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LAFC sit comfortably at top of MLS Cup Oddsboard

There are only a handful of matches left to go in the MLS season and with that, the top teams have separated themselves from the bottom teams. In the East, Philadelphia is five points clear of second place Montreal. In the West, the gulf between the team at the top and the team immediately below them is larger with LAFC nine points above Austin.

LAFC is the only team in the league that’s already clinched a playoff spot and as such is the clear favorite to lift the MLS trophy at +175 per sportsbook Bovada. Philadelphia is next at +800.

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MLS Cup Odds: Who Are The Favorites?

Odds to Win MLS Cup 2022
Los Angeles FC+175
Philadelphia Union+800
Austin FC+1200
New York City FC+1200
CF Montreal+1600
New York Red Bulls+2000
Orlando City+2000
FC Dallas+2500
LA Galaxy+2500
Minnesota United+2500

Odds as of August 22 at Bovada

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Los Angeles FC (+175)

Nine points ahead of the next-best club in the league, they have the most goals (55), the second-fewest goals against (26) and the second-best goal differential (+29). LAFC is in a class of their own in the MLS.

Their 18 wins rank first in the league by a healthy margin. No other team has more than 14, which accounts for the large points difference with the rest of the league.

LAFC benefits from having a number of scoring options on the roster. They have four players who’ve scored more than six: Cristiano Arango (12), Carlos Vela (8), Jose Cifuentes (7) and Lwadwo Opoku (7). No other team has more than three (Philadelphia).

On the attacking side of the ball, LAFC puts the most shots on target in the league (147) off 249 key passes. Defensively, they’ve only allowed 84 shots against, while no other team has allowed fewer than 93. You’d think they do that by hogging the ball around the pitch for 90 minutes, but LAFC’s 52.5 percent possession rate ranks eighth in the league.

LAFC does everything right and it’s why they’re +175 to win the MLS Cup.

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CF Montreal (+1600)

They haven’t lost in their last seven games. Montreal holds a +8 goal differential in those seven matches where they’ve picked up 17 of a possible 21 points. They’ve cemented themselves near the top of the Eastern Conference standings with 46 points. Only Philadelphia sits higher with 51 points.

Montreal sits top four in every offensive category (on a per 90 basis) including goals, assists and goals plus assists minus penalty kicks, which matches Montreal sitting fourth in a recent MLS power ranking. With the playoffs not far away, Montreal’s form is exactly what any side needs – entering the postseason hot.

Austin FC (+1200)

Sometimes all you need is a hot scorer, and there isn’t a hotter forward right now than Sebastian Driussi, who has six goals in his last seven games. With 18 on the year, the Argentinian sits at the top of the MLS goals table by two goals.

On a team level, Austin holds the fifth-best possession numbers at 55.3 percent. But that’s about as good as it gets statistically for Austin. Their hopes rest on Driussi’s ability to continue his magnificent goal-scoring run. To be fair to them, the Cup winners also had the league’s best scorer twice in the last five seasons.

Driussi currently sits fourth on the oddsboard at +600 to win the MLS Golden Boot.

Last 10 MLS Cup Champions

  • 2012 - Los Angeles Galaxy
  • 2013 - Sporting Kansas City
  • 2014 - Los Angeles Galaxy
  • 2015 - Portland Timbers
  • 2016 - Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2017 - Toronto FC
  • 2018 - Atlanta United FC
  • 2019 - Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2020 - Columbus Crew SC
  • 2021 - New York City FC

For the fan of competitiveness, the MLS has been a dream with no back-to-back winners over the last 10 years. Sure, LA Galaxy has won it twice, as have the Seattle Sounders, but those championships were separated by a year and three years, respectively. This is a league where any team can win it in any year.

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