron Long (RBNY)
I’ve long thought of Long as the best defender in the MLS, and I expect him to be just that this year.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Stefan Frei (SEA)
The 33-year-old has long been among the league’s best keepers, and has yet to be awarded the accolade. He deserves it, so this is simply wishful thinking.
Golden Boot: Carlos Vela (LAFC)
I expect a two headed race between him and Josef Martinez, but I expect Vela to repeat as the leagues top scorers. He has already started the excitement, leading LAFC to a comeback victory in the CONCACAF Champions League, reminding us all how he slotting over 30 last year. He’s a star on one of the league’s most exciting teams, and I expect to see him celebrating goals early, and often.
MLS Most Valuable Player: Carlos Vela (LAFC)
MLS Champions: New York City FC
The addition of Ronny Deila as a manager is one I love and, after a great season on 2019, NYCFC are returning most of their starters. Stacked with talent and experience, I expect dominance in the Eastern Conference, a run at the supporter shield, and the MLS Cup heading to the Big Apple.