With the 20202 USL season just a few weeks past the mid-season mark of its revised 13-game season, it’s time to take a look at which teams are flying high, which teams are failing miserably and which teams are offering the best value heading into their respective matchups this coming week so you can make your bets against their USL odds.
USL Championship – Top Games, Highlights, and Predictions
Wednesday, August 19
LA Galaxy II (3-1-0) vs Phoenix Rising (5-1-1) at 4:00 PM ET
- Where: Dignity Health Sports Park
Los Angeles is sitting in fourth place in group B. The Galaxy II have gone 1-0 at home and 2-1 on the road. LA has scored seven goals and allowed five. LA comes into this affair off a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sacramento on July 25. Phoenix is sitting atop the group B standings, two games clear of second place Orange County (3-0-2). The Rising have scored a league-high 21 goals while tying for sixth in fewest goals allowed (6). Phoenix has won three straight including a 2-0 shutout win over San Diego on Saturday. In addition to that, the Rising recorded an emphatic 4-0 smackdown win over the Galaxy II on Saturday, July 11 and are the easy pick to get it done again.
Pick: Phoenix 3 LA Galaxy 1
Saturday, August 22
San Diego Royal (3-3-2) vs Reno 1868 FC (5-2-0) at 9:00 PM ET
- Where: Torero Stadium
San Diego is in third place in group B. The Loyal have scored six goals in eight matches while allowing eight defensively. San Diego has lost two straight including a 2-0 loss against Phoenix on Saturday. Reno is sitting atop the group A standings, one win ahead of second place Sacramento (4-1-3). Reno is tied for third in goals scored with 15 while tying for 12th in fewest goals allowed (7). Reno bounced back from a loss in their previous game by smacking Portland senseless en route to an emphatic 5-2 win on Saturday. Yeah…this one should be over by halftime!
Pick: Reno 4 San Diego 1
Real Monarchs SLC (1-3-1) vs New Mexico United (4-2-1) at 9:00 PM ET
The Monarchs are sitting in third place in the group C standings. They’ve scored five goals in five matches while allowing seven goals defensively. The Monarchs have gone 0-2-1 at home and 1-1 on the road and come into this affair off a narrow, 1-0 loss against El Paso on Saturday. New Mexico is sitting atop the group C standings, one win ahead of second place El Paso (3-2-2). The United are tied for ninth in goals scored (12) while allowing 10 goals defensively (T-12). New Mexico has gone 4-2-1 on the road this season and comes into this meeting fresh off a 1-0 win over Colorado on Saturday. With the United playing the role of road warriors this season, they’re the simple pick to get it done again.
Pick: New Mexico 3 Monarchs 1
The Best of the Rest
San Antonio FC (4-0-3)
San Antonio is sitting atop the group D standings, with no losses in seven matches this season as second place Tulsa (2-0-3) looks to keep pace.
Indy Eleven (6-2-1)
Indy Eleven is the only team in the USL that has recorded six victories. Second place Saint Louis (4-3-1) is looking to keep p with the league leaders moving forward. Indy is third in goals scored (15) and tied for 10th in goals allowed (7).
Hartford Athletic (5-1-0)
The Athletic are in first place in group F, one win ahead of second place Pittsburgh (4-3-0) The Athletic are tied for fifth in goals scored (14) and have limited the opposition to nine goals defensively.
Birmingham Legion FC (5-1-2)
The Legion are sitting atop the group G standings, three games up on the second place Charleston Independence (2-1-3). Birmingham is tied for fifth in goals scored (14) while tying for the fourth fewest goals allowed (5).
Tampa Bay Rowdies (5-0-3)
The Rowdies sit atop the group H standings, two games clear of the second place Charleston Battery (3-2-2). Tampa Bay is tied for fifth in goals scored (14) and fourth in fewest goals allowed (5).