The popularity of Major League Soccer (MLS) continues to grow not only in the United States and Canada but around the world. Online sports betting sites have taken not of this and now offer dozens of betting markets on each and every MLS game through the regular season and the season-ending playoffs. Split into two conferences, the MLS regular season runs from March through to October and sees each team play 34 games, giving you ample opportunity to win big by betting on the outcome of soccer matches.
At the end of those 34 matches, the team with the best record is awarded the Supporters’ Shield, with the top six teams from each conference battling it out in the MLS Cup Playoffs during November and December.
In 2015, it was the New York Red Bulls who secured the Supporters’ Shield, their second in MLS history, while the Portland Timbers defeated the Columbus Crew SC 2-1 to get their hands on the coveted MLS Cup.
With the influx of foreign players, some of them global superstars such as Steven Gerrard, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, and the continuing trend of talented home-grown American and Canadian talent coming through the ranks, the MLS is fast becoming one of the most exciting soccer leagues in the world.
The most popular way to bet on MLS is outright betting markets that is betting on a specific team will win or if the match will end in a draw. Parlays are also common where players choose the outcome of several matches and if they all win then the potential payoff can be huge.
Season-long wagers are also common and are usually placed on the winner of either the Western or Eastern conference, who will reach the playoff, and who will be crowned the MLS Cup champion. These markets are particularly popular with fans of certain MLS teams who fancy their team’s chances of glory.
What Are The MLS Soccer standings
It should be obvious that the MLS soccer standings can and do change on a game by game basis, which is why it is important to check the league tables before you place a bet.
MLS teams who are in form and topping their tables tend to have shorter odds while the flipside of the coin is also true. However, also investigate a team’s form, particularly in mid-season because teams at the top often begin faltering after a good start, with teams outside the playoffs going all-out to secure a playoff place, which often throws up some major upsets.
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|2||New York City FC||57||34||16||9||9||56||43||13|
|5||New York Red Bulls||50||34||14||8||12||53||47||6|
|7||Real Salt Lake||45||34||13||6||15||49||55||-6|
Home Advantage In The MLS
Home advantage is a major factor in any sport, but it seems even more so in MLS games. In 2015, even the Eastern Conference’s bottom team, Chicago Fire, managed to win eight of its 17 home games, tying one and losing eight. However, Chicago’s away form was terrible with them failing to win all season, drawing five matches and losing 12, the worst away record in MLS.
It is also worth your time looking into teams that struggle against others. Teams often have a bogey team that they always seem to encounter problems against, usually due to a conflicting style of play. A team in hot form may play a much weaker team, but if the in-form team plays a counter-attacking style of football with the out of sorts team preparing to sit back and defend, the former will often struggle despite being overwhelming favorites.
Top 10 MLS Goals in 2015
Everyone loves to watch a cracking goal, especially when they’re lined up back to back in a highlight reel package. Have a look at the top 10 goals in the 2015 MLS season, brought to you by COPA90.