MLS Soccer Betting: DC United vs Real Salt Lake
Friday, July 31th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Real Salt Lake makes their final trek to the East Coast in the regular season when they face top-seeded DC Unitedon Saturdayat RFK Stadium, a place they have never come away with a win in eight attempts since 2005. Salt Lake will not have to travel further east than Kansas for the duration of the year, and will start August playing four road games over the next 12 days.
Upon leaving RFK, Salt Lake will travel to Guatemala to face Municipal Los Rojos in the CONCACAF Champions Leagueon Tuesday,before heading to BC Place to face Vancouver next weekend. They will resume their U.S Open Cup affair and finish the road trip onAugust 12at Sporting KC in the semi-finals.
Their most recent win was a prelude to the U.S Open Cup semi's, as Salt Lake came away with a 2 - 1 win over Sporting KC at Rio Tinto Stadium last weekend, while snapping Sporting's five-match win streak in all competitions.
Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman make their long-awaited return to their Salt Lake club, after spending nearly the last month with the U.S team in the Gold Cup. Rimando was a stand-out in the MLS All-Star game as well this past week, making two prolific saves against Tottenham's Harry Kane, although Kane did eventually blast one past him in the first half to make it 2 - 1.
DC United got back on track last weekend with a 3 - 2 win over Philadelphia and extended their lead to seven points in the Eastern Conference standings entering the weekend.
Without a handful of starters out of the lineup, United came out flat against the Union and found themselves down 2 - 0 before five minutes of action had even been played. Chris Sapong scored just one minute into the game, and Sebastian Le Toux added a second on the four-minute mark for Philly, and it appeared as if United was headed to their third straight loss.
United had a chance to bring the game to 2 - 1 with a penalty kick opportunity from Fabian Espindola, but he was unable to convert from the spot. Just four minutes later, newly arrived Álvaro Saborío, who was making his first appearance with United after the trade from Salt Lake, scored to make it 2 - 1 before halftime.
United's Nick DeLeon made it 2 - 2 just after the hour mark, and Fabian Espindola overcame his disappointing penalty conversion chance, scoring to make it 3 - 2 in the 79th minute to seal the win.
DC United will still have a handful of absentees this weekend, and we discussed all of them in last weekend's preview. Nothing has changed, and Bill Hamid is still out, along with Chris Pontius, Sean Franklin, Collin Martin and Michael Farfan.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The recent series is tied with each team having 4 Wins and 2 Draws in the last 10 MLS meetings.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
DC -0.5 -105
RSL +0.5 -115
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
We know DC United has been among the best home teams in all of MLS for the past two seasons, and they again are trying to build a win streak at RFK Stadium that is at two games entering this weekend.
The best goalkeeper on this field is undoubtedly Nick Rimando, and with Beckerman also back this weekend, this Salt Lake club is going to give United all they can handle and then some.
We were surprised to see such a strong line against RSL when the lines came outon Monday, as they were +330, which is now down to +315 as the weekend gets closer.
One thing we will say is, this handicap line of +0.5 at -115 sure seems to hold the value in this match, because Salt Lake should come away with some type of result, be it a draw or a possible sneaky win.
A draw would certainly suffice for us to cash that ticket, so the +0.5 handicap on the away side with Real Salt Lake makes our board this weekend at RFK Stadium.