With a month to go until the Gold Cup gets underway and the mid-season break in the MLS season for it, there is another mini set of midweek matches in the competition as the campaign begins to move towards the halfway mark.
It is mostly the Eastern Conference in the spotlight on Wednesday evening but that doesn’t mean the Western Conference is completely neglected. Two of these matches are live on TV for those of us in the UK while the streams are available for the other two games.
Wednesday’s fixtures are as follows: (UK kick off in brackets)
Toronto FC v D.C. United (01.00)
Houston Dynamo v Portland Timbers (01.30)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC v Atlanta United FC (03.00)
Seattle Sounders FC v Orlando City SC (03.30)
The two matches on the television are probably the pick of the two games on show on the evening. The first one between two sides who are former MLS Cup winners is live on the box as Toronto FC host DC United in a battle of two teams who began the season in decent form. The attention then turns to CenturyLink Field where the Seattle Sounders will look to close the gap between themselves and Los Angeles FC at the top of the table. They play host to an inconsistent Orlando City side.
Elsewhere the two sides who fought the MLS Cup final out last season face road trips on Wednesday evening. The Portland Timbers head to their Western Conference rivals Houston Dynamo while the champions Atlanta United will look to keep up their winning ways when they cross the border to take on Vancouver Whitecaps.
A couple of bets do tempt me over the course of the night but I’m wary that these midweek matches have thrown up some dodgy results in recent times so with that in mind, I’m going to play just the one which comes in the final game of the night where the Seattle Sounders host Orlando City in what looks like being an entertaining contest.
I like the home side here. Orlando have only won one match on their travels this season and that was at New York Red Bulls who put in a rotten performance on the night. In contrast to that, Seattle are undefeated on their own patch this season with only San Jose Earthquakes and Los Angeles FC leaving with as much as a point. That probably wasn’t the worst result against LAFC given the way they are playing at the minute so I’m comfortable playing Seattle to cover a goal here.
Back Seattle Sounders (-1AH) to beat Orlando City for a 4/10 stake at 1.73 with BetVictor