Major League Soccer Betting : 2017 MLS Cup Futures Book Odds Update

FC Dallas And Chicago are Top Contenders on the Futures Odds Boards

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:46 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017 12:46 PM GMT

With a club from the Western Conference having won the MLS Cup the last eight straight seasons, is automatically backing one of the 11 clubs from the West the best bet in the Futures Book (Outright) marketplace?

Western Conference Has Provided Eight Straight MLS Cup Champions; Can the East Finally Win One This Time?

The MLS Cup Outright Winner (MLS champions) has always been a difficult but vibrant and value-laden market if you can find and saddle the right horse in the 2nd Half of the MLS Regular Season and be fortunate enough for that club to play good, be healthy and survive the MLS Playoffs. And a look at the current 2017 MLS Cup Futures Book from online sportsbook Bovada shows the first seven clubs in odds order have just three MLS championships (Sporting Kansas City in 2000 and 2013 and the Chicago Fire in 1998) between them, meaning it’s anyone’s to win (again) this season and the worst a better can do if he or she bets now is 8/1 on the three current favorites, Max Urruti (7 goals) and FC Dallas (18-8-7; 8/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nemanja Nikolic (16 goals) and the red-hot Fire (11-5-3; 8/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada) and Sebastian Giovinco, Víctor Vázquez (10 assists) and Toronto FC (11-5-3; 8/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada).

But with no Club from Canada having ever won the MLS Cup and the Western Conference winning the last eight straight, this is a tricky decision especially with the league’s best player (David Villa, 13 goals) on NYCFC (10/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada) and that still fairly new franchise seeking its first MLS Cup in a market (New York City) in which the New York Red Bulls (16/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada) have (also) failed to bring a championship home to the soccer-loving Big Apple.

The MLS is currently on break as the Gold Cup and US Open Cup continue to play and it will resume play with MLS Week 20 on July 19. After losing top the Earthquakes, 3-2 on Monday night in US Open Cup play in San José on two Chris Wondolowski goals, the LA Galaxy (16/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada), will play host to EPL giants Manchester United this Saturday (ESPN2, 10 pm ET) in what should be an entertaining affair. The 2017 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Soldier Field on Chicago’s lakefront on Thursday, Aug. 3 (ESPN, 9 ET) with Villa, Schweinsteiger, Nikolic, Giovinco, Tim Howard, Kaká and the MLS All-Stars facing Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Spanish La Liga and two-time defending European champions Real Madrid. Here are the latest MLS Cup betting odds and a pair of hopefully prudent picks:

2017 MLS Cup Winner Odds—(July 11, 2017, Bovada)

Chicago Fire 8/1

FC Dallas 8/1

Toronto FC 8/1

Houston Dynamo 10/1

NYCFC 10/1

Sporting Kansas City 10/1

Atlanta United FC 14/1

LA Galaxy 16/1

New York Red Bulls 16/1

Portland Timbers 16/1

Seattle Sounders FC 16/1

Columbus Crew SC 20/1

Orlando City SC 20/1

Vancouver Whitecaps 20/1

Montréal Impact 25/1

San José Earthquakes 25/1

Colorado Rapids 40/1

Philadelphia Union 40/1

New England Revolution 100/1

Real Salt Lake 100/1

Minnesota United FC 150/1

DC United 200/1

Mission: Find a Pair of Driven Clubs Who Might Meet in the 2017 MLS Cup Finals

The Portland Timbers (16/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada) and Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders (14/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada) both made valiant runs from mid-pack in the stronger Western Conference to respective championships in the MLS in 2016 and 2015, but the winner this time is probably in the thick of it and may be from the Eastern Conference for once—the East has only had three teams win the title in aforementioned Chicago, DC United and the Columbus Crew—with the Fire on a roll (unbeaten L12 MLS) and NYCFC (10/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada), TFC (11-5-3) and even Miguel Almirón and expansion Atlanta United FC (9-3-7; 14/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada) looking like it could make a run.

With key cog and DP Schweinsteiger set to return from a Hip injury and the Fire creating a fortress at Home (9-1-0, 27 GF-4 GA) and backing Chicago at 8/1 now seems  a wise sports pick and may provide some hede-ability while over in the competitive and piranha-like and fluid Western Conference, choosing between the two Texas teams—the Houston Dynamo (12/1 to win MLS Cup, Intertops) and FC Dallas (8/1 to win MLS Cup, Bovada) with Urruti (11 goals), Roland Lamah (8 goals) and FCD (8-7-3) being the heavy lean with The Team Formerly Known As The Dallas Burn at least having a positive Goal Differential (+1) and being able to play some Defense and win on the Road (2-4-2, 9 GF-8 GA) and Erick Torres (12 goals), Alberth Ellis and the Dynamo (8-4-7) still sadly looking for that first Away win (0-2-7, 6 GF-20 GA) as we approach the MLS All-Star Game in the first week of August.

2017 MLS CUP FUTURES PICKS: Chicago Fire (+800) FC Dallas (+800)Best Lines Found at Bovada
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