The 2016 MLS season was thrilling from start to finish. It had it all. Major upsets, several games with huge scorelines and a new champion. The Seattle Sounders triumphed in the MLS Cup for the first time in their history after beating Toronto FC 5-4 on penalties. This season should be the biggest and best MLS yet with two new teams, Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United, joining the league, and several teams capable of winning MLS’ most coveted prize.
MLS Betting Lines
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MLS Betting Tips
Toronto FC: +700 to win the 2017 MLS Cup
The Canadian outfit made some shrewd signings in the offseason and their squad looks more than capable of winning the 2017 MLS Cup, especially when you consider the official MLS website ran a “strength of schedule” calculation that showed Toronto has the third easiest fixtures list.
If the likes of Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco ca stay fit for the majority of the season, Toronto have the firepower to bulldoze their way to glory this season.
Prediction: Toronto FC to win the 2017 MLS Cup
FC Dallas: +800 to win the 2017 MLS Cup
After finishing the 2017 campaign with 60 points and winning the coveted Supporters’ Shield, FC Dallas are second favorites to triumph in 2017. Dallas has never won the MLS Cup but they came close in 2010 when they finished as runners-up to Colorado Rapids.
Dallas were outstanding on home soil in 2016, losing only once (12-1-4), but their away form was less than stellar (5-7-5), ultimately leading to their downfall in the semi-finals of the MLS Cup. If head coach Oscar Pareja can address his team’s form on the road, the long wait for an MLS Cup trophy could be over.
Prediction: Possible finalists, should be guaranteed a playoff berth
LA Galaxy: +1200 to win the 2017 MLS Cup
LA Galaxy are always among the favorites when MLS Cup betting lines are being finalized thanks to having won the trophy five times in their history. 2016 saw Galaxy finish third in the Western Conference and sixth overall, but were ousted after a disappointing showing in the conference semi-final.
Galaxy lost the services of Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane at the end of last season so how the California-based franchise deals without these two excellent players will shape their season. Galaxy will miss Gerrard and Keane badly, but it takes a brave bettor to write off the chances of a team as successful as LA Galaxy.
New York Red Bulls: +1600 to win the 2017 MLS Cup
Many pundits consider the New York Red Bulls as the MLS’ biggest underachievers. The Red Bulls have a significant budget, attract top players, yet have only reached the MLS Cup final once in 2008 when they finished as runners-up.
Like FC Dallas, the Red Bulls were immense at home (13-2-2) but poor on the road (3-7-7). The pressure of the playoffs got to the Red Bulls, who lost 2-0 away to Toronto before crashing 5-0 at home to the Canadian franchise.
Jesse Marsch needs to use all of his coaching ability to improve his team’s away form and help them deal with the pressures associated with the MLS Cup knockout stages if he is to guide the Red Bulls to their first major honors.Related articles