The early part of June is always one of transition for the MLS. FIFA traditionally has an international break early in June and this year is no exception with Nations League action in CONCACAF and UEFA plus AFCON qualifiers in Africa and the final World Cup qualifiers. The MLS mostly breaks during this time, but does have a handful of games to make up, even if teams aren’t at full rosters.
There are only three games this weekend, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Two of those games get national TV treatment on ABC. New York Red Bulls at Charlotte FC gets the afternoon slot on Saturday while Sporting KC at New England Revolution is on ABC Sunday. Let’s have a look at the best games for the weekend so you can bet against the MLS Betting Lines.
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Charlotte Has New Coach for Red Bulls Game
Speaking of transition, it is already that time for expansion side Charlotte FC. After just 14 games they parted with coach Miguel Angel Ramirez on May 31. Most of his staff were also dismissed and Christian Lattanzio will be the interim coach. Lattanzio has experience as an assistant with Manchester City, New York City FC and Nimes among others.
Charlotte will be without leading scorer Karol Swiderski and his Polish teammate Kamil Jozwiak. Alan Franco (Ecuador) and Christian Makoun (Venezuela) are also on international duty as they welcome the Red Bulls to Bank of America Stadium.
Daniel Rios should start up top and he scored against the Red Bulls in Charlotte’s U.S. Open Cup loss last month. First-round pick Ben Bender scored against Seattle on May 29 and has two goals with three assists on the season.
New York meanwhile will be without defender Aaron Long (United States) and Cristian Casseres Jr. (Venezuela). They do still have a couple of in-form attackers in Lewis Morgan and Luquinhas. Morgan scored in the last Red Bulls game while Luquinhas has scored or assisted in seven of his nine starts since coming over from Liga Warsaw.
The Red Bulls are third on the East with 24 goals scored and they have a +9 goal differential. They beat Charlotte 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup and have moved into fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
At MyBookie, the Red Bulls are favored at +125 and Charlotte is +215. A draw is +240. Over 2.5 goals is -120 and under 2.5 goals is -105.
Revolution Lose Buksa, Head to Kansas City
The New England Revolution are struggling to live up to expectations this year and now they’ve lost leading scorer Adam Buksa. The Polish striker was transferred to RC Lens in France this week, netting the MLS $10 million. He leaves the Revs with a hole in their offense, having accounted for a team-leading seven goals this season.
New England is in 11th place in the East as they head to Kansas City to take on the West’s last place team. Sporting KC have a -13 goal differential and are 3-8-4 overall. They have won just one MLS game since March 26 with a 1-5-4 record in that span.
The road team has won just twice in the last 19 meetings between these teams and SKC leads overall 26-19 with 12 draws. The teams haven’t played since a wild 4-4 draw in April of 2019 as SKC rallied from 3-1 and 4-2 deficits.
Goals have been plentiful in New England games with 45 goals scored in their 13 games. Only three of those 13 games have had a clean sheet, two for the Revs and one against them. New England has scored in 11 straight road games but will need Carles Gil or Gustavo Bou to step up in place of Buksa who scored in his final six games.
Johnny Russell and Daniel Salloi do the heavy lifting for SKC. The team has just 13 total goals in 15 games. Russell and Salloi have four each and only three other players have managed to score in a MLS game this season.
The Revolution are slight road favorites at +135. MyBookie has SKC at +190 to take all three points while a draw is +235. Over 2.5 goals is -119 and under 2.5 goals is -111.