Major League Soccer Predictions and Picks – Sunday, July 3 (2022)

| June 30, 2022 11:43 pm PDT

We have eight Major League Soccer games to bet on this Sunday, July 3. With both the defending MLS Cup champions and reigning Supporters’ Shield winners in action, we are set for a thrilling day of top-flight soccer.

Please keep reading to discover my MLS predictions for Sunday, July 3, along with my recommended MLS betting picks. Before we get to those predictions and picks, let’s check out Sunday’s MLS odds – courtesy of Betway.

MLS Odds for Sunday, July 3, 2022

  • New York City (-175) vs. Atlanta United (+400)
  • Columbus Crew (+130) vs. Philadelphia Union (+200)
  • New England Revolution (-188) vs. FC Cincinnati (+425)
  • Minnesota United (+120) vs. Real Salt Lake (+200)
  • Sporting Kansas City (+150) vs. New York Red Bulls (+160)
  • Houston Dynamo (+105) vs. Charlotte FC (+240)
  • Nashville SC (-188) vs. Portland Timbers (+280)
  • San Jose Earthquakes (+100) vs. Chicago Fire (+230)

All eight home teams are favored to triumph on Sunday. According to Betway’s Major League Soccer odds, New York City, New England Revolution, and Nashville SC are heavy home favorites.

Columbus Crew, Minnesota United, Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo, and San Jose Earthquakes are also expected to win on home soil. However, the odds suggest that they won’t have it all their own way.

MLS Predictions for Sunday, July 3

Are you ready to dive into my Major League Soccer predictions for Sunday, July 3? Let’s get this show on the road!

New York City to Beat Atlanta United

New York City heads into the weekend on the back of a crazy 4-4 with FC Cincinnati. After finding themselves 3-0 down, the New Yorkers pulled it back to 3-4 before conceding an equalizer midway through the second half.

Still, the defending MLS Cup champions have lost just one of their last 11 league games – securing seven wins in the process. Consequently, they sit one point behind three teams on 29 points atop the Eastern Conference.

As for the Five Stripes, they are down in eleventh – nine points shy of NYCFC. Having lost three of their previous four games, they look set to suffer another defeat on Sunday.

Columbus Crew and Philadelphia Union to Draw

No team has registered more draws than Philadelphia’s eight this season. Although Jim Curtin’s men have only lost two of their 17 MLS outings in 2022, they repeatedly fail to turn draws into wins.

Funnily enough, Philly is the only Eastern Conference side to have picked up more draws than Columbus. The Ohioans have drawn two of their previous three encounters, so I can see them sharing the points with the Union.

New England Revolution to Beat FC Cincinnati

New England comes into this clash on a nine-game unbeaten streak, having sealed four wins and five draws since their last loss. Across their past nine games, the Revs have scored over 1.5 goals on six occasions!

As a result, the 2021 Supporters’ Shield winners are level with Cincinnati on 24 points. It is worth noting, however, that Cincy has suffered two defeats more than New England this year.

This should be a tight match, but I expect the Revs to come out on top. With the unstoppable Carles Gil leading the way, New England shouldn’t struggle to break down Cincinnati’s leaky backline.

Minnesota United and Real Salt Lake to Draw

Granted, third-place Real Salt Lake leads tenth-place Minnesota by eight points in the Western Conference. But Pablo Mastroeni’s boys have only managed to win two of their nine away games this season.

On the flip side, the Loons have lost just three of their eight home matches in 2022. Regardless of RSL’s impressive performances this year, I expect Minnesota to hold the visitors to a draw.

New York Red Bulls to Beat Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City’s season went from bad to worse last weekend with a 3-0 loss against Seattle. Not only have the Wizards lost three of their last four MLS games, but they have also lost ten of their 18 league games this year.

Meanwhile, the Red Bulls picked up their third win in five matches with a 2-1 victory over Atlanta. Having lost just three of their past 12 league outings, the New Yorkers should make light work of struggling SKC.

Houston Dynamo to Beat Charlotte FC

Houston and Charlotte are separated by a solitary point in the overall standings. That said, the Dynamo has a game in hand on Charlotte. It is also worth pointing out that Charlotte has suffered two defeats more than Houston this season.

The MLS newcomers are the second-lowest scorers in the East, having netted measly 17 goals in 18 matches. With that in mind, I’m backing the Texans to flex their muscles on Saturday.

Nashville SC and Portland Timbers to Draw

All of a sudden, the Timbers find themselves four points behind Nashville in the West. The 2021 MLS Cup runners-up made a terrible start to the 2022 campaign, but they have taken seven points from a possible nine since their last loss.

Still, Gary Smith’s men remain four points inside the top seven after losing just one of their previous six league outings. They like a draw, too, so I can see them sharing the points with Portland.

San Jose Earthquakes to Beat Chicago Fire

The matchup brings together the bottom team in the West and the second-bottom team in the East. San Jose and Chicago are separated by two points in the overall standings, with the Fire marginally leading the Earthquakes.

That said, it is worth mentioning that Chicago has the worst offensive record in the entire league. Since the Quakes have netted ten goals more than Chicago this year, I’m backing the hosts to dispatch their visitors on Sunday.

Top MLS Picks for Sunday, July 3

Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union – Under 2.5 Goals-143
New England Revolution vs. FC Cincinnati – Over 2.5 Goals-143
Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls – New York Red Bulls to Win+160
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire – San Jose Earthquakes to Win+100

Just four of Philadelphia’s 17 league games have dished up over 2.5 goals this season. Since Columbus has the third-best defensive record in the East, this clash is destined to be a low-scoring encounter.

By contrast, New England and Cincinnati have played a combined total of 34 MLS games this year – 21 of which have produced over 2.5 goals. I expect their game to be a high-scoring affair.

I’m backing RBNY to seal a road victory over SKC and San Jose to win on home soil against Chicago. The odds for those wagers are definitely worth taking advantage of, especially when you look at the form guide.

If you enjoyed my Major League Soccer predictions and betting picks for Sunday, be sure to check out my MLS predictions and picks for Saturday.

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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