It might be the international weekend but the MLS stops for no man or woman at this stage of the season and we have a truncated fixture list in the division this weekend, beginning with a bunch of matches on Saturday evening.
Although the focus of many will be with their national sides, there are some big matches on show for a few teams on Saturday night and with four of the five matches live on UK TV and the other on a stream we can enjoy the lot.
Saturday’s fixtures are as follows: (UK kick off in brackets)
New York City FC v New England Revolution (20.30)
FC Cincinnati v Toronto FC (00.30)
Orlando City SC v Los Angeles Football Club (00.30)
Colorado Rapids v Seattle Sounders FC (02.00)
Portland Timbers v Sporting Kansas City (03.30)
It is a big night in the race for the postseason spots in both Conferences on Saturday while events towards the top of them both could be impacted on as well. It starts with New York City and their quest to go to the top of the Eastern Conference. A win over New England Revolution will get them there but the Revs need the points to keep in control of their postseason destiny. Toronto FC are in the same boat as New England and they will know that they can’t afford to slip up against FC Cincinnati. If either the Revs or Toronto do slip up a win for Orlando City moves them to within a win of the top seven although beating Los Angeles FC is easier said than done.
The other two matches focus on the Western Conference with second placed Seattle Sounders looking to maintain their chance of a home first round postseason match. They head to Colorado Rapids while Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City will both be looking for the points when they meet at Providence Park as they look to keep up their challenge for a spot in the end of season extravaganza.
I’ll take a couple of bets tonight with Toronto FC the first of them. When Jozy Altidore avoided being called up for international duty I had them on my radar and although I don’t usually like taking away sides at odds on in football I’m happy to make an exception when they are playing at Cincinnati. Cincinnati aren’t much good at the best of times but they are without their top score Allan Cruz for this one as he is on international duty and a couple of other key attackers are missing. Toronto haven’t been hit as badly by call ups this week and so I expect them to pick up a much needed win over the worst team in the league.
The other bet I like is for Colorado Rapids to beat Seattle Sounders. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Seattle need to pick some players out of the travelling fans to play here because they are without a whole bunch of players on international duty and another load who are injured. Colorado Rapids haven’t been that decimated by call ups and have enough quality to give a much weakened Seattle side a game. I wouldn’t normally be taking Colorado but I do think this is one week where we can justify a punt.
WON – Back Toronto FC to beat FC Cincinnati for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Betfair
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WON – Back Colorado Rapids to beat Seattle Sounders for a 4/10 stake at 2.05 with Betway