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Philadelphia 2020 Fantasy Preview

Philadelphia Union had its best season in its history in 2019 capped by its first ever playoff win.  Lacking big names, and less flashy than teams most in MLS, the budget-minded Union take more of a Moneyball approach, plucking unknowns from obscurity and seeking diamonds in the rough.  While a seemingly known commodity of Marco Fabian did not succeed for …

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2020 Round 1 Predictions and Power Rankings

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The following predictions are based on the ELO ranking system. This system was first used in chess to calculate the skill level of players and predict the most likely winner. It’s a good system, but soccer is not chess because soccer can end in a draw. Fortunately chess also allows for a draw and the ELO system is setup to …

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FC Cincinnati 2020 Fantasy Preview

2019 was the year that FC Cincinnati joined MLS, and that is the most positive thing I can say to sum up the season. That’s a slight exaggeration, but only slight because the Orange and Blue were literally setup to fail from day one. They traded away GAM and TAM instead of using it strategically for salaries, expansion draft picks …

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Orlando 2020 Fantasy Preview

Another year, another season without playoffs for Orlando City SC. After spending most of the season in the race, the last 8 games saw a winless run that not only ended Orlando’s playoff hopes, but also the tenure of manager James O’Connor. The only positives that could really be taken from 2019 for Orlando were Nani having a spectacular season …

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New York Red Bulls 2020 Fantasy Preview

The 2019 New York Red Bulls season opened with a CCL berth and sky-high expectations. Unfortunately, despite making their 10th straight playoff appearance, their season was viewed as disappointing for many pundits. The hole that homegrown wunderkind Tyler Adams left following his departure to RB Leipzig was readily apparent: the club exited both the CCL and US Open Cup tournaments …

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LA Galaxy 2020 Fantasy Preview

The LA Galaxy entered the off-season with major questions that would affect their MLS Fantasy relevance in 2020. Zlatan Ibrahimovic departed, Romain Alessandrini was out of contract and had just recovered from an extended injury. The defense was in shambles. Dennis te Kloese and Guillermo Barros Schelotto had their work cut out for them. In typical LA Galaxy DP signings, …

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Minnesota United 2020 Fantasy Preview

Minnesota United 2020 Fantasy Preview In 2019 Minnesota United changed from a team with a free-flowing offense and giving defense, to one of the stingier units in the league with multiple, dependable fantasy options along their defensive front. The 2019 version of Minnesota allowed 28 fewer goals in 2019 than in 2018. They also achieved the goals set out by …

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Vancouver Whitecaps 2020 Fantasy Preview

The Whitecaps have been on the low end of the Cascadia totem pole for the last few seasons, but there’s reason to think that they’ll be better than second-to-last in MLS this year. Head Coach Marc Dos Santos took over to start the 2019 campaign, but Carl Robinson’s five-ish year stint in charge has proven to be difficult to move past. …

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Toronto FC 2020 Fantasy Preview

Regular Season: 50 points (13-10-11) 4th Place in the East Playoffs: Win 5-1 vs DCU, Win 2-1 @ NYC, Win 2-1 @ ATL, MLS Cup: Loss 1-3 @ SEA 2019 was one of the most tumultuous seasons in the past few years for TFC. The season began with losing Giovinco, the club’s driving attacking force, and playmaker Victor Vazquez. TFC stumbled …

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Seattle Sounders 2020 Fantasy Preview

Last season, the Seattle Sounders were able to host and win the MLS Cup. It was a joyful and momentous experience for all Sounders fans. However, from a Fantasy perspective, the Sounders were not the most definitive choice for Fantasy managers during the 2019 season. The defense struggled for shut out points, but provided a decent amount of goals (Leerdam) …

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Chicago Fire 2020 Fantasy Preview

I had two big questions for myself when preparing to write this preview. Question #1: When’s the last time Chicago Fire, sorry, Chicago Fire FC, could legitimately be described as a “good” team in the MLS patheon? Question #2: How do I write an interesting  preview piece about a club that no one who plays MLS Fantasy on the regular …

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Colorado Rapids 2020 Fantasy Preview

Last season started out… rough to say the least. The Colorado Rapids went 0-9-2 in their first 11 games. Head Coach Anthony Hudson was fired nine games and after adding two more losses, interim head coach and club legend Conor Casey started to turn the ship around. The club went from averaging nearly three goals per game to a seven-game …

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