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MLS Picks: June 17

By Achyut Dixit

Major League Soccer is finally back in full flow, and it’s set to be an exciting week with big teams going toe to toe. The match week kicks off with the Sounders taking on the Western Conference leaders, LAFC, and we have chosen our first pick from that game.

The Sounders had an eventful Tuesday night as they hammered Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0. The clean sheet was much needed as Seattle’s goals conceded is uncharacteristically high for the current stage of the season. They also suffered a big blow, as Luiz Diaz suffered a hamstring injury and is expected to miss at least the next two games.

However, it wasn’t only Luiz Diaz that impressed on the night. The South American veteran duo of Freddy Montero and Nicolas Lodeiro also put in excellent performances. Rui Diaz will be missed but the Sounders will have players returning from international duty. C. Roldan and Morris are expected to start against the Los Angeles side.

For LAFC, this will be the biggest test of the season to date. The conference leaders have an impressive away record in the league (4 Wins and 2 losses), especially when considering how hard it is to play away games in the MLS. However, they don’t like to do it the easy way. LAFC has conceded seven first-half goals in their last five league matches away from home. If that pattern continues at Lumen Field, they won’t be able to get a result.

LAFC’S top goal scorer Carlos Vela is questionable with a left thigh issue, Franco Escobar has a left calf strain, and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi is dealing with a problem in his left quad.

LAFC have scored the most goals in the league (29), but the Sounders will have the advantage of having played recently. LAFC played last on May 28 and could be coming to this game rusty after more than 2 weeks off.

Pick: Seattle Sounders vs LAFC: Seattle Sounders to win +125 (DraftKings)

Other MLS Picks:

CF Montreal vs Austin FC: Montreal to win +100 (DraftKings) - Third in the eastern conference, CF Montreal, take on 4th in the western conference, Austin FC. We expect this to be a close one, but the home advantage should see Montreal through.

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