How To Bet On MLS Playoffs

One area where the Major League Soccer (MLS) differs from its European counterparts is their knockout playoff round format. It’s a thrilling way to sign off an MLS season. The MLS playoffs are contested by the top six teams in each conference with the teams seeded based on their finishing position in the regular season. The top two teams receive byes into the next round, leaving third through sixth to lock horns. This format provides an advantage to the third and fourth seeds as they get to host the first round playoff games.  [+]

The Seattle Sounders won their first MLS Cup in 2016, beating Toronto F.C. on penalties in the final. The Eastern Conference final was between two Canadian teams for the first time. Toronto progressed from a thrilling two-leg duel against their arch-rivals, Montreal Impact. The Sounders finished 4th in their conference, proving how important home field advantage in the first round it. 

Best MLS Playoff Betting Lines

Take a look at the current MLS betting lines before making your final wagers. It’s the first step in creating a sound betting strategy. 

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MLS
Playoff - Final
Round
  • R16
  • 1/4
  • 1/2
  • Final
Away Score Home Money Line
Saturday 09 December
Seattle 16:00 Toronto +310 -120 Odds

What Are The MLS playoff Soccer Standings

Each team is vying for the top six positions in each conference to ensure playoff qualification. Take a look at how each team is faring in the standings.  

 

MLS
MLS
  • General
  • Home
  • Away
  • 1st half
  • 2nd half
# team pts P W D L GF GA +/-
Eastern Conference
1 Toronto Toronto 69 34 20 9 5 74 37 37
2 New York City FC New York City FC 57 34 16 9 9 56 43 13
3 Chicago Chicago 55 34 16 7 11 61 47 14
4 Columbus Columbus 54 34 16 6 12 53 49 4
5 New York Red Bulls New York Red Bulls 50 34 14 8 12 53 47 6
6 New England New England 45 34 13 6 15 53 61 -8
7 Philadelphia Philadelphia 42 34 11 9 14 50 47 3
8 Orlando City Orlando City 39 34 10 9 15 39 58 -19
9 DC United DC United 32 34 9 5 20 31 60 -29
Western Conference
1 Portland Portland 53 34 15 8 11 60 50 10
2 Seattle Seattle 53 34 14 11 9 52 39 13
3 Vancouver Vancouver 52 34 15 7 12 50 49 1
4 Houston Houston 50 34 13 11 10 57 45 12
5 Sporting KC Sporting KC 49 34 12 13 9 40 29 11
6 San Jose San Jose 46 34 13 7 14 39 60 -21
7 Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake 45 34 13 6 15 49 55 -6
8 Colorado Colorado 33 34 9 6 19 31 51 -20
9 L.A. Galaxy L.A. Galaxy 32 34 8 8 18 45 67 -22

As we have already mentioned, some teams are playoff mainstays, including LA Galaxy, whereas others struggle to qualify for the postseason. 

The 2016 MLS Cup Final saw two teams who had vastly different seasons battle it out for the top prize. Neither of them completely dominated their conferences, but Seattle Sounders came into the final as one of MLS’ hottest teams. It sure showed in the playoffs.