The best matches in the USL Championship begin on Friday May 21, and happen throughout the weekend. On Friday, Austin Bold takes on the Real Monarchs. Then on Saturday, the action heats up with plenty of matches, including top USL squad Tampa Bay hosting Miami. Check out analysis and free picks for 10 of the best USL Championship matches of the week so you can bet against their USL Championship odds.
Top USL Championship Games to Watch and Bet On This Week (May 21st – 23rd)
2021 USL Championship
- When: April 24 – October 30
Friday, May 21st Match
- Austin Bold FC / Real Monarchs SLC
New Mexico beat Austin in their first match of the season. On May 15, Bold fell by 2 goals, 3-1. Real Monarchs has lost 3-of-4. So far this season, RMS has a 2-2 draw against San Antonio and an 0-2 loss versus L.A. Galaxy II. Austin is the home squad, which means Real Monarchs should offer fair odds.
USL Soccer Pick: Real Monarchs SLC
Saturday, May 22nd Matches
- Charlotte Independence / Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Pittsburgh has a loss and a draw in their first couple of matches this season. Charlotte lost 0-3 to Tampa Bay on May 1. But in their next match, Independence beat Charleston Battery 3-0. The home squad in this, Charlotte, looks formidable.
USL Soccer Pick: Charlotte
- San Diego Loyal SC / Louisville City FC
Going back to Sep. 30, 2020, San Diego Loyal has lost 4 straight. On May 13, Tacoma Defiance beat San Diego 3-1. Louisville City has a win and a draw in their 2 matches in 2021. LCFC should have no trouble versus SD Loyal even if they must travel for the match.
USL Soccer Pick: Louisville City
- Miami FC / Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tampa Bay beat Miami in both 2020 matches. The best team in the USL Championship, the Rowdies are on a 5-match winning streak. Miami has won 4-of-5. If any squad can upset mighty TB, it’s MFC.
USL Soccer Pick: Miami FC
- Rio Grande Valley FC / El Paso Locomotive FC
Rio Grande has won 4 straight. On May 1, RGV beat New Mexico 1-0. Then on May 6, Rio bested San Diego Loyal 1-0. El Paso drew with New Mexico in their first. They can get past Rio Grande Valley in this.
USL Soccer Pick: Rio Grande Valley
- Las Vegas Lights FC / Phoenix Rising FC
On May 15, Phoenix dropped a game 2-1 versus Tampa Bay Rowdies. Las Vegas Lights have lost 3 straight. Once MyBookie sets a handicap line, consider backing Phoenix at -1 ½.
USL Soccer Pick: Phoenix handicap
- Sacramento Republic FC / Orange County SC
Orange County’s last match was on Oct. 3, 2020. OC beat Las Vegas Lights 4-2. Sacramento got past Las Vegas Lights 3-1. Sacramento beat L.A. Galaxy II 1-0 om April 30. The California Capitol is the play.
USL Soccer Pick: Sacramento Republic
Sunday, May 23rd Matches
- New York Red Bulls II / Charleston Battery
The first match between Red Bulls II and Charleston Battery, on May 7, ended in a 1-1 draw. Since then NYRB II lost to Miami FC. Charlotte Independence dropped Charleston 3-0. No reason to believe the rematch doesn’t also end in a draw.
USL Soccer Pick: Draw
- Memphis 901 FC / Atlanta United II
Birmingham Legion beat Memphis 901 1-0 on May 15. So far this year, Atlanta United II has a loss versus Louisville City and a win against Oklahoma City Energy. ATL U II had the edge because this is on their pitch. Atlanta United is the play.
USL Soccer Pick: Atlanta United II
- Oakland Roots / L.A. Galaxy II
Oakland’s first ever match didn’t turn out well. Phoenix dominated the Roots 3-0. Los Angeles Galaxy II has a couple of wins, a draw, and a loss in their four matches in 2021. Galaxy should roll.
USL Soccer Pick: L.A. Galaxy II