MLS Cup: Free Soccer Picks – L.A. Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo

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The draw odds are set at 5/2

The Galaxy are making their seventh appearance in the MLS Cup. They have the league’s biggest pay roll at $14 Million and they have done it without spending a lot of money on the household name players. It’s been an approach not quite seen in most big spending teams in other sports. Ordinarily, there are a few big ticket players on each roster. Not so for the Galaxy.

Betting odds are taken from Bodog:

Los Angeles Galaxy (20/33) vs. Houston Dynamo (9/2) – Draw (5/2)

Over/Under 2.5 goals

The Dynamo realize that though the Galaxy are loaded, they have a legitimate shot if they keep things in perspective. Coach Dom Kinnear said “(we) don’t really care what other people think…If people respect us, that’s wonderful, but so long as we have respect in the locker room and from our organization, and that’s good enough for us…”

The game will be decided in the midfield. The Galaxy use two roaming playmakers in Beckham and Juninho and they use Moffat and Camargo to shield the defense and to cut the gaps to keep a strong counter attack. It will come down to who is the better duo as to which team can dominate possession and get the most shots on goal.

The Galaxy’s Robbie Keane is always an exciting ticket, as are David Beckham and Landon Donovan, while the Dynamo’s Brian Ching, Adam Moffat, and Geoff Cameron are worth paying attention to. For the Galaxy, Keane is an impressive specimen with his coordination and speed and can move well for a guy his size. Donovan is a good midfielder and can help out defensively at times, as well. Beckham will look to set guys up as usual. Ching, for the Dynamo, is playing well and going for his fourth championship ring. Moffat and Cameron will both be elemental, as well, both defensively and offensively, respectively.

One negative for the Galaxy is that they will be without striker Chad Barrett. Similarly, the Dynamo will be without one of their key players in left winger Brad Davis. Dynamo coach Kinnear said that “Brad (has) been a big player for us, but I think we’re a good team with or without Brad.” Be that as it may, they are significantly weaker and he is acknowledging that.

The Dynamo won 3-1 over the Galaxy in the final home game of the season, but that means almost nothing. The Galaxy were resting up for the playoffs while the Dynamo were fighting for playoff seeding. The Galaxy have not lost at home this year and the Dynamo won only two road games in the regular season, thus why they are such heavy underdogs.

The Dynamo, though, remain confident in the face of the adversity. “I think it’s going to be a lot better game than people expected,” Davis said.

Even if it is a much better game than expected, bettors can back the Galaxy with confidence, while the ‘over’ on the 2.5 goals is also a winning proposition.

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