Sporting KC picked to win Supporters' Shield

Five of nine editors have picked Sporting Kansas City to win the 2013 Supporters' Shield. Here's some excerpts from the editors on why Sporting KC will be the top of the regular season standings for 2013.

Nick Firchau

They’ll lose Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and maybe Benny Feilhaber for the Gold Cup, but they’re built for the long haul as well as anyone in the league.

Jonah Freedman

Every year, Vermes' gang seems to take another step forward.

Nicholas Rosano

Even with the departure of Roger Espinoza, this is a team built to succeed in the regular season. If the Claudio Bieler and Benny Feilhaber signings pan out, expect to see Vermes' squad at the top of the table come October.

Jason Saghini

One of the deepest teams in MLS and it will show over the long run. I also expect Kamara to return to add spark in the second half.