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Live MLS Soccer League: New York vs. Philadelphia Predictions & Tips

Playoff tension will be in the air on Thursday night at Red Bull Arena, as the New York Red Bulls try to lock up a playoff bid when they take on the Philadelphia Union in live MLS soccer action. The live soccer television coverage will be set for ESPN at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Going into the final fixture of the season, there are still a few teams that can snare the 10th and final playoff bid, and you can bet that there will be a ton of Union fans out there. The Red Bulls hold the final position right now by three points over the Chicago Fire and the Portland Timbers, while as of Tuesday night, DC United was five points back with two games to play.

Portland is essentially eliminated unless it can come up with a tremendous number of goals in its final fixture. It is a -8 on the season in goal differential, while the Fire are at even pegging. It really seems as though DC United has the best chance of the rest of the teams to get into the playoffs, as they can get in with two wins and a New York loss or two wins by at least a combined seven goals and a New York draw.

It would be a collapse of epic proportions if the Red Bulls didn’t get into the playoffs. Not only is their team stacked with talent like Thierry Henry, Luke Rodgers, and the likes, but they also needed just one point in their final two fixtures to ensure a postseason bid (barring two DC United victories by at least seven goals).

However, things for the Union are still up in the air as well. They are slotted into the East No. 2 position right now, and they are tied with Sporting Kansas City atop the table with 48 points and a +9 goal differential. A tiebreaker would give KC the edge should the two teams finish level on points on differential. The Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo are also in range of the top spot in the East.

A point is good enough to suit the boys from the City of Brotherly Love, as it would ensure that they would not be a Wild Card in the playoffs. Finishing in second or third makes little difference, as there is a home and home duel set between those two teams in the quarterfinals of the MLS playoffs. Finishing first will ensure a quarterfinals date with the Wild Card winner with the most points, as there is no hope of running down the LA Galaxy for the top spot in the league.

However, things could get frighteningly bad with a bad result here for Philadelphia. A loss parlayed with the wrong results could see it down to fourth place in the East, which would set up a game against the Colorado Rapids in all likelihood. Should Colorado claim three points in its final game as well, the Rapids would host the one game playoff to get into the bracket.

Philly won the first fixture of these two teams 1-0 in the City of Brotherly Love. The Union have now picked up at least one point in eight straight fixtures, and that point would ensure safety from the Wild Card playoffs.

New York is still favored by a half goal at even money on the MLS odds, though. The ‘total’ has been set at 2.5, over -105.

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Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union MLS Predictions

Both Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union are fighting hard to stay atop the Eastern Conference in the MLS this year, and with the number of fixtures getting smaller and smaller, each match has a ton more on the line. These two teams will meet up on Friday night at Livestrong Park in the KC.

One look at the MLS standings shows just how nervy this fixture could turn out to be. Heading into Wednesday night’s three games on the MLS schedule, Kansas City and Philadelphia are both in positions to take automatic qualifying spots into the postseason. Sporting is one point off of the Columbus Crew for first place in the division, while the Union are a point behind Sporting.

However, both of these teams are looking behind them as well. The Houston Dynamo have 39 points to tie Philadelphia, the New York Red Bulls are just three points back, and DC United is five behind but have two games in hand. All six of those teams in the East clearly won’t be making the postseason. Out West, the Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders FC, and Real Salt Lake all virtually have postseason bids on lockdown, and FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids both know that they are in good shape as well with more points than anyone else in the East has.

That really just leaves two playoff spots for the teams that don’t finish in the Top 3 slots in the East, and the Portland Timbers (36 points), Chivas USA (31 points), and San Jose Earthquakes (29 points with two games in hand) aren’t out of it yet either.

Sebastien Le Toux leads the Union with seven goals and six assists this year, and he has three of those strikes in the team’s last three matches. Philadelphia finally overturned a string of eight straight matches without a victory by beating the table topping Crew 1-0 at home last week, the biggest win of the season to date that it has had. After allowing four goals to the New England Revolution in the first game of a three game home stand, the Union wrapped things up with back to back shutouts, though they were only able to claim four points from the two matches.

Kansas City has been one of the generally higher scoring teams in the MLS this year, averaging a total of 2.76 goals per game combined. Both Kei Kamara and Omar Bravo had eight goals apiece to lead the club.

However, it was Teal Bunbury who really came up large in the team’s last home match, scoring twice to put away the Dynamo 3-0. That was the end of a wild nine match home stretch for Sporting after having to play its first 10 matches on the road thanks to venue issues. In that stretch, it went a very lucrative 5-2-2, and its losses were of no shame to Seattle and Dallas. A 2-2 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy was a sturdy result to boot. Needless to say, the Union have their work cut out for them.

These two teams played to a scoreless draw on June 22nd in the City of Brotherly Love. Now, Sporting is favored by a 1/2 goal at -0.5 (-105), with the ‘total’ set at a flat 2.5 at Bet365.

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