Another dramatic weekend in the MLS has seen some shifts in the MLS Cup betting, with the league pacesetters the big winners, according to bookmakers.
Drama in LA
The pick of the weekend’s action came at the Banc of California Stadium, where Bob Bradley’s league leaders LAFC were aiming to bounce back from their El Trafico defeat by beating the reigning champions Atlanta. In an end-to-end first half, LAFC fell 1-0 down on two minutes, then raced into a 4-1 only to be pegged back by a goal by Josef Martinez on the brink of half-time. An own goal from Eddie Segura early in the second half made it 4-3 and set up a tense second half, but LAFC hung on for a 4-3 win. That victory maintained their eleven-point lead in the West despite second-placed Seattle’s 1-0 win in Houston and prompted bookies to cut them to 2/1 in the MLS Cup market.
Eastern Contenders Slip Up
Philadelphia Union have led the way in the Eastern Conference for most of the season, but although they are still top of the table, they are now regarded as 16/1 sixth favourites in the MLS Cup betting, thanks to a loss of form that continued with a 4-0 thrashing in Montreal. And another contender in the East, the New York Red Bulls, also slipped up, going down 3-2 at home to familiar rivals Columbus Crew. They’ve dropped to fifth place in the East and have lengthened to 20/1 to win the MLS Cup.
New York City Gaining Momentum
While their New York neighbours struggled, New York City continued to improve their MLS Cup chances and solidify a play-off spot with a 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas on Saturday. They are still only fourth in the East, but they are now only four points behind Philadelphia with four games in hand, and have shortened further in the MLS market, where they are rated as the 7/1 main challenger to LAFC, just ahead of Atlanta, who have drifted to 10/1 after their weekend defeat.
Battle of the Drifters
Next weekend’s MLS fixtures include tough trips to Real Salt Lake for NYCFC and New England for LAFC, and there are intriguing contests between LA Galaxy and Atlanta and two Eastern teams whose odds have been drifting for weeks, Philadelphia and Wayne Rooney’s DC United.