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).
|Team||Oct 26||Aug 14||June 18||Feb 17||Last Season's Points Total|
|New York Red Bulls||+350||+1000||+900||+1500||50|
|Los Angeles Galaxy||+700||+450||+500||+300||61|
|Sporting Kansas City||+1600||+1000||+1000||+2500||49|
|New England Revolution||+2000||+2000||+700||+800||55|
|Real Salt Lake||N/A||+3300||+3300||+1200||56|
|New York City FC||N/A||+3300||+6600||N/A||N/A|
|San Jose Earthquakes||N/A||+15000||+5000||+5000||30|
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.