MLS Soccer Betting at BetDSI Vancouver vs Orlando City
Friday, March 20th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Vancouver gets to experience what 60,000 supporters can do for a team, when Orlando City plays their second home game of the year at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.The Canadian side plays their games at BC Place, which seats a comfortable 21,000, but this stadium pales in comparison to that.
Vancouver plays their second consecutive road game this week, after they helped the Chicago Fire kick off their home campaign last weekend and ruined it for them by taking a 1 - 0 victory to enjoy on the flight to Orlando. They held Chicago to a clean sheet with physical play that earned them 24 fouls and 4 yellow cards, but they have also put up 31 shots on goal through two weeks of action.
They lost their home opener 3 - 1 to rival Toronto, after taking a 1 - 0 lead early in the match, only to give up the last three goals unanswered. Orlando City sits in first place as we enter week 3 of MLS action, tied alongside fellow expansion club NYCFC with 4 points from both games played in 2015.
They opened the year right here against that NYCFC club, finding a 1 - 1 draw with a late miracle deflection as regulation was coming to an end. They outplayed a Houston team in their own building 1 - 0, not surrendering a single shot on goal in the process. It makes it much easier to win matches when the other team never even puts a ball towards net, last we heard at least.
So do we credit the Orlando defense, or was it simply a lethargic effort from Houston? Hard to imagine that Houston would make their debut in front of their fans, and not understand the importance of keeping the crowd behind them, much less coming away with no points at all vs an expansion team.
Be that as it may, the bottom line was that Orlando City came away with three points, and they were the better team who earned it.
Now we get to head back to the Citrus Bowl, with an expected sellout once again that is excited to have this team in the league and wants them to stay there. No team has ever survived in Florida to this point, with both Tampa Bay and Miami unable to support MLS franchises in the early days on the league. Miami is set to also be part of the expansion process, if their building gets built, and the city can show they can, once again, support a team.
For now, Orlando City gets to be the featured team in the state, and the fans have shown up for them so far. We doubt 60,000 fans will turn out each week the team is in town, but for now they are there, and if the team can remain in the playoff hunt throughout the year, they just might be there in droves all season.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
First ever MLS meeting
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Vancouver Pk +145
Orlando Pk -170
Total O/U 2.5:
MLS Betting @ Diamond Sportsbook
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
Orlando City has certainly not been held back by communication issues, although with over 14 nationalities on the team and four translators traveling with them, it could have been seen as a problem. No problem yet, and if anything, it has made this a tight knit group that deserves all the support they are receiving.
Naturally, the signing of Kaka has hiked sales, but whatever it takes to bring in the fans must be done.
Remember, this Orlando team was no slouch of a group before the arrival of Kaka, and they could have put a decent product on the field regardless if the aging Brazilian seems to give this team more credibility or not.
They both come into the match with 1 - 0 victories to follow up on, and Octavio Rivero has scored both goals for Vancouver, while only Kaka has officially found the net this year for Orlando. The goal Orlando scored last weekend was credited as an own goal after Tyler Deric misplayed a pass back to him in his zone. It created a turnover in which his fist bump, trying to knock the ball away, ended up in his own net, so Orlando has not exactly been impressive offensively to this point of the season.
The price on the Under here is just too far out of our comfort zone at -140, although there are many who would find that reasonably acceptable if the play was worth the action and had a damn good chance of coming in.
This Under does have a good chance, and we expect a 1 - 1 type of match, with a low-scoring first half, most likely 0 - 0 as they head to the halftime whistle. A first half Under 1 might be reasonable enough, which came out at -120 to start the week. Hopefully, that price will still be there by the end of the week as the kick off gets closer.