I enjoy doing this every year, and I'm sure others will too. Last season I correctly predicted an L.A. New England MLS Cup, but had the Revs winning. This year is tough. But here it goes. EASTERN CONFERENCE 1. New England Revolution 2. Chicago Fire 3. Kansas City Wizards 4. DC United 5. Columbus Crew 6. Red Bull New York This is a tough one to predict. The Revs had so few changes and really played well last year. The Fire are always a top club. Wizards had an off-season last year, but are still tough defensively and now have an even better attacking unit. Love my DC, but they were off and on last year and I could see them easily struggling for that last spot. It will not be decided until very late in the year. Crew are going to be better, and Sigi is a great choice, but I could still see them struggling this year. Could be hard for them to find goals. Red Bull New York? I like what the new owners are doing, and I think they'll be exciting to watch, but I'm not entirely convinced of their offence. Where will the goals come from? Can Youri go all season again? How long before Amando self destructs and hates MLS again? WESTERN CONFERENCE 1. Houston Dynamo 2. Colorado Rapids 3. Los Angeles Galaxy 4. FC Dallas 5. Club Deportivo Chivas USA 6. Real Salt Lake The four playoff teams will be fighting it out. Dynamo still have a strong squad, and will want to avenge the first round playoff loss after being MLS's best all season long. I think the Rapids can sneak up on teams. Great keeper, good D, and I think the offense will be a bit more potent this season. It seems like everybody underestimates CoRap. Galaxy will be good again, but with Donovan gone so much this summer, I think they'll suffer then. Dallas will be strong with a rejuvenated Ruiz this season. Chivas will be better, but probably too defensive for the hardcore Chivas fans. And still, where will the goals come from? And better then last year is still a bad team. RSL haven't really made major improvements, and they needed to. Ellinger will be gone by MLS Cup 2006. Hopefully the fans don't drop off with two bad seasons. QUEST FOR THE CUP 2006 EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS #1 New England Revolution over #4 DC United #3 Kansas City Wizards over #2 Chicago Fire Love my United. If they can get consistent, they will be strong like in 2004. If they can't, it'll be 2005 all over again. The Revs are still strong, and have two MLS Cup losses to fire them up. If EJ can reduce the size of his head, and Wolff comes on strong, the Wizards can be potent in the playoffs. In MLS, a team always comes strong late and makes the run to the Cup. CONFERENCE FINAL #1 New England Revolution over #3 Kansas City Wizards WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS #1 Houston Dynamo over #4 FC Dallas #3 Los Angeles Galaxy over #2 Colorado Rapids #1 Houston Dynamo over #3 Los Angeles Galaxy MLS CUP 2006 New England Revolution over Houston Dynamo Great crowd, Houston support strong, but I see the Revs finally getting the Cup Monkey off their back.