Major League Soccer Predictions and Picks – Sunday, May 22 (2022)

| May 20, 2022 5:59 am PDT

Austin FC will be looking to maintain their lead at the summit of the Western Conference when they host Colorado on Sunday, May 22. Over in the East, Philadelphia remains in first place after registering five straight draws.

In total, 20 of Major League Soccer’s 28 teams are in action on Sunday – meaning there is no shortage of MLS betting opportunities to take advantage of. Join me as I go over my MLS predictions and picks for Sunday, May 22.

MLS Odds for Sunday, May 22

  • CF Montreal (-135) vs. Real Salt Lake (+405)
  • Charlotte FC (-135) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (+400)
  • New York City (-235) vs. Chicago Fire (+675)
  • Inter Miami (+315) vs. New York Red Bulls (-105)
  • FC Dallas (-125) vs. Minnesota United (+320)
  • San Jose Earthquakes (-118) vs. Sporting Kansas City (+309)
  • Austin FC (+110) vs. Orlando City (+260)
  • Colorado Rapids (+100) vs. Seattle Sounders (+290)
  • LA Galaxy (-154) vs. Houston Dynamo (+450)
  • Portland Timbers (+145) vs. Philadelphia Union (+195)

If the MLS odds at BetOnline are anything to go by, the Red Bulls are the only away favorite on Sunday. The home sides are favored to win the other nine clashes.

Montreal, Charlotte, New York City, Dallas, San Jose, and LA Galaxy are Sunday’s heavy home favorites. Elsewhere, Austin and Portland are favored to beat Orlando and Philadelphia, respectively.

MLS Predictions for Sunday, May 22

It’s time for me to share my Major League Soccer predictions for Sunday. If you like the look of my predictions, why not head over to the best MLS betting sites to place some wagers?

New York City to Beat Chicago Fire

The 2021 MLS Cup champions made a slow start to the new season, losing three of their opening five games. Since then, however, they pieced together an unbeaten run of five wins and one draw.

After thrashing Real Salt Lake (6-0) and Toronto FC (5-4), New York City beat San Jose (3-0) before recording a goalless draw against Sporting KC. Following back-to-back 2-0 wins over Columbus and DC United, they find themselves second in the Eastern Conference.

In addition to scoring 18 goals across their past six outings, the Boys in Blue kept five clean sheets along the way. That tells you everything you need to know about their prowess at both ends of the field.

At the opposite end of the standings, Chicago occupies last place. Ezra Hendrickson’s men have failed to win any of their last nine games in all competitions and have lost four of their previous five MLS outings.

This matchup brings together two teams in vastly contrasting form. You won’t be surprised to learn that I’m backing New York City to dispatch the Fire on Sunday.

New York Red Bulls to Beat Inter Miami

Inter Miami sits just one point above lowly Chicago in the East. Only three teams in the entire league have suffered more defeats than Miami this season, while only one side has picked up fewer wins.

The Herons head into Week 13 on a four-game winless run in MLS, having lost to New England and Charlotte before drawing with DC United and Philadelphia. To make matters worse, they failed to score in three of those games.

By contrast, the Red Bulls come into Sunday’s clash on an eight-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. When you look at the bigger picture, they have suffered just one defeat in their previous 11 outings.

With Lewis Morgan (6 goals, 1 assist), Patryk Klimala (4 goals, 3 assists), Luquinhas (3 goals, 4 assists), and Omir Fernandez (2 goals, 4 assists) in red-hot form, RBNY shouldn’t struggle to outscore Miami.

FC Dallas to Beat Minnesota United

Dallas suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday, despite racking up 58% possession and 12 shots. However, Sunday’s visit of struggling Minnesota provides them with the ideal opportunity to return to winning ways.

The Texans have only lost two of their 12 league matches this year, securing six wins and four draws in the process. As a result, they find themselves one point behind first-place Austin in the Western Conference.

As for the Loons, a four-game winless run has seen them slide to ninth – seven points behind third-place Dallas. Minnesota suffered three straight losses against LAFC, Cincinnati, and Seattle before drawing with the Galaxy in midweek.

Given Minnesota’s recent woes, I expect Dallas to cruise to a comfortable victory on home soil.

More MLS Predictions for Sunday

  • CF Montreal and Real Salt Lake to Draw
  • Charlotte FC and Vancouver Whitecaps to Draw
  • San Jose Earthquakes to Beat Sporting Kansas City
  • Austin FC to Beat Orlando City
  • Seattle Sounders to Beat Colorado Rapids
  • LA Galaxy to Beat Houston Dynamo
  • Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union to Draw

As you can see, I’m backing San Jose, Austin, and LA Galaxy to win on home soil on Sunday. I’m also backing Seattle to secure a road win against Colorado.

Montreal and Real Salt Lake are separated by one point in the overall standings, so I can see them drawing. I also expect both Charlotte vs. Vancouver and Portland vs. Philadelphia to end in a draw.

Top MLS Picks for Sunday, May 22

CF Montreal vs. Real Salt Lake – Both Teams to Score-125
Austin FC vs. Orlando City – Austin FC to Win+110
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City – Over 2.5 Goals-125
Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders – Seattle Sounders to Win+290

Both teams have scored in ten of Montreal’s 12 MLS games this year, so the BTTS wager is the best bet for Montreal vs. Real Salt Lake. I also like the look of the over 2.5 goals market for San Jose vs. Sporting KC, given that nine of San Jose’s 12 games have produced at least three goals.

Fresh from beating LAFC, I’m backing Austin to get the better of Orlando this weekend. I’m also backing the Sounders to extend their winning streak to three games with a road victory against off-form Colorado.

If you enjoyed my Major League Soccer predictions for Sunday, be sure to check out my predictions for Saturday’s MLS games.

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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