2015 MLS Cup Odds

2015 MLS Cup Odds

The 2015 MLS season kicked off on March 6th and with the popularity of soccer on the rise in the United States, we decided to monitor the betting market throughout the year. It’s already been a fascinating season for a number of reasons including the addition of two expansion teams (New York City FC and Orlando City SC), the folding of Chivas USA, and legendary players like Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, and Kaka coming over to the States.

The table below displays the 2015 MLS Cup odds from Sportsbook and Bovada (both very square sportsbooks).

TeamOct 26Aug 14June 18Feb 17 Last Season's Points Total
New York Red Bulls+350+1000+900+150050
FC Dallas+500+900+1400+150054
Los Angeles Galaxy+700+450+500+30061
Vancouver Whitecaps+800+700+1400+330050
Columbus Crew+800+1200+3300+150052
Seattle Sounders+1200+1000+300+40064
Portland Timbers+1200+1400+2800+250049
D.C. United+1400+450+600+100059
Sporting Kansas City+1600+1000+1000+250049
Montreal Impact+1600+5000+15000+400028
New England Revolution+2000+2000+700+80055
Toronto FC+2000+1600+1600+200041
Real Salt LakeN/A+3300+3300+120056
New York City FCN/A+3300+6600N/AN/A
Orlando CityN/A+3300+1400N/AN/A
Houston DynamoN/A+6600+6600+400039
San Jose EarthquakesN/A+15000+5000+500030
Philadelphia UnionN/A+15000+6600+500042
Colorado RapidsN/A+20000+6600+500032
Chicago FireN/A+20000+6600+400036

It’s interesting to note that neither of the two expansion teams had future odds available in February — a likely oversight by the square sportsbooks. Nearly halfway through the season Orlando City had the 7th-best odds to win the MLS Cup at +1400, pretty good for an expansion squad., but were not able to make the playoffs.

It’s also worth noting that there have been a number of impact player transfers that have greatly affected the futures market. Whenever a former MLS player or a member of the U.S. National team opts to return to the league, clubs with the highest allocation ranking are given the first opportunity to claim that player. The allocation rankings are often used when two or more teams file a request for the same player, and the rankings are based on the reverse order of the past season standings.

Toronto FC, which finished last season with the sixth worst record, was able to add striker Jozy Altidore this off season which explained why oddsmakers expected a major improvement this season. Other notable additions from the preseason included: Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Eric Avila (Orlando City SC) and Michael Farfan (D.C. United).

The regular season included 34 matches per team and concluded on October 25th. For the latest odds and public betting trends, we would recommend that our customers add the MLS to their live odds page via their Settings.

David Solar

David was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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