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Major League Soccer (MLS) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season and the league is going strong. The season begins on February 29, and with two more teams added this year and more to come soon the future is bright for the top American soccer league. With the season kicking off soon, New Jersey sportsbooks have started to post futures odds for the MLS Cup.
This season the two new clubs are Nashville SC and Inter Miami. The league is also planning to add more teams in the next two seasons.
Los Angeles FC is the early favourite in the Major League Soccer betting odds at New Jersey sportsbooks. Here is a look at the best MLS odds on offer at DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and William Hill Sportsbook.
Los Angeles FC
William Hill: +350
LAFC lost last season in the Western Conference semifinals after posting the best regular-season record in MLS history. Carlos Vela, the Mexican international and former Real Sociedad star, led the team last year with 34 goals and 15 assists. LA has a great attack and the defense should be improved with the off-season addition of Dutch goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.
William Hill: +600
Atlanta United joined the league in 2017 and won the MLS Cup the following year. Last season the club lost in the Eastern Conference finals. While Atlanta lost midfielder Pity Martinez in the off-season, Frank de Boer’s squad still has solid leadership with veteran goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez.
New York City FC
William Hill: +800
Last season New York FC had the second-most points in the league but lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The team is solid all around the pitch and does not look much different to last season. However, there is a new manager in former Celtic boss Ronny Deila and the team is high on midfielder Gedion Zelalem, who is a product of the Arsenal academy.
William Hill: +700
Last season the Sounders captured their second MLS Cup when they beat Toronto FC in the finals. This season they have high hopes yet again with a squad that has not changed much, but their early-season schedule is tough due to their CONCACAF Champions League commitments. Jordan Morris, Raul Ruidiaz and Nicolas Lodeiro lead the Seattle attack, while the defense is anchored by veteran goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
William Hill: +900
Toronto FC had a great run last season as the Eastern Conference fourth seed and advanced to the finals, where the Canadian club lost to the Seattle Sounders. Jozy Altidore and Jonathan Osorio lead the attack and the defense looks sound with the likes of Laurent Ciman and Omar Gonzalez manning the back. One concern is the midfield, as USA star Michael Bradley is recovering from ankle surgery and will not be available until the summer.