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Waking the Red 2016 MLS Awards Predictions

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The Waking the Red staff once again picks their MLS award winners for 2016.

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Will Sebastian Giovinco repeat as Major League Soccer's most valuable player? Who will win this year's MLS Cup? Who isn't going to work out? Find out all the wrong answers below as the Waking the Red staff try to predict their 2016 MLS awards winners.

2016 MLS Cup Winner

Michael C.: LA Galaxy - Their team is too stacked and coming off a disappointment last year you know they are raring to go. Plus all their players spent some time in the offseason with them such as Gerrard and Dos Santos and will be there all season.

James Hutton: FC Dallas- A team built on youth, the club has the potential to learn from their successful 2015 season and go beyond their conference semi-final exit.

Scott Miller: Orlando City- I feel like I may be going off the board here. As much as I'd like to say TFC, with the addition of Antonio Nocerino and providing Larin doesn't suffer a sophmore slump, I think OCSC will be contenders for the cup this year. Also think the Sounders have a strong chance despite Obafemi Martins leaving for China.

Mitchell Tierney: FC Dallas- Maxi Urruti will put them over the top. This team has an incredible amount of offensive skill and if they stay healthy they will be incredibly difficult to beat.

2016 Voyageurs Cup Winner

Michael C.: Vancouver Whitecaps. They are still the best team in Canada and Carl Robinson will want to win that competition badly. Plus they basically have a pass to the final by playing an NASL team in the semis.

James Hutton: Montreal Impact. The team that wins this trophy isn't always the best team, but the team that cares the most to play their best starting eleven. After the recent champions league success in Montréal I expect the Impact to be the most invested and will take back the Vs cup from Vancouver.

Scott Miller: Toronto FC I believe they have the most class among the Canadian teams. I'd be severely disappointed if TFC does not win the Voyageurs Cup in 2016.

Mitchell Tierney: Montreal Impact. Similar to James, it is the team that cares that wins this trophy. The Impact understand how important winning this competition is to their bottom line and popularity and they will play a roster that demonstrates this.


2016 MLS MVP

Michael C.: Giovanni Dos Santos ... Just because LA Galaxy will win supporters shield and he is a young incredible player for the league (Giovinco will be better, but not win again)

James Hutton: Sebastian Giovinco No player has won the MLS MVP back to back, until next year. If Giovinco can provide another inspiring performance he'll be keeping this award in his trophy cabinet.

Scott Miller: Sebastian Giovinco I hate to be such a homer but, I think Seba will repeat as MVP. The man is an animal and I expect him to build off his incredible 2015 season. That being said, I do think Kaka will make a strong case in 2016.

Mitchell Tierney: Sebastian Giovinco There are no signs that he is going to slow down any time soon, and nobody was even close last season. A similar season to last year and it is all his.

2016 Rookie of The Year

Michael C.: Richie Laryea Don't know too much about rookies, but I'll say Richie Laryea. Another Orlando City player and a good young Canadian from what I heard. He has a chance to play big minutes with Orlando still. Unless Jordan Morris counts? He is unreal.

James Hutton: Jordan Morris Seattle, and America's newest golden boy Jordan Morris will take home this award. After turning down a contract with a declining Werder Bremen, Morris has the skill and media backing to win him this award.

Scott Miller: Richie Laryea Going to go back to OCSC. From what I've seen and heard, Richie Layrea is the real deal. Let's make it back to back to back Canadians for Rookie of the Year.

Mitchell Tierney: Jordan Morris He's an incredible player, one who everyone is waiting to fail but has yet to do so. His transition to the pros won't be perfect, but it will be enough to win the rookie of the year award.

2016 Newcomer of the Year

Michael C. :Antonio Nocerino A 30 year old incredible Italian player who could still be on the national team. He will boss that midfield and link up well with Kaka and Larin.

James Hutton: Antonio Nocerino newest signing of the OCSC, former AC Milan and Italian international Antonio Nocerino. A box to box midfielder who played all over Italy will be a staple in Orlando's midfield.

Scott Miller: Antonio Nocerino. I highly rate Nocerino and I believe with the pieces in place at OCSC, he will thrive. I also believe Cristian Bolanos will have a good year for Vancouver.

Mitchell Tierney: Antonio Nocerino There weren't any real headlines to the offseason in terms of big players brought in to MLS. This is the biggest one, however, as Nocerino is a good player who will do well alongside Kaka.

2016 Biggest Bust

Michael C. : Montreal Impact This isn't bias! But after a strong end to last year, the Drogba effect will ware off and they will miss out on postseason.

James Hutton: Ashley Cole A questionable signing for the Galaxy, Ashley Cole will not be the star power or player LA is looking for. Despite a rather decorated career in England, Cole as been on the decline since his move to AS Roma and seems to be an odd move for the steadily declining Galaxy.

Scott Miller: Ashley Cole I believe this is going to come from LA. My heart says Ashley Cole and my head says Ashley Cole. He's not that dominating LB that he used to be and I think he'll struggle in LA. Wouldn't be surprised if Nigel de Jong also has a hard time adapting.

Mitchell Tierney: Ashley Cole Such an odd move for the LA Galaxy, who had a bit of an odd offseason really. He's over the hill, which no longer works in Major League Soccer. MLS has a lot of good wingers, and he is going to struggle.