MLS Cup 2017 Futures Book Odds

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Friday, February 10, 2017 5:57 PM GMT

Online sportsbook Bovada has released its opening futures odds for MLS Cup 2017. With the regular season slated to kick off in three weeks, let’s look at the numbers and see if there is any perceived value to be had.

MLS Now Up To 22 Franchises

Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have left Major League Soccer, but Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC will be making their debuts when the the 22nd MLS regular season kicks off on Friday, March 3, with the Portland Timbers facing Minnesota at Providence Park in Portland (FS1, 9:30 p.m. EST).

The 34-game Regular-Season schedule runs through Sunday, Oct. 22 -- Decision Day -- with a two-week international break July 7-18 for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. One match to look forward to is March 5 when Kaká and Orlando City welcome David Villa and NYCFC to O-Town to christen the new Orlando City Stadium. Los Angeles FC will enter MLS in 2018.

Bovada has released its Futures Book odds to win MLS Cup 2017, and this is always a tricky marketplace with surprise winners in the past three years, the Western Conference winning eight straight titles and Canada still seeking its first MLS Cup after Nicolás Lodeiro and the Seattle Sounders got theirs last season, defeating Toronto FC, 5-4 in a PK Shootout after 90 minutes and extra time ended 0-0.

Here are Bovada’s current MLS Cup 2017 odds:

LA Galaxy +600

New York Red Bulls +600

Seattle Sounders FC +600

New York City FC +700

Toronto FC +700

Colorado Rapids +1000

FC Dallas +1200

Sporting Kansas City +1200

Montreal Impact +1400

Real Salt Lake +1400

DC United +2000

Portland Timbers +2000

Vancouver Whitecaps FC +2500

Columbus Crew SC +3300

Orlando City SC +3300

Philadelphia Union +3300

New England Revolution +3300

San Jose Earthquakes +3300

Atlanta United FC +4400

Houston Dynamo +6600

Chicago Fire +10000

Minnesota United FC +10000

Longshot Odds Look Nice, But Chalk Should Win MLS Cup

Seven different clubs have won the MLS Cup over the last 10 seasons -- all but one (Columbus, 2008) from the Western Conference -- with Bruce Arena and the LA Galaxy the only repeat champions (2011, 2012, 2014) in that span. Defending Supporters’ Shield holders FC Dallas (12/1 to win MLS Cup) and the three Canadian clubs -- Toronto FC (7/1), Montreal FC (14/1) and Vancouver FC (25/1) -- are all looking for their first MLS championships. But conventional wisdom dictates two of the three Soccer Odds chalks in this market will likely end up in the MLS Cup 2017 Finals in early December with the gritty Sounders (6/1) possibly having the 33-year-old Clint Dempsey back -- to go with the electric Lodeiro and Jordan Morris on the attack -- after being sidelined with an irregular heartbeat in August.

MLS CUP 2017 FUTURES BOOK PICKS: Seattle Sounders +600, New York Red Bulls +600