MLS Weekend Review & Analysis
MLS Betting Lines Analysis
By Matt Pitt
The Colorado Rapids made it seven wins from eight home games this weekend when they beat Chicago Fire 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The win moved them three points clear in the Western Conference.
There have been four 1-0 wins at home for the Rapids this season and that’s how it looked to be heading when Kevin Doyle put the hosts ahead in the 57th minute following work by Dillon Powers. Doyle was left out of the Ireland squad for Euro 2016, and responded in the best way possible, netting for his club side.
Chicago Fire, who are still without an away win in 2016 regular season, equalized on 81 minutes through Joey Calistri, which looked to have rescued a point.
However, the Rapids showed plenty of fight and determination, and when things are going your way anything can happen.
In the 89th minute, Marco Pappa shot at goal, and it took a wicked deflection off the leg of Jonathan Campbell, to leave Fire’s goalkeeper, Sean Johnson, with no chance.
New York Red Bulls moved within a single point of the Eastern Conference summit thanks to a 2-0 victory at home to the struggling Seattle Sounders.
The Red Bulls conceded 18 goals in their first eight games to leave them languishing in the league, but plenty of work on the training field has worked wonders, and the Red Bulls have now not allowed the opposition to score for more than 400 minutes of play in the league.
Couple this defensive solidarity with some ruthless finishing, and it is easy to see why the Red Bulls are climbing up the standings.
Mike Grella, formerly on the books of British team Leeds United, opened the scoring on 18 minutes when he reacted first to a loose ball in the penalty area after Sacha Kljestan’s shot came back off the post.
Grella doubled his tally and the Red Bulls’ advantage on 59 minutes with a tidy shot from 18 yards out.
The result left the Sounders ninth in the Western Conference and five points off the playoffs. This was their fourth loss in five games, and manager Sigi Schmid needs to turn the team’s fortunes around sooner rather than later or the playoffs may end up completely out of reach.
Toronto FC won only their second home game of the season when beat LA Galaxy 1-0 this weekend, leaving Galaxy without a victory in their last five outings.
Galaxy enjoyed 57.9 percent of possession, but couldn’t turn that into goals as they slumped to their third away defeat in seven games.
Admittedly, Galaxy were without key personnel such as Steven Gerrard, and Robbie Keane, but they need to find a way of winning when they are not able to field their best starting XI otherwise this could be a fruitless season.
Drew Moor, who recently became a father, scored a diving header in the 76th minute to secure all three points for the home side, who also had Benoit Cheyrou to thank for the win as he was instrumental in everything good that Toronto did.
Other MLS Results
NYCFC 3 – 2 Philadelphia Union
Vancouver Whitecaps 1 – 2 New England Revolution
Orlando City 2 – 2 San Jose Earthquakes
Columbus Crew 0 – 0 Montreal Impact
Houston Dynamo 0 – 0 DC United
Real Salt Lake 2 – 2 Portland Timbers
Sporting Kansas City 2 – 0 FC Dallas