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MLS Winner Odds 2022: Outright Betting Odds for Major League Soccer

By Andrew Francis

Published: 16:50, 25 February 2022 | Updated: 9:25, 19 April 2022

The 2022 MLS season is now well under way with teams fighting for position early on in the campaign. LAFC and Philadelphia Union lead the way in the Western and Easter conferences respectively, with Austin FC being the surprise package so far as they keep pace with LAFC in the west. San Jose Earthquakes remain the only side without a win, whilst no side have avoided defeat in the opening few rounds.

Teams are beginning to find their places within the table but how has the betting market reacted to the first few weeks of the season?

The Latest MLS winner odds* for 2022

Team Bet365 Betfair William Hill
New England Revolution 12/1 11/2 16/1
Seattle Sounders FC 9/1 15/2 10/1
Los Angeles 9/2 15/2 9/2
New York City 12/1 9/1 11/1
Sporting Kansas City 14/1 12/1 10/1
Philadelphia Union 9/1 12/1 8/1
Colorado Rapids 18/1 14/1 20/1
Toronto FC 16/1 25/1 28/1
*You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of most recent update (16:50, 25/02/2022). BeGambleAware.

Who are the favourites to win MLS?

The new season began on February 26th, slightly earlier than usual, to accommodate the World Cup in November. The opening few weeks of the season have seen Philadelphia, LAFC and Real Salt Lake establish themselves at the leading pack with the three teams yet to lose a game so far. Pre season favourites Seattle and Toronto have struggled somewhat, both only picking up four points each, with reigning MLS Cup holders NYCFC achieving the same total.

There were managerial changes at six clubs during the off season, the biggest coming when Bob Bradley made the switch from Los Angeles to Toronto, becoming the new head coach and sporting director at The Reds, and plenty of players coming and going. Daryl Dike left Orlando SC for a fee believed to be around £7m, whilst Richard Pepe and Justin Che joined the growing North American presence in Germany, signing for Augsburg and Hoffenheim respectively.

As usual though, there were big signings coming into the league. Xherdan Shaqiri joined Chicago Fire from Lyon, Douglas Costa now partners Javier Hernandez in attack for LA Galaxy and, still to arrive in the league is Lorenzo Insigne, who will join Toronto FC in July. There’s no doubt there will be plenty of exciting talent playing in the league this year but the race to become MLS Cup winners looks to be wide open.

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Los Angeles FC odds to Win the 2022 MLS Cup (9/2 with bet365)

Los Angeles FC enter the new season with an increase in pressure following a poor campaign in 2021. They stumbled to a ninth placed finish in the Western Conference, missing out on playoff football as a result and their poor season cost Bob Bradley his job, with the two parties ending their association by mutual consent. 

Steve Cherundolo was the man chosen to lead The Black and Gold into the new season and he’s made some sensible, albeit not very exciting, decisions when it comes to playing personnel. Kellyn Acosta joins from Colorado Rapids to add some craft to the middle of the pitch, whilst adding Franco Escobar and Doneil Henry to the backline should help improve LAFC’s poor defensive record from last season.

Whilst not being one of the main favourites in the marker LAFC are priced at around 9/1 and anything less than a deep playoff run will be seen as another huge failure for the side.

New England Revolution odds to Win the 2022 MLS Cup (12/1 with bet365)

New England Revolution were, far and away, the best side in the league last season. They won the Eastern Conference by 19 points, the Supporters Shield by 12 and tasted defeat just five times. Expectations are high for Bruce Arena’s side and he’s responded by trying to keep the bulk of his squad together for the new campaign. Tajon Buchanan was the subject of a $7m move to Belgium, when Club Brugge signed the player in December. Arena has replaced him by moving for Jozy Altidore though, the striker moving from Toronto FC.

The Revs are the favourites, alongside Seattle Sounders, coming into the new season but it will be interesting to see if they can replicate the kind of form they produced last season. Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou scored 31 times between them last season and that duo being able to find the net with regularity again, as well as being able to incorporate Altidore into the front line, are the biggest challenges for New England in justifying their odds of around 6/1.

Seattle Sounders odds to Win the 2022 MLS Cup (8/1 with SkyBet)

Seattle Sounders came within touching distance of the Western Conference last season, finishing just one point behind Colorado Rapids. They were unable to make a mark on the playoffs either, losing out to Real Salt Lake on penalties in the first round. Brian Schmetzer continues at the helm though and he’s identified Albert Rusnak as the man to make the difference at Lumen Field. The attacking Slovakian joins as a designated player following his move from Real Salt Lake, and he’ll be looking to link up with Nicolás Lodeiro and Raúl Ruidíaz in an exciting forward three in 2022. 

Seattle are usually there or thereabouts when it comes to honours in MLS and with a price of around 6/1, the bookmakers clearly think that much will be true again this season.

New York City FC odds to Win the 2022 MLS Cup (12/1 with bet365)

New York City FC won their first ever MLS Cup last season, beating Portland Timbers on penalties in the final. It’s been 10 years since a side retained the MLS Cup; LA Galaxy won back to back titles in 2011 and 2012 but head coach, Ronny Delia, believes that his side can add another trophy to their collection. The side had a good, but fairly unspectacular, regular season with a fourth placed finish in the Eastern Conference but they have retained last season’s top scorer Valentín Castellanos, who scored 19 times. 

Delia has only added one player to his squad so far in the off season, bringing Thiago Martins to the club from Yokohama Marinos in Japan but he’s seen six players leave the side, including influential midfielder James Sands, who joined Rangers in their bid for another SPL title.

You can pick up odds of 10/1 for New York City to make it two MLS Cup’s in a row but the side face a big fight to retain their title.

Are There any Dark Horses in the MLS Cup?

There are several other sides who will believe they stand a good chance of glory this season. In the Western Conference, Colorado Rapids (18/1 with bet365) will point to their league title, and run to the conference semi-finals, as an indication that they could do well. Sporting Kansas City (14/1 with bet365) are also one of the sides that could be pushing for a successful season, having brought in Nikola Vujnovic to lead their line. LA Galaxy (11/1 with SkyBet) will also be hoping to return to glory and adding Douglas Costa to the ranks will certainly help with that, as long as the rapid Brazilian can remain injury free.

The Eastern Conference also has plenty of contenders for the MLS Cup with Philadelphia Union (9/1 with bet365) looking in really good shape, especially after adding Mikael Uhre from Brondby, as a new designated player. Toronto FC (16/1 with bet365) will also fancy their chances after Bob Bradley joined the club. The addition of Lorenzo Insigne, in July, will also provide a spark for the Canadian side as they look to bounce back from a very disappointing 2021.

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How does MLS work?

MLS works with a slightly different schedule to European leagues, this year running from February 26th 2022 until October 9th 2022. The league is split into two, the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, with the two leagues combining to form and overall table with the team finishing in first place winning the Supporters’ Shield. The sides that finish in the top seven in each conference qualify for the post season playoff tournament, with the winner of the knockout competition lifting the MLS Cup. 


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