2021 MLS Cup Odds: Los Angeles FC Favored Over Columbus Crew

  • BetOnline and Bovada have 2021 MLS Cup Odds for all 27 Major League Soccer clubs
  • The MLS regular season begins the weekend of April 16-18
  • Josef Martinez’s return to action could make Atlanta United (+2000) a surprise contender

Despite winning just one playoff contest in its three years in the league, Los Angeles FC (+500) is a slight favorite to win the 2021 MLS Cup over the defending champions in Columbus (+600) and the runner-up Seattle Sounders (+650).

This year, each club will play 34 games to try and secure one of 14 berths in the MLS Cup Playoffs. It will then take three more victories to secure a spot in Major League Soccer’s championship match on December 11.

Let’s examine the odds for every team with the MLS season set to begin this weekend. And be sure to check out our 2021 soccer betting guide here.

Odds to Win 2021 MLS Cup

BetOnlineBovada
Los Angeles FC+500+400
Columbus Crew+600+550
Seattle Sounders+650+700
Toronto FC+850+900
Philadelphia Union+900+1200
New York City FC+1100+1200
New England Revolution+1600+2000
Orlando City+1600+1200
Portland Timbers+1600+2000
Atlanta United+2000+2000
FC Dallas+2000+2500
LA Galaxy+2000+2800
Sporting Kansas City+2000+3000
New York Red Bulls+2200+2500
Minnesota United+2500+2500
Colorado Rapids+2800+4000
Inter Miami CF+2800+2200
Nashville SC+3300+5000
Chicago Fire+4000+3300
Austin FC+5000+6600
FC Cincinnati+5000+5000
Montreal Impact+6600+6600
Vancouver Whitecaps+6600+8000
DC United+8000+10000
Real Salt Lake+8000+8000
San Jose Earthquakes+8000+10000
Houston Dynamo+12500+12500

MLS Cup Contenders

Los Angeles FC (+500) enters the season at full strength after being without designated players Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi and Brian Rodriguez during last year’s postseason. A torn MCL limited him to just four starts in 2020, but Vera, the 2019 MVP, has an insane goal rate, finding the back of the net 52 times in just 66 career MLS matches.

His teammate Rossi isn’t too shabby himself, of course. The Uruguyan youngster will be looking to become the first Golden Boot repeat winner in league history this year.

Opening a new stadium this season, the reigning MLS Cup champions in Columbus (+600) added depth and talent in the offseason. If midfielder Lucas Zelarayán plays at the same MLS Cup MVP level that saw him net two goals and five assists in four playoff games, the Crew will be hard to beat after acquiring the top free agent on the market in midfielder Kevin Molino.

Seattle (+650) is always a good bet, having reached four MLS Cup finals in four of the past five seasons. While it will be difficult to overcome the loss of Jordan Morris (torn ACL), the Sounders still have a strong core in Nicolás Lodeiro, Raúl Ruidíaz and 17-year-old midfielder Danny Leyva, who should take a step forward in 2021.

Los Angeles FCto win MLS Cup
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Best Longshots

Portland is available at a juicy +2000 at Bovada. The Timbers won last year’s MLS is Back Tournament and while they’re led by two aging legends in Diego Valeri and Diego Chara, neither the 34- or 35-year-old appear to be slowing down. Star winger Sebastián Blanco is also expected to be ready for the start of the year after tearing his ACL in 2020.

Atlanta United (+2000 at BetOnline) missed the playoffs last year, but don’t forget that 2018 MLS Golden Boot winner Josef Martinez tore his ACL in the club’s opening game. With new Argentinian coach Gabriel Heinze at the controls, the Five Stripes could surprise in 2021.

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