February 24, 2022 3 min read


Los Angeles Galaxy vs New York City FC Odds, Time, and Prediction

New York City, the champion of MLS, starts its title defense in California against Los Angeles Galaxy. Both teams are among the top favorites for winning the 2022 MLS Cup, meaning that their game in LA is a real clash of the titans. Betting odds confirm this, with the home team seen as only a slight favorite.

Los Angeles Galaxy vs New York City Odds (MLS, 2022) 

All odds are per FanDuel as of February 24.


Los Angeles Galaxy+125
New York City+210


Over 2.5-139
Under 2.5+106

Where and When to Watch

  • Date: Sunday, February 27
  • Time: 4:00 PM EDT
  • Location: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA
  • Watch: ESPN

Los Angeles Galaxy Has High Ambitions for the 2022 Season

Led by Greg Vanney, the coach who led Toronto FC to the 2017 MLS Cup, Los Angeles Galaxy has big plans for the upcoming season. These guys are expected to play offensive-minded soccer from the very start, given that their strongest weapon is their attack.

Chicharito, the man who scored  17 goals last season is their crucial player in 2022. Now a 33-year-old, the Mexican striker used to play for Manchester United in the past. He’s not getting any younger, but this season, he’s going to have several youngsters to help him out in the offense.

One of those is Serbian forward Dejan Joveljic, who joined Galaxy from Wolfsberger AC, a team competing in the Austrian Bundesliga. Last year, he scored 18 goals in the Austrian top-flight, which made him the second-highest scorer in the league.

The bad news for Galaxy is that New York City has at least equally good strikers on its roster.

New York City Wants to Keep Hold of the MLS Cup

It’s never easy to retain the MLS title for two straight seasons. In fact, the last time we saw a team win back-to-back MLS seasons was in 2012 when Los Angeles Galaxy did it.

It’s not going to be easy, but New York City players are determined to pull it off. What gives them confidence is that most of their key men from the last season are still in the club. One notable exception is Ismael Tajouri, a Libyan midfielder who scored seven goals for New York City in its title-winning season. Starting in 2022, he’s playing for Galaxy.

On the bright side, New York’s best attacker, Valentin Castellanos is still on the roster. The man who scored 22 goals in the MLS last season, as well as made 8 assists, is expected to lead NY’s offense on Saturday.

With so much offensive power on both ends, it’s very likely we will witness a lot of goals in the Galaxy vs NY City game. But who will win? Probably no one – a draw seems like the most likely outcome.

Picks: Draw; Over 2.5 Goals


Jessie is our resident sports specialist with over 4 years of experience in sports journalism. She's worked with several prominent online sports news outlets in the past and has accrued specialist insight across a wide range of sports markets. Combined with her own love and excitement of sports, having competed at a national level during college, she aims to improve sports coverage value for our readers at GamblingNews.

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