MLS Soccer Orlando City Vs Montreal
Friday, March 27th, 2015By Ej Garr
MLS Odds:Orlando City makes their first trip out of the U.S, when they visit Montreal in their second road game of the season onSaturday, March 28.
The expansion team played the other Canadian club, Vancouver, last weekend at the Citrus Bowl, and suffered their first loss of the season in disheartening fashion. Once again, Octavio Rivero scored for Vancouver, as he has in all three of their outings this year, with only seconds remaining in extra time to steal all three points from Orlando. Orlando certainly did a good job of passing and controlled possession for nearly two-thirds of the match, but again we will remind everyone that possession of the ball does not necessarily mean anything when you have no one to finish drives.
Pedro Ribeiro still has a lot to prove up front, and has still not scored a goal in his young MLS career after being pulled out of the game last week as the team's only substitution. Kaka is as he always was, a complementary player at best. And, just because the city of Orlando and the organization thinks he is world-class he, too, has a lot yet to prove in MLS.
Keep in mind, the only two goals this Orlando team has scored this year came off a deflected free kick from Kaka 10 yards outside the box against NYCFC, and an own goal from Tyler Deric of Houston who misplayed a pass back to him. That's it!
Montreal has only played two games thus far on the year, has not scored, and has only given up one goal to DC United on opening day. They did a fine job keeping New England frustrated last weekend in a scoreless draw, but still has not posed much of a threat at all offensively.They only managed two shots on goal, neither of which really posed much of a threat to the Revs GK Bobby Shuttleworth.
Rookie Cameron Porter was replaced by Jack McInerney in the 20th minute of the game against New England, and we are now finding out that Porter has an ACL injury that will cost him the rest of 2015. Porter was an integral part of the Champions League win over Pachuca last week. Head coach Frank Klopas has come out to the media and said that they will be looking for experience up front, either through trade or elsewhere, with the team having a very young and inexperienced midfield and front line.
Hassoun Camara will be suspended for the Impact this weekend, after he picked up a second yellow card in the game, putting his team a man down at the hour mark last weekend against New England.
Maybe they can offer Marco Di Vaio a chance to come out of retirement, as he was expected to help this young Impact team move forward, but he is most likely in Rome or somewhere in Italy relaxing and enjoying himself after ending his 21-year playing career.
Last 10 MLS Meetings:
This is the first ever meeting between the two teams.
1x2 3-Way Lines:
Orlando City +330
Orlando City +0.5 -110
Montreal -0.5 -110
Total O/U 2.5:
Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:
Orlando City may not be the strongest club in MLS, but Montreal is among the youngest and least experienced, and, as we mentioned, could surely use the veteran leadership that Marco Di Vaio provided upon retiring.
Orlando City does a great job of keeping the ball at their feet, and has managed to win the possession battle in all three of their games thus far, but again, the issue they are facing is not scoring.
Naturally, Montreal will be less intimidating without Porter, and now the team has to press forward without him.
Orlando City and that +0.5 handicap seems perfect to take advantage of, with a wounded and young Impact team who now has to figure out who is going to provide a spark up front.
If a simple -110 is all the line setters are going to ask to pay for the +0.5 on the away side, than we accept that as a suggestion for this game.