Complete Run Down Of MLS Week 22 Action With Picks & Odds Review

Kevin Stott

Thursday, August 4, 2016 9:26 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 9:26 PM UTC

Let’s look at the full MLS rundown that will be played from Friday to Sunday in our weekly league rundown for our SBR Soccer readers, with some exclusive picks.

Friday, August 5, 2016

NYCFC vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Eastern Conference leaders NYCFC served a cold dose of reality to the Colorado Rapids in Week 21, handing them their first defeat in 15 MLS matches in a 4-1 Home win at The House That Ruth Built, Yankee Stadium in The Bronx as former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard (8 goals) had a Hat Trick for the winners. This Friday NYCFC head west to San Jose to face the Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium in match probably more important to the hosts who sit in 8th place in the Western Conference. With NYCFC expanding into the MLS last season, these two have only played one time with NYCFC rolling to a 3-2 win here at Yankee stadium last season. With some Confidence, Momentum, GK Josh Saunders and a nice blend of younger and older players on its Roster, this club has finally hit its groove and should sail off the fumes from last week’s big Win over the red-hot Rapids in The Big Apple.

Final Score Prediction: Earthquakes 1 NYCFC 2
Free MLS Pick: NYCFC Draw No Bet +274 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Saturday, August 6, 2016

DC United vs. Philadelphia Union
Fabian Espindola (4 goals), Alvaro Saborio (4 goals), Patrick Nyarko (3 goals), Lamar Neagle (3 goals) and DC United (5-8-8, 20 GF-26 GA) welcome the Philadelphia Union (8-6-8, 36 GF-35 GA) to RFK Stadium on Saturday (MLS Live, The Comcast Network, NewsChannel 8) for a big Eastern Conference showdown. The L5 meetings in this series (PHI 3-0 DCU, PHI 1-0 DCU, DCU 3-2 PHI, DCU 2-1 PHI, PHI 1-0 DCU) shows the Home team to be an unbeaten 5-0-0 with the two meetings in DC going Over and averaging 4.0 gpg and a deeper dive revealing 6 straight Wins for the hosts. With these two clubs having won just 2 matches combined in their L12 and Chris Pontius (8 goals), Roland Alberg (6 goals), CJ Sapong (6 goals) and the Union (1-3-6, 10 GF-19 GA) so bad on the Road, taking a very small shot on the Hosts DCU (4-2-4, 13 GF-10 GA at Home) because of the series Home Trend (W6) is the pick in this match.

Final Score Prediction: DC United 2 Union 0
Free MLS Pick: DC United +105
Best Line Offered: at BetCRIS


Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution
Toronto FC will be playing its second match in just 3 Days when they welcome New England Revolution to Toronto on Saturday night. The L5 meetings in this Eastern Conference series reveals the Revs to be an unbeaten 3-2-0 against the Union with the last game here going Over the Total. With Jozy Altidore back for the Reds and the Revs also feeling good now, this seems like a great spot to play the Over as well as the Both Teams To Score ‘Yes’.

Final Score Prediction: Toronto FC 1 New England 1
Free MLS Pick: Over 2½ +123
Best Line Offered: at TheGreek

Montreal Impact vs. Houston Dynamo
The Montreal Impact play host to the Houston Dynamo in a big intra-conference date for both sides. The L8 meetings in this series has seen the Home team go 7-1-0 while a deeper handicapping dive reveals the Home team has not even been victorious just one time—a 1-1 Draw in Houston in 2012—in the 11 Regular Season meetings between these two. So this one is a megatrend and with Montreal an unbeaten 4-0-0 (14 GF-2 GA) at Home lifetime against the Road-challenged Dynamo (0-3-8, 9 GF-18 GA), it’s pretty obvious which side to back here in Quebec on Saturday night (MLS Live, ROOT Sports SW, TVA Sports (US), Sky Sports 1/HD (UK)).

Final Score Prediction: Impact 3 Dynamo 1
Free MLS Picks: Impact -116 
Best Line Offeredat Pinnacle


Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
The 6th-place Club in the Western Conference, the Vancouver Whitecaps head south to the Rocky Mountains to face the 2nd-place Colorado Rapids in a match more important to  the Whitecaps  who sit in the last Playoff spot heading into this weekend. The L5 meetings in this series show the Home side an unbeaten 4-1-0 (W-D-L) and coming off that aforementioned tough Loss at NYCFC in Week 21 should motivate the Rapids to squeeze out their usual 1-0 Win at Home here over the Whitecaps at The Dick where they are still unbeaten this MLS Regular Season. Colorado and Vancouver have just 2 Wins in their L12 combined matches.

Final Score Prediction: Rapids 1 Whitecaps 0
Free MLS Picks: Rapids -125 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago Fire
Real Salt Lake will be playing its second game in three days but will at least be at Home at Rio Tinto on Saturday night for this one when the Chicago Fire pay a visit to the Beehive State. In the L5 meetings in this intraconference series, the Home side has fared very well, winning no times, drawing twice and losing thrice. So, not so nice. Here, expect Yura Movsisyan, and the hosts to hold Chicago  at bay and win the match and secure all three points in what looks like a solid pick.

Final Score Prediction: Real Salt Lake 2 Fire 0
Free MLS Picks: Real Salt Lake -114
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Sunday August 7, 2016    

Portland Timbers vs Sporting Kansas City
These two just played in Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on July 31 and Sporting Kansas City defeated the defending MLS champion Portland Timbers, 1-0. Here on Sunday the call is again on the Under is the play as these two Western Conference clubs have now played to 6 straight Unders, despite the presence of two double-digit goal scorers in SKC’s Dominic Dwyer and the Timbers Fanendo Adi. Look for Diego Valeri and Portland to exact some revenge with possibly the same scoreline which SKC just beat them by in Kansas a week ago despite being just 1-2-3 (4 GF-6 GA) against this club in MLS Regular season play in the Rose City.

Final Score Prediction: Timbers 1 Sporting Kansas City 0
Free MLS Picks: Timbers +120
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Orlando SC vs. Seattle Sounders
Second-year MLS club Orlando City SC welcome the Seattle Sounders to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Sunday for a big intra-conference match for both sides who would both miss the Playoffs heading into this week of play. With OCSC  having just expanded into the league last year, these two teams have only met once with the Sounders winning 4-0 at CenturyLink Field in the Emerald City last August. With that Revenge in mind and with Seattle having to Travel some 3,076 miles and lose 3 hours going from PDT to EDT, this seems like a good spot for OCSC, especially following an impressive 3-1 win last weekend against New England here in the Sunshine State after falling behind 1-0 at Halftime as Molino had a brace and Larin scored once for OCSC. Seattle has really been down this season.

Final Score Prediction: Orlando SC 3 Sounders 1
Free MLS Picks: Orlando City +116
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


LA Galaxy vs New York Red Bulls
Bradley Wright-Phillips and the New York Red Bulls head west (young man) to suburban Lipstick City and Carson, California to face host LA Galaxy (9-9-3, 35 GF-20 GA) in the last fixture of MLS Week 22 on Sunday night. The L5 meetings in this series reveals that the Home team is 3-1-1- and with the Red Bulls having to deal with the Travel involved (2,792 miles) and losing 3 Hours going from EDT to PDT, the Site and Circadian Rhythm edges—the match will kick off at 9:30 p.m. EDT, late for athletes—definitely go to the host Galaxy (6-4-0, 21 GF-8 GA) who are still unbeaten at Home in Southern California and have allowed the second-least number of Goals in the MLS (20) behind the Rapids (19). These two teams have just one combined Loss in their L12 games and could very well meet in the MLS Cup this season but with the Red Bulls just 1-4-7 (15 GF-20 GA) on the Road, this is a great spot to back the Galaxy as well as the Over in a match which should have its fair share of goals.

Final Score Prediction: LA Galaxy 4 Red Bulls 2
Free MLS Picks: LA Galaxy -103
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

MLS Rundown Picks Record Last Week 21: 7-5-2 — MLS Rundown Picks Record Weeks 18-20: 31-21-1

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