Picks and Predictions for USL Championship Games on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

| June 28, 2022 3:42 am PDT

The USL Championship action continues on Wednesday, June 29, with three games to look forward to. Before we get stuck into my USL Championship predictions and picks for Wednesday, let’s take a look at the schedule.

  • Charleston Battery vs. Atlanta United 2
  • Rio Grande Valley vs. El Paso Locomotive
  • San Diego Loyal vs. Orange County

Two of the bottom three teams in the Eastern Conference are set to go head-to-head, with Charleston Battery hosting Atlanta United 2. Elsewhere, El Paso and San Diego will be looking to enhance their playoff hopes in the West.

USL Championship Predictions for Wednesday, June 29

Are you ready for Wednesday’s USLC predictions? Let’s get this show on the road!

Charleston Battery vs. Atlanta United 2 Prediction

It’s fair to say that Charleston Battery and Atlanta United 2 are not where they want to be right now. Both sides find themselves in the bottom three of the Eastern Conference, with only New York Red Bulls II below them.

Charleston has managed to win just two of their 15 games, recording three draws and ten losses. Meanwhile, Atlanta has picked up three wins in 16 games – registering one draw and 12 defeats.

That said, it is worth noting that Charleston has improved in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Conor Casey’s men dispatched Pittsburgh 3-0 before holding Tampa Bay to a 1-1 draw. As it stands, Pittsburg and Tampa Bay are top-six sides.

By contrast, Atlanta has only picked up one victory in the past 11 rounds – suffering nine losses along the way. To make matters worse, the Georgians have the poorest defensive record in the entire league.

MOST GOALS CONCEDED – USL CHAMPIONSHIP (2022)

  • Atlanta United 2 – 39
  • Monterey Bay – 37
  • Phoenix Rising – 34
  • LA Galaxy II – 33
  • FC Tulsa – 32

I’m confident that Charleston will get the better of Atlanta on home soil. The Battery appears to be heading in the right direction, while Atlanta is stuck in a rut.

Prediction for Charleston Battery vs. Atlanta United 2: Charleston Battery

Rio Grande Valley vs. El Paso Locomotive Prediction

In the Western Conference standings, six points separate third-place El Paso and tenth-place Rio Grande Valley as the Texas rivals prepare to lock horns on Wednesday.

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that RGVFC has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the USLC this year. Having recorded seven wins, one draw, and eight defeats, the Toros find themselves three points outside the playoff spots.

On the flip side,
El Paso sits four points inside the top seven. Not only have John Hutchinson’s boys avoided defeat in each of their last seven outings, but they have also lost just one of their previous 12.

Thanks to the exploits of star players like Luis Solignac (7 goals, 4 assists), Josue Gomez (5 goals, 6 assists), and Dylan Mares (5 goals, 5 assists), no team has scored more goals than El Paso in 2022.

I expect the Toros to put up a decent fight on Wednesday, but I can’t see them avoiding defeat. I’m backing the Locomotive to secure their fifth victory in eight outings.

Prediction for Rio Grande Valley vs. El Paso Locomotive: El Paso Locomotive

San Diego Loyal vs. Orange County Prediction

Orange County finally returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Loudoun United last weekend. Still, there is no hiding the fact that Richard Chaplow’s men are second from bottom in the Western Conference.

The Irvine outfit suffered four successive defeats before getting the better of Loudoun. When you look at the bigger picture, they have only managed to win one of their past seven matches.

The reigning champions have endured a dreadful title-defending campaign up to now. Having won just four of their 16 games this season, they look set to miss out on the playoffs altogether.

At the opposite end of the Western Conference, San Diego sits fourth – 11 points clear of twelfth-place Orange County. Landon Donavan’s boys have only lost four of their 16 games this year, scoring a whopping 36 goals in the process.

Given that Orange County has one of the worst defensive records in the West, the Loyal’s lethal attack should make light work of Orange County’s leaky backline.

Prediction for San Diego Loyal vs. Orange County: San Diego Loyal

Top USL Championship Picks for Wednesday, June 29

Charleston Battery vs. Atlanta United 2 – Charleston Battery to Win+100
Rio Grande Valley vs. El Paso Locomotive – Over 2.5 Goals-143
San Diego Loyal vs. Orange County – San Diego Loyal (-1)+125

In my eyes, odds of +100 for Charleston to beat Atlanta are definitely worth snapping up. With the home-field advantage on their side, the Battery should beat an Atlanta team that has suffered nine losses across the past 11 rounds.

Rio Grande Valley and El Paso have played a combined total of 34 USLC games this year, 21 of which have dished up over 2.5 goals. For that reason, I expect Wednesday’s encounter to be a high-scoring affair.

Last but not least, I’m backing San Diego to dispatch Orange County with a -1 handicap. No team has scored more goals than San Diego this season, while Orange County has the third-worst defensive record in the West.

Head over to the sites below to get the best possible USL Championship odds for Wednesday’s 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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