Orlando City Puts Streak on Line in MLS Tilt vs. Real Salt Lake

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Kevin Stott

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 8:58 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 1, 2018 8:58 PM UTC

Orlando City SC takes a five-game winning streak into Sunday's lone match on the MLS schedule. Let's check out three key Saturday games and the Sunshine State showdown.

MLS: Matchweek 10 Select PicksNew York Red Bulls vs. New York City FCFree MLS Pick: Red Bulls +101Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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David Villa (4 goals), Maximiliano Morález (4 goals) and Eastern Conference-leading New York City FC (6-2-1, 19 GF/10 GA) collide with Bradley Wright-Phillips (5 goals) and the New York Red Bulls (4-0-3, 17 GF/10 GA) in Harrison, N.J., on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; ESPN) in the Hudson River Derby, a fixture seemingly more important to the sixth-place hosts. A look at the L5 meetings in this budding rivalry shows the home side 3-1-1, with NYCFC also 3-1-1and 1-1-1 the L3 meetings at Red Bull Stadium. Expect the Red Bulls to come out strong here at home in what would appear to be a shootout on paper, but should be tight and right around (or on) the "total" of 3 (over -115, Bovada) on the MLS odds board. The Red Bulls are 3-0-1 at home, while NYCFC is 2-2-1 on the road and already has gotten scoring from 10 different players. The Red Bulls should protect their own (rightfully so on Kentucky Derby Day) Kentucky bluegrass home turf. Final score prediction: Red Bulls 2 NYCFC 1.

Los Angeles FC vs. FC DallasFree MLS Picks: LAFC +104; Over 2¾ -128Best Lines Offered: Pinnacle; BetOnline

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After a dramatic 1-0 win over Seattle on Laurent Ciman's free kick to properly christen Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles FC (5-0-2, 17 GF/13 GA) welcomes FC Dallas (3-3-1, 10 GF/6 GA) to their new digs Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. With Carlos Vela (5 goals), Diego Rossi (4 goals), and LAFC riding a wave of confidence and having an icon in head coach Bob Bradley, expect them to score first against FC Dallas (1-0-1 on road) and then somehow -- for your MLS picks -- find a way to get that crucial second goal and the victory. Final score prediction: LAFC 2, FC Dallas 1.

Seattle Sounders vs. Columbus CrewFree MLS Pick: Under 2½ +110Best Line Offered: Bovada

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This interconference showdown, on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, between Clint Dempsey and the host Sounders (1-1-5, 5 GF/9 GA) and Gyasi Zardes (5 goals) and the Crew (4-2-3, 13 GF/10 GA) is way more important for the hosts. Seattle, the defending Western Conference champion, is in 12th place and has an MLS-low five goals. Columbus has won three of the last five meetings in the series, but the Sounders have clean sheets in their two wins. Three of the last four meetings have gone "over." Seattle (1-0-2 at home) is coming off a great defensive performance at LAFC despite the loss and can’t afford many mistakes moving forward. This could be a hard-fought slog with scoring coming at a real premium. Final score prediction: Sounders 1, Crew 0.

Orlando City SC Lions vs. Real Salt LakeFree MLS Picks: Orlando City SC -138; Under 2½Best Lines Offered: Pinnacle; Bovada

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Orlando City (5-1-2, 16 GF/13 GA) has come from behind in its last three games to win and will take a healthy five-game winning streak into game vs. Real Salt Lake on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. With Orlando City a recent addition to the league, these two teams have met only three times with the Lions leading the series 1-2-0 thanks to a 1-0 win last year in Utah after consecutive draws to begin their long-distance soccer relationship. With Joao Plata (3 goals) and Real Salt Lake (3-1-4, 9 GF/16 GA) a weak 0-1-3 on the road, and New Kid In Town Dominic Dwyer (5 goals) and Orlando City SC (3-1-1 at home) playing so well, back the Lions — who had three players on the MLS Team of the Week in Yoshi Yotún, Justin Meram and Jason Kreis — to keep the party going. Final score prediction: Orlando City SC 1, Real Salt Lake 0.

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Defend our turf. Extend the streak. Make history.

Sunday. pic.twitter.com/Pa3DK4WarZ

— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 30, 2018
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