Matchup: Red Bulls vs Whitecaps FC Insight
The Whitecaps will play their 3rd straight home match when they host the New York Red Bulls.
NY 8-4-2 (4-4-0 V) vs. Vancouver 7-3-4 (5-1-2 H)
Match Odds: Vancouver 2.25 New York 3.25 Draw 3.25
Moneyline: Vancouver +125 New York +225 Draw +225
Over/Under: 2.5 goals
Odds provided by Bovada
Vancouver has won 2 straight matches and have not lost in their last 3 and with their solid play they now sit in the 3rd position in the Western Conference.
While the Whitecaps are playing well the same cannot be said about the Red Bulls, who are coming off a loss and have not won in their last 3 matches.
However, they are still in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference only 2 games back of Kansas City and 4 points back of DC United.
While New York has a solid offense scoring the 2nd most goals in the MLS their defense has struggled, as they have given up 21 goals including 3 in their last match. On the season the Whitecaps have scored 17 goals and they have given up 15 goals.
This game will be the only one these 2 teams face each other this season.
The Whitecaps have not lost in their last 5 home matches and this season the Red Bulls have 4 wins and 4 losses on the road.
Darren Mattocks had a red card in his last match and will be out for Vancouver in this non-conference affair. Mattocks scored 2 goals in Vancouver’s first match in this home stand and his loss will be missed.
The Red Bulls have several players banged up and they are also without their head coach Hans Backe, who is attending to personal matters.
Thierry Henry blew out of the gates to begin the season and he has 9 goals, but he is still out with injury. Kenny Cooper has 11 goals on the season and he will be counted on to pace the New York offense.
Sebastien Le Toux and Camilo Sanvezzo have combined for 7 goals this season and they are keys to the Vancouver offense.
They will be facing a suspect New York defense, but if the Red Bulls can shut these guys down they have a solid chance to win this match.
New York has a good young goalie in Ryan Mear and it will be interesting to see how he bounces back after giving up 3 goals in his last match.
New York Last 3 Matches
May 19th Montreal Impact 1 New York Red Bulls 2 (MLS)
May 23rd New York Red Bulls 1 Chivas 1 (MLS)
Jun 17th Chicago 3 New York Red Bulls 1 (MLS)
Vancouver Last 3 Matches
May 26th Portland Timbers 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (MLS)
Jun 10th Vancouver Whitecaps 3 Houston 1 (MLS)
Jun 16th Vancouver Whitecaps 1 Colorado 0 (MLS)
Jason’s Pick: I have to go with the Whitecaps since they are playing well at home and the Red Bulls have their big gun injured and have a defense that has a lot of issues.
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