Last Updated on June 20, 2022 9:11 pm by Erwin Noguera
Matchday 15 of the MLS ended last Sunday and Los Angeles FC continues to lead in the West and New York City in the East, however, both got a draw, and their advantages were shortened, so on this Matchday 16, they cannot leave more points in the way.
The most attractive game of the weekend will be the one between Los Angeles FC and New York Red Bulls at the Bank of California Stadium. The local is first in the general table while the visitor is second in the Eastern Conference, 1 point behind New York City.
Precisely the other New York team will play for the first place when they visit Philadelphia Union, third in the east just 1 unit behind their rival in turn. It will undoubtedly be one of the favorite meetings of the Matchday.
Austin FC and FC Dallas are two other teams that want to move up the table and will face each other in the Texan classic. The first is third and the second is fourth in the Western Conference, with a difference of two points and, since Real Salt Lake played its game corresponding to this date (loss 2-1 against Vancouver Whitecaps), whoever wins gets second. Even Austin can be first if Los Angeles loses.
In addition, we also include in this tour the game on Friday, the one that opens the curtain of the weekend, where Orlando City SC will visit FC Cincinnati in search of reaching the peak of the East, while the local hopes to add to get into the group of qualified to the next phase.
MLS Matchday 16: Los Angeles FC vs. New York Red Bull
When: Sunday, June 26 at 03:00 pm ET
Moneyline odds: Los Angeles FC +104 / New York Red Bulls +230 (Source: MyBookie.ag)
Draw Offs: +260
Where Can I Watch? ESPN / ABC
The Californian team is coming off a tough draw against the Seattle Sounders (1-1) with a goal from Colombian Cristian Arango, who scored for the second consecutive match. One of the good news was the return of Carlos Vela, who also reached 100 games with the club, however, he has not yet resolved his future, which is still up in the air.
On the visiting sides, they come from beating Toronto FC 2-0 with goals from Lewis Morgan and Luquinhas, getting closer to their backyard rival (who has 2 games less) in the leadership of the Eastern Conference, and whom they will face midweek for the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup.
This will be the third game between both clubs, which has a balance of one victory per side, always for the local team.
Los Angeles FC vs. New York Red Bull Betting Pick: Los Angeles FC
MLS Matchday 16: Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC
When: Sunday, June 26 at 06:00 pm ET
Moneyline odds: Philadelphia Union +141 / New York City FC +175 (Source: MyBookie.ag)
Draw Offs: +240
Where Can I Watch? Fox Sports
Philadelphia Union comes into this match on a drawing streak, as there have 7 ties in their last 8 games (1 win) in the league. Despite this, they have managed to stay in the top positions of the table, since they are third in the Eastern Conference with 26 points, one less than the leader, NY City, who will be their rival this weekend.
For those led by Nicholas Cushing, things are going very well. They have gone 12 games undefeated in all competitions while in the league they have 23 points out of a possible 27. The last game was a draw against the Colorado Rapids (1-1), which allowed them to keep their place despite having fewer games than their rivals.
Philadelphia Union vs. New York City FC Betting Pick: Draw
MLS Matchday 16: Austin FC vs. FC Dallas
When: Saturday, June 25 at 09:00 pm ET
Moneyline odds: Austin FC +107 / FC Dallas +225(Source: MyBookie.ag)
Draw Offs: +255
Where Can I Watch? KTXA Dallas / KNVA CW Austin / ESPN+ / KMPX 29 / Univision Austin
Austin FC and FC Dallas will have a new edition of this derby between two of the Texas teams, which has historically been for the visit since in the only 3 games they have played, the ‘Cowboys’ have won, however, this may be the opportunity for the ‘Green’.
Josh Wolff’s men managed to beat CF Montreal 0-1 last match with a goal from Maximiliano Urruti, despite playing the entire second half with a man less due to Daniel Pereira Gil’s red card.
On the sides of the ‘Bulls’, they have 3 losses in their last 4 games and last weekend they lost 0-2 at home with Vancouver Whitecaps.
It will also be a nice duel between Jesús Ferreira (Dallas), tournament top scorer (9), and Sebastián Driussi (Austin, 8).
Austin FC vs. FC Dallas Betting Pick: Austin FC
MLS Matchday 16: FC Cincinnati vs. Orlando City SC
When: Friday, June 24 at 07:30 pm ET
Moneyline odds: FC Cincinnati +125 / Orlando City SC +200 (Source: MyBookie.ag)
Draw Offs: +245
Where Can I Watch? ESPN+ / WSTR Star 64 / Fox 35 Plus Orlando – WRBW
On Friday at QTL Stadium, FC Cincinnati and Orlando City SC will open the weekend in a game with different ambitions.
On the local side, a win puts them in the group of the Eastern Conference playoffs, while the visitors seek to reach the second place at the same table.
Pat Noonan and his team will be looking to win again after two draws and one loss, while the Florida side is coming off a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo with a brace from Ercan Kara.
FC Cincinnati vs. Orlando City SC Betting Pick: FC Cincinnati