Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan (7) celebrates a goal gainst the Colorado Rapidsduring the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
MLS Week 32 features 11 games on Saturday and two more on Sunday
The Houston Dynamo are winless on the road since August 25, 2020
Read on for the odds and our best bets from MLS Week 32
After 24 teams were in action during midweek play on Wednesday, there’s a quick turnaround with a full 13 game fixture list for MLS Week 32 this weekend.
The playoff picture is taking shape with just a few weeks to go in the regular season with several spots still up for grabs in each conference. Meanwhile, the Revolution can tie the all-time points record of 72 with a win in Orlando on Sunday.
Let’s look ahead to the odds and best bets from the MLS Week 32 schedule below.
MLS Week 32 Odds
Seattle Sounders vs Sporting KC
Columbus Crew vs New York Red Bulls
Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact
NYCFC vs DC United
Philadelphia Union vs Nashville SC
Inter Miami vs FC Cincinnati
Chicago Fire vs Real Salt Lake
Minnesota United vs LAFC
Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers
LA Galaxy vs FC Dallas
San Jose Earthquakes vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Austin FC vs Houston Dynamo
Orlando City SC vs New England Revolution
Odds as of Oct 22 at DraftKings
Seattle Sounders vs Sporting KC Prediction
MLS Week 32 kicks off with what is possibly the game of the weekend with the Seattle Sounders, first in the West, hosting Sporting KC, second, at 3:30 pm EST Saturday afternoon. The two are separated by just six points and if SKC have any dreams of catching the Sounders atop the conference, this will be a must-win.
Some big results in the Western Conference, here’s how things stand. 👀 pic.twitter.com/CKKj3gmPMI
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 21, 2021
That will be tough to do against a Sounders team that is 8-4-3 (WDL) at home while scoring 26 times and conceding just 12 goals in 15 home games. Seattle has won each of their past three home games by scores of 4-1, 3-0 and 1-0. However, Seattle’s past two matches have come on the road where they lost 2-1 to Houston and drew 1-1 on Wednesday against Colorado. Seattle had four shots on target compared to Colorado’s one, but that one shot on target was all the Rapids needed to take the lead in the 66′ minute. Seattle’s tying goal didn’t come til late on in the 81′ minute.
Sporting will be the fresher of the two teams as they did not play on Wednesday. Their last game came on Sunday in Vancouver, a 2-1 loss.
For anyone who missed it, @SoundersFC head coach Brian Schmetzer says that he expects Jordan Morris to be ready to make his return for the match against @LAGalaxy. #Sounders #MLS https://t.co/5bahDMCX3u
— Miki Turner (@turneresq) October 22, 2021
It’s the third meeting between these teams this season, with each winning on the road. First, SKC won 3-1 in Seattle, then Seattle won 2-1 in Kansas City. It was the sixth-straight result between the teams where both teams have scored and at least three goals have been scored.
SKC’s matches have been higher scoring of late with the Over 2.5 going 5-0 in their past five. Seattle has also played to the Over of late. They were also 5-0 to Over 2.5 totals prior to Wednesday’s 1-1 result.
Seattle will be shorthanded for this match though with the likes of Nicolas Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz set to miss out. It’s hard to envision no goals in a game between these two. Both to score at -150 could be a good bet. The better value though may come on the draw.
Pick: Draw +265
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NYCFC vs DC United Prediction
This is a crucial match in the battle for the final Eastern Conference playoff match. New York will host DC at 7:30 pm EST Saturday night in MLS Week 32. Both teams are tied on 41 points, with DC holding the final playoff spot in seventh, and New York sitting in eighth.
Neither team is in great form coming into this one. After a 1-1 draw in Atlanta on Wednesday, New York is now winless in six. They’ve scored just two goals during that streak. But they’ve also only allowed six, good for a run of Unders at 6-0.
31 match weeks in. It’s been a long ride in the East so far. ⬇️⬆️ pic.twitter.com/ZTuoiINYdA
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 21, 2021
Even at home where the Pigeons are 8-3-3 on the year, New York has struggled of late, going winless in three. However, a 3-3 draw with Dallas, 1-0 loss to the rival Red Bulls and 0-0 draw with an impressive Nashville outfit, aren’t terrible results. On the year, New York has only conceded 12 goals in 14 matches at Yankee Stadium.
Hernan Losada’s DC United are winless in three after Wednesday’s 3-2 home loss to New England. The Revs are on a record-breaking pace chasing MLS history, so no shame there. They too drew Nashville 0-0, while losing 2-1 away to Orlando during that streak.
DC’s matches have been on the higher-scoring side. They are 20-10 to the Over on the season. They’ve cashed tickets for Over bettors in 12 of their past 14 games as well.
The top 5 scorers (& Ricardo Pepi 🚂) in #MLS by xG vs goals scored
– Pepi outperforming xG by +4 🇺🇲 #USMNT
– Damir Kreilach & Gustavo Bou outperforming to a similar level
– Daniel Salloi outperforming xG by almost 6
– Ola Kamara has 8 penalties, Ruidiaz 3. The rest have 0 pic.twitter.com/yzp4FINqIx
— Chris Smith (@CJSmith91) October 20, 2021
With only four games to go in the regular season, this match is as important as ever to both of these teams. They may play it tight. But each has too much offensive potential to be held off the scoresheet. NYCFC ranks third in MLS in xG at 50.8, with DC right behind in fourth at 49.9.
Both earlier meetings in 2021 have been home wins, with each team winning on their pitch 2-1. Both to score a third time offers decent odds of -145.
Pick: Both to Score (-145)
Austin FC vs Houston Dynamo Prediction
There are two games on Sunday in MLS Week 32. Orlando City hosts New England Sunday night. But first, at 4:00 pm EST Austin FC will host the Houston Dynamo.
And while neither of these teams are going to make the playoffs, this one should be an exciting in-state rivalry game.
Austin sits bottom of the West with 25 points, but Houston isn’t much better off in 11th with 30 points. Both are coming off dreadful mid-week performances. The Dynamo, usually at least competitive at home, fell 3-0 to the LA Galaxy. Austin was in San Jose and got routed 4-0.
Looking ahead to Sunday. This season isn’t over, and we’ll keep fighting.#AustinFC x @TheZebraCo pic.twitter.com/AilDhAxY54
— Austin FC (@AustinFC) October 21, 2021
Houston failed to follow up their impressive 2-1 win over Seattle with more points. They now have just one win in their past five. Always terrible on the road, this season has been no different where Houston is still winless at 0-6-9 with a minus-14 goal differential. They’re actually the only team yet to have won on the road this season. Every other team in MLS has at least two road wins. It’s been 23 games and way back last season on August 25, 2020, the last time Houston won on the road.
Home advantage has been key in this matchup so far. Austin won 3-2 at home in August and Houston were 3-0 winners at home in September. With such a short history between these two, we’ll throw in their preseason matchup in here too where the Dynamo won 3-2 in Houston.
The trend is clear. Home wins and goals. And that has been the trend for Austin as well, in general, this season.
Back at it on Sunday.@Geico | #HoldItDown
— Houston Dynamo FC (@HoustonDynamo) October 21, 2021
The Verde and Black are 5-2-8 at Q2 Stadium with 22 goals scored and 23 allowed. Away from home, they are 2-2-11 with just seven scored and 26 conceded.
Austin have been held off the scoresheet in their past two games. But they had scored in eight straight home games prior to last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Minnesota. They’d scored multiple goals in six of those eight. The Over cashed in seven of those eight.
Austin should be motivated in front of their home crowd but they are rarely good enough to keep a clean sheet—they haven’t done so since June. While Houston are capable of scoring but when their next road win comes is anyone’s guess.
Pick: Both to Score & Over 2.5 (-125)