MLS Cup Odds: Injury Concerns Surround Inter Miami

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As we enter the final month of the MLS regular season, FC Cincinnati are clinging to their spot atop the MLS Cup odds boards with the defending champions LAFC breathing down their neck. Check out the latest MLS Cup futures.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2023 12:04 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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MLS betting odds for the 2023 MLS Cup are here, as the regular season enters the final month of the regular season. Lionel Messi has been as advertised leading Inter Miami to a League Cup title and his presence alone has lifted the club's odds of winning the MLS Cup despite the team sitting five points out of a playoff spot with six games left to go. 

Here are the latest MLS Cup betting odds, with FC Cincinnati slightly edging the defending champions LAFC. 

Odds to win the MLS Cup

Team  TonyBet
FC Cincinnati +407
Los Angeles FC +659
Inter Miami +699
Philadelphia Union +929
St. Louis City SC +1,121
New England Revolution +1,214
Seattle Sounders +1,433
Columbus Crew +1,439
Orlando City +1,564
Nashville SC +1,855

Odds as of September 21, 2023.

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Favorites to win the MLS Cup

FC Cincinnati (+407)

After having Inter Miami breathing down their necks for the top spot on the MLS Cup futures board, FC Cincinnati has regained some wiggle room and it's from LAFC, not Inter Miami. FC Cincinnati followed up a 1-0 loss to Orlando City with back-to-back draws against Philadelphia and Montreal. 

The form is starting to get dicey, but with a nine point lead over Orlando City in the Eastern Conference, they should be able to see out top spot in the East for the remaining five regular-season games. 

LAFC (+659)

There seems to be trouble brewing in La La Land. 

After putting a stop to their three-game losing streak, LAFC got in the win column vs. the LA Galaxy before drawing 0-0 with Western Conference-leading St. Louis City. While the draw is not the best result, managing to keep a clean sheet against the third-best scoring club in the MLS is a major positive.  

They remain one point back of Seattle for second place, however, they do have a game in hand. If they can keep the defensive side of things sorted out, they will be dangerous come playoff time. 

Inter Miami (+699)

After getting taken to the woodshed against Atlanta United without Lionel Messi in the lineup, Inter Miami made quick work of TFC on Wednesday despite Messi playing just 37 minutes in that contest. 

The win was wonderful and it moved them into 13th place in the east, five points back of a playoff spot with two games in hand on DC United. 

The issue is, Messi and Jordi Alba went off injured, and the severity remains unknown. 

If Messi misses extended time, does Inter Miami have the guile to be a competent team without him? Debateable. 

What is the format for the MLS Cup Playoffs? 

The Top 7 teams in each conference make the MLS Cup playoffs, with the top seed in each receiving a bye to the conference semifinals. The other six teams in each conference square off in single-elimination games, with the higher seed playing host. In total, there are four rounds in the MLS Cup playoffs, with every game single-elimination. 

When are the MLS Cup Playoffs?

The MLS Cup playoffs will get underway soon after the regular season ends on Oct. 21, 2023.

Past MLS Cup champions

Year Champion Runner-Up
2022 Los Angeles FC Philadelphia Union
2021 New York City FC Portland Timbers
2020 Columbus Crew SC Seattle Sounders FC
2019 Seattle Sounders FC Toronto FC
2018 Atlanta United FC Portland Timbers
2017 Toronto FC Seattle Sounders FC
2016 Seattle Sounders FC Toronto FC
2015 Portland Timbers Columbus Crew SC
2014 Los Angeles Galaxy New England Revolution
2013 Sporting Kansas City Real Salt Lake
2012 Los Angeles Galaxy Houston Dynamo

How to bet on soccer futures odds 

MLS futures odds are constantly adjusted throughout the offseason due to player transfers and injuries. Once the season begins, title odds will change as teams win and lose games and as more players get hurt or suspended. Sportsbooks will also adjust MLS odds based on handle and liability to certain teams.

MLS futures odds will usually look like this:

  • Seattle Sounders +500

This means that on a $100 bet, you'll stand to win $500 if Seattle wins the MLS Cup. If it's close to the end of the competition, or a club has been particularly dominant, you might see them with a minus sign (-) ahead of their odds.

  • LAFC -115

This means that you would need to bet $115 to win just $100 on an LAFC MLS Cup win.

Above we have posted the American odds for MLS. However, these are easy to convert to decimal odds or fractional odds with our odds converter tool.

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