In my MLS gamlbing guide I’ve focused on bringing you the best MLS betting sites, providing info on how the league is run, which teams to look out for and I’ve even listed some MLS resources so you can keep up with happenings from the league as well.
I’ll kick things off by comparing all the different bookmakers which offer MLS markets to determine which is the best on the web. Check out the comparison table below to find out where to bet on MLS football matches online.
Best Bookmakers For The MLS
|Site||Grade||All Games||Markets Per Game||League Winner||Video||In-Play||Bonus||Visit|
|Bet365||A+||Y||Y||66||Y||Y||100% up to £200||Bet now!|
|Betvictor||A+||Y||39||Y||N||Y||Bet £10 get £40||Bet now!|
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Note: All the sites listed in the table above will allow you to switch odds format from decimal to fractional or American style if that’s what you prefer.
How Does the MLS Work?
The MLS season is played from March to October every year and is composed of 18 teams — 16 of which are from the United States and the other 2 from Canada. The league follows much the same format as the Premier League wherein every team gets to host and visit all the other teams once. All in all, the 18 teams get to play 34 games in the regular season. After 34 total games played, the team which as finished top of the leage are awarded the supporter’s shield. After that comes the MLS Cup Playoffs in which the top 10 teams compete for the MLS Cup Championship.
If you do join one of the recommended MLS betting sites listed above in the comparison table make sure you are aware of the difference between winning the league and winning the playoff final. Don’t make a costly mistake.
Three American MLS teams automatically make it to the CONCACAF Champions League. These teams are the Supporter’s Shield winner and the two MLS Cup finalists. Canadian teams are excluded from this as they have their own qualification system via the Canadian Championship.
In cases where the same team qualifies multiples times (i.e. win the Supporter’s Shield and make it to the Cup Finals at the same time) or if a Canadian team is able to qualify to the CONCACAF Champions League via the MLS qualifying berths, the American MLS team(s) with the best regular season record will qualify instead.
Who Are the Best MLS Teams?
Now we’ve looked at where to bet on MLS football online lets take a look at which teams you should be looking out for in the league.
The most successful team ever to grace the MLS stage — at least in terms of titles won — is D.C. United. The Washington D.C. based club is one of the first teams that started in the league way back in ’96 and they have gone on to win four times, their latest being that in 2004. D.C. United was the first team to lift the MLS Cup back to back in the 1996 and 1997 seasons, and the first team to win the Supporter’s Shield and then go on to win the MLS Cup Finals in the year 1997.
LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo and the San Jose Earthquakes are trailing D.C. United closely with 2 MLS Cups each. LA Galaxy – arguably the most popular team in the league with David Beckham and Landon Donovan in their roster – have the most Cup finals appearance in the history of the league with 6. But they haven’t won the cup since 2005 and had to settle for the Supporter’s Shield in 2010 and 2011.
Houston Dynamo have a remarkable history as well. The team from Texas lifted the MLS Cup back to back on their first two seasons in the league (2006 and 2007). They are the last team to lift the cup twice in consecutive years.
If you’re not living in the USA then you will need to go out of your way to find info about the MLS. When it comes to the top sites for information on the league the best we’ve found online is the official league website (http://www.mlssoccer.com/). On here you’ll find all league fixtures, results and tables plus there’s a news section with previews of the various games taking place throughout the season. You can even get video highlights from matches on there as well.