Major League Soccer 2019 Future Bets
As much of Canada deals with an unseasonably cold and snowy winter, a few places are gearing up for the 2019 MLS season. Futures on the winner of 2019 are available on many of the top-rated online sportsbooks available in Canada. Before diving into the team to bet on will win the Cup this year, we shall cover some of the changes coming to the league this season.
The 2019 Season
With a new team, the MLS schedule is busier than ever. The MLS schedule gets kicked off on March 2nd when Philadelphia plays the Toronto FC. After that, fans can expect more games than ever every week, plus CONCACAF games (which starts up in February).
During the season, some notable dates include the US Open Cup, which takes every few weeks from May until the Finals on August 27 or 28. However, games in the US Cup and CONCACAF do not have any barrings on the MLS Standings.
There has also been a change to the playoff format. The MLS playoffs now include 14 teams (up from 12 last season) and now teams only play a single match to determine what team advances on (compared to a home-and-home done in previous years). The MLS Finals are scheduled for November 10, 2019 (about a month earlier than the last few seasons). This scheduling can help teams avoid FIFA qualifications that often occur in the middle of November.
MLS Future Bets 2019
After a bang on prediction last season, the 2019 MLS season sees the league expand again with Cincinnati getting its own franchise. The size of the league (now 24 teams and 26 in 2020) sees a much wider range in MLS futures. The top teams are opening up around +400 to win the MLS Cup, while the teams at the bottom (including Cincinnati) have odds of +10000 to win in 2019.
Odds to Win MLS Cup
- NY Red Bulls +400
- Atlanta United +450
- LA Galaxy +500
- Los Angeles FC +700
- New York City FC +800
- Seattle Sounders +1000
- Portland Timbers +1200
- Toronto FC +1200
- Sporting Kansas City +1600
- FC Dallas +2000
- Philadelphia Union +2000
- DC United +2000
- Columbus Crew +3300
- Chicago Fire +4000
- Montreal Impact +5000
- Real Salt Lake +5000
- FC Cincinnati +6600
- Houston Dynamo +6600
- San Jose Earthquakes +6600
- Vancouver White Caps +8000
- Orlando City +8000
- Minnesota United +10000
- Colorado Rapids +12500
The best bet to win it all in 2019 is the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls set an MLS record with 71 points last season. They fielded the best defence in the MLS last season and were one of just six teams last season to score 60 or more goals. Most of their players are back this season, including Kemar Lawerence and Aaron Long (two of the best defenders in soccer).
The Red Bulls were close to winning it all last season, but could not get passed Atlanta United FC in the Eastern Conference Finals (due to a surprisingly shaky defensive performance). However, the history of the MLS shows that teams can recover from losses in the postseason (just as the Toronto FC did in 2017, after losing the Finals in 2016).
Pick: New York Red Bulls (+400) to Win the MLS Cup
What are the chances of Canadian Teams
After all three Canadian teams missed the playoffs in 2018, (the first time no Canadian team made the postseason since 2011), Canadians are hoping for a much better result in 2019. While most should expect to see Canada back in the playoffs this season, the prospects of a Canadian team winning the MLS Cup are not nearly as high as they were two/three years ago.
After winning the MLS Cup in 2017, Toronto regressed in 2018, missing the playoffs entirely. While injuries were a part of their decline in 2018, their overall talent in 2019 is a bigger issue. The loss of Sebastian Giovinco is huge. The all-time leader in goals for TFC helped the team reach back-to-back Finals in 2016 and 17, and make the CONCACAF Finals in 2018. Without him, Toronto lacks a top-tier goal scorer.
Canada’s best chance at another MLS Cup may come from the largest French-speaking city outside of Paris. Montreal is bringing back most of their roster from last season and still have plenty of pieces from their successful teams in 2016 and 2017.
Of all Canadian teams, the Vancouver Whitecaps could be the most interesting case study. The Whitecaps are dealing with a surplus of money this season, after transferring Canadian phenom Alphonso Davies to Bayern Munich. Whether that money will help them in 2019 remains to be seen. However, the extra funds should help Vancouver build their team for success in the future.
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