The opening week of the MLS gave us plenty of surprises. Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas City fell on the road to DC United and Los Angeles FC, while the Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls settled for draws. Those were the final four teams in the playoffs last season, and to see none of the four teams pick up a victory might show a changing of the guard. We’ll see whether or not they can get a win in Matchday 2 this weekend.
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Chicago Fire -128
Orlando City SC +313
Orlando City continue to have big problems in defense. The Lions allowed two goals before halftime to New York City FC last weekend, and they needed Christopher Mueller and Tesho Akindele to level in the final third to secure a draw. That should bode well for Chicago, who might have one of the better attacks in the MLS this season. Nemanja Nikolic and CJ Sapong are two formidable forwards, and Bastian Schweinsteiger and Aleksandar Katai can set them up nicely. I think they score at least two goals on Orlando here.
New England Revolution +142
Columbus Crew +180
Over/Under 2.5 and 3
One of the best fanbases in the league once again has reason to celebrate. After years of dealing with a greedy owner that constantly threatened to move the team if they didn’t build the Crew a new stadium, the Haslams bought the franchise and have reinvigorated it. Justin Meram is back and the defense is solid, and I think Columbus can pick up a road result here.
FC Dallas -116
Los Angeles Galaxy +279
Efrain Alvarez made his long-awaited debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy last week, and the 16-year-old shined after coming on as a substitute. He set up Daniel Steres’ equalizing goal, and he could make his first start here. Alvarez is America’s next great prodigy, and the LA homegrown product could be the MLS’ first fully homegrown star. Look for him to show continued flashes here.
Houston Dynamo +105
Montreal Impact +235
It’s been hard to be a fan of the Impact. Montreal has largely struggled in the MLS, but they have a superstar in Ignacio Piatti, and they finally have a nice complement for him in Maxi Urruti. Piatti scored Montreal’s first goal of the season in a road win over San Jose last week, and they have a decent chance to pick up another win in Houston.
Real Salt Lake -136
Vancouver Whitecaps +334
Many MLS teams have sterling home records, but Real Salt Lake were something else at home last season. RSL were 11-2-4 at Rio Tinto Stadium in 2018, and they continually used the altitude to their advantage. They scored 38 goals at home, compared to just 17 goals on the road, and that gives them an edge here.
San Jose Earthquakes +135
Minnesota United +184
San Jose captain Chris Wondolowski could make history on Saturday. One more goal ties him with Landon Donovan as the MLS’ all-time scoring leader, and he would love to tie Donovan at home.
Wondo is likely to get plenty of chances against a Minnesota defense that has yet to turn the corner. Vancouver slammed home two goals against the Loons’ defense last week, and I think the over is a pretty solid play even with San Jose’s past offensive woes.
Seattle Sounders -195
Colorado Rapids +491
Welcome back to the MLS, Jordan Morris! Morris missed all of last year after tearing an ACL in February, and the Sounders’ young forward wasted no time in making his presence felt. He notched a brace in a 4-1 win over Cincinnati, and Seattle once again has one of the scariest attacks in the MLS.
The Rapids are going to be fighting history here. They are 2-1-10 in 13 previous meetings against the Sounders, and they were blown out 4-0 when these clubs met in Seattle in September.
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