Revisiting MLS 2019 season predictions – which pundit did the best? Revisiting MLS 2019 season predictions – which pundit did the best?
Predicting pretty much anything is a tall task, much less a whole sports season like the 2019 MLS regular season. That said, predictions are... Revisiting MLS 2019 season predictions – which pundit did the best?

Revisiting MLS 2019 season predictions - which pundit did the best?

Predicting pretty much anything is a tall task, much less a whole sports season like the 2019 MLS regular season.

That said, predictions are fun and so is looking back at the results. Several MLSsoccer.com pundits predicted the full standings for the 2019 season that’s now in the books, and here’s how they shook out.

Preseason predictions in Eastern Conference

 
Baer
Carr
Davies
Doyle
Warshaw
Wiebe
Actual

NYCFC
7th
6th
7th
8th
8th
5th
1st

Atlanta United
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
1st
1st
2nd

Philadelphia Union
4th
3rd
3rd
5th
4th
7th
3rd

Toronto FC
6th
8th
5th
9th
6th
9th
4th

D.C. United
5th
4th
4th
3rd
2nd
3rd
5th

New York Red Bulls
3rd
1st
2nd
1st
3rd
2nd
6th

New England Revolution
11th
11th
6th
10th
12th
10th
7th

Chicago Fire
8th
10th
11th
6th
5th
8th
8th

Montreal Impact
10th
9th
10th
4th
9th
4th
9th

Columbus Crew SC
2nd
5th
8th
7th
7th
6th
10th

Orlando City SC
9th
12th
9th
12th
11th
11th
11th

FC Cincinnati
12th
7th
12th
11th
10th
12th
12th

Preseason predictions in Western Conference

 
Baer
Carr
Davies
Doyle
Warshaw
Wiebe
Actual

LAFC
3rd
2nd
3rd
1st
2nd
3rd
1st

Seattle Sounders
1st
4th
1st
3rd
5th
2nd
2nd

Real Salt Lake
6th
9th
5th
6th
8th
6th
3rd

Minnesota United
7th
7th
8th
10th
6th
9th
4th

LA Galaxy
2nd
3rd
6th
2nd
4th
4th
5th

Portland Timbers
5th
1st
7th
7th
9th
5th
6th

FC Dallas
10th
8th
9th
5th
3rd
8th
7th

San Jose Earthquakes
11th
12th
12th
11th
10th
12th
8th

Colorado Rapids
9th
10th
4th
12th
7th
10th
9th

Houston Dynamo
8th
6th
11th
8th
11th
7th
10th

Sporting KC
4th
5th
2nd
4th
1st
1st
11th

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
12th
11th
10th
9th
12th
11th
12th

How did the pundits do? Steve Fenn, a data visualization expert and FC Dallas fan, made a handy table on Twitter comparing the preseason predictions with the results from the season to see who was most accurate across a panel of national experts from multiple outlets. The big winners? MLSsoccer.com’s Ben Baer and Charlie Davies tied for most accurate in that group.

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