Kentucky Derby 2011

MLS Soccer Odds – Houston Dynamo at Los Angeles Galaxy

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By Scott Cooley

MLS Betting Online: The Houston Dynamo, and their betting backers, probably still feel as if they got suckered-punched Saturday night.

With a 2-1 lead in the 91st minute, the Dynamo allowed New York’s Mehdi Ballouchy to net the equalizer and dash any hope of coming away with three points. Houston would have cashed as 160 underdogs on the three-way MLS soccer odds moneyline but the ‘draw’ option of 210 proved to be the winner.

With two consecutive ties, and five in 11 regular-season matches, the Dynamo have turned 7.23 units of profit for players who bet on the 'draw' in every game. Houston currently holds down the third place position out East with 14 points and a 3-3-5 overall record.

Bouncing back from a loss like this will be difficult. Head coach Dominic Kinnear said his squad suffered from “a lack of concentration.” You have to wonder where his guys’ heads will be after such a deflating loss that could have huge standings implications.

The task at hand Wednesday would be easier if Houston was playing the Whitecaps or SKC, but it comes against one of the league’s elite. Los Angeles is perched atop the MLS standings with a 6-2-5 record and 23 points.

The Galaxy are coming off another win against intra-city rival Chivas USA in the SuperClasico series. The 1-0 victory marked the fourth consecutive win by L.A. over Chivas.

Los Angeles was a heavy favorite in that match for the pick ‘em spread and it also cashed the -105 MLS odds for the three-way moneyline. Three of the last four Galaxy games have gone ‘under’ the offered 2.5-goal total.

There were some critical words directed toward David Beckham by the local media going into Saturday’s fixture because he traveled to play in the Gary Neville testimonial match against Juventus on Tuesday. But the soccer icon didn’t look fatigued against Chivas and provided his sixth assist of the year off a free kick.

“I know if I put it in the right area, then we’ve got a chance of scoring and it’s happened the last few games,” Beckham said.

Both teams in this match have a quick turnaround. Houston must travel so that puts them in more of a dire situation. The Dynamo haven’t won on the road all year while the Galaxy have netted 4.40 moneyline units at The Home Depot Center.

The MLS soccer odds for this match were released by BookMaker on Tuesday and the three-way moneylines were: Houston 325, Los Angeles -143, Draw 225. The 2.5-goal total was weighted toward the ‘under’ at -135. In the last 29 league matches, the over/under is 9-20.