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MLS Pick: August 02

By Achyut Dixit

Two Major League Soccer games are set to take place on Tuesday night. The New York Red Bulls host Colorado Rapids and the Dallas FC travel to face the Seattle Sounders.

It has been a wicked season for the Sounders as the CONCACAF Champions League winners are currently sitting outside of the playoffs at ninth in the Western Conference. Their start of the league season was hindered by going all the way in the Champions League. It took them until mid-May to win two MLS games in a row. Ruidiaz has had an injury ridden season which has cost the Sounders heavily. The Peruvian has only made nine MLS appearances this year but managed to score five goals.

The Sounders have lost 4 of their last 5 games and failed to score in three consecutive games during this run. However, there is some good news for Sounders as Brian Schmetzer announced that Ruidiaz is expected to return soon.

On the other side, Dallas is looking rejuvenated. The Texan team is unbeaten in their last three and has climbed to the fourth spot in the Western Conference. FC Dallas has also shut down their last two opponents, LA Galaxy and RSL and managed a narrow 1-0 win against both teams.

Dallas beat the Sounders 2-0 when they met last on the 7th of May. Both Jesus Ferreira and Paul Arriola scored in the second half at the Toyota Stadium. On that day, Seattle lined up a makeshift squad as the fixture was squeezed in between two cup games. Seattle will be more competitive in Lumen Field on Tuesday night, but the momentum is with FC Dallas.

Other than Ruidiaz, Sounders will also miss Obed Vargas and Joao Pedro. The Burn will be without Lucas Bartlett who continues to be side-lined with a broken rib. Dallas is likely to line up with an unchanged backline on the back of two clean sheets.

After taking in both teams' forms, the odds for FC Dallas are too good to pass up. Seattle will be hard to beat but they are not unbeatable at home like they have been in past seasons. The Sounders have already lost four home games this season including a 3-0 defeat against the Timbers on July 9.

Another attractive proposition is Jesus Ferriera to score anytime (+200 on Bet365). The American international has collected 17 goal involvements in 23 appearances.

Pick: FC Dallas to win (+320) at Coolbet

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