MLS 2022 season predictions

In just two days, the 2022 Major League Soccer season kicks off, heralding the flood of season predictions to your timeline. We’re no different. Bookmark this page so you can tell us how wrong we were at the end of the year.

Chris Ivey

Western Conference

  1. Seattle Sounders
  2. Nashville SC
  3. Sporting KC
  4. LAFC
  5. LA Galaxy
  6. Colorado Rapids
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. Minnesota United
  9. Vancouver Whitecaps
  10. San Jose Earthquakes
  11. Real Salt Lake
  12. Houston Dynamo
  13. FC Dallas
  14. Austin FC

Eastern Conference

  1. NYCFC
  2. Philadelphia Union
  3. New England Revolution
  4. Columbus Crew
  5. Orlando City
  6. Atlanta United
  7. Chicago Fire
  8. New York Red Bulls
  9. Inter Miami
  10. CF Montréal
  11. DC United
  12. FC Cincinnati
  13. Toronto FC
  14. Charlotte FC

Golden Boot winner: Raúl Ruidíaz
Defender of the Year: Miles Robinson
2022 MVP: Raúl Ruidíaz
Supporters Shield winner: Seattle Sounders
MLS Cup winner: Seattle Sounders

Lucas Panzica

Western Conference

  1. Seattle Sounders
  2. Nashville SC
  3. Sporting KC
  4. LAFC
  5. LA Galaxy
  6. Colorado Rapids
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. Minnesota United
  9. Vancouver Whitecaps
  10. San Jose Earthquakes
  11. Real Salt Lake
  12. Houston Dynamo
  13. FC Dallas
  14. Austin FC

Eastern Conference

  1. NYCFC
  2. Philadelphia Union
  3. New England Revolution
  4. Columbus Crew
  5. Orlando City
  6. Atlanta United
  7. Chicago Fire
  8. New York Red Bulls
  9. Inter Miami
  10. CF Montréal
  11. DC United
  12. FC Cincinnati
  13. Toronto FC
  14. Charlotte FC

Golden Boot winner: Hany Mukhtar
Defender of the Year: Miles Robinson
2022 MVP: Hany Mukhtar
Supporters Shield winner: NYCFC
MLS Cup winner: Seattle Sounders

Davey Shepherd

Western Conference

  1. Seattle Sounders
  2. Nashville SC
  3. LAFC
  4. Sporting KC
  5. Colorado Rapids
  6. Portland Timbers
  7. LA Galaxy
  8. Minnesota United
  9. Real Salt Lake
  10. Vancouver Whitecaps
  11. San Jose Earthquakes
  12. FC Dallas
  13. Houston Dynamo
  14. Austin FC

Eastern Conference

  1. NYCFC
  2. New England Revolution
  3. Philadelphia Union
  4. Atlanta United
  5. Toronto FC
  6. Columbus Crew
  7. Chicago Fire
  8. Orlando City
  9. New York Red Bulls
  10. CF Montréal
  11. DC United
  12. Inter Miami
  13. Charlotte FC
  14. FC Cincinnati

Golden Boot winner: Raúl Ruidíaz
Defender of the Year: Walker Zimmerman
2022 MVP: Hany Mukhtar
Supporters Shield winner: Seattle Sounders
MLS Cup winner: Nashville SC

Jonathan Slape

Western Conference

  1. Seattle Sounders
  2. Nashville SC
  3. Sporting KC
  4. Colorado Rapids
  5. LAFC
  6. Vancouver Whitecaps
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. LA Galaxy
  9. Minnesota United
  10. Real Salt Lake
  11. San Jose Earthquakes
  12. Austin FC
  13. FC Dallas
  14. Houston Dynamo

Eastern Conference

  1. NYCFC
  2. Atlanta United
  3. New England Revolution
  4. Philadelphia Union
  5. Columbus Crew
  6. Toronto FC
  7. CF Montréal
  8. Orlando City
  9. Inter Miami
  10. Chicago Fire
  11. New York Red Bulls
  12. FC Cincinnati
  13. DC United
  14. Charlotte FC

Golden Boot winner: Josef Martínez
Defender of the Year: Walker Zimmerman
2022 MVP: Hany Mukhtar
Supporters Shield winner: Seattle Sounders
MLS Cup winner: Seattle Sounders

Andy Simmons

Western Conference

  1. LAFC
  2. Seattle Sounders
  3. LA Galaxy
  4. Nashville SC
  5. Sporting KC
  6. Colorado Rapids
  7. Portland Timbers
  8. Real Salt Lake
  9. Minnesota United
  10. Vancouver Whitecaps
  11. Austin FC
  12. FC Dallas
  13. San Jose Earthquakes
  14. Houston Dynamo

Eastern Conference

  1. NYCFC
  2. New England Revolution
  3. Philadelphia Union
  4. Atlanta United
  5. Toronto FC
  6. Columbus Crew
  7. Orlando City
  8. Chicago Fire
  9. CF Montréal
  10. DC United
  11. New York Red Bulls
  12. Charlotte FC
  13. Inter Miami
  14. FC Cincinnati

Golden Boot winner: Cristian Arrango
Defender of the Year: Jack Elliot
2022 MVP: Maxi Moralez
Supporters Shield winner: NYCFC
MLS Cup winner: LAFC

Ben Wright

Western Conference

  1. Seattle Sounders
  2. Nashville SC
  3. Sporting KC
  4. Vancouver Whitecaps
  5. LAFC
  6. Portland Timbers
  7. Minnesota United
  8. Colorado Rapids
  9. LA Galaxy
  10. FC Dallas
  11. San Jose Earthquakes
  12. Real Salt Lake
  13. Austin FC
  14. Houston Dynamo

Eastern Conference

  1. Philadelphia Union
  2. Atlanta United
  3. NYCFC
  4. New England Revolution
  5. Orlando City
  6. CF Montréal
  7. Chicago Fire
  8. Columbus Crew
  9. Toronto FC
  10. DC United
  11. New York Red Bulls
  12. Inter Miami
  13. Charlotte FC
  14. FC Cincinnati

Golden Boot winner: Cristian Arrango
Defender of the Year: Walker Zimmerman
2022 MVP: João Paulo
Supporters Shield winner: Seattle Sounders
MLS Cup winner: Atlanta United


Nashville SC preview

2022 top scorer

  • Chris: Hany Mukhtar
  • Lucas: Hany Mukhtar
  • Davey: Hany Mukhtar
  • Andy: Aké Loba
  • Slape: Aké Loba
  • Ben: Aké Loba

2022 assist leader

  • Chris: Hany Mukhtar (Loba with more from open play)
  • Lucas: Hany Mukhtar
  • Davey: Hany Mukhtar
  • Andy: Hany Mukhtar
  • Slape: Hany Mukhtar
  • Ben: Hany Mukhtar

2022 MVP

  • Chris: Hany Mukhtar
  • Lucas: Hany Mukhtar
  • Davey: Hany Mukhtar
  • Andy: Hany Mukhtar
  • Slape: Hany Mukhtar
  • Ben: Hany Mukhtar

Will Nashville SC make the playoffs?

  • Chris: Yes
  • Lucas: Yes
  • Davey: Yes
  • Andy: Yes
  • Slape: Yes – anything less is a failure
  • Ben: Yes

Will Nashville SC finish with over or under 56.5 points?

  • Chris: Over, but just barely
  • Lucas: Over
  • Davey: Smash that mf over
  • Andy: Slightly over
  • Slape: Yes – anything less is a failure
  • Ben: Over

What’s your bold prediction for Nashville SC?

  • Chris: Nashville plays in a cup final (MLS, US Open or Leagues Cup)
  • Lucas: Hany Mukhtar wins MLS Golden Boot
  • Davey: Aké Loba scores the second most goals on the team
  • Andy: Aké Loba makes a late push for MLS Golden Boot
  • Slape: Nashville finish the season with a trophy
  • Ben: Nashville win at least 12 home matches

What are your predictions for 2022? Let us know in the comments!

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