MLS Soccer Saturday for August 23, 2014

Here’s a breakdown of our winning picks today. Enjoy.

Sporting KC gets the home win today against DC to stay atop the Eastern Conference and the chase for the Supporter’s Shield. Prediction: 2-1 SKC.

New York Red Bulls are in a must-win situation at home and must find a win here against Montreal. Our best play of the day here. Expect goals in this one. Prediction: 3-1 Red Bulls.

Columbus and Houston will battle it out to a draw today. Prediction: 1-1 Draw.

Chivas USA is our upset pick today against the struggling Revs. Prediction 2-1 Chivas USA.

LA and Vancouver is always a tight match. Might be worth taking LA on the AH but we’re calling draw in this one. Expect a lot of goals in this one. Prediction: 2-2 Draw – nail-biter with a late stoppage time goal in the cards.

Sunday…

Timbers and Seattle battle in another Cascadia Cup Clash. Timbers ironically haven’t been too good at home, but this rivalry game always brings out the best. We’re laying on the money line and playing over 2.5 goals in this one. Prediction: 2-2 Draw.

Finally, Philly and San Jose take the pitch to round out the weekend. We can’t make heads or tails of the Quakes this year, but we do expect some goals in this one. We’ll lean with the visitors to get the road win on the West Coast this go around to stay in the mix. Prediction: 2-1 Union, but over is the play for bettors in this one.

Cheers! Go Large!

MLS Soccer Saturday – Week 23 and playoff races heat up

Let’s just get to it shall we …

Chicago at Montreal

Intriquing match-up this one. The visiting team has never one a game in these between the two clubs. Let’s face it, though, Montreal is just bad this year. Look for them to play hard and salvage some pride in this one – playoffs are pretty much non-existent at this point. Chicago will play to win this one, but will be happy with leaving Canada with a point. Under 2.5 goals is the best play on this match.

Prediction: 1-1 Draw

LA Galaxy at Columbus

Home dog? What? We’re all over it. LA’s weaknesses were exploited last week by San Jose and good coaches do their homework. We’ll back the Crew for the “upset” this week at home at positive money.

Prediction: 2-1 Columbus
*Expect a late goal to blow the draw many of you probably will take :)

Portland at New England

Timbers on the road – we’ll take it all day. They seem to play better on the road; even across country.
Risk play: Timber to win. Value play: Draw.

Prediction: 1-1 Draw

Toronto vs. Sporting Kansas City

If we were betting folks (oops, we are), we would lay it down big on the over in this one. Both teams have too many weapons not to have the scoreboard light up. We’ll back the home team to win this one, but the better play is over at very very generous odds.

Prediction: 3-2 SKC

FC Dallas at San Jose

FC Dallas suffered a crushing lost in OT this week in the US Open Cup again Philly and now has to travel to a surging goonie squad in Silicon Valley. We’ll back the home team in this one.

Prediction: 3-1 Quakes

Sunday

Colorado at DC United

Having allowed seven goals in their last three games, the Colorado Rapids could certainly use center back Shane O’Neill’s services. But it doesn’t appear the 20-year-old will be back in action – at least not anytime soon. However, this might make one just jump all over – pun intended – on the over in this match. Hold your horses, cowboy. DC is playing some good ball and has one of the best keepers in the league with a defense that has gelled this season and playing pretty superb. We’ll back DC to get a win and stay in the mix with a clean sheet. Avoid thinking lots of goals in this one — won’t happen.

Prediction: 2-0 DC United

Houston Dynamo will regain form on MLS Friday Night Futball

We have a busy busy schedule of MLS Soccer this week starting with a great match-up on Friday night in Houston where the Philadelphia Union head to Texas for this Eastern Conference showdown.

Don’t over think this one; it’s a no brainer. Houston has struggled this season, but boy are they tough at home and desperate for win with some new key personnel now in place too. If you’re feeling gutsy, maybe even throwdown on a prop for a clean sheet in this one at very generous odds.

Vegas wiffed on this one. Jump on the generous money line quick before it skyrockets! Let us know what you think?

Prediction: 2-0 Houston.

Other predictions will be up on Saturday morning. For now, here’s the schedule for this week’s action.

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MLS WEEK 23 Schedule

Friday, August 15
9 pm ET Houston vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN

Saturday, August 16
2:30 pm ET Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle, NBCSN
6:30 pm ET Montreal vs. Chicago
7:30 pm ET Columbus vs. LA Galaxy
8:30 pm ET New England vs. Portland
10:30 pm ET Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC
10:30 pm ET Chivas USA vs. Vancouver
10:30 pm ET San Jose vs. FC Dallas

Sunday, August 17
8 pm ET D.C. United vs. Colorado, UDN

MLS Soccer kicks off first weekend of August

The MLS soccer weekend schedule, which again includes a Friday night special (Philadelphia-Sporting Kansas City) and several classics, is rife with important intraconference matches. Saturday play begins in the morning at StubHub Center with the LA Galaxy-Timbers game on NBC and ends in the evening with the San Jose-Seattle match that opens Levi’s Stadium, the NFL 49ers’ new stadium.

So, let’s break down the games for this weekend and win some cash, shall we …

Philadelphia vs. Sporting Kansas City

All points lead for the home team to cover in this one, but oddsmakers aren’t showing SKC too much love with a pretty meager money line. SKC Manager Peter Vermes will be without potential centerback replacement Lawrence Olum due to international duty, while left back Seth Sinovic is questionable with a groin strain. The roster rotation could see opportunities for the MLS debuts of Jorge Claros, a member of the Honduras Men’s National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Philippine international Martin Steuble. The Union seem to play well in Kansas City for some reason and will desperate to grab at least a point to stay in the mix in the eastern conference. We’re going to lean with the draw in this one. And, although SKC games have gone over in the last five games, we’re not buying it on this one as this will be a pretty conservative match tonight.

Prediction: 1-1 Draw

Portland vs. LA Galaxy

A bright and early start for the west coast Saturday at the StubHub Center. There is going to be over-reaction big time from the Galaxy’s dismantling of the Sounders on Monday night and there will be tons of public action on them to grab a home win. Portland is a much better team on the road than at home for some weird reason. This is a tough one to call but Portland needs points to move the up the table to have a shot at post-season play and we they’ll get a least one during this outing.

Prediction: 2-2 Draw. Best play is the over in this one.

Toronto vs. Montreal

No question whatsoever in this one, take the heavy road dogs in this one and play it big.

Prediction: 3-1 Toronto

New England vs. New York

The Revs revived their season this week (which we called it) by beating Colorado badly at home on Wednesday. That was a big payday for us, hope you knocked it out as well. New York’s draw with RSL also paid out nicely on Wednesday, but honestly, this team has little to no identity. It’s tough to gauge what team will take the field week to week. Only thing is they are at home and Red Bull arena is a tough place to play for road teams. We’ll lean to the home team in this one but only playing the AH giving up the 3/4 ball.

Prediction: 2-1 New York

Columbus vs. Chicago

Passing on this one. Too tough to call.

Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado

Rapids bounce back at home at generous home team odds. Snag it up quick.

Prediction: 1-0 Colorado

Seattle vs. San Jose

Shameful Sounder performance and now being on the road has affected this line big time. Even with all the goal scorers on the field, there won’t be too many on the scoreboard. This game is at the new 49rs stadium so a pseudo-home game for San Jose. Expect a tight game.

Prediction:  1-1 Draw

As for Sunday’s matches, we’ll post those Sunday morning.

Have a great and lucky weekend. Go Big!

MLS Soccer Wednesday – Big games for bubble teams

Let’s cut to the chase …

DC United vs. Toronto FC

DC United hosts Toronto FC in our first match of the evening. This is the third regular-season meeting between the two squads. A Jermain Defoe goal decided the first one at BMO Field March 22 in favor of TFC, 1-0, which marked the first time since it joined MLS in 2007 it  had won its first two games of the season. United then went on a 7-3-4 run before running into TFC again at BMO Field July 5, and this time D.C. prevailed, 2-1. D.C. United picked up 23-year-old defender Kofi Opare this week and the LA Galaxy’s second-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft in an exchange of allocation swaps that moved the Galaxy up to the No. 3 spot behind Columbus and FC Dallas. Interested in seeing if he gets the nod tonight or not.

First of all this game will not be a draw. We like the road dog to get three points in this one and love the over 2.5 goals. DC has been in good form, but they tend to fall flat in games with meaning. Toronto FC has struggled of late, but this is turn-around game for a very talented team.

Prediction: 2-1 Toronto FC

New England vs. Colorado

New England then hosts Colorado. This is a must-win for the Revs, no question about it. Yes, they have looked awful and might be one of the worst teams in all of MLS this year, but we love to back desperate teams with home underdog odds. The sportsbooks have wiffed big time in this one, so jumped on it.

Prediction: 1-0 New England

Chicago vs. Vancouver

The easiest win of the night is Chicago at home against Vancouver. Call for a big play on this one with good odds and possibly even a clean sheet. The Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact exchanged midfielders this week, and the Fire acquired Gambian Sanna Nyassi for Dilly Duka. Biggest play of the night — go big on this one.

Prediction: 2-0 Chicago

New York vs. Real Salt Lake

The last game should be a good one between New York and Real Salt Lake. New York’s road record of 2-4-5 doesn’t inspire much confidence, but so far in 2014 it has been very much a hit-or-miss team. It holds just a slim one-point lead for the final playoff spot over New England, which has lost eight straight games. Hard to call on this one, but we’ll put a little on the draw for good measure.

Prediction: 1-1 Draw

That’ll do it. Lots of confident winners tonight.

Have fun and Go Big!

Galaxy head to Seatle in MLS Monday Night Futball classico

Simple gang … back the home side in this one at good odds.

Don’t fall for the draw. A prime time Monday night game will produce goals and a winner.

Prediction: 2-1 Seattle Sounders

PS,
Caught some flack for not posting Saturday/Sunday. Sorry. Future note, if no predictions posted, probably not a good idea to play. Three road dogs won and a unpredicted draw highlighted the weekend, so we backed off until tonight.

Go Sounders! Go Big!

Chivas is a dangerous foe right now – MLS Soccer Friday Night

The headline speaks for it’s itself.

After crushing both mid-week games with 3 unit payouts, back to business this Friday night with an intriguing match-up between Chivas USA and Colorado Rapids.

Oddsmakers have moved the line in favor of the home side with a pretty significant money line to swallow to back them. We feel this is a trap game as sportsbooks are looking to get back what they’ve lost the last couple days.

Chivas is desperate team and makes them a dangerous team in MLS Soccer.

We’re leaning to the draw in this one for big value with very generous odds. Expect some goals as well.

Prediction: 2-2 Draw

Some great games set for the weekend. Check back Saturday afternoon for our weekend picks.

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RSL gets back on track at Rio Tinto (MLS Soccer Thursday)

Let’s keep it simple. Both teams have been struggling to find form of late. RSL has much better talent on paper and are playing in one of the toughest places for a visiting team to win a match in all of MLS Soccer.

We’ll back the home team to get back on track with possibly a clean sheet against a Montreal team that failed to even win 1 game on the road. If the odds are too much to swallow, give the 3/4 on the AH and make it happen captain.

Don’t over think this one and go with the better side with possibly even a clean sheet.

Prediction: 2-0 Real Salt Lake

It won’t even be close on the stats table.

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Goonies to spoil Yallop return to San Jose (MLS Soccer Week 19)

In the midst of a ton of club friendlies tonight, there’s one match that counts to the MLS Soccer standings and both teams will be fighting for points tonight with Frank yallop’s return to the San Jose Earthquakes as the Chicago Fire’s manager.

To keep it short and sweet, both are tired and on short rest, and both desperately need points. We love the Goonies in this situation. At first glance draw seems logical, but we’ll back the home team in this one with great odds.

Prediction: 2-1 Quakes

Go Big!

MLS Soccer mid-week action for July 16, 2014

MLS Picks is back!!!

After a World Cup break, we are back and better than ever for the webs best picks in MLS Soccer.

So let’s cut the crud and bring you our mid-week locks…

New York at Philadelphia

A struggling Philadelphia Union hosts New York to get us going Wednesday night. On paper in the table, the Red Bulls seem like the bet of the night – but slow your roll. Philly is desperate for points and need a home win. Granted, they aren’t very good, but this has upset written all over it. We’ll back the Union to come out on top at great +odds. The over 2 3/4 play seems really nice play as well. Prediction 2-1 Union in a nail biter.

Sporting Kansas City at Columbus Crew

SKC and the Crew renew their Easter Conference rivalry in the next match on Wednesday’s card. Not sure if Higuain is playing, and that could have a factor. This game has draw written all over it, although Dom Dwyer might say otherwise. Tough call on this one, but we’ll back even steven at 90 minutes. Prediction: 1-1 Draw.

Vancouver at Toronto

Battle Canada follows and this one will piss people off. Vancouver is improving and really need points. Toronto can be hit or miss – even at home. This one at first glance screams to back the home side with generous odds – which is a red flag for us. We’ll take our second draw of the evening in this one with lots of goals. Prediction: 2-2 Draw.

New England at Los Angeles

And in the night cap, NE vs. LA. This is our upset pick of the week. The Revs have stunk up the place the past five outings, but typically have success out West. LA has not looked good at all, squeaking out wins. We’ll back the visitors in this one at long-shot prices +400 for an all-out victory at the Stub Hub Center – which we all know happens at least once in a season. This is that game, so scoop it up and head to sizzler! Prediction: 1-0 Revolution.

Good luck and Go large!

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