What you need to know about Major League Soccer (MLS)

Soccer is one of the sports for which basic training is a must. There are several tricks and strategies that players must be aware of to play soccer perfectly. After getting required training, it is essential to get into a soccer team and start playing the sport at state level and eventually reach the national level. If you are one of the biggest soccer fan or a player, you must also know about Major League Soccer.

Major League SoccerMLS is one of the top professional soccer leagues in the US. It was in the year 1996 when MLS kick-started with 10 teams. Popular among both youths and adults, the league has 19 teams and mostly runs during March-October period. In total, 34 games are played, at the end of which there is a winner. The team which bags maximum points is rewarded with the Supporter’s Shield. The MLS championship award goes to the winning team. As far as points are concerned, when there is a tie between teams, they would get one point. A loss would give them zero points while victories would earn them three points.

In the last season, played in 2013, Sporting Kansas City had won MLS cup and New York Red Bulls had bagged Supporter’s Shield.

From 1996 to present, the league has undergone a number of changes and struggle. The poor financial condition pushed the then-Commissioner Doug Logan in a dilemma following which he had to quit the job in 1999. The league had suffered a loss of approximately $250 million in first five years of the launch. This was not the end as MLS again had to bear the brunt when it lost close to $350 million before 2004.

Notably, in the year 2007, MLS saw debut of David Beckham. Besides him, some really great and renowned players have made their contribution to the league. In 2013, the average salary paid to the players approximately was $160,000. The league encourages youngsters as well as trainers to join soccer teams and take the sport a notch higher in the arena.

It is to be noted that when, for the first time, pro-soccer was tried in North America, the attempt miserably met failure and now, MLS has become so popular in the world that people from outside the United States also visit the place to witness the league. There was a change in the league’s philosophy which was aimed at giving a platform to youths to get an exposure and play the sport enthusiastically.

Meanwhile, one must know that with time, sports betting is gaining popularity and people have started taking more interest in it. Promising huge returns, betting in sports doesn’t entirely depend on luck and one can play it over the internet as well. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. A lot of practice and experience is required to put bets and earn huge points. So it is always advisable to put bets on sport games only if one has relevant experience.

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Historical MLS Cup Odds

We have updated odds for the 2014 MLS Cup. Below are old odds for the 2012 Cup won by the LA Galaxy.

Below are the odds for the winner of the 2012 MLS Cup. These odds were last updated on March 3, 2012.

MLS Cup Trophy

Los Angeles Galaxy 15/8
Seattle Sounders 5/1
Real Salt Lake 7/1
FC Dallas 8/1
Sporting Kansas City 8/1
Colorado Rapids 12/1
Houston Dynamo 12/1
New York Red Bulls 12/1
Columbus Crew 18/1
Philadelphia Union 18/1
Chicago Fire 25/1
Portland Timbers 25/1
Toronto FC 28/1
DC United 33/1
New England Revolution 33/1
San Jose Earthquakes 33/1
Chivas USA 40/1
Montreal Impact 66/1
Vancouver Whitecaps 66/1

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The Current State of Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer was America’s way to enter the world of soccer internationally. Founded in 1993 the states created the league in order for the ability to host the FIFA World Cup. The league is made up of 19 teams from the U.S. and 3 from Canada. Each team plays 34 games in a regular season.

Even though Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 to host the FIFA World Cup in 1994, the actual games didn’t start until 1996 when it had only ten teams.

Major League Soccer in 2013

This was the strongest year seen for MLS; more than half a dozen cities were begging to join including San Diego, and Miami. That’s the good news, and of course we must follow with…

Some of the problems that were faced in Major League Soccer:

Long and drawn out post season schedule, falling Television ratings and a final that featured the two tiny cities in the league completely took away from the usual adrenaline packed games that we are familiar with in MLS. It really left a bad taste in the mouth of fans that were privileged to witness one of the most engaging seasons since Major League Soccer was founded in 1996.

The Playoffs started the same day the World Series ended taking away from the coverage and hype.

Major League Soccer After the first 12 matches of the post season which were played in the first 12 days the entire league took a two week break between the qualifying rounds of the World Cup. By the time it was started again, people had lost interest, stories died, and the only fans that remained locked in were the diehard fans. The rest of the MLS “acquaintances” simply forgot who was even playing.

This was followed by another two week break ahead of the Championship game. Once again the MLS lost its momentum and fans trailed off to other sports and areas of interest due to only 3 games being played in a month.

The TV audience for the cup was small, and the MLS was hurting after seeing its most important game lacking the draw for what was called the most significant television rights agreements in the Leagues history.

After next season Major League Soccer will have to figure some things out as ratings have dropped considerably on the major networks that host the games, seeing a fall of almost 30% on ESPN alone and the T.V. deals are over. Asking for an increase from the networks may not go over well with such a drop in viewers.

NBCSN was down 6% and Univision was actually up 21% so time will tell what happens next year. Hopefully with the addition of a New York team and an Orlando Florida team popularity will rise again and we will see an increase in ratings, specifically in the North and South East. Talks of a possible Miami franchise have also been rumored between Don Garber and David Beckham, with investors including the likes of Lebron James adding a sense of stardom to the spectrum giving a more attractive feeling.

All in all 2014 will bring is undetermined and we will have to wait and see, let’s hope for an entertaining season full of adrenaline packed energy and undying momentum for Major League Soccer.

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2013 MLS Cup odds, teams, location, date, time, TV channel and tickets

Who’s playing: Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City

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Odds from Bovada (LINK):

USA – Major League Soccer Playoffs – MLS Cup Winner 2013

Team Odds Total Total Odds
Sporting Kansas City -185 (+120)o
Real Salt Lake +145 (-155)u

USA – Major League Soccer MLS Cup – 1st Half Line

Team Odds Total Total Odds
Sporting Kansas City (1H) +160 (+180)o
Real Salt Lake (1H) +300 (-240)u
Draw +115

Time: The match is scheduled for 4:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, December 7th.

Location: Sporting Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

TV Schedule: In the US, the game will be broadcast on ESPN and UniMas. You can also watch it online at WatchESPN. Canada and Mexico will broadcast the MLS CUP on TSN2 & RDS and online at MLS Live.

Weather: The weather for the match looks cold but dry. The high for the day is will be 19 degrees and 0% chance of precipitation

Tickets: Ticket prices are the highest they have been in the last five years. Kansas City plays in Sporting Park which holds about 22,000. Their supporters have turned out in big numbers leading to a consecutive sellout streak of 35 games.

Ticketmaster was also only selling “general public” tickets to people with a billing address in the Kansas City area. Personally I think this is a good practice to prevent scalpers from driving up ticket prices. Unfortunately for RSL, this limits the number of tickets their fans could buy directly from Ticketmaster, forcing them to pay more off for tickets off the secondary market.

Preview: Having finished with a better regular season record, Sporting will enjoy home-field advantage and the rabid support of a soccer-mad city that already hosted the MLS All-Star game and a U.S. men’s World Cup qualifier this year.

It will mark the third time Kansas City has played for the MLS championship having won the title in 2000 when the team was known as the Kansas City Wizards and losing in the final four years later.

“This is a team that has figured out how to get it right,” praised MLS commissioner Don Garber. “They have figured it out on the field and have convinced us and everybody in the North American soccer community that Kansas City is one of the great soccer towns in North America.

“They have created an environment in that stadium that validates our belief that America has really become a soccer nation.”

Back in the championship game for the second time in five seasons, Real will also be chasing their second title having hoisted the giant silver cup in 2009 with a victory over David Beckham and the Galaxy.

While Salt Lake plays a more attractive European style possession game, Kansas City prefers a physical brand of football relying on the league’s top defense, led by Besler and fellow national team member midfielder Graham Zusi, that surrendered just 30 goals in 34 matches.

Zusi, who set a career high with six goals this season and Besler, MLS defender of the year in 2012, were both named to the MLS best XI for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, underlining their status as keys to a KC victory.

The Sporting defense will be tested by Real’s designated player Alvaro Saborio, a member of Costa Rica’s World Cup squad and a lethal finisher who had 12 goals in 16 games for Salt Lake this season.

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Sweet Lion of Zion! (Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake)

If you don’t have a team to root for in this year’s MLS Cup, this painting might be all you need to make you into a Real Salt Lake supporter.

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Kyle Beckerman is RSL’s team captain, and his look is freaking awesome. He’s also seen some action in the US National Team, and has been an MLS All-Star for the last five years. If still need to more about the man with the hair you can follow him on Twitter.

If you’re here looking for odds on next week championship game, we’ve go you covered. We’ll also be updating the site over the next several days to keep you up to date on line movements and any prop bets we hear of.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Bet the 2013 MLS Cup – Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake

The 2013 MLS Cup is 8 days away, and we have the odds for the championship match. The game is Saturday, December 7th at 4pm EST. In the US the game will be broadcast on ESPN and UniMas. In Mexico and Canada, you can watch the game on TNS2 and RDS.

Odds for the 2013 MLS Cup -

4:00p
Sporting Kansas City
Real Salt Lake

You can find these odds at Bovada.

Sporting Kansas City is the current favorite. The easiest way to think about the above odds is that 20/37 is close to 1/2. So if you would need to bet a little less than $2 on Kansas City to win $1.

Meanwhile the odds on Real Salt Lake are 29/20 of close to 3/2. In order to win $1 on Salt Lake you would need to bet about $0.66. Of course you can bet any amount you want. Say you bet $100 on RSL and they win, you’ll win $145. Not too bad if you like them to win the MLS Cup.

Right now we haven’t found any prop bets for the game yet. The MLS Cup is still about a week away, so there is still time for the bookies to get some out there. Usually for US championship games, there are a lot of props that you can bet. One sportsbook offered over 300 different prop bets for last year’s Super Bowl. Currently the MLS Cup isn’t as popular as the Super Bowl or the World Cup, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some props bets offered on the game as we get closer to the start.

Here is a good recap of the playoffs:

And what does ESPN have to say?

Whatever happens this should be a great match and great for the game of soccer in the US. Sporting KC has already sold out there next season, and they have another 1,000 people on the waiting list.

Both these teams were the 2nd seed in their respective brackets. Both play an quick, aggressive game, and it should make for a very close match. I could easily see this game ending with 1 goal differential. Who will win? Well I won’t tell you how to bet, but I think it will be close either way.

So we hope you enjoy the game. We’ll be back to update this site again before next Saturday with additional bets and odds offered for this game. We’ll also include where you can bet these wagers, whether it’s online or in Las Vegas. So don’t worry, we’re you’re one stop shop for betting on the MLS Cup.

Thanks for reading!

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The odds for the 2013 MLS cup

Are not out yet… Sorry soccer fans. Major League Soccer is still in a growth stage, and that’s obvious from the way it’s treated by Las Vegas. Compared to developed sports leagues, Vegas treats MLS like an ugly stepchild.

Just look at American football. The Monday after the Super Bowl is played, sportsbooks will already have the odds for the winner of the next Super Bowl. The same is true for las vegas signMajor League Baseball and the NBA. These leagues have been around for a longtime, and they’ve earned the respect of the Vegas lines makers. MLS has not.

It’s true that in America people don’t bet on the soccer as much as they do other sports, but maybe the public would be more inclined to bet on MLS if sportsbooks actually had odds for the championship all year long. I know I would be.

Because this site is focused on betting MLS, I have a vesting interest in growing interest in the league. Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to look at different ways the league can grow. And I’ll continue to look for the odds on the 2013 MLS Cup. As soon as I find some, I’ll post them here.

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Odds for the 2012 MLS Cup – Los Angeles Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo

MLS Cup TrophyThe 2012 MLS Cup will be played on December 1, 2012 at the Home Depot Center between last year’s champions the LA Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo. The big news surrounding this game is that David Beckham will be leaving the Galaxy after this season. This will be his last game with the team. Landon Donovan has hinted that this could be his last match with the Galaxy too.

Below we have the odds to win the 2012 MLS CUP (provided by Bovada):

Team to Lift the Trophy (including penalty kicks)

TEAMS MONEYLINE
Los Angeles Galaxy -250
Houston Dynamo +185

Odds for the Game

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Los Angeles Galaxy -½ (-130) -130 (EVEN)o
Houston Dynamo +½ (EVEN) +330 (-130)u
Draw - +240

Alternate total odds

TEAMS TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Los Angeles Galaxy 3 (+175)o
Houston Dynamo (-230)u
TEAMS TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 (-210)o
Houston Dynamo (+160)u

If you need help reading the odds, please check out our page about betting on soccer.

This game will be broadcast live on ESPN, Telefutura, TSN and RDS. You can also catch the game on SiriusXM FC 94, and online at Watch ESPN. Even though the match will not be on major network, ratings are expected to be better than last year when the MLS Cup was held on a Sunday night.

We expect this to be the most bet MLS Cup in history. Interest in the league has grown, and it now boasts the 3rd highest attendance of any sports league in America, beating both the NBA and NHL. An ESPN survey at the beginning of the season also found that professional soccer is the 2nd most popular sport in America for 12-24 year-olds. (You have to be 21 or over to bet this game in Vegas.)

If you’re betting on the MLS Cup this year, good luck! We would love to hear who you are backing in the comments below.

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Growing the game and Wednesday night’s match

For years Major League Soccer has set its sights on being one of the top soccer leagues in the World. Tuesday night MLS commissions Don Garber reaffirmed this goal when visited Denver.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to be as good as the Premier League, it doesn’t mean we’re going to be able to have the Rapids play against their partner Arsenal and be able to beat them on a regular basis. It means there are four or five leagues around the world that are respected on the quality side of being the best, and we believe in 10 years we should be able to create that.” Garber was quoted as saying.

It might seem like a big goal to some, but Major League Soccer is well on its way. MLS average game attendance in the United States already exceeds that of the NBA and NHL, and as we pointed out a month ago, professional soccer is the 2nd most popular sport in America for people between the ages of 12 and 24. The leagues average attendance has already passed that of Holland and France which boast established leagues in countries where soccer is the most popular sport.

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas

This week the Wednesday Night Major League Soccer game features FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake. This could make for a low scoring match as each team’s top scorer will not play. For Dallas that is Blas Perez, and it’s striker Fabian Espindola for RSL. Possibly throwing things in Dallas’s favor will be that Real Salt Lake will also be missing it’s top defender Jamison Olave due to another red card suspension.

Dallas is coming off of a bad road trip. They are 0-3 in their last three games, but this team excels at home. RSL is 0-8-1 at Dallas, so a bet on FC could be good. Tonight’s odds are:

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
FC Dallas Pick (-155) +130 (+120)o
Real Salt Lake Pick (+120) +210 (-155)u
Draw - +220

Unfortunately this game is not nationally televised, but if you are in the Dallas or Salt Lake area you can catch it on Fox Sports SW Plus (Dallas) or KUCW-30 (Salt Lake).

You can check out the MLS TV listings for all games in your area.

Good Luck!

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Red Bulls, Power Rankings and Odds for this Weekend

Take a couple of weeks off during the start of the Major League Soccer season, and a lot of things change. The New York Red Bulls got their first win, and then another, and then signed a new radio contract with a Spanish radio station WLIB 1190AM which will broadcast all regular season and playoff games in the New York Metro area. This is great deal for the team and the Red Bulls’ fan base.

Staying with the Red Bulls, Thierry Henry was named MLS Player of the Month for March 2012. You can check out the highlights below.

Power Rankings

ESPN’s new Power Rankings are out, and I think I prefer them to the rankings from MLSSoccer.com. Both site’s have Sporting Kansas City at the top rightfully so. Sporting is 4-0-0 so far this year, and they take on the Galaxy this weekend. It should be a good match to gage the quality of both teams.

ESPN ranks the remaining top 5 as the Seattle Sounders (2), Real Salt Lake (3), New York Redbulls (4) and the Houston Dynamo at 5. MLS has the next 4 as the Real Salt Lake (2), San Jose Earthquake (3), Seattle Sounders (4) and the Dynamo at 5. Of course both rankings are just a barometer for the league. It’s early in the season and anything could happen. One significant injury at this point could change a team’s entire season.

MLS Odds

There are 7 MLS games this Saturday. We’ve already mentioned the match between Sporting KC and the LA Galaxy. This is probably one of the more interesting games this weekend. The Galaxy won the MLS Cup last season, but has started off at 1-2-0 this year. Kansas City is off to a 4-0-0 start and is actually favored in this match. You can watch the game live on ESPN starting a 4pm EST.

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Sporting Kansas City Pick (-155) +115 (+120)o
Los Angeles Galaxy Pick (+120) +225 (-155)u
Draw +220

Below are the odds for the rest of Saturday’s games. Good Luck!

Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Montreal Impact Pick (-160) +125 (+115)o
Toronto FC Pick (+125) +220 (-150)u
Draw - +210

Columbus Crew vs Red Bull New York

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Columbus Crew Pick (-150) +115 (+110)o
Red Bull New York Pick (+115) +230 (-140)u
Draw - +210

San Jose Earthquakes vs Vancouver Whitecaps

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
San Jose Earthquakes -½ (-105) -105 (+120)o
Vancouver Whitecaps +½ (-125) +275 (-155)u
Draw - +220

DC United vs Seattle Sounders

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
DC United Pick (-125) +150 (+120)o
Seattle Sounders Pick (-105) +175 (-155)u
Draw - +210

Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Real Salt Lake -1 (+140) -130 (EVEN)o
Colorado Rapids +1 (-180) +330 (-130)u
Draw - +240

Portland Timbers vs Chivas USA

TEAMS POINT SPREAD MONEYLINE TOTAL TOTAL ODDS
Portland Timbers -1 (+155) -120 (+115)o
Chivas USA +1 (-200) +320 (-150)u
Draw - +225
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