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Angels on Parade predicts 2019 MLS regular season standings

Who is going finish where this season? Your favorite Angels on Parade writers put on their prediction hats.

MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-Columbus Crew SC at New York Red Bulls Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The regular season is almost here again! No more closed door preseason games or speculation on which players are going start on opening day, we get to see for ourselves in less than a week’s time.

For Los Angeles Football Club, the boys will be back at the Banc on Sunday to kick off the season in earnest. LAFC’s roster has not changed a whole lot since the end of last year, and they are hoping a few minor tweaks will lead to a similarly good finish in the standings, and a few trophies along the way this time.

There has been a lot of movement and turnover in the league overall however, both with players and managers. So how are things going to play out this year? We at Angels on Parade tried to predict who finish in what spots in each conference.

Patrick Stoll

East:

1 Atlanta United

2 Columbus Crew

3 New York Red Bulls

4 D.C. United

5 Philadelphia Union

6 Toronto FC

7 New England Revolution

8 NYCFC

9 Montreal Impact

10 FC Cincinnati

11 Chicago Fire

12 Orlando City

West:

1 SKC (Shield)

2 LAFC

3 Portland Timbers

4 Real Salt Lake

5 Seattle Sounders

6 LA Galaxy

7 Minnesota United

8 FC Dallas

9 Colorado Rapids

10 Vancouver Whitecaps

11 Houston Dynamo

12 San Jose Earthquakes

Patrick was also brave enough to pick his MLS cup winner, picking Sporting Kansas City to triumph over Columbus Crew in the final. (Alicia and I were not brave enough to pick a MLS Cup winner now, feel free to shame us accordingly)

Alicia Rodriguez

East:

1. New York Red Bulls

2. Atlanta United

3. D.C. United

4. Toronto FC

5. Columbus Crew SC

6. Philadelphia Union

7. NYCFC

8. Montreal Impact

9. Orlando City

10. Chicago Fire

11. New England Revolution

12. FC Cincinnati

West:

1. Sporting Kansas City

2. LAFC

3. Seattle Sounders

4. LA Galaxy

5. Portland Timbers

6. Houston Dynamo

7. Minnesota United

8. San Jose Earthquakes

9. FC Dallas

10. Vancouver Whitecaps

11. Colorado Rapids

12. Real Salt Lake

Alicia also has Sporting KC winning the Supporters’ Shield.

Ryan Goodwin

East:

1. Atlanta United

2. D.C. United

3. New York Red Bulls

4. Columbus Crew

5. NYCFC

6. Philadelphia Union

7. Montreal Impact

8. Orlando City

9. Toronto FC

10. Chicago Fire

11. New England Revolution

12. FC Cincinnati

West:

1. Sporting Kansas City

2. LAFC

3. Seattle Sounders

4. Portland Timbers

5. LA Galaxy

6. Minnesota United

7. Real Salt Lake

8. Colorado Rapids

9. San Jose Earthquakes

10. Houston Dynamo

11. FC Dallas

12. Vancouver Whitecaps

I have Atlanta United winning the Shield this year.

So, how close to reality will our predictions be? And will all of our predictions turn out to be wrong? Probably! But that’s what’s fun about it. Let us know where you think LAFC and the rest of the league will finish this year.