2018 MLS Season Favorites, Smart Picks and Dark Horses

Posted by Juan Carlos on March 9, 2018 in

The MLS season is underway, and soccer fans around the country, and especially here in the United States are checking out the odds to win the title. Let’s look at the 2018 MLS season and give a look at some of the season’s soccer betting favorites, the smart picks and of course the dark horses that are available for future bets at your sportsbook.

2018 MLS Season Favorites, Smart Picks and Dark Horses

Toronto FC 

  • MLS Season Odds: +350

Toronto FC is the favorite to win the cup this season. After finishing runner up in 2016, and winning the cup a season ago, they are back to defend their crown. Toronto did not reach the postseason until the 2016 season. One staple for Toronto FC has been Sebastian Giovinco. In 2015 – he scored 22 goals. Last season, the 31 year old scored just 16, but with the excitement and skill that Jozy Altidore brings, this is a tough team to bet against. Toronto FC +350 is one of the favorites to win the 2018 MLS Cup.

Seattle Sounders 

  • MLS Season Odds: +800

The Seattle Sounders were the team that fell in the 2017 MLS Cup. They have much of their same team back, and we saw great success from this team during the regular season, with 53 points. Clint Dempsey should be the man we all look to for scoring with the Seattle Sounders, but guys like Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Will Bruin should put together another nice season. Bryan Meredith has emerged as one of the most talented goalkeepers in the league as well. Seattle is a favorite at +800.

Portland Timbers 

  • MLS Season Odds: +900

The Portland Timbers were tied with Seattle for the most points in the West a season ago, and many had them predicted to beat Seattle in the postseason. But, the Timbers were upset by Houston in the conference semi finals. Portland welcomes back Sebastian Blanco, Diego Valeri and Zarek Valentin. That trio is impressive on the offensive side, and certainly a good reason to look at Portland at a smart pick to win the MLS Cup.

New York City

  • MLS Season Odds: +1000

The New York City Football Club are going to be a tough team to eliminate during the MLS Cup playoffs. New York City has the large market behind them, and they have a talented roster on the field. New York City sees Jesus Medina come in as an offensive force for the NYC club.  David Villa is a high volume shot taker, and he certainly can find the back of the net early and often. It should be a fun season for New York City, and at +1000 – we love them as a smart pick.

Chicago Fire 

  • MLS Season Odds: +2500

The Chicago Fire are certainly a dark horse, long shot, underdog, whatever you choose to call them. But, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty and Richard Sanchez all have intentions of shocking the MLS world. This roster continues to get better, and soccer in Chicago is going to have the natives quite pleased in 2018. At +2500 – they are a pretty good bet as a dark horse.

There is a look at the 2018 MLS season. We gave a look at a few of the season favorites, a couple smart picks and of course gave a dark horse to you. Best of luck with all your MLS betting, and enjoy the season!