Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: D.C. United midfielder Luciano Acosta (10) is congratulated by forward Wayne Rooney (9) after scoring a goal against the Atlanta United during the first half at Audi Field
- Three MLS matches with important playoff implications are scheduled for Saturday night, starting with New York City FC-D.C. United at 4:55 p.m. ET (ESPN+).
- Public bettors are fading the home favorites in both late games (Sporting KC-Orlando City at 8:30 p.m. ET and Colorado-Portland at 10:30 p.m. ET).
- After analyzing the betting market, there's value in all three games.
Despite the international break, there are still three MLS matches scheduled for Saturday night and they all have critical playoff implications. Clubs will be shorthanded due to national-squad duties, but there’s plenty of betting value on the board.
After analyzing the betting market for each matchup, I’ve picked out two plays to make involving all three games.
Season Record: 48-50-3, +30.80 units, 31% ROI
D.C. United at New York City FC (4:55 p.m. ET on Univision)
D.C. United odds: +385
NYC FC odds: -140
Draw odds: +300
Over/Under: 3 (o-124)
D.C. United are riding a high after beating Atlanta United, 3-1, in their most recent outing, and are just six points out of a playoff spot with games in hand. It was probably their best game all season, but they’ll need to replicate that in order to win on the road in New York.
NYC FC suffered their first home loss of the season on Wednesday night, an unlucky 1-0 defeat to conference foes New England Revolution.
Despite being shut out, the hosts had 27 shots and numerous quality chances, and could have easily scored four or five goals.