The Red Bulls looked pretty solid in their only match of the season so far, a 1-1 away draw against Columbus. They will now get ready for their second match of the season when they will host San Jose on Saturday. San Jose have looked really bad so far in the season, having lost both matches.
Date/Time: 3-16-2019, 15:30 EST
Spread: New York Red Bulls -1.5
Total: 3 Goals
The Red Bulls (0-0-1) played a totally balanced match on the road against Columbus Crew in the opener. They actually took the lead at the 6th minute of that match with Ivan. Their opponents pulled even at the end of the first half and the two teams went on to settle for a point each. After that the Red Bulls played in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals against Santos Laguna. They lost by 2-0 at home and again by 2-4 on the road to eventually bow out of the competition.
On the other hand, San Jose (0-2-0) will not have much to cheer about the start of the new season. In their first match they took the lead against Montreal at home but ended up losing by 2-1. However, it was in their next match that they met an even bigger loss. They hosted Minnesota United, and despite it being a balanced match they somehow lost by 3-0. Minnesota United were great in that match and scored all three goals in the second half. San Jose are now already sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference and things do not look good for them.
The Red Bulls won by 3-1 on the road when the two teams met last season. They have been great in this match-up lately (3-1-1) and have been tremendous as hosts over the years (6-1-2).
The Quakes will surely be frustrated after losing their first two matches of the season. They will try to get a win here and will surely become careless. I will go with the Red Bulls to cover the spread here.
MLS New York Red Bulls vs San Jose Earthquakes Prediction: New York Red Bulls -1.5 (-114)
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