It takes a good sports game to entertain the masses - but it takes a great one to be able to predict the future. That's exactly what EA Sports tried to with the FIFA franchise already, predicting the 2011 Regular Season Schedule to a pretty amazing degree. Now, almost 8 months later, they're using FIFA 12 to predict who's going to win in the MLS Cup final this November, as the Los Angeles Galaxy take on the Houston Dynamo in what is going to be a heated match between two of the most dangerous clubs in the entire league.
Having already predicted that the Galaxy would top the table - which they recently did - you have to admit that the game's ability to predict such results is incredibly impressive. Almost World Cup Octopus prediction worthy, even.
According to EA Sports and the FIFA 12 game engine, the match is going to start off with a bang: Beckham delivers the first blow, placing a shot close-up to the keeper that few could have saved. In the second half, former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, who signed for Galaxy in August, would continue his impressive scoring run with a goal in the 62nd minute. With a 2-0 lead, the Galaxy seemed capable of seeing off a comfortable victory until Geoff Cameron pulled one back for Houston in the 73rd, sparking hopes of a comeback. These thoughts were quickly put down when Landon Donovan (who else?) scored with a great placed shot from a quick LA counter-attack. As they say in the movies, that's all she wrote: the Los Angeles Galaxy pounce to a 3 - 1 victory over Houston Dynamo!
Of course, the fact that the game is played in the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles is sure to mean a loud home crowd to rouse on Los Galacticos. You can check out the match highlights for yourself here:
The engine behind the game, while having predicted the regular season schedule pretty accurately, has also correctly deduced that the Galaxy would win the MLS Supporters Shield and backed Spain to win the World Cup in 2010. With a track record like that, a few people in Houston are probably looking at their copy of FIFA with a little feeling of betrayal right now. For those who don't have a copy of the game to glare at (or thank), we highly recommend you pick it up!
You can watch the match happen live on November 20th across several sports channels, or those of you in Los Angeles can even procure tickets. It's sure to be an entertaining match between two great teams, and we wish them both luck.
What do you think of the FIFA 12 prediction? Who do you think will win the MLS Cup this year?
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