5 Bold Predictions for Sporting Kansas City’s 2014 MLS Season
5 Bold Predictions for Sporting Kansas City in 2014
We all witnessed the penalty shootout that made Sporting Kansas City MLS Cup champions. Frankly, after Graham Zusi rocketed his penalty off the crossbar, I seriously thought Real Salt Lake were going to win the match. Thankfully, that is not how it played out. Most MLS fans were starting to get annoyed with RSL and their continuous reign of terror over the past several seasons. SKC have finally arrived in MLS and are now one of the most dangerous and sought-after clubs in the country.
Having players like Matt Besler, Claudio Bieler, Benny Feilhaber and Paulo Nagamura helped make the team function as finely as it did in 2013. Once the boys of SKC held the MLS Cup trophy high, their legacy was forever established in MLS history.
One question that is already on the minds of most, if not all MLS fans, is “can SKC repeat as MLS Cup champions?” Well, that question will be answered later in the slideshow, so be sure to check it out. Having a squad as versatile and dangerous as Kansas City makes the team incredibly hard to gameplan against. Even with Kansas City losing starting goalie Jimmy Nielsen, SKC are still is as scary as ever.
Time will only truly tell if SKC ares truly capable of winning another MLS Cup title in 2014, but the possibility is certainly for them. The team certainly has come a long way from their Kansas City Wizards days. It is truly amazing to see just how far the organization as a whole has come since those days. Sporting KC are an incredible tribute to what a team can do in MLS if it has proper backing and is able to bring in the right staff and players. With as solid a foundation as SKC have now, it will be hard to see them falling back down to the lower league standings. Overall, SKC is primed for success in 2014 and will do everything in their power to make another run at a MLS Cup.
Here are my five bold predictions for SKC in the 2014 season.
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5. Chance Myers Will Earn a Best XI Award
When you play on the same back-line as USMNT defender Matt Besler and that other guy named Aurelien Collin, it is hard to earn a lot of recognition for your efforts. This will be the season that Myers finally earns the recognition he finally deserves, as he is will help keep SKC one of the top teams in the league. With the help of his teammates, Myers will make his presence known and he will finally earn the recognition he deserves.
4. Oriol Rosell Will Emerge As Consistent Threat In The Midfield
As someone who is not really known for scoring goals, Rosell is a familiar face in the SKC midfield. What will be different for him though is that in 2014, he will finally emerge as one of the elite midfielders in the league. With the pairing of him and Graham Zusi, opponents will have a difficult time getting through the middle of the SKC formation.
3. SKC Will Repeat As MLS Cup Champions
We all need to be honest with ourselves: Kansas City is just too good to not be considered for a repeat championship win. Besides losing goalie Jimmy Nielsen, there are no glaring issues with the team’s starting 11. With the addition of midfielder Sal Zizzo from the Portland Timbers and goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum from the Columbus Crew, SKC is sitting pretty as it will most definitely make another MLS Cup run.
2. Dom Dwyer Will Lead SKC In Scoring
Now that Dwyer has proven that he is capable of making big plays happen, he will settle in nicely and score numerous goals for the team in 2014. The attacking options for Kansas City are numerous, and having a young and talented player like Dwyer only makes the club better as a whole.
1. Graham Zusi Will Win The 2014 MVP Award
If there is one player most fans in MLS hate having their team face, it is Graham Zusi. With one MLS Cup already in his pocket, Zusi will do everything in his power to make sure SKC repeats, and he will score and assist on as many goals as needed to make sure that happens.