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We all know this will be David Beckham’s last game for the Los Angeles Galaxy and for all he has done for Major League Soccer in the United States, expect his teammates to send him out with a bang.
The Galaxy (16-6-12, +12 goal differential) will represent the Western Conference, and played truly inspired soccer during the conference playoffs to make this MLS Cup, which will be played at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.—a true home-field advantage for the Galaxy.
Eastern Conference representatives Houston (14-11-9, +7 goal differential) had a similar lukewarm season as the Galaxy but also rose up in the playoffs to make this championship game and are certainly no fluke and well worth a look at the +350 (three-way line) underdog price.
Will Bruin (16 goals) and Brad Davis (eight goals, 12 assists) spearhead the Dynamo attack and will need to be at their best Saturday afternoon in this showdown to be televised on ESPN.
Los Angeles, though, has more firepower on offense with Robbie Keane (21 goals), Landon Donovan (10) and Beckham (seven), among others, and will benefit from playing on their home pitch and should get an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
Houston won the season’s only meeting, 2-1 May 21 at home in the BBVA Compass Stadium.
The pace here should be hot and heavy but I’d recommend staying away from the total (2½u -125) as southern California has been absolutely deluged by rain the last couple of days which could slow down the attacking play.
PREDICTION: Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Houston Dynamo 1
BET: LA Galaxy -130
TO WIN OUTRIGHT ODDS: Galaxy -240, Dynamo +200