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Brotherly Game predictions for the 2016 Philadelphia Union

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With the 2016 MLS season starting this Sunday, we gave our predictions on what this season will bring for the Union.

What will the 2016 season hold in store for the Philadelphia Union?
What will the 2016 season hold in store for the Philadelphia Union?
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I asked the staff here at The Brotherly Game for some predictions about the Philadelphia Union's upcoming season. It's been a fascinating off-season that has seen the team rebuilt almost from the ground up. What will the Union be able to do with this new talent? Let's see.

Playoff Predictions

Heather Reppert: The Union make the playoffs, but are knocked out in the first round.

Evan Villella: .500 team, sneak in the playoffs, first round loss to the New York Red Bulls

Andrew Stoltzfus: Be relevant into the last few weeks of the season. Not expecting playoffs though.

Barry Evans: A last day loss puts us out of the playoffs.

Doug Gobrecht: The Union will miss the playoffs on the last game of the season, by one point.

Colin Campbell: No different than last year, (but they will) have a slightly better goal differential.

Jared Young: Union will not make the playoffs. The defense is young(er) and offense didn't upgrade their ability to score.

Justin F.: Qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs.

U.S. Open Cup Predictions

Drew Gobrecht: The Union lose in the US Open Cup Final.

Chuck Booth: The Union finally win a (open cup) trophy!!

Andrew Stoltzfus: Knocked out by lower league team in Open Cup.

Justin F.: The Union flounder in US Open Cup.

Barry Evans: (The Union) will get knocked out by first MLS team (they) play.

Miscellaneous Predictions

John Rossi: CJ Sapong breaks the Union's single-season scoring record.

Matt Rogers: Tranquillo Barnetta will lead the team in combined goals & assists.

Matt Ralph: Herbers will score a goal. Everyone will love him for a week and then forget about him.

Matt Albaugh: The Union have a top 5 draft pick again.

As for me, I think the Union will make the playoffs but will fall short of the MLS Cup and will get beaten in an early stage of the U.S. Open Cup. I think that Andre Blake is going to have a breakout year not only for the Union but for Jamaica as well, and he may very well be an MLS All-Star come July.

What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments section below what you think will happen in 2016.