Major League Soccer clubs head to pitches starting on Friday, May 7. MLS teams play matches from Friday through Sunday, May 9. Among the more interesting contests has San Jose traveling to Salt Lake and the Columbus Crew hosting DC United. Check out analysis, MLS odds, and free picks for those two matches as well as eight other terrific Major League Soccer games happening this weekend.
Top MLS Games of The Week to Bet On (May 7th – May 9th)
Friday, May 7th Match
- San Jose Earthquakes +237 / Real Salt Lake -107
After two matches, both San Jose and Real are undefeated. RSL beat Minnesota United 2-1 on April 24. On May 1, Real Salt Lake beat Sporting KC 3-1. The Earthquakes dusted Dallas 3-1 on April 24. San Jose followed up the victory with a 4-1 beat down of DC United on May 1. Real Salt Lake should win, but the Earthquakes offer overlay odds. We’ll back the overlay.
Soccer Pick: San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, May 8th Matches
- Philadelphia Union +210 / Chicago Fire +110
The Chicago Fire are a mess. Chicago ended 2020 on a bad note, losing by a goal to New York City FC. So far, 2021 hasn’t been much better. The Fire has lost both their matches, to Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls. Philly Union drew with the ATL on May 4. On April 27, Philadelphia beat Atlanta U 3-0.
Soccer Pick: Philadelphia Union
- Toronto FC +225 / New York Red Bulls +104
The L.A. Galaxy beat the New York Red Bulls in their first match of the season. NYRB bounced back with a 2-0 victory against Chicago Fire. Toronto FC is in bad form. They’ve lost 3-of-4. But 2 of the losses were against top Mexican Liga squad Cruz Azul. The road squad has a chance.
Soccer Pick: Toronto FC
- DC United +149 / Columbus Crew -175
Since upsetting New York City FC in their first match of the season, DC United has fallen apart. They’ve lost their last couple of games, 1-0 to New England Revolution and 4-1 to San Jose. Columbus battles Monterrey in the second-leg of their CONCACAF Champions League aggregate earlier in the week. Even if the Crew falls in the CCL match, they should have no trouble beating DCU.
Soccer Pick: Columbus Crew
- New England Revolution +175 / Nashville +134
3 matches and 3 draws for home team Nashville. The Revolution has 2 wins and a draw in their 3 matches. Nashville could notch their first win of the season. These two could draw, or New England could get their third straight victory. Which is the best play? The home team looks due.
Soccer Pick: Nashville
- Cf Montreal +133 / Vancouver Whitecaps +133
After beating Portland 1-0 in their first 2021 match, many believed Vancouver might be one of MLS’s better teams. But the Whitecaps drew with Toronto in their last and then lost a match to the Colorado Rapids on May 2. Montreal’s 0-0 draw with Columbus on May 1 impresses. The road team looks like a solid play.
Soccer Pick: Cf Montreal
- Houston Dynamo +270 / FC Dallas -117
In 3 matches, the Dynamo have a win, a loss, and a draw. FC Dallas beat Portland 4-1 in their last match. Houston should be the underdog. But the road team offers overlay odds. The Dynamo are the play.
Soccer Pick: Houston Dynamo
- New York City FC +164 / Orlando City SC +137
New York City FC has allowed just 2 goals in their 3 matches this season. DC United upset NYCFC 2-1 in New York’s first game. New York City bounced back from the loss with a 5-0 win against Cincinnati on April 24 and a 2-0 win versus Philadelphia Union on May 1. These two are closer in terms of talent than the odds indicate.
Soccer Pick: New York City FC
- Los Angeles FC +117 / Los Angeles Galaxy +202
Preseason Major League Soccer favorite Los Angeles FC takes on City of Angels rival L.A. Galaxy in one of Saturday’s top matches. The Galaxy head into this after an 0-3 loss to the Seattle Sounders. LAFC drew with Houston Dynamo in their last. The road team should have no trouble scoring goals against the Galaxy. LAFC is the best play.
Soccer Pick: Los Angeles FC
Sunday, May 9th Match
- Seattle Sounders +133 / Portland Timbers +175
Seattle Sounders versus Portland Timbers is Major League Soccer’s best rivalry. Seattle dusted the Galaxy in their last by a 3-0 score. Based on that match, the Sounders look like the squad to back. Ah, but Portland drew with America, a strong Mexican Liga squad, 1-1 on April 28. Check out how the Timbers played versus America in the second-leg before backing either team. As it stands now, Portland offers overlay odds for being the home squad in a rivalry match.
Soccer Pick: Portland
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