2019 MLS Season Betting Preview & Expert Predictions

Posted by Derrick Harper on February 26, 2019 in

In only their second year, Atlanta United claimed the MLS Cup in 2018. For the 2019 MLS Season, ATLUTD has retained the majority of its 2018 star-studded lineup and has gained the 2018 South American Player of the Year, Pity Martinez. Atlanta fans will find comfort in Martinez’s arrival after Miguel Almiron’s transfer to Newcastle, which is an MLS transfer record.

Things might get tricky with extra matches now that they’re in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, but by holding onto veterans like Michael Parkhurst and Brad Guzan, ATLUTD doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Let’s take a look at the Soccer Betting favorites for this season.

2019 MLS Season Betting Preview & Expert Predictions

New Guys in Town

As we’ve seen in the past few seasons, there’s always buzz around the newest teams in the MLS. Seattle Sounders, Atlanta United and LAFC have set the bar high for newcomers, so all eyes will be on FC Cincinnati this year during their inaugural season. We also can’t wait to see the rivalry formed between FCC and Columbus Crew – game on, Ohio. FC Cincinnati will join the party this season as Major League Soccer’s 24th team. After building impressive support during their years in USL, FCC is eager to kick things off in 2019.

Although they’ve only officially been a club since 2015, FCC is already backed by Cincy soccer fanatics and is anchored by a handful of supporters’ groups, including The Pride. The transition from USL to MLS won’t be easy, but the roster is starting to fill out.

FCC made the move for Portland Timbers’ striker Fanendo Adi last year, and now they’ve added ATLUTD’s, Greg Garza. With the first pick of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, FCC picked UCLA midfielder, Frankie Amaya. Expect the club to keep adding reinforcements as the season nears.

After turmoil with former owner Anthony Precourt and his proposed move of the club to Austin, the Columbus Crew have finally been saved and are ready to put the last 15 months behind them. Under new ownership, the Crew are re-energized and return a very balanced team. Although their former head coach, Gregg Berhalter, has taken over the U.S. Men’s National Team, the Crew are in safe hands with the arrival of Caleb Porter. After taking a year off, Porter returns to the league focused and ready to prove himself again in Columbus.

Strong Field

If given the option to bet on the field or a group that includes Atlanta, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Seattle to win it all, I’d take the group. I think we currently have a lack of parity in the sport and these teams are the clear cream of the crop. Clearly, Atlanta is at the top of their game as they won the whole darn thing just last year, but one surprise is the new squad in LA.

LAFC is one of the favorites for the 2019 MLS Season.

Even though they set the regular season points record for an expansion team, an early knockout in the playoffs has fans wanting more from the Hollywood squad this year.

Led by Carlos Vela, anchored by Walker Zimmerman and backed by a million rich owners, LAFC should have the foundation for another strong season in 2019. A season-ending injury put a halt to Mark-Anthony’s breakout season last year, but the 24-year-old midfielder is back and ready to make a statement under the pragmatic Bob Bradley.

Flush with cash and the allure of Los Angeles living, expect LAFC to make some more signings this year and make an even bigger splash.