Major League Soccer is the premier North American football competition and has fans of the sport on the edge of their seats from March right through until December. The league boasts some of the biggest names from both local shores and overseas and continues to grow with the addition of a brand new franchise in 2018. The race for the MLS Cup is proving to be as exciting as ever and could well heat up in 2019.
MLS Cup Futures 2019
Knock-out football is never as predictable as the round-robin, league format and that can attract the fans in their droves. With that in mind, we could well see more shocks in the MLS Cup rather than the Conference games as the winner takes all nature of the tournament lends itself to a bolder, more brash style of play, as can be seen in our MLS predictions below.
Who Will Win The MLS Cup 2019?
The futures market is great if you believe one of the outsiders are going to exceed expectations in this year's competition. Last year Atlanta United defeated Portland Timbers to take the trophy, but will face some stiff competition from their rivals if they want to hang onto their title.
Toronto want to be back at the top table of MLS football
Having won an unprecedented domestic treble in 2017 and after missing out in the play-offs in 2018, Toronto FC will be looking to bounce back in emphatic fashion this season. The Canadian club are out at +1400 to win the MLS Cup, and while their squad, on paper at least, may not look as technically strong as some of their rivals, those odds remain enticing for a side which is capable of challenging the biggest on the continent.
It cannot be forgotten that Toronto FC have made it to two MLS Cup finals in a row in recent times, and over the last few seasons have established themselves as one of the biggest forces in MLS soccer. The addition of Victor Valdez in 2017 was a masterstroke, and arguably lifted the team from contenders to the dominant side in North American football. Last year Dutchman Greg van der Wiel who enters the fray, and he looks to be quite the player with an impressive European pedigree, and from middle to front Toronto look like a complete package.
Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore will again lead the line, meaning once again the Reds will be lethal from both regular play and set pieces, meaning the entire spine of this team has the wherewithal to carry the squad for the duration. However, if there is one area of the pitch which could let Toronto down it is the back line.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Whitecaps have made a change in the dugout, with the departing Carl Robinson being replaced by the incoming Marc dos Santos. While it may make for some improvement inside the white lines, the Whitecaps still find themselves all the way out at +8000 to go all the way in the cup competition.
And Montreal Impact fans will most certainly want to keep an eye on veteran Ignacio Patti, who looks like he will be playing his final year with the club in the 2019 season. The Argentine midfielder is the engine in the middle of the park for the Impact, but even he may struggle to carry the team on his slender shoulders – Montreal are out at +5000 to win the cup competition.
The Hot Contenders
Atlanta United (+600) may have just two seasons of MLS experience, but the incoming Frank de Boer has plenty to prove as a coach after disastrous spells at Italian giants Inter Milan and English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.
The club landed their first league title last season and will be hungry for more silverware this time around as well. Meanwhile, LA Galaxy come in at +600 as well, but that may well be based on the star names in their squad – including a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic – rather than their cohesive performances as a team unit. The team fells short once again last season and they may well have better luck in the shorter-term world of knock-out football.
The team at the shortest odds are the New York Red Bulls, who come in at +500 to get their hands on the crown. The Bulls finished top of the Eastern Conference in 2018, before losing in the Conference Finals to Atlanta United. They also made the semi-finals of the CCL and must start turning promising runs of form into tangible success on the pitch – 2019 could well be their year.
MLS Soccer Future Bets Explained
Betting on futures represents a departure from the most popular type of wagering, which typically involves betting on a single match or stringing together several wagers into a parley or accumulator.
Predicting the outcome of long-term events, such as an Eastern Conference championship, Supporters’ Shield, MVP or MLS Golden Boot winner, requires solid knowledge of the league, as well as a bit of luck. Anything can happen over the course of a half year, which leads to the certainly of a few unpredictable outcomes during any campaign.
For MLS Cup futures, you’ll notice that the odds for each team are relatively high, even for teams considered favourites. Winning an MLS Cup is extremely difficult even for the best sides, so the payout you receive when you win your futures bet tends to be far more profitable than less ambitious types of wagering. Cup football is where the real excitement lies!
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