The Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo last year to win the MLS Cup. Landon Donovan scored the lone goal for the Galaxy who is home to one of the world’s best known soccer players, David Beckham. The odds for the 2012 MLS Cup are not out yet, but one has to figure that the Galaxy win be heavy favorites to win it again this year.
In fact there should be heavy betting on all of the teams that made the 2011 playoffs. The Dynamo narrowly lost in the final, so I imagine that a few people in Houston will bet on them to win it all in 2012. The New York Red Bulls have a good following, and with super star Thierry Henry, I’m sure a few New Yorkers will be betting on them. Of course other Eastern Conference playoff teams like Sporting KC, the Philadelphia Union and the Columbus Crew will get some action too.
Based on attendance, the Seattle Sounders FC is probably the most popular team in the league. They came in 2nd in the Western conference last year, and they should have a good shot at winning it all this year. Of course most of their fans are in the State of Washington, but I’m sure some of them will find their way to Las Vegas to bet on their favorite MLS Soccer team this season.
Other favorites in the Western Conference will probably be Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids. All three of these teams made the playoffs last year, so they all had a shot at winning the MLS Cup. Again I’m not sure what the odds are for this year yet, but any three of these teams could make for good bets.
One thing is for sure, American Major League Soccer is here to stay, and people love to bet on it. As this sport picks up more and more fans, I’m sure more and more money will be wagered on it. Las Vegas and the online sports books must be happy!
Hopefully soon there will be sports betting in Atlantic City and other parts of the United States too! Then betting on the MLS could get real fun!