EA Sports has predicted that the LA Galaxy will win the 2011 MLS Regular Season this year, although their last sports prediction didn't quite pan out.
After taking a look at their predictions, which are simulated in FIFA 11, it looks like an interesting season is coming up. The Galaxy reportedly finish with 24 regular seasons wins, which would equal the current record set by their team back in 1998.
Conversely, Portland Timbers fans are sure to be mad at seeing FIFA 11 predict an astounding -40 goal difference, planting them firmly in last place. It's also interesting to note that the simulation ran on PS3 and Xbox versions of FIFA 11, though both the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps weren't included in the game at all.
Colorado Rapids, the current Cup champions, finish fourth in the standings. For whatever reason, the playoffs themselves were not simulated. For some good news, though, fans of DC United will be happy their once-title-winning team apparently improves from a last place finish - all the way to 4th in the Eastern Conference. I guess new manager Ben Olsen works out!
Pictured: Possibly An Accurate Prediction of the 2011 Season
As for Top Scorers, Luke Rodgers netted 17 for New York to finish in first place, followed by Conor Casey (15, Colorado) and Juan Pablo Angel (13, LA) respectively. The top notch improvement award goes to Chad Barret, who remembered his scoring ways wearing an LA kit and netted 11 goals - placing him seventh on the list. Top scorer Rodgers also forms a great strike partnership with Thierry Henry who, combined, bring their tally up to 27 goals. Additionally, the LA Galaxy's Juan Pablo Angel and Chad Barret score 24 total, while Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio and Fabian Espindola combine for 22.
It's a tough call for a simulator to accurately predict how teams will play, especially with new line-ups and, as is normal for each year in the growing MLS these days, new teams entirely. If you're still on the fence about buying the game, you can always check out our review here - let's just say it wasn't the fastest selling sports game ever for no reason particular reason.
What do you think about EA Sports' prediction using FIFA 11?