Odds for the 2012 MLS Cup – Los Angeles Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo

MLS Cup TrophyThe 2012 MLS Cup will be played on December 1, 2012 at the Home Depot Center between last year’s champions the LA Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo. The big news surrounding this game is that David Beckham will be leaving the Galaxy after this season. This will be his last game with the team. Landon Donovan has hinted that this could be his last match with the Galaxy too.

Below we have the odds to win the 2012 MLS CUP (provided by Bovada):

Team to Lift the Trophy (including penalty kicks)

TEAMS MONEYLINE
Los Angeles Galaxy -250
Houston Dynamo +185

Odds for the Game

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Los Angeles Galaxy -½ (-130) -130 (EVEN)o
Houston Dynamo +½ (EVEN) +330 (-130)u
Draw +240

Alternate total odds

TEAMS TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Los Angeles Galaxy 3 (+175)o
Houston Dynamo (-230)u
TEAMS TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 (-210)o
Houston Dynamo (+160)u

If you need help reading the odds, please check out our page about betting on soccer.

This game will be broadcast live on ESPN, Telefutura, TSN and RDS. You can also catch the game on SiriusXM FC 94, and online at Watch ESPN. Even though the match will not be on major network, ratings are expected to be better than last year when the MLS Cup was held on a Sunday night.

We expect this to be the most bet MLS Cup in history. Interest in the league has grown, and it now boasts the 3rd highest attendance of any sports league in America, beating both the NBA and NHL. An ESPN survey at the beginning of the season also found that professional soccer is the 2nd most popular sport in America for 12-24 year-olds. (You have to be 21 or over to bet this game in Vegas.)

If you’re betting on the MLS Cup this year, good luck! We would love to hear who you are backing in the comments below.

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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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Red Bulls, Power Rankings and Odds for this Weekend

Take a couple of weeks off during the start of the Major League Soccer season, and a lot of things change. The New York Red Bulls got their first win, and then another, and then signed a new radio contract with a Spanish radio station WLIB 1190AM which will broadcast all regular season and playoff games in the New York Metro area. This is great deal for the team and the Red Bulls’ fan base.

Staying with the Red Bulls, Thierry Henry was named MLS Player of the Month for March 2012. You can check out the highlights below.

Power Rankings

ESPN’s new Power Rankings are out, and I think I prefer them to the rankings from MLSSoccer.com. Both site’s have Sporting Kansas City at the top rightfully so. Sporting is 4-0-0 so far this year, and they take on the Galaxy this weekend. It should be a good match to gage the quality of both teams.

ESPN ranks the remaining top 5 as the Seattle Sounders (2), Real Salt Lake (3), New York Redbulls (4) and the Houston Dynamo at 5. MLS has the next 4 as the Real Salt Lake (2), San Jose Earthquake (3), Seattle Sounders (4) and the Dynamo at 5. Of course both rankings are just a barometer for the league. It’s early in the season and anything could happen. One significant injury at this point could change a team’s entire season.

MLS Odds

There are 7 MLS games this Saturday. We’ve already mentioned the match between Sporting KC and the LA Galaxy. This is probably one of the more interesting games this weekend. The Galaxy won the MLS Cup last season, but has started off at 1-2-0 this year. Kansas City is off to a 4-0-0 start and is actually favored in this match. You can watch the game live on ESPN starting a 4pm EST.

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Sporting Kansas City Pick (-155) +115 (+120)o
Los Angeles Galaxy Pick (+120) +225 (-155)u
Draw +220

Below are the odds for the rest of Saturday’s games. Good Luck!

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Montreal Impact Pick (-160) +125 (+115)o
Toronto FC Pick (+125) +220 (-150)u
Draw +210

Columbus Crew vs Red Bull New York

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Columbus Crew Pick (-150) +115 (+110)o
Red Bull New York Pick (+115) +230 (-140)u
Draw +210

San Jose Earthquakes vs Vancouver Whitecaps

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
San Jose Earthquakes -½ (-105) -105 (+120)o
Vancouver Whitecaps +½ (-125) +275 (-155)u
Draw +220

DC United vs Seattle Sounders

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
DC United Pick (-125) +150 (+120)o
Seattle Sounders Pick (-105) +175 (-155)u
Draw +210

Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Real Salt Lake -1 (+140) -130 (EVEN)o
Colorado Rapids +1 (-180) +330 (-130)u
Draw +240

Portland Timbers vs Chivas USA

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Portland Timbers -1 (+155) -120 (+115)o
Chivas USA +1 (-200) +320 (-150)u
Draw +225
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Interesting Odds on the FC Dallas vs New England Revolution Match

On Thursday FC Dallas travels to New England to take on the Revolution. It’s interesting that Dallas is favored here. They have lost their last two games, and the Revs have won their last two. This week’s MLS power rankings list the Revolution at 11 and FC Dallas at 15. That alone could be reason enough to bet on New England at +330.

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
FC Dallas -1 (+145) -130 (EVEN)o
New England Revolution +1 (-185) +330 (-130)u
Draw +240

It should be no surprise that Real Salt Lake are big favorites over the Impact in tomorrow night’s game. It’s Montreal’s first year in the league, and after 4 matches they’re still looking for their first MLS win. Odds are they won’t get it against Real Salt Lake who looks like one of the best teams in the league.

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Real Salt Lake -1½ (+125) -275 (-115)o
Montreal Impact +1½ (-160) +600 (-115)u
Draw +360

Lastly, if you still haven’t seen Jimmy Conrad’s YouTube “Open Letter to UFC’s Dana White” it’s posted below. If you want, you can contact White directly at his Twitter account here. It looks like he’s been getting a lot of tweets today…

Good Luck.

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7 things you can do to help grow Major League Soccer

A couple weeks ago Major League Soccer started its 17th season. As MLS’s popularity continues to grow, we compiled a list of seven things you can do to help grow the game and this league.

#1 Give soccer balls

If you have children and you are reading this, odds are your kids will be MLS fans. But what about all the other children you know? Your relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors may all at some point have new little bundles of joy in their lives, and these babies know nothing about soccer. You have a chance to change this! You can buy that child his or her first soccer ball, and bring soccer into that person’s life.

A good friend of mine does exactly this. He buys every newborn in his circle of friends and family a size 1 soccer ball (the smallest they make). They are cheap and the perfect size for any baby. You can buy an size 1 soccer ball at Walmart for $4.99. And because it’s only $5, it’s an easy gift for anyone from close friends to acquaintances.

#2 Watch a game with a friend

Most Americans have never watched a MLS match. You can help change that. You can invite a friend over to watch a game, or better yet you can take that person to a game.

Soccer is the most popular game in the world for a reason. People like it! As more and more people are exposed to MLS, I have no doubt that the league will gain more fans.

#3 Go out for a match

Does your local sports bar carry MLS games? If so, go out, watch the match and support that bar!

If your local bar usually doesn’t show MLS, you can help change that. Most sports bars will show any game people want to watch. If you’re in a bar and you want to watch the MLS game, just ask. I’ve done this several times, and they’ve always put the game on one of the TVs.

#4 Record every MLS game

My wife is a big Conan O’Brien fan. When he first took over the Tonight Show his rating weren’t good. In order to support him, she set our DVR to record every show even if she never planned on watching them. We still do this. We’re only one household, but whether we’re home or not, our TV always turns to Conan when it comes on. And we do this for MLS too.

Even if two teams that I have no interest in watching are playing on ESPN, I’ll record it knowing full well that I’ll just delete it later. I want the league to have better ratings, and I’m doing my part. If just 10,000 people recorded matches that they never planned on watching, and they did this for a whole season (like me) I think it could make an impact. If 100,000 people did this, I’m sure it would.

So if you have a DVR consider setting a pass to record every MLS game. It’s a free and easy way to support the league.

#5 Call a radio show

Local sports radio shows talk local sports. If you have an MLS team in your area, call your local sports radio to talk about. And if you have satellite radio you can call one of their soccer shows too. One of my favorites is The Football Show on Sirius 92.

#6 Bet on soccer

I’m a gambler. I have never watched a WNBA game, but I’ve bet on them. I can say the same for a few Eastern European soccer leagues as well. I grew up playing American football, but I won’t watch a college football game unless I have money on it. I also run a website titled “Bet MLS Soccer”. I know a few things about sports betting…

Money Soccer Ball

The NFL will never admit this, but one of the reasons that it’s so popular is that people love to bet on it. Walk into any Las Vegas sportsbook on a Sunday during football season, and you will see every chair filled and people standing, watching the games. Then ask any bookie in America what sport people bet the most, and he will tell you the NFL.

Gambling has definitely drawn people to the NFL, and it could bring fans to MLS too. Some people just love to bet on games, and it doesn’t much matter what sport they’re betting on. The more people who bet on MLS, the more prominence the betting community will put on the games. This in turn will lead to more people betting on and watching the league. Local bookies could start taking MLS action, and the next thing you know you’d be able to watch MLS matches in every sports bar across the country. It’s possible.

#7 Talk about MLS

If you are interested in Major League Soccer, and you’re passionate about it, it will come across when you talk about. People will become interested, and want to learn more about the league. They will become fans and talk about it to others. Its popularity will grow, and professional soccer will become one of the most followed sports in America.

So talk to friends about the league. Tweet about it. Share articles and news on Facebook. Start a blog. Do whatever you would normally do for something that you’re passionate about, and you will help grow this sport in America.

If you have comments or any other ideas about how to Major League Soccer, please leave us a note in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!

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Seattle Sounders David Estrada – Hat Trick

It was a great St Patrick’s Day in Seattle. The Sounders David Estrada opened their season with a hat trick at CenturyLink Field. You can see the highlights below.

Yesterday was a tough day for Red Bull fans. With a loss to Real Salt Lake, New York has started the season 0-2 after falling to what Thierry Henry called “the best team in the league by a distance”.

And today was a tough day for the Red Bull company. Red Bull’s creator Chaleo Yoovidhya just passed away in Thailand. With an estimated net worth valued at $5 billion Forbes magazine had him ranked as the 205th wealthiest man in the world.

Red Bulls Thierry Henry

Some great news came out of Canada yesterday. The Montreal Impact’s first home game drew a record crowd of 58,912 fans. The match ended in a draw, but it’s great to see Quebec supporting their new MLS team!

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Odds for this weekend’s games

We don’t have a lot of time to write, but we wanted to add the odds for this weekend’s games. Of course you could find these at one of our recommended online sportsbooks, but we like to add them here. It’s nice to have a record of the lines at a point in time, so that you can reference them later in the year to see how teams have performed against the spread. That said, below are the odds. Enjoy!

San Jose Eathquakes vs Houston Dynamo

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
San Jose Earthquakes Pick (-155) +130 (+120)o
Houston Dynamo Pick (+120) +200   (-155)u
Draw   +210  

Sporting KC vs New England Revolution

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Sporting Kansas City -1 (-110) -190 (-105)o
New England Revolution +1 (-120) +550   (-125)u
Draw   +250  

FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
FC Dallas -½ (-125) -125 (+115)o
Portland Timbers +½ (-105) +330   (-150)u
Draw   +230  

Real Salt Lake vs New York Red Bulls

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Real Salt Lake -½ (-110) -110 (+110)o
Red Bull New York +½ (-120) +290   (-140)u
Draw   +225  

Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Seattle Sounders -1 (-120) -200 (+110)o
Toronto FC +1 (-110) +650   (-140)u
Draw   +245  

Chivas USA vs Vancouver Whitcaps

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Chivas USA Pick (-175) +125 (+110)o
Vancouver Whitecaps Pick (+135) +200   (-140)u
Draw   +220  

Philadelphia Union vs Colorado Rapids

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Philadelphia Union Pick (-180) +110 (+120)o
Colorado Rapids Pick (+140) +230   (-155)u
Draw   +220  

Los Angeles Galaxy vs DC United

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Los Angeles Galaxy -1 (+110) -165 (EVEN)o
DC United +1 (-140) +475   (-130)u
Draw   +240  

If you are looking for odds on the Montreal Impact vs the Chicago Fire, we did a whole write up on that game yesterday including prop bets. Check it out!

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Odds for the Montreal Impact vs the Chicago Fire

This weekend is Montreal’s Major League Soccer home opener against the Chicago Fire. The Impact lost last weekend to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and they’re hoping for a better result this Saturday. So far over 50,000 tickets have been sold for this game. Officials are planning for over 60,000 which will break a record in Canada for the most attended soccer game ever!

The Montreal Impact also just signed striker Italian veteran Bernardo Corradi. Unfortunately he can’t play until his international transfer papers come in, so it’s unlikely that Corradi will take the field this weekend. He should be starting as soon as he’s cleared to play.

Impact fans will be rooting for their team, but the sportsbooks are giving the edge to the Chicago. Right now the Fire are slight road favorites to win this match. The odds are below.

montreal impact chicago fire odds

There are also a lot of proposition bets available on this game. Below we list 9 different prop bets that you can bet online. If yuo are looking for a good online sportsbook, all these bets can be found at Bovada.

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Half Time Result
Montreal Impact Chicago Fire Half Time Result

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Half Time / Full Time
Montreal Impact Chicago Fire Half Time Full Time

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Correct Score

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire - Correct Score

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – First Team to Score

Montreal Impact Chicago Fire First Team to Score

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Last Team to Score

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire - Last Team to Score

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Over/Under 0.5 Goals

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire - OverUnder 0.5 Goals

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Over/Under 1.5 Goals

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire - OverUnder 1.5 Goals

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Over/Under 3.5 Goals

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire - OverUnder 3.5 Goals

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire – Over/Under 4.5 Goals

Montreal Impact vs Chicago Fire - OverUnder 4.5 Goals

Every gambler should be able to find at least 1 bet that interests them for this game. Of course if betting on these two teams doesn’t interest you, there are eight other matches to wager on this weekend.

Sunday’s featured match on NBC is between the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids. The Union lost their home opener to Portland this past Monday while the Rapids beat Columbus on the road so far this year. We don’t have the odds for this game yet, but we would be shocked if Colorado wasn’t decent favorites. We’re mentioning this game now, because it’s televised nationally and therefore it will be one of the most heavily bet game this weekend.

We’ll be back tomorrow with an update and odds for all of this weekend’s games.

Good Luck and thanks for reading.

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Quincy Amarikwa scores goal and finishes with the FIFA dead fish

March 10th, 2012 – Quincy Amarikwa shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Kosuke Kimura assists.

Quincy Amarikwa scores goal and finishes with the FIFA dead fish

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MLS Opening Day!

We are in the middle of the opening day of Major League Soccer’s 2012 season. So far the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the expansion team Montreal Impact by a score of 2-0. Two games being played right now are the Sporting KC at DC United and the Colorado Rapids at the Columbus Crew. Later tonight the Los Angeles Galaxy faces Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes take on the New England Revolution. If you are still looking for odds on these games, I posted them a few days ago.

Below are the odds available for Sunday’s and Monday’s matches.

Sunday, March 11, 2012 (Times shown in Eastern Daylight Time)

TIME TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL
3:00p FC Dallas Pick (-160) +125
Red Bull New York Pick (+125) +195
Draw +225
TIME TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL
7:00p Chivas USA Pick (-140) +135
Houston Dynamo Pick (+110) +175
Draw +225

Monday, March 12, 2012 (Times shown in Eastern Daylight Time)

TIME TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL
9:30p Portland Timbers Pick (-155) +120
Philadelphia Union Pick (+120) +210
Draw +220

If you want to bet on any of these games, you can find these odds at the online sportsbook Bovada. This sportsbook is our preferred online bookie for betting on MLS Soccer. There are a lot of online sportsbooks and casinos, but none that we trust more than Bovada for the US gambler. If you have any questions about this site, please contact us or leave us a comment and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

Enjoy the games!

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