Another weekend begins in the Major League Soccer campaign on Friday night when three fixtures take place as some of the leading contenders for the MLS Cup later in the season step onto the pitch to show their worth once again.
The punishing schedule is beginning to take a few casualties and the better sides are starting to come to the fore, three of whom are on show on Friday evening. All three matches are live on Free Sports for us in the UK.
DC United vs New England Revolution (00.00)
The first match of the night comes from the capital as the second placed side in the Eastern Conference, DC United, takes on the resurgent New England Revolution, who you felt was always going to hit form again once Bruce Arena came into the building.
DC are just in the middle of a wobble at the minute. That isn’t a huge surprise. The schedule has been punishing and they’ve had some key players on international duty but they are back now although they are without the suspended Luciano Acosta here which is a huge loss. New England are in great form at the minute. One reason for that was the international departures generally missing their key players and I’ve a feeling they are real contenders in this match. I’m not quite confident enough to put my money where my mouth is though.
Houston Dynamo vs Los Angeles FC (02.00)
The second match of the night comes from the Western Conference where the leaders Los Angeles FC make the trip to Texas to take on the Houston Dynamo who have been one of the hardest sides to predict all tournament.
I’ve mentioned tough schedules a lot in recent weeks and that applies even more to LAFC who were in the US Open Cup on Wednesday night and rightly played a full strength side in that. They lost and now have to play this game 48hrs later. Houston are not reliable but if they perform anywhere it is usually at home and given that Los Angeles have to make a load of changes or be absolutely knackered I’ve got to think this is a good chance for the Dynamo to turn their form around.
Los Angeles Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes (04.00)
The final match of what looks like being a good night of action in the leading league in America sees two sides in the top six of the Western Conference colliding when second placed LA Galaxy take on the in form San Jose Earthquakes.
The Galaxy have hit a spell of inconsistency in recent times but having players away with Mexico in the Gold Cup won’t have helped them so it will be interesting to see how they get on now everyone is back for them. They will need to play well because there is a lot to like about their California rivals San Jose at the minute. This is more a match to watch and monitor rather than bet though which is what I’ll do.
Back Houston Dynamo (-0.25AH) to beat Los Angeles FC for a 4/10 stake at 1.96 with BetVictor