MLS Soccer Betting: New York City FC vs Orlando City SC
Saturday, March 7th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds: The two new kids on the block make their MLS debut against each other in an Eastern Conference showdown,on Sunday, March 8at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. NYCFC manager Jason Kreis opted out of re-signing a new deal with Real Salt Lake after the 2013 season. After 7 years with the team, he decided to become the first ever head coach for the expansion New York franchise.
The NYCFC team made an instant impact, signing Spanish National David Villa, the first player to be offered a contract. They also have the backing of both the New York Yankees and Manchester City, who put up the $100M franchise fee to sponsor the team.
They will play their home games at historic Yankee Stadium, until their own field is built, which is tentatively scheduled for 2018.
Kreis has also attracted a handful of his former players from Salt Lake, as he has brought in Chris Wingert, Ned Grabavoy and Sebastian Velasquez. Frank Lampard is also expected to join the team from Manchester City at the end of the Premier League campaign, making this New York team a formidable one from the get-go.
Orlando City manager Adrian Heath brings soccer back to Florida for the first time since the 2001 MLS season, when both Miami and Tampa Bay were dissolved and could no longer support a team.
Trying to match the influx of international talent, one of the first moves that Orlando made was bringing in Kaka, who has spent the last 11 years with either Real Madrid or AC Milan, and has been a part of the Brazilian National team since 2002. Lewis Neal, who started his U.S career with Orlando, joins Tony Cascio, who was found in the expansion draft, and Amobi Okugo, who spent the last 5 years in Philly. One of Orlando’s keen signings in the MLS expansion draft this past December, was securing a keeper with experience, which comes in the form of Donovan Ricketts, the Jamaican National who has been in the MLS since 2009, and was the MLS GK of the Year in 2013. There are an incredible amount of international players on this Orlando side. The team is also comprised of players from 14 different nations and travel with up to 4 translators to help with the language barriers.
There is a massive amount of excitement in both camps as we begin the 2015 season, with both having aspirations to be competitive right away.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
The two make their inaugural appearance in MLS this year.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
NYC +0.5 -130
Orlando -0.5 +110
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction
The two clubs had their first meeting on February 21, which ended in a 1-1 draw at the Carolina Challenge Cup. The biggest concern coming from this match is the Orlando defense, who has not had much time to work together. Having the experience of a Jamaican keeper should help, but there is only so much that he can do.
New York should certainly not be listed at +270, even if it is their first game in the league and away from home. Neither club has any experience with teams at this level, other than a handful of U.S and other types of Cup matches.
When this total came out, the first thing that came to mind was who is going to stop who, and how can both clubs be slowed down for 90 minutes? The 1 - 1 meeting in February certainly will not affect how these two go after each other, so we are going to play the Over 2.5 in the first ever meeting in league play between the two teams. The +105 price is more than reasonable, and let's hope they can shake off the opening day jitters in time to find the net.