Major League Soccer Predictions and Best Bets for Saturday, April 2 (2022)

| March 31, 2022 6:52 am PDT

Fans of Major League Soccer are in for a treat this Saturday. With a whopping 13 MLS games taking place on April 2, it’s safe to say that the schedule is stacked with plenty of tasty matchups.

The only MLS teams NOT in action on Saturday are the Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy, as they go head-to-head in Sunday’s sole clash. Below, you can find the full Major League Soccer schedule for Saturday.

MLS SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2022

  • Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas
  • Toronto FC vs. New York City
  • FC Cincinnati vs. CF Montreal
  • Columbus Crew vs. Nashville SC
  • Philadelphia Union vs. Charlotte FC
  • Orlando City vs. Los Angeles FC
  • DC United vs. Atlanta United
  • New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls
  • San Jose Earthquakes vs. Austin FC
  • Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Sporting Kansas City
  • Inter Miami vs. Houston Dynamo
  • Minnesota United vs. Seattle Sounders
  • Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake

As much as I would love to cover every single game in detail, I have lots of other soccer picks and predictions to put together for this weekend. So, I have chosen to feature a handful of standout clashes in this post.

Don’t worry, though, I will be sharing my MLS predictions for all of Saturday’s games. I will also provide my MLS picks for April 2, so be sure to stick around until the end.

Chicago Fire to Beat FC Dallas

Only three Eastern Conference teams have yet to taste defeat in 2022 – and one of them is Chicago Fire. Under the guidance of new head coach Ezra Hendrickson, Chicago has registered two wins and two draws this season.

Following goalless draws against Inter Miami and Orlando City, the Fire claimed a 2-0 victory over DC United before crushing Sporting Kansas City 3-1. That means they have conceded a solitary goal across their opening four games.

Although FC Dallas has picked up one point fewer than Chicago, I’m confident that Hendrickson’s boys will extend their winning streak to three games this weekend. The Fire is on a roll right now.

Columbus Crew to Beat Nashville SC

Columbus is also one of the three unbeaten sides in the East. Like Chicago, the Crew has picked up two wins and two draws this year – netting a mighty ten goals along the way.

Caleb Porter’s men have bagged more goals than any other team in the East. Better still, they are the second-highest scorers in the entire league. Lucas Zelarayan already has four goals to his name, while Derrick Etienne Jr. has a couple under his belt.

By contrast,
Nashville has made a disappointing start to the campaign. The Boys in Gold have managed to win just one of their first four matches and return from the international break on the back of two straight losses.

I’m backing in-form Columbus to inflict a third successive defeat on Nashville.

Philadelphia Union to Beat Charlotte FC

Charlotte FC started life in Major League Soccer with three consecutive losses, falling to DC United, LA Galaxy, and Atlanta United. However, the debutants have turned things around.

After securing a shock 3-1 victory over New England, Charlotte beat Cincinnati 2-0 last weekend – with Karol Swiderski bagging a brace on both occasions. So far, so good for the Polish Designated Player.

That said, I expect Charlotte’s winning streak to come to an end on Saturday. Why? Because Philadelphia sits atop the Eastern Conference after sealing three straight victories against Montreal, San Jose, and New York City.

Given that only one team has conceded fewer goals than Philly this year, the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winners should make light work of the MLS newcomers.

Austin FC to Beat San Jose Earthquakes

Believe it or not, Austin FC sits fourth in the Western Conference after suffering just one defeat in four matches. In their maiden campaign, the Texans finished second from bottom in the West. But they look far stronger this season.

Josh Wolff’s boys are the top scorers in the entire league. On top of that, they have conceded a measly three goals this year – meanly only four teams have a better defensive record.

On the flip side, San Jose is joint-last in the West. The Earthquakes have yet to taste victory this season, suffering three defeats in four games. I don’t see them claiming their first win of the campaign against high-flying Austin.

More MLS Predictions for Saturday, April 2

  • New York City to Beat Toronto FC
  • FC Cincinnati and CF Montreal to Draw
  • Orlando City and Los Angeles FC to Draw
  • Atlanta United to Beat DC United
  • New England Revolution to Beat New York Red Bulls
  • Sporting Kansas City to Beat Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Inter Miami and Houston Dynamo to Draw
  • Minnesota United to Beat Seattle Sounders
  • Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake to Draw

I can see a number of high-profile teams picking up road wins on Saturday. Indeed, I’m backing New York City, Atlanta United, and Sporting Kansas City to win on their travels.

Facing RBNY and Seattle, respectively, I expect the Revs and Minnesota to win on home soil this weekend. My MLS predictions for Saturday also feature four draws.

Best MLS Bets for Saturday, April 2

Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas – Chicago Fire to Win2.00
Toronto FC vs. New York City – New York City to Win2.15
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Austin FC – Austin FC to Win2.70
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Sporting Kansas City – Sporting Kansas City to Win2.60

Thanks to the generous odds at the top Major League Soccer betting sites, all of my MLS picks for Saturday are priced at 2.00 or higher. As you can see, I have chosen one home win and three away wins.

Check out our MLS betting guide for more useful tips.

Major League Soccer Betting Guide

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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