MLS Is Back: Whitecaps Underdogs Versus Earthquakes In Group B Showdown

  • The Vancouver Whitecaps meet the San Jose Earthquakes tonight as the MLS is Back tournament continues.
  • Vancouver is the heavy dog with +325 odds to win in three-way moneyline in their first game since returning from hiatus.
  • San Jose gets the edge at -140, despite failing to score in their tournament opener.

ORLANDO, Fla.The MLS is Back tournament has been a terrific bright spot in the barren sports landscape throughout its return over the last week.

The action continues Wednesday night when the Vancouver Whitecaps take on the San Jose Earthquakes from Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

Both teams are still trying to find their identity in the early life of this new MLS season.

Full betting odds are available for the match with ample opportunity to beat the bookie across multiple fronts.

MLS is Back: Group B – 9:00 p.m. EST 7/15/20

  • Vancouver Whitecaps +325
  • San Jose Earthquakes -140
  • Draw +300

Betting on the MLS can be a very lucrative way to cash out on online sportsbooks.

Due to the extremely high parity of the MLS and a certain disrespect from fans of other soccer leagues, discrepancies can commonly be found in the odds. This is especially true for international sportsbooks.

This early into the season, giving any MLS team +325 to steal a win against almost any opponent is a bold statement.

Taking a look at both teams shows that things could be much closer than anticipated.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver will be lining up for their very first game since the break Wednesday night when they take on San Jose. Their first match against FC Dallas was postponed after the Whitecaps’ arrival in Florida was delayed due to two inconclusive COVID-19 tests.

Now, the team is present, healthy, and ready to see what style of football they can produce in 2020.

Last season, the Whitecaps were one of the worst teams in MLS, finishing with 34 points and a last-place finish in the Western Conference.

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Things won’t be easy out of the gate, as Vancouver is missing three strikers and will be forced to rely heavily on Yordy Reyna.

While past results have little inkling during this unique tournament, the Whitecaps’ recent history shows that the ball finds its way into the net on both sides of the pitch in their matches.

Vancouver has scored (in regular time) in 11 of their last 12 games, while also conceding in 13 of their last 15 games dating back to the two pre-hiatus matches and last season.

San Jose Earthquakes

On the other side, the San Jose Earthquakes are still upset over just missing the playoffs last season, finishing eighth in the Western Conference.

The Earthquakes were unable to find the back of the net in their first match of the tournament against the Seattle Sounders, despite launching eight shots on goal and 16 in total.

Luckily, the San Jose defense was able to keep the Sounders off the scoresheet as well, with the game ending in a 0-0 draw.

The Earthquakes are hopeful for an easier match up Wednesday, as they go from facing the reigning MLS Cup champions to the last-place team in the conference.

If San Jose can keep up their solid defense that was seen in the first match while continuing to put a large number of shots on goal, it is only a matter of time before they find their way onto the scoresheet.

PICK: San Jose Earthquakes ML -140

Nevertheless, anything is possible in this new MLS world especially with two teams full of optimism for the future. It is shaping up to be a full summer of soccer betting across the USA.