Growing the game and Wednesday night’s match

For years Major League Soccer has set its sights on being one of the top soccer leagues in the World. Tuesday night MLS commissions Don Garber reaffirmed this goal when visited Denver.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to be as good as the Premier League, it doesn’t mean we’re going to be able to have the Rapids play against their partner Arsenal and be able to beat them on a regular basis. It means there are four or five leagues around the world that are respected on the quality side of being the best, and we believe in 10 years we should be able to create that.” Garber was quoted as saying.

It might seem like a big goal to some, but Major League Soccer is well on its way. MLS average game attendance in the United States already exceeds that of the NBA and NHL, and as we pointed out a month ago, professional soccer is the 2nd most popular sport in America for people between the ages of 12 and 24. The leagues average attendance has already passed that of Holland and France which boast established leagues in countries where soccer is the most popular sport.

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas

This week the Wednesday Night Major League Soccer game features FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake. This could make for a low scoring match as each team’s top scorer will not play. For Dallas that is Blas Perez, and it’s striker Fabian Espindola for RSL. Possibly throwing things in Dallas’s favor will be that Real Salt Lake will also be missing it’s top defender Jamison Olave due to another red card suspension.

Dallas is coming off of a bad road trip. They are 0-3 in their last three games, but this team excels at home. RSL is 0-8-1 at Dallas, so a bet on FC could be good. Tonight’s odds are:

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
FC Dallas Pick (-155) +130 (+120)o
Real Salt Lake Pick (+120) +210 (-155)u
Draw +220

Unfortunately this game is not nationally televised, but if you are in the Dallas or Salt Lake area you can catch it on Fox Sports SW Plus (Dallas) or KUCW-30 (Salt Lake).

You can check out the MLS TV listings for all games in your area.

Good Luck!

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