MLS Soccer Betting: New England Revolution vs Seattle Sounders
Saturday, March 7th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: Both teams fell to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the post-season last year, with Seattle losing in the Western Conference Semis and New England losing in the MLS Cup Final.
New England was a nightmare squad for opposing defenses last year, led by the composure of Lee Nguyen from the midfield. The team plowed through the playoffs, scoring 11 goals in both series with Columbus and New York to reach the finals. The Revolution has now made 5 appearances in the MLS Finals, and have come up short each and every time, so they are still seeking their first ever title.
John 'Jay' Heaps begins his fifth season on the bench for the Revs, and brings back most of the cast that we saw in 2014. Jermaine Jones may miss the beginning of the season due to hernia surgery, but he should return in a short period of time after being given a 4- to 6-week recovery time. However, he is admirably trying to make it back for the opening day festivities, but it looks like he may not make it in time. Juan Agudelo makes his return to the Revolution front line, after his brief stint with the team at the end of the 2013 season.
Striker Sean Okoli struggled to get to play for Seattle in his stretch there, with veterans Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, and Kenny Cooper getting most of the time, but he now comes to New England in hopes of beating his old team on opening day. Speaking of the upfront trio for Seattle, Dempsey, Martins and Cooper all return to defend the Supporters Shield, which went to the Sounders last year after securing the best record in MLS.
Sounders manager Sigi Schmid did lead the club to a U.S Cup title again in 2014, their 4th in 6 years, but have yet to break through with an MLS title at this point. He has also led the team to many Cup championships, winning the Cascadia Cup in2011, the Community Shield in both 2011 and 2012, the Heritage Cup three times in 2010, 2011, and 2013, and the Desert Diamond Cup also in 2013. Both Tyrone Mears and Andres Correa come over in the off-season to provide much-needed relief and experience on the Sounders back line, after surrendering 50 goals in the regular season last year.
Last 9 MLS Meetings:
The two have 9 MLS meetings, with New England leading series 4W - 3L - 2D
1x2 3-Way Lines:
New England +315
New England +0.5 -110
Seattle -0.5 -110
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
Some may not remember the meeting that these two had last year, when New England dumped 5 goals on Seattle, and if revenge was to be had, the two met again in the Desert Diamond Cup on February 25, with New England winning again 2 - 1.
CenturyLink Field might be the worst field in all of MLS, with the carpet they play on constantly presenting problems, especially in a city where inclement weather can play a role at any time. However, these two offenses can still play well enough to overcome the field obstacle, and find the neton plenty of occasions.
That leads us to the even money offer from the line setters on the Over 2.5. Even without Jermaine Jones, who provides plenty of spark up front, neither club is defensively sound enough to contain a low-scoring game, so the Over 2.5 goes on the board for the last match of the weekend.