Colorado hosts San Jose on Saturday while Los Angeles is home to FC Dallas on Sunday. Soccer odds are up at the Internet bookmaker on both of these matches.
San Jose at Colorado
The Rapids are solid favorites in this match that will be played on Saturday. San Jose should not totally be discounted though as they overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat New York in the last round. The Earthquakes are led by Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski who has 19 goals this season including the playoffs. San Jose was just eighth overall in the league but in the playoffs it has been shown that anything can happen. Colorado does have more depth than San Jose though and that is one reason they are favored. They have Omar Cummings and Conor Casey who have 14 and 13 goals respectively this season. In the two meetings during the regular season each team won at home by a score of 1-0.
FC Dallas at Los Angeles
The Galaxy is favored at the bookmaker in this match that can be seen on ESPN 2 on Sunday. The Galaxy beat Dallas in both of their regular season meetings, winning 1-0 at Dallas and 2-1 at home. Dallas is led by MVP candidate David Ferreira and Jeff Cunningham. This year it was Cunningham who had 11 goals while Ferreria had eight goals and 13 assists. Dallas has an excellent goalkeeper in Kevin Hartman who had 0.62 goals against average this season. Los Angeles was the best team in the league during the regular season. They are led by Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Edson Buddle. In the last round it was Buddle who scored twice in the wins over Seattle. Los Angeles has a solid defense led by Eddie Lewis, Sean Franklin and A.J. De La Garza. Another huge plus for Los Angeles is goaltender Donovan Ricketts who was the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year. He could be the difference on Sunday. Anything less than a Los Angeles victory would be a major surprise so look for gamblers at SBG to be taking the Galaxy at home.