Major League Soccer is back. The new 2020 season will restart on July 8th with a one-time format which includes a Group Stage and, of course, a Knockout Stage. The venue? The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. This is the moment all soccer fans have been waiting for. And after the group draw, the odds appeared too.
Different sportsbook apps, such as SugarHouse, DraftKings and FanDuel, have already unveiled futures odds for the MLS is Back Tournament, which will have teams divided into six groups; one with six teams and two with four for the Eastern Conference, and three groups of four teams for the Western Conference.
The Knockout Stage will start on July 25th with the Round of 16, while the MLS Cup Final will be played on August 11th. This means that there will be matches practically every day with a day-long schedule, with games beginning at 9 a.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET).
MLS teams: Favorites and Underdogs
Every single sportsbook app have one thing in common regarding the upcoming MLS is Back Tournament: Los Angles FC is the odds on favorite to win the cup. That's no surprise, considering the team made the most dominant regular season in MLS history last year. SugarHouse and DraftKings have LAFC's odds at +350, while FanDuel at +500.
There are differences between the oddsmakers about the rest of the teams. Toronto FC appear on second place on DraftKings and SugarHouse (+900). However, FanDuel has the Canadian team on a shared fifth place with odds at +1400. Meanwhile, Atlanta United FC are second on FanDuel (+750), and third on SugarHouse and DraftKings (+1100).
Defending champions Seattle Sounders share fifth place on SugarHouse and DraftKings (+1600), while the team's odds on FanDuel are at +800. If we look at their group rivals (FC Dallas, San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps FC), they should not have many problems to qualify for the next stage.
Another thing that sportsbooks had in common was that Nashville SC was at the bottom of every list (+8000). It was going to be the team's first season in MLS and was going to compete in Group A against LAFC, Inter Miami FC, New York City FC, Philadelphia Union, and Chicago Fire FC. However, MLS confirmed Nashville SC withdrew from the tournament.
MLS is Back Tournament Odds:
|Los Angeles FC||+350||+500|
|Atlanta United FC||+1100||+750|
|New York Red Bulls||+1400||+2100|
|FC Dallas (withdrawn)||+1600||+2900|
|San Jose Earthquakes||+1800||+2900|
|Inter Miami FC||+2200||+2900|
|Orlando City SC||+2800||+5000|
|New England Revolution||+4000||+2900|
|Real Salt Lake||+5000||+2300|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||+7500||+6500|
|Nashville SC (withdrawn)||+8000||+8000|
DraftKings & FanDuel