Defending Conference Champions Sounders Good Bets on Matchday 1

Kevin Stott

Saturday, March 3, 2018 7:54 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 7:54 PM UTC

The 2018 MLS Regular Season kicks off this weekend with 10 matches, and we've got two pretty good spots to back the more confident hosts.

DC United at Orlando City SC · Orlando City Stadium · Orlando, Florida

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Two players who helped get still relatively new Orlando City SC off of the ground, Kaká and Cyle Larin are now gone from the OCSC attack, but the club dealt for Sacha Kljestan and Justin Meram in a wave of 13 Offseason moves in hoping that an influx of new players can bring some Postseason play. On Saturday night, Orlando plays host to DC United in a big game for both sides who had a disappointing season in 2017. Can we have a do-over? We basically are. Looking at the L5 meetings in this East series, we see that the Home side has gone 4-0-1 with Orlando over that span, out-scoring DCU, 10-7 in games that averaged a robust 3.0 gpg (3 Overs, 2 Unders). But expect goals to be scarce here with the nervousness of potentially losing in Week 1 and a little Rust likely prevalent with DC United also moving on from longtime GK Bill Hamid (sold to FC Midtjylland) with David Ousted (Whitecaps) and Steve Clark (Crew) reportedly competing for the starting spot. For both sides involved, all of these new players getting used to each other and their individual roles may take some time.

Final Score Prediction: Orlando City 1 DC United 0Free MLS Picks: Orlando SC -133, Under 2½Best Line Offered: at Intertops Los Angeles FC at Seattle Sounders · CenturyLink Field · Seattle, Washington

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GK Stefan Frei, D Chad Marshall and defending Western Conference champions Seattle held opponents scoreless in Western Conference Postseason action (7-0) in getting back to the MLS Cup while trying to defend its’ championship in its rematch and eventual 2-0 loss to Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup. And the Defense will again have to be the focus this 2018 MLS Regular Season with Jordan Morris sadly expected to miss the entire season for Seattle. But with the face of the league—the ageless Clint Dempsey—the Sounders should have enough skill guys to put more goals on the scoreboard than they did last season (52). On Sunday, Seattle will host Carlos Vela an expansion side Los Angeles FC in the Western Conference lidlifter for both in what seems like a nice spot to back Frei the hosts who won’t want to lose at Home in the Emerald City in front of its loyal and loud fans to a club playing its first match.

Final Score Prediction: Sounders 3 Los Angeles FC 1MLS Picks: Sounders -154, Over 2½Best Line Offered: at Intertops
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