Coming out of the international break, Major League Soccer will take center stage once again. There is a slew of important games on the schedule with the stretch run coming up, so let’s take a look at the key matchups in MLS this weekend along with their MLS Odds.
Top MLS Games to Watch and Wager On the Weekend (Sep 3rd – 4th)
Atlanta United (+116) vs Orlando City SC (+210)
Everything gets started on Friday night between Atlanta and Orlando. Currently, Orlando is a distant second behind New England in the Eastern Conference, while Atlanta is three points out of a playoff spot. At home, Atlanta is a slight favorite at +116, while Orlando has a moneyline of +210.
However, Atlanta has lost two in a row and may not have its international players back in time for Friday’s game. On the other hand, Orlando has Daryl Dike back and managed to pull out a 3-2 win over Columbus last weekend, making them unbeaten in seven straight league games, a stretch that dates back to a 3-2 win over Atlanta.
Colorado Rapids (-121) vs LA Galaxy (+285)
Two of the top teams in the Western Conference meet for a Saturday afternoon matinee as the Galaxy visit Colorado. At home, the Rapids are heavy favorites with a -121 moneyline, while the Galaxy sits at +285 with a draw set at +270.
The Rapids don’t have the most potent attack in the league, but they’ve conceded the second-fewest goals in MLS this season. In fact, they haven’t allowed more than one goal in a match since late June. Of course, the Galaxy have a potent attack, scoring three goals in a draw with LAFC in their last match. However, star striker Javier Hernandez remains sidelined with an injury with no news of his return.
New England Revolution vs New York City FC
The Revs are running away with the Eastern Conference and will have a chance to avenge their most recent loss this weekend when they host NYCFC. New York City FC stunned New England with a 2-0 victory last month, helping to keep them in line for a playoff spot.
Of course, they are still underdogs as they visit New England with a +215 moneyline while the Revs have a moneyline of +103. New England’s problem is that Adam Buksa and Tajon Buchanan, who have combined for 16 of the club’s 45 goals this season, will both be questionable after international duty. That could open the door for NYCFC despite following up their upset over New England with a 3-1 loss to Nashville last weekend.
Houston Dynamo FC vs Austin FC
While this game is between the two worst teams in the Western Conference, the in-state rivalry between Houston and Austin can’t be ignored. At home, the Dynamo is a slight favorite with a +105 moneyline, while Austin is left with a +235 moneyline. Houston’s winless streak is now at 16 games, which explains why they are at the bottom of the table.
They’ve also conceded at least two goals in seven straight matches, including a 3-2 loss to Austin. To be fair, Austin’s offense is coming alive with seven goals in three matches. The only problem is they’ve allowed eight goals in those three matches, which indicates that this battle of basement dwellers could get a little crazy.
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