2023 MLS predictions, awards, superlatives: Who will win Major League Soccer MVP, Golden Boot, and more


MLS is back and there’s a brand-new group to bring the overall to 29 in St. Louis SC. While they’ll be kicking off as the fantastic unknown of the season, I’ve taken the time to look into my crystal ball to forecast some award winners this season. From the great in the red, strap in for a wild flight of what this season might appear like in the most unforeseeable league on the planet.

Most most likely to win the Golden Boot

Cucho Hernandez, Columbus Crew: It’s a little sample size to go off of with Cucho just playing in 16 matches last season however his 9 objectives was rather a remarkable return for a Crew side that missed out on the playoffs. Under the brand-new management of Wilfried Nancy and with a complete season under his belt, Cucho will have the ability to promote honors this season. I currently have the Crew making the playoffs and competing for MLS Cup and Cucho bagging 20 objectives will be a big reason they’re in contention.

Top breakout prospect

Jack McGlynn, Philadelphia Union: Already on PSV’s radar, McGlynn nearly broke out last season substituting a hurt Alejandro Bedoya assisting drive the group to MLS cup. Couple of midfielders have the ability to camouflage where their passes are entering the manner in which he can at just 18 years of ages, assisting the Union attack tick. Jim Curtin has a crammed midfield at his disposal however McGlynn brings something that the other deep lying midfielders do not. When the Union will require to open a video game, he’ll be among the given names hired.

Favorite debutant

Dante Vanzeir, New York Red Bulls: I like following Brighton of Belgium, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, and one gamer that made the group tick was Vanzeir. Appearing all over, he has actually scored 10 objectives in 20 matches this season after scoring 14 and helping 10 more last season. Vanzeir is likewise ready to press and might fill a hole that has actually existed in Harrison considering that line-leading Bradley Wright-Phillips left the club. The defense is currently outstanding so if the Red bulls have the ability to score objectives, they’ll be difficult to beat this season.

Most frustrating finalizing

Roman Burki, St. Louis City SC: It’s excellent to be able to generate knowledgeable gamers from abroad however when it pertains to designating restricted funds, Burki will need to win goalkeeper of the year for his transfer to St. Louis to be worth it. An accomplished keeper from his time at Borussia Dortmund, Burki will bring much required experience to the group however when strong MLS keepers like Tyler Miller and Alec Kann were quickly readily available, these funds might’ve entered into the attack. Sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel is somebody who marches to the beat of their own drum however it might take a bit to get utilized to MLS lineup building and construction guidelines.

Defender of the year

Ryan Hollingshead, LAFC: Already the leading scoring protector in the league last season with 6 objectives and one help, Hollingshead has a vital function in the attack for the Black and Gold. The group ought to likewise be much better safeguarding this season now that Gareth Bale will not be on the pitch, who, regardless of the significant nature of his stage-exiting objective to win LAFC the title last season, was a protective liability from the front. If Hollingshead can continue scoring at a high rate while keeping more tidy sheets, he’ll have a severe case for Defender of the Year honors this season.

Team more than likely to dissatisfy

CF Montreal: The group has actually currently dissatisfied this season by revealing that they will not be launching brand-new jerseys however the significant on-field problem is they’ve lost their head coach together with Djordje Mihailovic, Alistair Johnston, Ismael Kone, Joaquin Torres, and Kei Kamara to name a few gamers. While there have actually been a couple of additions and Montreal does have actually homegrown gamers who can step up, a case can be made that a person of the very best groups in the league has actually now ended up being wood spoon competitors for the worst record in the league. It would be a frustrating slide, however it’s difficult to see Montreal contending when a lot of the league improved throughout the offseason and they didn’t.


Daniel Gazdag, Philadelphia Union: Gazdag came close last season with 24 objectives and 6 helps however this is the year that the Hungarian playmaker breaks through. In year 2 with Mikael Uhre and Julian Carranza, Uhre will have the ability to break 10 helps and might still handle a 20 objective season which must suffice to press him to more objective contributions than Hany Mukhtar It will still be a dead heat in between the duo however this is the season where Gazdag triumphes.

Coach of the year

Wilfried Nancy, Columbus Crew: Nancy must’ve won the award last season due to his success with Montreal however bringing that success to another group will suffice to press him over the edge. Nancy will have the ability to bring the Crew back to take on the very best groups in the Eastern Conference to seal his status as one of the very best coaches in the league.

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