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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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