On Monday, Seth predicted big things for Andrew Farrell, Jermaine Jones and Chris Tierney. One day later, Jake has his own list of bold predictions.
1. The New England Revolution qualify for the 2016-17 CCL
I'm leaving it open ended as to how they'll qualify, either through winning the East, USOC, Supporter's Shield, MLS Cup or just being one of the top four teams in the SS standings (much like RSL did after the Revs lost the final in LA). I do think a full season with Jermaine Jones makes us one of the best four teams in the league but there are still a lot of issues to sort out, like the re-signing of Teal Bunbury and depth at striker and centerback.
2. Lee Nguyen starts for the United States in the Gold Cup Final
Right now, he's the best #10 in the country not named Clint Dempsey and I think Jurgen Klinsmann is going to figure this out when he gets an extended look at Lee in camp later this month. There's not a better pure creator from the center of the field in the player pool and if Lee carries over his 2014 form then it should be a lock for him to get regular minutes with the national team heading into the summer.
3. Jermaine Jones will make 5 starts at centerback for the Revs
Look, he's been doing it fairly well for the national team and right now you have to pencil him onto the depth chart behind Jose Goncalves, Andrew Farrell and Darrius Barnes. I understand that the Revs haven't gotten into the full swing of the offseason but with their midfield depth it wouldn't be a bad thing to slide Jones back a handful of times based on injuries/rest.
4. Steve Neumann will repeat as "Substitute Champion"
With 20 appearances off the bench, Neumann found himself to be a reliable option on both ends late in games. In particular with Diego Fagundez's defensive struggles last season, Neumann was the go-to midfielder off the bench late in games and I see nothing that changes that going into next season. Now we've just got to get the kid on the scoresheet.
5. The Revolution will have a 2015 first round MLS SuperDraft pick
I have a pretty good idea on how this happens (trading Juan Agudelo to Orlando City) and my guess is that the Revs want to move up into the middle/late first round to select a defender. If they do get a high pick (say, Orlando City's first overall), and use the pick on someone other than UConn attacker Cyle Larin, I will be just distraught.