One of the reasons Major League Soccer (MLS) is popular is its exciting playoffs format. In most countries, the soccer season ended with teams being relegated from their division, or promoted to the next highest division, but the MLS, like most American professional league, does not have a promotion/relegation model. Instead, the MLS adopts a playoff system where the top six teams from the Western and Eastern Conference compete in a series of matches that end with two teams locking horns for the coveted MLS Cup.
The top two teams receive a bye into the next round, leaving third through sixth place teams to fight it out.
Playoffs are high-pressure games because there is so much at stake. Every MLS team and its fans wants to win the MLS Cup, not only for the glory, but also because doing so awards a place in the CONCACAF Champions League.
As of December 2015, LA Galaxy have the best playoff record, winning 40 games, drawing six, and losing 23, resulting in nine MLS Cup appearances, of which they have won five.
Some teams seem to fall apart when they reach the playoffs, here’s looking at you New England Revolution. The Revs have been to five MLS Cup finals and lost all five, and have a 17-17-7 record in the other playoff matches. The Red Bulls and FC Dallas also have losing records in the MLS Playoffs.
Who do you think will reach the MLS playoffs this season? Who is your choice for winning the MLS Cup? Will you be betting money on the MLS Cup winner?
MLS Playoffs Betting Lines Today
The MLS Playoffs are exciting on their own, but once you have some wagers placed on them, the excitement reaches fever pitch.
Check out the what the MLS Playoffs betting lines are today, and see if you can beat the bookies.
MLS Playoff Standings Right Now
Which teams look certain to reach the playoffs, and who need to go on a solid run to make it? The table below shows the MLS playoff standings right now. Who is your money on?
How To Win At MLS Finals Betting
We mentioned earlier that some teams seem to handle the high pressure environment of the playoffs better than others, so make sure you research each playoff team’s past records at this stage of the MLS.
Current form also plays a major role in MLS playoff success. Some teams end the regular season on a high note, while others stutter into the playoff places. Choose your teams wisely.
Here are all 43 goals from the 2015 MLS Playoffs
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