Important World Cup qualifiers for the U.S. Men’s National Team will take center stage on Thursday and Sunday, but Friday and Saturday belong to Major League Soccer. Despite some national team players missing out, there is a full slate of MLS action this weekend. Let’s check out some of the top games on the schedule so you can bet against the MLS odds.
Top MLS Games to Watch and Wager On the Weekend (Sep 3rd – 4th)
Nashville SC vs New York City FC
The fun gets started on Friday night with a game between two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, as Nashville is hosting NYCFC. The betting odds for this game couldn’t be much tighter with Nashville being a slight underdog at +165 and NYCFC at +155. Not only does Nashville have one of the best defensive records in MLS but they also have two reliable goal scorers in C.J. Sapong and Hany Mukhtar, who have combined for half of the team’s 34 goals this season. Coming off a road win over Atlanta last weekend, Nashville has outscored its last three opponents 8-3. It’s also worth noting that NYCFC is winless in its last five away matches despite having the best goal difference in MLS.
Philadelphia Union vs New England Revolution
While they are running away with the Eastern Conference, the Revolution showed that they are actually human when they lost 2-0 to NYCFC last weekend. That loss snapped a nine-game unbeaten stretch and also helped to make the Revs underdogs this week with a Moneyline of +210 while the home team is at +108. Keep in mind that Tajon Buchanan, who has been scorching hot lately, will miss the game while playing with Canada. Of course, the Union will be without goalie Andre Blake. Also, Philadelphia has just one win in its last five league games, so this isn’t a team that’s trending in the right direction.
Orlando City SC vs Columbus Crew
Orlando has a perfect opportunity to break away from the pack in the Eastern Conference and inch closer to New England when they host Columbus on Saturday. The home team is heavily favored at -133 while the visiting Crew is listed at +340. Daryl Dike is working his way back from injury and wasn’t called up for international duty, so he could return to the starting lineup in this game and give Nani some help in Orlando’s attack, especially with Canadian playmaker Tesho Akindele unavailable. As for the Crew, they stopped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati last weekend. But with 17 goals conceded in their last seven games, Columbus needs to shore things up defensively if they want to grab another positive result.
San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids
The weekend ends with the Earthquakes playing host to Colorado in what should be a tight matchup. The Rapids are slight favorites on the road at +141 while San Jose’s Moneyline is listed at +170. Colorado is just four points out of first place in the Western Conference but with two games in hand. After earning a draw against Sporting KC last week, the Rapids are unbeaten in six straight games. They have one of the best defenses in MLS, making it tough for the Earthquakes, who have scored just 24 goals in 20 games this season. To be fair, San Jose has gone 10 straight matches without a loss, so perhaps a draw at +240 is the best option in this game.