MLS Soccer Odds - Colorado Rapids at Philadelphia Union

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

By  Scott Cooley

MLS Betting Online: After three matches in a seven-day stretch, the Colorado Rapids have had time to step back and breathe in the mountain air.

The Rapids latest fixture was a 2-2 decision versus New England. The home team went into that match as a -180 MLS soccer odds favorite but the ‘draw’ option of +250 cashed. To a man, every member of the Colorado squad knew the outcome should have been better.

We’ve been having so many games, we had like three games in the last week, it makes things really tough, said Kosuke Kimura. Our legs get heavy, and all that, but still there’s no excuse.

There really was no excuse considering the defending champs were playing at home with a man advantage. The Revs have been playing better ball, but Colorado should win every match in the altitude.

The silver lining is that they punished New York, 4-1, in the midweek match days before. The absence of Conor Casey is still apparent but the Rapids seem to be coming around without him.

Colorado Rapids is in good playoff standing currently, positioned fifth in the West with a 7-6-10 record and 31 points. The team will start play in Group B of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament next week while still dealing with a heavy MLS schedule.

From now on we’re going to have so many tough games, we’ve got like ten games left and CONCACAF coming up, it’s going to be tough games, Kimura said. But it’s a little bit more like a mental game now. We can’t drop any points from now on."

Philadelphia’s most recent league match was a 3-0 victory over the Revolution on July 17. They were listed as +105 MLS odds underdogs in that road match and cashed again as pups Wednesday night.

The Union upset English Premier League club Everton, 1-0, in the Herbalife World Football Challenge.

I thought they were quite impressive. They looked as if they’re an improving team, Everton manager David Moyes said.

And that wasn’t the only international praise the Union received last week.

Philly battled Spanish juggernaut Real Madrid on Saturday at PPL Park and came up just short with a 2-1 loss. The Union got behind by two goals early but then looked like the better team most of the second half. They only allowed two shots on goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and the mighty Madrid offense during the final 45 mintues.

I was impressed with the Union, said Real Madrid midfielder Kaká. They played very well. They gave us a tough match. They’re a very good team. It wasn’t easy.

Peter Nowak has this team playing better and better as the weeks go by. He’s not only seeing production from the regulars, but also the subs.

The Union are tied for first in the East with 31 points. They allow the fewest goals per game in the conference at 0.84 and boast a 0.67 scoring defense at home.

The MLS soccer odds for this match were first available at BookMaker sportsbook. The three-way moneyline wagering options were: Colorado +240, Philadelphia -105, Draw +210. The 2.5-goal total was weighted toward the ‘under’ at -140. The Union haven’t lost a game at PPL Park this year.

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