MLS Soccer: New York City FC vs Chicago Fire

  • Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    MLS Odds: New York City and Chicago will play the first of their two meetings this yearon Fridayat Toyota Park. The two will meet again at Yankee Stadium onMay 15, completing the home and home series between the teams in 2015.

    New York City did get some rough news on the injury front this past week.After he came out of the game in the 35th minute last weekend against Portland, it was announced that Tony Taylor is gone for the year due to the torn ACL and LCL damage. However, he did only start in one game, while coming in as a sub in his other appearance this year. Coach Kries was quoted as saying, "It’s always very disappointing when you see a player suffer a serious injury, and I’m confident that he’ll come back fitter and stronger than ever.”

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    New York City has not enjoyed their time at Yankee Stadium, so hopefully a road trip can rejuvenate some life in the Big Apple siders, although the road has not been friendly so far either. They are still looking for their first win in MLS history, and we can assume the fans and players in Chicago don't want to see that happen this weekend at their place.

    Chicago has secured all six of their season's points at Toyota Park, with two wins at home to show for the five outings thus far. This is their third consecutive home game, and they will hit the road for Kansas City next weekend.

    After getting off to an 0 - 3 start, being outscored 5 - 1, the Fire has gotten right back into the mix with their two straight wins against Philly and Toronto. They have broken out for four goals combined, and are now hoping to ascend in the standings to the top four with a big home sweep of three games and 9 points.

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    1x2 3-Way Lines:

    NYC +235

    Chicago +125

    Draw +235

    Handicap/Spread Odds:

    NYC Pk +135

    Chicago Pk -155

    Total O/U 2.5:

    Over +110

    Under -130

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    Quick Analysis & Prediction

    Quick Analysis:

    New York City started the year as the team to beat, coming up with five points through the first three games, and lingering among first place in the Eastern Conference. They have since been playing like one might expect from an expansion franchise in a new league, and have lost three of their last four and only secured a single point from those outings.

    Yankee Stadium certainly doesn't help matters as far as opening up the field goes, which this team was essentially built to do. Coach Kries is not one to sit back and defend for 90 minutes, so these unlikely 0 - 0 and 1 - 0 results must be driving him a little bit crazy.

    Chicago has certainly benefited from home cookin' lately and a three-game sweep would do wonders for the teams confidence, as we get closer to the one-third mark of the season.

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    New York City has scored in two of their three road games, and took part in that 0 - 0 match with Colorado early in the year, but they still have not broken out while they are away from home for more than a single goal in any game.

    Chicago being a little out of reach on the Pk Draw no Bet handicap hurts, because having that safety net of a draw to get your money back is nice, but not at -155. That makes it tough when you expect a 1 - 0, 1 - 1 type of game, knowing it will be close throughout and one mistake could change the game just like that. Although, let's face it, we are seeing late mistakes all over the league this year with so many goals scored from the 90 minute mark on.

    The first ever road win for NYC will have to wait another two weeks at least, although their next road game will be against the New York Red Bulls onMay 10.

    Let's see if Chicago can bust out the broom, sweep the three-game home stand, and throw in the +125 on the 3-Way line, expecting the Fire to snatch all three points.