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2023 MLS Lookahead: Most Important Dates & More

If you’re a soccer betting enthusiast who enjoys Major League Soccer, I have good and bad news. The bad news is that the 2023 season won’t start until February. The good news is that the first fixture includes a new edition of El Trafico, the match between Los Angeles FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy. In other words, the season will begin with a bang that will make the wait worth it.

Let’s check the latest USA MLS picks, stats, injury reports, and USA MLS predictions. We’ve plenty of  USA MLS expert picks for you to consider.

Gareth Bale #11 of Los Angeles FC lifts the championship trophy as he celebrates with teammates during the 2022 MLS Cup
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As well explore a variety of soccer odds and other MLS odds here to win!

First Things First

To be more specific, the 2023 MLS regular season will begin on February 25. I guess they want nothing to do with the NFL, which ends on February 12. The reigning champions LAFC will make their debut against the Galaxy. For Javier Hernandez and company it will be the perfect opportunity to take revenge after losing 3-2 to LAFC in the Western Conference, exactly as we predicted.

The first game of the upcoming season will be Nashville SC vs New York City. Not bad considering both managed to reach the playoffs in 2022. As for the Philadelphia Union, the 2022 runners-up, they’ll debut against the Columbus Crew, the 2020 MLS Cup winners. In other words, don’t make plans for that weekend. There are several games that you don’t want to miss.

Mark your Calendar

Beyond opening day, there are several dates that should be written on your calendar right now. Rivalry Week will run from May 13 to May 20. That week includes New York Red Bulls vs New York City FC, Inter Miami vs Orlando City and FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo.

There’s also the Leagues Cup, a tournament between teams from the MLS and the Liga MX that will take place from July 15 to August 20. The regular season finale, also known as Decision Day, is scheduled for October 21.

If you were wondering when LAFC and the Union meet again, the answer is September 23. That’s probably the most anticipated regular season game and will be held at Subaru Park.

Newcomer

The 2023 season will be St. Louis City SC’s first in the MLS. They’ll make their debut on February 25 against Austin FC. Precisely, Los Verdes were the last expansion team, making their debut in the 2021 season. Last season, they finished second in the Western Conference. Something St. Louis should pay attention to. You too, because St. Louis could end up being a great underdog to include in your soccer picks.

St. Louis will make its home debut on March 4 against Charlotte FC. Including the newcomer, there are 29 teams in the MLS.

Favorites

We know there’s still a long way to the MLS Cup, but it’s never too early to start talking about the betting online favorites to win the title.

Of course, LAFC are leading the way at +500. The upcoming season will be Gareth Bale’s second with the team, meaning he’ll be even more involved. LAFC’s attacking unit also includes Cristian Arango, Carlos Vela, Denis Bouanga, Cristian Tello and Kwadwo Opoku. That’s kind of unfair.

As expected, the Union come next at +800. LAFC won the title, but Philly was better when it comes to defending. During the regular season, Philadelphia allowed 12 goals less than Los Angeles. As if that wasn’t enough, they also have a killer striker in Daniel Gazdag, who scored 22 goals in the 2022 season.

Finally, we’ve New York City FC at +900. Last season, despite losing Valentin Castellanos, who now plays for Girona FC in La Liga, the Citizens managed to reach the Eastern Conference Final, in which they lost to Philadelphia. Having Maximiliano Moralez, Heber, Santiago Rodriguez and Thiago Andrade had a lot to do with that. In other words, they still have talent to spare and compete for the title.

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