Unitedmania’s brainstaff take a stab at how the 2009 MLS season will play out in the West. First a few notes about each team, then our picks as well as a few choice comments and analysis afterward.
Key Moves in Western Conference:
Additions – Michael LaHoud, Ante Jazic
Losses – Claudio Suarez, Mendoza, Zotinca
Additions – Ivan Guerrero, Ty Harden
Losses – Christian Gomez, Mike Petke
Additions – Dave van den Bergh, Peri Marosevic
Losses – Adrian Serioux, Dominic Oduro
Additions – Felix Garcia, Julius James
Losses – Dewayne DeRosario, Nate Jaqua, Patrick Ianni
Los Angeles Galaxy:
Additions – Dema Kovalenko, Todd Dunivant, Jovan Kirovski, Donovan Ricketts, Stefani Miglioranzi, Mike Magee, Omar Gonzalez, AJ Delagarza,
Losses – David Beckham (for 17 games at least), Greg Vanney, Alvaro Pires, Peter Vagenas, Josh Wicks
Real Salt Lake:
Additions – Rafael Cox
Losses – Dema Kovalenko, Fabian Espindola,
Additions – Bobby Convey, Cam Weaver, Pablo Campos, Quincy Amarikwa, Simon Elliott, Chris Leitch, Andrew Weber
Losses – Ronnie O’Brien, Scott Sealy, Francisco Lima, Ned Grabavoy, James Riley
Additions – Everybody!
Losses – None
Western Conference Picks:
|1||Chivas USA||Houston||Chivas USA||Chivas USA|
|2||Real Salt Lake||Real Salt Lake||Houston||Real Salt Lake|
|3||San Jose||FC Dallas||LA Galaxy||San Jose|
|4||Houston||LA Galaxy||Seattle FC||Seattle FC|
|5||Colorado||Chivas USA||Real Salt Lake||Houston|
|6||LA Galaxy||Seattle FC||FC Dallas||LA Galaxy|
|7||FC Dallas||San Jose||Colorado||FC Dallas|
|8||Seattle FC||Colorado||San Jose||Colorado|
A pretty wide range of standings in the Western picks. The only team we all picked for the top four was Houston, but while Chris thinks they can hang on one more year, I have them all the way down to fourth. Also, Chris and I think RSL is in for a good year, but martin has them out of the playoffs. Each of us has an outsider that no one else picked in the top four as well. I have San Jose in the playoff realm, while Chris has Dallas, and Martin has Seattle.
As for the bottom half of the Western table, it’s just as divergent. As mentioned, I have San Jose in third, but both Chris and Martin have them in the relegation zone. Dallas has a range from third to seventh. The Galaxy from third to sixth. Colorado is the only team we all agreed would be in the bottom half, but even then, I have them fifth, while Chris and Martin have them seventh and eighth.
Looks like another year of the wild West.