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Jun 18

TFC players arrested, RSL keeps winning and Impact look to build momentum

MLS Wednesday Night Action

Houston Dynamo (5-4-4) vs Toronto FC (1-10-0)

-188/ +275/ +475

Coming off their first win of the season, the Reds could not keep the momentum in Paul Mariner’s coaching debut for TFC on Friday night, falling 2-0 to Sporting K.C. It would seem the team who’s already mired in an awful campaign at 1-10-0, couldn’t wait until Wednesday’s game vs the Dynamo to take out their frustrations on a lost season, as two nights later three members of the team were arrested in an altercation with police at Club Escobar in Houston. Midfielders Nick Soolsma and Luis Silva were arrested along with defender Miguel Aceval after police were called to Club Escobar in Houston’s Midtown neighbourhood.

TFC is already in a world of trouble this season, and this clearly can’t be a good indictment of responsibility and accountability that the new coach brings to the team. Already learning the job and instilling a new system, Mariner could now quite possibly be down three men for Wednesday’s game.

Until TFC shows any signs of life, we’re already considering them a free bet against team every game. The club has not even managed to draw a single game this year. Now, an unfocused club, who’s scored 0.73 goals per game all year, is being asked to travel to Houston where the Dynamo are 3-0-1 at home? There’s no need to even break down Houston here, it’s the Dynamo or pass.

 

Real Salt Lake (10-3-2) vs L.A. Galaxy (4-8-2)

-120/ +230/ +300

We know RSL is favoured in this game, but moderately priced at -120 is certainly worth a look. Maybe it’s the public appeal of David Beckham and the Galaxy keeping this number down, but anytime we can take the league’s best team who’s 18 points ahead of their opponent in the standings, we’ll take out chances.

RSL has already beat LA 3-1 on the road in the season opener, are unbeaten in seven games (5-0-2) and are playing at home where they are 6-1-0.

Before LA’s 1-0 win over Portland on Sunday, one of only two teams they are ahead of in the West standings and previously trailing before the win, the Galaxy had not won a game in seven tries going 0-5-2.

Again, at this low price, it’s a play on RSL or pass.

 

PLAY: Parlay Houston and RSL together for +181 odds.

 

Chivas USA (4-7-3) vs Montreal Impact (4-7-3)

Whereas in the two games above we feel there is some good value on the favourite, in this case we think we’ve found a very live dog.

We’ll acknowledge that the Impact have been awful on the road going 1-6-1, but that stat very well may cancel out against a Chivas team that posts an identical record at home.

The clubs also mirror each other in overall records, and while the Impact have allowed 5 more goals than Chivas, they have also scored 10 more.

If you look at recent play, Montreal should be full of confidence after a convincing 4-1 victory over Seattle in the grand opening of Saputo Stadium in Montreal Friday, compared to a Chivas club who was never really in a 3-0 blowout at home to the hands of RSL on the same night.

Additionally, Chivas could be without three of their top offensive players for this contest. Forward José Erik Correa (right hamstring strain) and midfielder Miller Bolaños (left hamstring strain) missed Saturday’s defeat and may be joining Nick LaBrocca (left hamstring strain) on an extended injury layoff.

The three players were training apart from the group prior to the club’s Reserve League match against Portland on Monday, but are still doubtful for Wednesday and if you read comments from head coach Robin Fraser he doesn’t sound confident they will be ready to go.

 

Play on Montreal Impact at +240