Yes, the MLS 2023 season is only beginning, but starting on the right foot is crucial in such a competitive tournament. Minnesota United did just that, winning their first game against FC Dallas. Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls must win as soon as possible to prevent the pressure from building up. You can expect a close contest, just like the soccer odds indicate, with both offering a +170 price to win straight up.
Minnesota United: Effective
Minnesota United has only played one game, which it won. It defeated FC Dallas 1-0 two weeks ago thanks to Mender Garcia, who scored only three minutes into the second half. The defense also deserves a lot of credit since it managed to keep a clean sheet even though the Burn won possession with 63% and finished with 11 shots in total.
Last season, Minnesota United finished with a 6-1-10 away record, which is why opening the season with a road victory is even more important. On the other hand, it finished 2022 with an 8-5-4 record at home, which doesn’t seem to reflect on the soccer lines for this match.
Mender Garcia, who debuted against FC Dallas, was Minnesota United’s top signing during the offseason. He used to play for Once Caldas in Colombia. He’s currently replacing Luis Amarilla, who’s still in Paraguay dealing with some personal matters.
“There’s a lot more of Mender to come. And, I know that having been a forward myself, there’s nothing like scoring a goal to give you confidence to hopefully get you to the next level,” said head coach Adrian Heath during an interview.
The team also signed centre-back Mikael Marques and right-winger Cameron Dunbar, making it a more well-balanced squad.
New York Red Bulls: Bad Luck
The New York Red Bulls lost 1-0 to Orlando City in their season opener. They finished with 14 shots, eight more than Orlando, but the attacking unit had a bad day, including Lewis Morgan and Luquinhas, the team’s top scorers in 2022 with 18 and seven goals.
The Red Bulls also had a bad day last Saturday when they played host to Nashville SC with the Las Vegas odds on their side. Once again, New York finished with more shots its opponent and even won possession with 58%, but the match finished 0-0.
Last season, the New York Red Bulls were one of the best teams on the road, finishing with a 9-3-6 record. They expect to replicate that in 2023, for which they need Dante Vanzeir, the team’s top signing during the offseason, to start contributing. He scored at least 10 goals in each of his last three seasons in Belgium.
Finishing with a clean sheet against Nashville allowed the team to regain some confidence. That was only the third time over its last 13 MLS matches that it didn’t concede a goal.
Despite offering the same price as Minnesota United, I consider the Red Bulls the betting online underdogs due to playing on the road.
Minnesota vs NY Red Bulls Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 4
- Minnesota United Victories: 2 (3 goals)
- New York Red Bulls Victories: 2 (7 goals)
- Draws: 0
Last season, these two collided at Red Bull Arena, with the home side as the soccer betting favorite. Nevertheless, Minnesota United won 1-0 thanks to Luis Amarilla, who scored only five minutes into the second half.
Curiously enough, the Red Bulls won the only time they met in Minnesota, 3-0, but none of the scorers are still on the team.
Minnesota vs NY Red Bulls Match Information
- Match: Minnesota vs NY Red Bulls
- Date: Saturday, March 11th
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Allianz Field, Minnesota
- Minnesota United vs New York Red Bulls Live Stream: fubo.tv
Minnesota vs NY Red Bulls Betting Lines
Minnesota vs NY Red Bulls Picks and Prediction
Neither team is at 100 percent. Plus, there’s always a first time for everything, including a draw between these two, which is offering a +215 price in the sportsbook. But don’t worry; you can expect goals. Both teams scored in the last five matches that finished with a draw at Allianz Field.
The New York Red Bulls are listed at +170 in our Vegas MLS lines. This means that if you wager $100 on New York Red Bulls, you have a chance to win $170. The Minnesota United is +170, offering a chance to win $170 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives New York Red Bulls a 37.04% chance to win, with Minnesota United at 37.04%.