The MLS odds board is looking tight at the top as the 2021 regular season is officially underway. A busy opening weekend of play saw some favorites get out to good starts, a couple of surprises, and all but one team in action.
The Columbus Crew, who began their season with a draw, remain one of the MLS betting odds leaders a year after beating the Seattle Sounders to win their second title.
Let's check out the MLS Cup 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
|Team||Odds to Win|
|Los Angeles FC||+500|
|Orlando City SC||+1,100|
|Atlanta United FC||+2,000|
|New England Revolution||+2,500|
|Inter Miami CF||+2,800|
|Sporting Kansas City||+2,800|
|New York Red Bulls||+3,000|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||+6,600|
|Real Salt Lake||+10,000|
|San Jose Earthquakes||+15,000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings as of April 20, 2021.
Favorites to win MLS Cup
Los Angeles FC is the early betting favorite to win the MLS Cup, topping the odds table at +500. One of the league's best franchises since beginning play in 2018, Bob Bradley's side earned the Supporters' Shield in 2019, awarded to the best regular season team.
Though LAFC has yet to make an MLS Cup final, the club is expected to be one of the best teams this season and is led by one of the game's top scorers, Diego Rossi. They started off the season with a 2-0 win over Austin FC.
Just behind LAFC is the reigning champion Crew at +550, followed by the Sounders, who reached the finals for the fourth time in five years. Columbus topped off a triumphant few years, in which it staved off an attempted relocation to Austin, with a 3-0 win over Seattle in the final last season. The 2020 MLS Cup was the Crew's second in franchise history, after first winning in 2008.
Columbus opened the season with a scoreless draw, while the Sounders obliterated Minnesota United in a 4-0 win.
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.