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Villa Leads Way on MLS Goalscorer Odds

After closing out the 2016 MLS regular season on a torrid pace with six goals over his final four appearances, New York City FC forward David Villa entered the 2017 campaign as the +600 co-favorite along with Fanendo Adi, to emerge as MLS top goalscorer this season.

Portland forward Adi has picked up where he left off at the end of last season, opening 2017 with two goals in the Timbers’ 5-1 defeat of Minnesota on Friday; he had trailed at +1400 on the opening odds to be the top MLS goalscorer.

Villa ended last year with 23 markers to improve on the 18 goals he scored in his MLS debut season in 2015, but the defending league MVP had to settle for second place in the goalscoring race. He trailed New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, who found the back of the net 24 times and closely trailed Villa and Adi on the opening top goalscorer odds at +700.

Wright-Phillips also claimed MLS Golden Boot honors in 2014, leading the league with 27 regular-season goals, and will be looking to help the MLS Cup favorite Red Bulls avenge their early ouster from last season’s playoffs.

 

Giovinco, Larin Follow Leaders on the Board

Sebastian Giovinco followed up a spectacular MLS debut in 2015 by leading Toronto FC to its first-ever MLS Cup appearance, and opened this season at +800 on the prop. The former Juventus star scored 22 goals in his first MLS season, and followed up with 17 goals in just 28 regular-season games in 2016, adding four goals during TFC’s six postseason matches.

Rising star Cyle Larin (+900) struggled late in his MLS sophomore season, failing to find the back of the net in eight of his final nine appearances to finish with 14 goals in 29 matches. The 21-year-old Canadian has opened 2017 strong however, scoring the lone goal in Orlando City’s 1-0 win over the Red Bulls as +125 home chalk on Sunday afternoon.

Diego Valeri (+1400) sits ahead of seven shooters at +1600, including Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer, the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes, Montreal midfielder Ignacio Piatti, TFC’s Jozy Altidore, New England’s Kei Kamara, Fort Lauderdale’s Maicon Santos, and Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic.

Piatti recorded three multi-goal games while leading the impact to the MLS postseason, and Altidore will be looking to build on a stellar 2016 MLS campaign in which he netted 10 goals in 23 games before exploding for five goals during Toronto’s extended playoff run.

 

*Odds as of March 6, 2017

 

 

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