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Toronto FC Headlines 2018 MLS Cup Odds

Toronto FC Headlines 2018 MLS Cup Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

Toronto FC saw the celebration of their first ever MLS Cup victory spoiled with a 2-0 opening night loss to the rival Columbus Crew. However, that early-season setback has not dampened the club’s position on the 2018 MLS Cup odds, where they remain strong +350 favorites to repeat as league champions.

TFC claimed last year’s MLS Cup crown after posting the best regular season record in league history with 20 victories and 69 points. Led by the dynamic duo of Jose Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto led the league with 74 goals, and claimed the Canadian Championship for the sixth time in franchise history.

That success leaves the defending champions with a heavier workload this season, as they make their first CONCACAF Champions League appearance since 2012.

The Reds knocked off the Colorado Rapids by a 2-0 aggregate score in the Round of 16, and put their MLS schedule on hold as they prepare to take on Tigres UANL as +120 favorites in the first leg of their quarter-final matchup at BMO Field on Wednesday night.

Toronto returns from an abbreviated offseason with its core largely intact, and has added important depth in the form of Dutch World Cup veteran Gregory van der Wiel and young Brazilian star Auro, who joins the club on loan from Sao Paulo FC.


New York City FC Second on 2018 MLS Futures Odds

The Reds’ closest competition on the 2018 MLS futures odds comes from New York City FC, which trails at +700, while last year’s MLS Cup runners-up, the Seattle Sounders, follow at +900.

NYC FC have quickly emerged as legitimate contenders since joining the MLS in 2015. Despite posting wins in just two of their final nine matches, the Bronx Blues finished second overall in last year’s MLS standings with 57 points, and have reached the MLS Eastern Conference semi-finals in each of the past two seasons.

Once again, the NYC offense will be anchored by David Villa, who finished second among MLS goalscorers with 22 markers in 2017. But the Spanish star will need some offensive help after the club averaged just one goal per game during last year’s nine-match season-ending swoon.

The Sounders fell to TFC in last year’s MLS Cup Final after topping Toronto in a thrilling championship contest in 2016. A stingy Seattle defense allowed just 39 total goals, and contributed to the club’s second-place finish in the Western Conference standings, but the Sounders ranked ninth in goalscoring among last season’s 12 playoff squads.

Further down the MLS betting odds, Atlanta United enters their second season in the MLS knotted with the Portland Timbers at +1000, while FC Dallas sits alongside the LA Galaxy at +1600.

The Galaxy are coming off their worst season in franchise history. The five-time MLS Cup champions finished dead last in the league with just eight wins and 32 points, including a meagre 3-9-5 record on home turf. Complicating matters for the Galaxy is the arrival of a new crosstown rival.

Los Angeles FC enters the league as a +2500 bet on the MLS Cup odds, closely trailing the Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls, who each sport +2000 MLS odds. The Vancouver Whitecaps join Los Angeles at +2500, while the Montreal Impact lag at +4000.


*Odds as of March 7, 2018

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