The MLS betting odds for the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy are heating up as we're essentially at the halfway mark of the 2021 MLS season.
Last year's MLS Cup runner-up, the Seattle Sounders, again are a fixture atop the MLS Cup odds board but the defending champion Columbus Crew have fallen to the middle of the pack, with a number of other clubs between them and Seattle.
Let's check out the latest MLS Cup betting odds and see which teams are expected to be the biggest threats to the Crew in their quest to repeat.
Odds to win the MLS Cup
Live odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Favorites to win the MLS Cup
The Seattle Sounders have the best odds to win the MLS Cup at +450. Last year's finalists had started the season with zero regulation losses through their first 13 games, but have since dropped three of their last four contests. Despite this slump, Seattle still has a Western Conference-best 32 points on the season. With four MLS Cup finals appearances in the last five years, Seattle is one of the league's premier franchises.
They are trailed by LAFC (+650), who are winless in their last three games (0-1-2) and currently sit fifth in the Western Conference standings. LAFC made a big splash earlier this week, finalizing a transfer that will see forward Cristian Arango join the club from Columbian squad Millonarios, as the team searches for its first MLS Cup appearance in franchise history.
Speaking of Orlando, which is currently second in the Eastern Conference and has the best goal differential in the entire league at +14, it is tied for fifth on the odds board at +800 with New England, who is riding a four-game win streak and has the best record in the MLS right now at 11-3-3.
What is the format for the MLS Cup Playoffs?
The Top 6 teams in the Western and Eastern conferences enter into the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. On either side of the bracket, it will be single-elimination, progressing from the first round through to the Conference Finals. The winners of the Eastern and Western Conference will then meet in the MLS Cup, hosted by the team with the better regular-season record.
When is the MLS Cup Playoffs?
The regular season got underway a month later than usual, in April. As a result, the MLS Cup Playoffs are currently scheduled to begin on November 19. The season will culminate with the MLS Cup, scheduled for December 11.
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.
Where can I bet on MLS odds?
As the highest level of soccer competition in the United States and Canada, almost every online sportsbook and casino will provide Major League Soccer odds. Check out the best sportsbooks available where you live and see what MLS betting odds they currently offer.