Kicking into Gear

Kicking into Gear

Welcome to the first ever Easy Streak weekly MLS guide. Each week, we’ll break down every match up available for you to pick from. We will be giving you the best tips and an expert prognostication for each game in hopes of getting you the most points possible. For every game we’ll expand upon which team is the best pick and how confident we are of the prediction. Let’s get started!

This week offers six different games, an abbreviated slate of games with international soccer on the docket as well – four games on Saturday, one on Sunday, and one on Wednesday. Without further ado, here are the picks:

Saturday, September 5th

New England Revolution vs. Orlando City

The Revolution host Orlando on Saturday; the Revs have won three straight games and only lost once in their last six games, while Orlando has gone winless in their last five. Even without Jermaine Jones due to international duty, the Revs are strong favorites in this one at home.

Winner: New England Revolution

Confidence Rating: 80%

 

Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire

This one is a matchup of two struggling sides on the outside looking in at a playoff spot. The Impact just fired their manager despite being just one point out of the sixth and final playoff spot. However, Chicago has had a dreadful season with not much optimism for the final two months. Montreal at home are the small favorites.

Winner: Montreal Impact

Confidence Rating: 60%

 

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC

Both of these teams had extremely high expectations entering the season. The Sounders have won two of their last three after being mired in a horrible two-month losing streak. Their star-studded roster has been hit by the injury bug all season, but they are finally getting close to full strength. Toronto has been carried by Sebastian Giovinco all season, but the Italian star is sidelined with injury, making Seattle the clear favorites at home.

Winner: Seattle Sounders

Confidence Rating: 75%

 

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union

The Quakes are on an unbelievable run of form with a four-game winning streak that includes victories over three of the top teams in the league. They are at home and playing possibly the worst team in the league; this should be the lock of the week.

Winner: San Jose Earthquakes

Confidence Rating: 90%

 

Sunday, September 6th

Columbus Crew SC vs. FC Dallas

This matchup is a tough one to call. Both are third place in their respective conferences and have had up-and-down form recently. Dallas will be without their main goal threat Fabian Castillo who is on international duty. That factor, coupled with the game being in Columbus, leads us to favor the Crew.

Winner: Columbus Crew SC

Confidence Rating: 55%

 

Wednesday, September 9th

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids

The Whitecaps have alternated winning and losing each of the last six weeks. They’ve conceded top spot in the West to LA in doing so. They face off against the last place Colorado Rapids. The Caps score a ton of goals while, amazingly, the Rapids have let in the fewest amount in the league. On paper this looks like an easy pick, but in MLS there is never a sure thing.

Winner: Vancouver Whitecaps

Confidence Rating: 65%

Written by Rob Usry, Easy Streak Contributor

@RobUsry

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