Top 2022 MLS Matches to Bet On El Trafico Rivalry Game, and Cascadia Cup Highlights Weekend Action

Top 2022 MLS Matches to Bet On: El Trafico Rivalry Game, and Cascadia Cup Highlights Weekend Action

The MLS is in the midst of a very busy stretch where most teams are playing five or six games in three weeks. Also this weekend is the first time that players acquired in the Summer transfer window are allowed to play. As a result, the league is preparing to welcome numerous new Designated Players and big name signings from Europe and South America. 

Among the new players coming into the league and eligible to play this weekend are a pair of LAFC signings, Gareth Bale from Real Madrid and Giorgio Chiellini from Juventus. Striker Lorenzo Insigne has joined Toronto FC as well but a calf injury will prevent him from debuting this weekend. Forward Cucho Hernandez joins the Columbus Crew from Watford and Houston adds midfielder Hector Herrera from Atletico Madrid.

In addition to those new players coming into the league, this weekend features rivalry games in the MLS, especially among some of the big name teams out west. Let’s have a closer look at the top matches for the weekend so you can get ready to bet against their MLS Odds.

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El Trafico Kicks off Weekend of Action

The biggest game this weekend is the Friday night tilt between LAFC and Los Angeles Galaxy. El Trafico is always a big rivalry game and past versions have been wild shootouts with epic comebacks and multiple goal thrillers. 

All eyes will be on Banc of California stadium in anticipation of Bale and Chiellini’s debuts. LAFC manager Steve Cherundolo will have an interesting scenario to implement both players, but especially Bale. A workhorse for Wales, Bale didn’t see much action for Real Madrid this season and LAFC could alter the formation from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 and have him start alongside Carlos Vela. 

The Galaxy are in fourth place in the West, trying to chase down first-place LAFC. They are coming off a 4-0 win over CF Montreal while LAFC lost to Vancouver 1-0 last weekend, without registering a shot on goal. 

El Trafico is always a star-studded event and this one will be no different. The Galaxy already have wins against their rivals this season in both MLS play and the U.S. Open Cup. The Black and Gold will be desperate to prevent a clean sweep of the season series. 

At MyBookie, LAFC are the favorites at -123 with the Galaxy at +285 to take all three points. A draw is listed at +300. Over 3.5 goals is +120 and under 3.5 goals is -150

Cascadia Cup Takes Center Stage Saturday

Staying in the Western Conference with rivalries, Saturday brings the first Cascadia Cup matchup of the season between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers. Seattle is three points up on their Pacific Northwest neighbors for the final playoff spot as these teams meet up this weekend. 

To add to the animosity between the teams and their fans, the Sounders picked this week to unveil their CONCACAF Champions League winners banner and celebrate the city’s selection as a 2026 World Cup host. Both teams have seen success, in fact one of these squads has played in every single MLS Cup Final since 2015. But Portland lost the Cup at home last year to NYCFC, then had to watch the Sounders lift the CCL trophy in May. 

The Timbers have both scored and allowed 29 goals this season, with their defense letting them down on multiple occasions. Portland have had success in Seattle with five wins and two draws in their last seven trips. Seattle hasn’t won at home in the series since 2017 and both teams are relatively healthy for Saturday’s showdown. 

At MyBookie, Seattle is the favorite on their big Saturday at Lumen Field, listed at -114 to win the match. Portland is +290 to take all three points while a draw is listed at +275. Over 2.5 goals is listed at -135 and under 2.5 goals is +110.

 
 

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