Featured, Major League Soccer, November 2011

MLS CUP Betting Insider Preview

David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan will try to cement their status as one of MLS' greatest sides ever Sunday night. Here's a betting man's preview.

MLS Cup Betting Insider

There are just two teams left alive in the 2011 MLS season, and only one will be left standing after Houston and Los Angeles faceoff in the MLS Cup Final on Sunday night. Let’s preview the
unlikely matchup for the league’s most important match.

This game will be shown on ESPN on Sunday night with the Galaxy solid favorites in Major League Soccer sports betting action. And rightfully so. The Galaxy were always the team that was supposed to be in this match. Donovan, Beckham, Angel, and a ton of talented young players became Donovan, Beckham, Keane, and a ton of talented young players, and they got better. Bruce Arena’s perfectly constructed front runners breezed through the regular season en route to the Supporters’ Shield. Then they put in professional performances in the playoffs, marred only by a brief pratfall-filled skirmish with Rafa Marquez and the New York Red Bulls. Since defeating Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Final, Galaxy players have been the subjects of most the headlines and the praise. But can the supposed team of destiny actually fulfill the promise of all the talent in the squad? And will the Home Depot Center advantage play a role?

And in this corner, the polar opposite, the team that no one expected this time around, the Houston Dynamo. Houston was never seen as MLS chopped liver, but no one expected Dominic Kinnear to get a championship run out of his team in 2011. An unheralded group of players rallied around their manager and a talismanic Brad Davis to shock two of the trendiest picks in the MLS Playoffs, Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City. As usual, they got timely contributions from striker Brian Ching and goalkeeper Tally Hall along the way. But Davis, Houston’s MLS MVP candidate, suffered an injury in the conference final and is almost certainly out for Sunday’s finale. So if Houston is going to find a way to win in southern California, they’ll likely have to dig deep into that underdog bag of tricks one more time.

Enjoy the match !


Daniel Seco