The MLS finals, or as it is better known the MLS Cup, is the trophy that every Major League Soccer teams wants to get their hands on come the end of the season as it not only comes with all the plaudits of being the MLS champions, but gives a place in the CONCACAF Champions’ League. D.C. United won three of the first four MLS Cups back in the late 1990s, then won their fourth in 2004. This was the last time they tasted MLS Cup glory. It is the L.A. Galaxy who are the most successful MLS Cup side with five wins to their name.
The California side reached the final in 2011, 2012, and 2014, winning on each of those three occasions, which often sees Galaxy start the season as the favorites to win the competition again.
Perhaps the unluckiest team in the MLS Cup finals are New England Revolution. They have reached the finals on five separate occasions and lost each of those five finals, earning themselves the nickname of the MLS Buffalo Bills, in reference to the NFL team that lost a number of Super Bowls in the 1990s.
Reigning MLS Cup champions, as of the start of the 2016 MLS season, are the Portland Timbers who defeated Columbus Crew SC at the Mapfre Stadium by two goals to one.
That game saw the fastest ever goal scored in an MLS Cup match. A mistake by Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark allowed Diego Valeri to score after only 27 seconds.
When the time comes to be on the MLS finals, make sure you reference this page because it is packed from top to bottom with information about the MLS Cup, including past winners, fixtures, and more.
MLS Finals Betting Lines Today
Check out the widget below for all of the MLS finals betting lines as they are today. It is updated all the time so you can always see what the most attractive betting odds are.
MLS Finals Matchup Right Now
Who has reached the MLS finals, how did they get there, and what are their odds of winning the MLS Cup? Check out all that and more in the MLS finals matchup right now.
How To Win At MLS Finals Betting
Some teams excel in the high pressure situations created by reaching the MLS finals (think LA Galaxy) while others seemingly let everything get to them (here’s looking at you New England Revolution), so it is worth your while looking at how teams perform in big games.
Form seriously effects the MLS finals betting odds so expect to see those teams who finish on a high note to have shorter odds than usual.
Watch the highlights from the 2015 MLS Cup
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