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Predicting Every MLS Team’s Final 2014 Record

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Predicting Every MLS Team's Final Record In 2014

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In 2013, the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City dazzled MLS fans by each winning 17 games on their way to Supporters Shield and MLS Cup championship respectively, thus proving that the Eastern Conference was once again a powerhouse to be reckoned with. Sporting KC went on to defeat Real Salt Lake in the cup finals after a wild and rousing penalty kick shootout.

The Western Conference was reigned by no team in particular from a points perspective. As the Portland Timbers (57) finished just one point ahead of RSL (56) in the final conference standings. Portland was the only team in the league to finish with only five losses during the season, a feat that is not easily obtainable. The Timbers also topped the league in matches tied with 15 and were second in the league for goals allowed with only 33, just behind SKC who had 30 on the season.

2013 saw some highs and some lows, especially from teams like DC United, Toronto FC and Chivas USA. These three teams combined won a total of 15 games on the year, thus proving just how unfortunate their seasons were. Ironically enough, these three teams have had the most action occur within their organizations in the 2014 offseason. DC and TFC both went out and broke the bank on new players from around the league and from Europe, while Chivas was officially bought by the league in the hopes of reselling and rebranding the team for the 2015 MLS season.

There will be several bubble teams to be on the lookout for in 2014 that surprised fans last season. Clubs like the Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and Chicago Fire will all be looking to pick up right where each one left off last season. Teams like the Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew will also look to make the needed changes to push for a postseason berth.

Figuring out just how each team will finish the season is hard to truly predict, but I'm going to give it my best shot. Here for you now are the predictions of what each team’s record will be at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

Baxter Colburn is an MLS writer for Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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Chicago Fire

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Barring a major contract negotiation setback, forward Mike Magee should be in the starting lineup for the Fire in 2014, which means many more goals to follow. Some of their challenges will come from facing teams like SKC, New England and New York, but if the team plays their cards right, a deep postseason run could be in their future.

Predicted Record: (16-9-9)

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Chivas USA

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Averaging under one goal a game in 2013, the “goats” will be looking for much greater things during their final season as Chivas USA. The team still does have several gaping holes throughout the lineup, but they will do better this season than last.

Predicted Record: (10-15-9)

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Colorado Rapids

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Led by the scoring ways of DeShorn Brown, the Rapids are poised to make another return to the MLS Cup playoffs in 2014. After an early playoff exit last season, the Rapids have put together a talented squad that can easily make it past the first round of the playoffs in 2014.

Predicted Record: (15-7-12)

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Columbus Crew

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There are two players who will control the very destiny that is the Columbus Crew’s 2014 season: Federico Higuain and Dominic Oduro. If the Crew can keep things together in the midfield, there is a slim chance the team may qualify for the playoffs.

Predicted Record: (9-16-9)

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DC United

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One of the many big spenders during the 2014 offseason, DC United have decided to put their foot down and stop losing games ... or at least try. It is very safe to say that DC will easily win more than three games this coming season, but only time will tell if the team has what it take to make the playoffs.

Predicted Record: (11-13-10)

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FC Dallas

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One of the least talked-about teams in the league, FC Dallas will be looking to turn some heads in 2014. However, the offensive production has not been the same over the past two or three seasons, and that will end-up being the demise of FCD in 2014.

Predicted Record: (10-18-6)

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Houston Dynamo

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Does anyone besides me remember the glory days of when Brian Ching played for the Houston Dynamo? They are one of the best teams that will come out of the Eastern Conference in 2014 and should be a team to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

Predicted Record: (13-10-11)

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Los Angeles Galaxy

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It is about time that the LA Galaxy made another deep run at the MLS Cup championship that eluded them in 2013. The Galaxy are going to be one incredibly hard team to beat in 2014, and it would not surprise many if the club is still playing games come late November and early December.

Predicted Record: (17-7-10)

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Montreal Impact

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The second-best team in Canada will not be seeing a return trip to the MLS Cup playoffs in 2014, and that is just a fact of life. The club is headed in the right direction, but will need to start dropping some serious cash or there will ever be talk about them competing for a MLS Cup.

Predicted Record: (7-17-10)

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New England Revolution

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The New England Revolution are the hottest team heading into the 2014 MLS season. This upcoming season is going to be incredibly exciting for coach Jay Heaps and the Revolution.

Predicted Record: (17-8-9)

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New York Red Bulls

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Thierry Henry is planning on staying at least one more season, so why not give him the MLS Cup trophy that continues to allude him? The Red Bulls know how to score goals in bunches and that is exactly their goal in 2014.

Predicted Record: (20-8-6)

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Philadelphia Union

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The Union will look to make that crucial break through into the 2014 MLS playoffs, but does the team have what it takes?

Predicted Record: (13-14-7)

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Portland Timbers

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The team with the fewest losses and most ties in 2013, will be looking to build off their momentum. Portland is full of attacking options both in the midfield and forward positions. It will be hard-pressed to find a better team in MLS during the 2014 season.

Predicted Record: (20-6-8)

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Real Salt Lake

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The team with the shortest memory heading in the 2014 is by far Real Salt Lake. This team is going to show no mercy as the quest for MLS Cup redemption begins Week 1 against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Predicted Record: (13-13-8)

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San Jose Earthquakes

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Is the magic of Chris Wondolowski enough to finally bring the San Jose Earthquakes back to their former glory? San Jose has the right players, but lacks several high-profile players that will help led the team on a deep playoff run.

Predicted Record: (12-15-7)

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Seattle Sounders

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With players like Brad Evans, Lamar Neagle, Kenny Cooper and Obafemi Martins all around him, Dempsey should have no problems getting back into a consistent scoring roll for a club that is desperate for a MLS Cup title.

Predicted Record: (15-9-10)

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Sporting Kansas City

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SKC is an early favorite to repeat as MLS Cup champions. It will be interesting to see just how well the team plays with Andy Gruenebaum in goal after Jimmy Nielsen retired at the end of last season.

Predicted Record: (18-7-9)

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Toronto FC

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This team is going to make massive waves in 2014, and it will because their new additions will all step up and have incredible seasons.

Predicted Record: (15-10-7)

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Vancouver Whitecaps

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Without the presence of their prolific goal-scorer, Camillo Sanvezzo, the Vancouver Whitecaps are going to have a tremendously hard time getting any sort of real momentum in 2014.

Predicted Record: (8-17-9)