MLS Week In Review
Game Analysis, Surprises & Disappointments
Week 2 of the 2016 Major League Soccer season threw up some remarkable results that nobody in the world could or would have predicted. Three of the best teams in the MLS fell to defeats, one losing 3-0 after losing 2-0 in the opening week. Who? Keep reading to find out.
New York Red Bulls were the early favorites to win the 2016 MLS Cup, but those odds are now falling thanks to the Red Bulls losing both of their opening fixtures. Red Bulls went into the match with Montreal Impact at +201 to win and looked like a solid bet as they were unbeaten in six games versus the Impact. That record is now over after Impact ran out 3-0 winners to give Red Bulls’ coach Patrick Vieira plenty to think about going into Week 3.
LA Galaxy (+150) were favorites to make it two wins on the spin when they faced Colorado Rapids (+210) at the weekend, but those favourable odds counted for nothing as Galaxy were sub-par at best, managing only nine shots on goal and complete only 66 percent of their passes. They will, however, feel they should have come away with a point and were unlucky to concede in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Columbus Crew SC fell to their second straight defeat, this latest loss being at home versus Philadelphia Union. Crew dominated proceedings with 59.2 percent of possession, completing 79 percent of their passes and managing to fire 19 shots on goal to Union’s eight. Despite their dominance, Crew went 1-0 down during first-half stoppage time and fell further behind on the 71st minute. The 87th minute header from Kei Kamara proved to be nothing but a consolation goal for the hosts who are now second bottom in the Eastern Conference.
The biggest scoreline on Week 2 was the 5-0 thrashing of FC Dallas by Houston Dynamo. Houston tied their first match 3-3 and continued to score goals for fun with four in the first 27 minutes against FC Dallas, who we fancied to win due to Houston’s seemingly leaky defense.
2016 MLS Week 2 Results
Orlando City 1 – 1 Chicago Fire
Montreal Impact 3 – 0 New York Red Bulls
New England Revolution 0 – 0 D.C. United
Real Salt Lake 2 – Seattle Sounders 1
Colorado Rapids 1 – LA Galaxy 0
Columbus Crew 1 – 2 Philadelphia Union
Houston Dynamo 5 – 0 FC Dallas
New York City 2 – 2 Toronto FC
Sporting KC 2 – 1 Vancouver Whitecaps
San Jose Earthquakes 2 – 1 Portland Timbers
It may be early days in the 2016 MLS season but there has already been some major movement in the betting odds for the MLS Cup. New York Red Bulls two straight defeats and their inability to put the ball in the back of the net has seen their MLS Cup odds fall from around the +450 mark to +800, which is a great price if you think they can turn their flagging fortunes around quickly.
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