Win over rival Sounders could spark Portlandís season
Northwest Sports Update
A few players that buy betting software may have written Portland off when it comes to the Major League Soccer regular season as they have struggled under an anemic offense and a terrible away record. However, a win over their bitter rivals over the weekend could be the match that ignites their campaign in 2012.
The rival Seattle Sounders visited Jeld-Wen Field and they aimed at moving closer to first place in the MLS Western Conference, but those that read sportsbook reviews know that rivalry games can often cause a team to find an extra gear. However, Portland didn’t back down from the Sounders and found themselves up 2-0 after 25 minutes thanks to goals by Kris Boyd and David Horst. Seattle would eventually find their way back into the game and Eddie Johnson pulled one back in the 58th minute, but the Timbers would hold on for a 2-1 win in a testy match that saw six yellow cards and two red cards that came at the end of the match as Portland’s Lovel Palmer and Seattle’s Fredy Montero were both shown the door in injury time as things started to get out of hand. This rivalry is one of the more underrated in all of Major League Soccer and it definitely boiled over on Saturday.
That means the Timbers won’t have Montero for their next match against Colorado on Saturday on the road, where they have drawn two and lost four of their six games and will definitely be an underdog among online betting USA players. But it did take the pressure off head coach John Spencer amid reports that he was fighting for his job, and at least for one more week, he’ll be at the helm. But Portland has to do something away from home as they are one of three sides in the league that don’t have a road win, and it should be of no surprise that those three (Portland, Toronto and Dallas) are in the bottom four.
But all isn’t lost for the Timbers and their sport betting online (read more on sport betting online odds) chances as the season is really just starting to pick up and they can make some headway towards a playoff spot. Portland sits on 16 points, which is nine points behind Seattle in fourth place, and that can be made up throughout the season; they just can’t afford many more slip-ups. The three teams in front of them, Los Angeles, Colorado and Chivas USA, are just as inconsistent and Portland has to be there when they falter. It wouldn’t be an easy wager to convince someone of, but don’t count out Portland’s odds just yet at legal online sports betting sites.