Major League Soccer Predictions and Picks – Saturday, June 18 (2022)

| June 15, 2022 4:04 am PDT

Don’t worry, Major League Soccer fans, the international break is almost over! On Saturday, June 18, we have a whopping ten MLS games to bet on. It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Better still, we couldn’t ask for a more exciting clash to get the action underway. The Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles FC kick things off at Lumen Field before the other nine games go down later that day.

Join me as I go over my MLS predictions and betting picks for Saturday, June 18. Before we get to those predictions and picks, though, we need to take a look at Saturday’s MLS odds.

MLS Odds for Saturday, June 18, 2022

Here are Saturday’s Major League Soccer odds, courtesy of BetOnline.

  • Seattle Sounders (+135) vs. Los Angeles FC (+195)
  • LA Galaxy (-145) vs. Portland Timbers (+360)
  • New York Red Bulls (-235) vs. Toronto FC (+685)
  • CF Montreal (-113) vs. Austin FC (+280)
  • Columbus Crew (-150) vs. Charlotte FC (+470)
  • Orlando City (-113) vs. Houston Dynamo (+280)
  • Philadelphia Union (-160) vs. FC Cincinnati (+500)
  • Chicago Fire (+105) vs. DC United (+275)
  • FC Dallas (-180) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (+535)
  • Real Salt Lake (-120) vs. San Jose Earthquakes (+305)

As you can see, there are no away favorites in MLS on Saturday. BetOnline favors all ten home teams to triumph, so there is plenty of value to be found in Saturday’s MLS odds.

LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, and FC Dallas are all heavily favored by the bookmakers. Elsewhere, Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles FC and Chicago Fire vs. DC United should be tighter encounters.

Major League Soccer Predictions for Saturday, June 18

It’s time to get stuck into my predictions for Saturday’s MLS games. I have decided to cover four standout matchups in detail before going over the rest of my Major League Soccer predictions for Saturday.

LA Galaxy to Beat Portland Timbers

In the Western Conference, only first-place LAFC has picked up more wins than LA Galaxy this season. It is also worth noting that Greg Vanney’s side boasts the second-best defensive record in the conference, having conceded a measly 15 goals in 14 games.

By contrast,
only three teams in the West have conceded more goals than Portland’s 25. To make matters worse for the Timbers, they have lost their past three matches – conceding over 1.5 goals on each occasion.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I’m backing the high-flying Galaxy to dispatch the lowly Timbers.

Philadelphia Union to Beat FC Cincinnati

Believe it or not, Philadelphia STILL has just one MLS defeat to their name in 2022.

Having picked up six wins and seven draws across their first 14 games, Jim Curtin’s men find themselves second in the Eastern Conference – one point shy of first-place New York City and six points clear of seventh-place Cincinnati.

Granted, Cincy secured four straight MLS wins between late April and early May. But they head into Saturday’s clash on a two-game losing streak. After conceding a combined total of seven goals against New England and Montreal, the Ohioans look set to struggle against Philly.

FC Dallas to Beat Vancouver Whitecaps

This matchup brings together two sides at opposite ends of the Western Conference. While Dallas is sitting pretty in second place, the Whitecaps find themselves down in eleventh.

The Texans have lost just two of their previous 12 MLS outings, securing seven wins and three draws in the process. In addition to having the best defensive record in the West, they also have the fourth-best offensive record.

After bagging nine goals and four assists across the opening 14 MLS games, Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira netted FOUR goals as the USMNT crushed Grenada 5-0 during the international break. Needless to say, he will be brimming with confidence.

As for the Caps, they come into this game on the back of a humiliating 4-0 thrashing against Seattle. Having lost eight of their 15 league outings this year, they are heading for more misery this weekend.

Real Salt Lake to Beat San Jose Earthquakes

No team in the West has claimed fewer wins than San Jose in 2022. Worse still, no side has conceded more goals. You get the picture, right? The Earthquakes are not enjoying a very successful season.

On the flip side, Real Salt Lake sits third in the West – ten points clear of thirteenth-place San Jose. Not only have Pablo Mastroeni’s boys won three of their last four games, but they have also won four of their previous six.

BetOnline’s odds for this matchup tell you everything you need to know about the gulf between RSL and San Jose right now. Accordingly, I’m backing the team from Salt Lake City to claim all three points on Saturday.

More MLS Predictions for Saturday, June 18

  • Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles FC to Draw
  • New York Red Bulls to Beat Toronto FC
  • CF Montreal and Austin FC to Draw
  • Columbus Crew to Beat Charlotte FC
  • Orlando City to Beat Houston Dynamo
  • Chicago Fire and DC United to Draw

Here are the rest of my MLS predictions for Saturday. As you can see, I expect three draws to occur. Elsewhere, I’m backing the Red Bulls, Columbus, and Orlando to beat Toronto, Charlotte, and Houston, respectively.

Top MLS Betting Picks for Saturday, June 18, 2022

New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC – Both Teams to Score-111
CF Montreal vs. Austin FC – Both Teams to Score-143
Orlando City vs. Houston Dynamo – Orlando City to Win-113
Philadelphia Union vs. FC Cincinnati – Under 2.5 Goals+100

This season, 86% of Montreal’s MLS games have seen both teams score, while 79% of Toronto’s MLS clashes have seen both teams find the back of the net. That’s why I’m backing their games to produce goals at both ends on Saturday.

Of all the home favorites on Saturday, Orlando appears to offer the best value. Given that Houston has suffered six defeats across their past nine games in all competitions, I’m confident that Orlando will beat the Dynamo.

I also expect the clash between Philadelphia and Cincinnati to dish up under 2.5 goals. Why? Because only three of the Union’s 14 MLS games have produced over 2.5 goals this year.

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Ben Morris
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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