MLS Soccer: Vancouver vs Chicago

  • Friday, March 13th, 2015

    By  Ej Garr


    MLS Odds: The Vancouver Whitecaps take to the road, after losing their home opener 3 - 1 to Toronto opening weekend. The Caps found the net in the 19th minute to take a 1 - 0 early lead at home, but broke down defensively and give up three unanswered goals to their Canadian rivals.

    Overall, however, the statistics show an even battle, with an almost dead split of possession time and Vancouver controlling the opening half, out-shooting Toronto 5 – 1. Toronto had tied the game just after the half-hour mark with Altidore's first of the day, and Robbie Findley gave Toronto a 2 - 1 lead just before the first hour of play.The final nail in the coffin came when Jozy Altidore converted a penalty kick just as regulation time was coming to an end.

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    Chicago looked no better to open their season. They had the assignment of traveling to Los Angeles to take on the defending champion Galaxy, and came out with a 2 - 0 loss, taking only one official shot on goal. The Fire did a decent job of controlling the ball against LA, and keeping the Galaxy off the board in the first half has to be seen as a positive, if there is one to take. Putting one official shot on goal doesn't look good on paper, but they did provide a couple of decent threats in attempts to get on the score board. Ultimately, they couldn't really do much inside the 18, and there was in presence in the six to finish anything. They look like there is more work to do, and at least they come home to have some fans behind them today.

    The two clubs played to an uneventful 0 - 0 Draw in their only meeting last season, right here at Toyota Park onJuly 30.

    Last 5 MLS Meetings:

    The two have 5 all-time MLS meetings, with Vancouver leading the series 2W - 1L - 2D

    1x2 3-Way Lines:

    Vancouver +225

    Chicago +130

    Draw +235

    Handicap/Spread Odds:

    Vancouver Pk +135

    Chicago Pk -155 Total O/U 2.5:

    Over +110

    Under -130

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    Quick Analysis & Prediction Quick Analysis:

    Naturally, it is tough to know how two clubs with an opening weekend loss rebound to face each other.

    This weekend, we can expect Vancouver to come out of the first half gate fast, as they did vs Toronto, which ultimately led to their only goal 19 minutes in. Chicago will most likely be wanting to shake off that opening day loss, also coming out strong, to both keep the crowd in the game, and get an early lead to avoid an uphill battle again, as they faced in the second half in LA.

    Caps’ keeper David Ousted is much more dependable than the stats show, from his 3 goals allowed out of the gate, and we know he will regroup in time. He did play practically every game the team played and all competitions the Caps appeared in. He held 13 clean sheets last year in league play, so his confidence shouldn't be a factor. Not much he can do about a 90th-minute penalty kick goal that no one is blaming him for giving up.


    Even though Chicago looked like a team that was still in pre-season, their home opener should provide a spark early in the match and, as we said, Vancouver will be just as aggressive early.

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    We see 1 - 1 by halftime, and a third coming by the hour mark to cash this Over 2.5 at a lovely +110. When the bell rings twice we Chicago will take a 2 - 1 lead, so ring the bells, sound the horns, and let the sirens be loud!