MLS TIPS 2015 ROUND 3
Round 3 of the MLS kicks off in Philadelphia when the Union host the travelling F.C Dallas at PPL Park. Dallas are in good form after two first up wins but they will find it tough against a Union side that bagged three goals against RSL last weekend.
It's a hard game to call this one as both sides did manage to score three times last week. With that in mind I wouldn't be surprised to see a high-scoring contest. Philadelphia are the favourites on the betting markets but I'm going to go against that and tip FC Dallas. Philly have never beaten Dallas in the MLS and I think that run will continue.
My Tip: FC Dallas Win
First off a big congrats to Montreal for their 1st leg victory in the CONCACAF Champions League Semi Final. I did a bit of research on the history of MLS teams in that competition and by all records this result during the week was a massive one for all involved at the Impact.
The Impact had the week off in the MLS last week whilst New England have been in awful form in their opening two matches. The Revolution return home to Gillette Stadium for the first time this season on Saturday morning Australian time and will be keen to kick-start their season with a win.
Looking at the betting sites, New England are listed as heavy favourites and I could only predict that has something to do with Montreal backing up from the mid-week game. I'm going to go against that and tip a score draw. New England have lacked in the final third but I think they'll grab one or two on the weekend.
My Tip: Draw
I've been keeping a keen eye on NYCFC in both their games and whilst I knew David Villa would be a top talent in the MLS I'm pretty impressed with Mix Diskerud as well as a couple of the other players.
Colorado are another team that didn't play last weekend so it's hard to really have much of a read on their chances this weekend. I think a draw is a likely result but I'm going to lean towards New York and tip the visitors for the win.
My Tip: NYCFC Win
Both these teams grabbed wins last week and I'll be honest, I think Vancouver's 2-0 road win over Chicago was more impressive. Again I only saw highlights from this side of the world but Orlando's goal was just real luck for the Lions. I think they'll be challenged by the Whitecaps.
Vancouver got the job done on the road last week but I don't think they'll get all three points at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday morning. I'm backing the draw here.
My Tip: Draw
*Apologies: This Game is a Sporting Home Game, Not In Portland!
I was hurrying the MLS graphics and didn't realize this game is actually being played in Kansas City. That makes a big difference to who I'm going to be tipping. Sporting are the favourites but were off the pace against Dallas last week.
Returning home makes a big difference to their chances and I can see them getting the job done against a Portland side that were unlucky not to beat the Galaxy last weekend.
My Tip: Sporting KC Win
The final game on a busy Saturday night (US time) sees L.A Galaxy host the Houston Dynamo. The defending champions picked up a late draw on the road in Portland last week whilst Houston were a tad unlucky to lose to Orlando at home.
L.A Galaxy are the heavy favourites for this game and it's understandable. They are the defending champions for a reason and I can see them getting the job done against the Dynamo.
My Tip: L.A Galaxy Win
New York Red Bulls host DC United in the first game on Monday morning (Australian time) and although DC United have had the better results over their last few meetings with the Red Bulls, the team from the capital are without a win at Red Bull Arena in their last four visits.
It's another tough game to predict here but I'll follow the home advantage and back the Red Bulls.
My Tip: NY Red Bulls Win
*Game Is At Avaya Stadium, San Jose*
Another mistake in my graphics as San Jose hosts Chicago Fire at the brand-new Avaya Stadium. A massive game for the Quakes as they play in a stadium that has been a long-time in the making. It's taken eight years since the first proposal was made to get to this point and it's great to San Jose to have their own soccer-specific stadium.
Onto the actual game and I have to back San Jose here. They picked up a big win away to Seattle last week and I can see them lifting their spirits as they open their new stadium. Chicago are zero from two and I think they're going to lose a third against the Quakes.
My Tip: San Jose Win