The MLS final, or as it is better known, the MLS Cup, is the trophy that every Major League Soccer team wants to get their hands on come the end of the season. D.C. United won three of the first four MLS Cups back in the late 1990s and followed that up with their fourth in 2004. This was the last time they tasted MLS Cup glory. The L.A. Galaxy are the most successful MLS Cup side with five trophies. Galaxy won the MLS Cup in 2011, 2012, and 2014. New England Revolution are perhaps the unluckiest – or least clutch – team in the MLS Cup final.
They have reached the final on five separate occasions and lost each of those finals, earning themselves the nickname of the MLS Buffalo Bills, in reference to the NFL team that lost a four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s.
MLS Finals Betting Lines Today
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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 to look 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. Home teams will be invariably favored in MLS Cup final. Since the league changed the format, home teams have won four of six MLS Cups. The team with the best season record of the two finals participants gets to host the finals.
Portland and Seattle are exceptions to that rule, as both won the MLS Cup away from home in 2015 and 2016 respectively. However, both teams entered the finals in exquisite form. Seattle was one of the best teams in the league in the latters stages of the 2016 season, which showed in the final as they were able to shutdown Toronto in an incredibly hostile environment.
As a general rule of thumb, back the under in the MLS final. Teams clamp down defensively and Western Conference participants are renowned for their organised defensive structures. It’s the main reason Western Conference teams have dominated since 2009. Only one Eastern Conference team – Sporting KC – who is now part of the West once more – have won the MLS Cup since 2009.
While an Eastern Conference team is overdue an MLS Cup win, they’ll have to be much better defensively to end the drought. Toronto almost won the 2016 MLS Cup because of their stingy defense. They had the best defensive record in the Eastern Conference, so it’s no surprise they made it all the way to the final.
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