2022 MLS Cup odds: LAFC lead pre-season betting
We break down the current odds for the 2022 MLS Cup, with Los Angeles FC the favorite to win a first championship as we approach the start of the season.
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Who are the favorites to win the 2022 MLS Cup?
Los Angeles FC are the pre-season favorites to win the 2022 MLS Cup on the Betway sportsbook, priced at +650 to win the championship game.
Despite missing out on the playoffs last year following a ninth-place finish in the Western Conference, LAFC are at the top of the market following a busy offseason that has seen a high turnover of players, with Carlos Vela and Brian Rodriguez retained as two of three designated players.
The appointment of former USMNT ever-present Steve Cherundolo as head coach is another point of optimism for the Black & Gold ahead of their fifth season in MLS.
Defending MLS champions New York City FC, who beat Portland Timbers on penalties in the 2021 final, are second in the betting at +700.
Seattle Sounders, who lost in the first round of the MLS playoffs in 2021, come in just behind New York City at +750 in the MLS futures odds.
For some futures picks and analysis, check out our 2022 MLS Cup predictions.
What is the format for the MLS Cup Playoffs?
At the end of the 34-game regular season, the top seven teams in the Eastern and Western conferences qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Teams are seeded from one to seven in each conference, and placed in two separate conference brackets, with the top seed in each given a bye into the second round.
The playoffs consist of four single-elimination rounds, with the first-round winners advancing to the Conference Semifinals, where they are joined by the two top seeds. Semifinals winners then advance to the Conference Finals, and finally the MLS Cup.
In the 2021 playoffs, New York City beat Philadelphia Union in the Eastern Conference Finals, while Portland Timbers overcame Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference finals.
NYCFC went on to win the MLS Cup in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.
For more information, check out our guide to the MLS.
2022 MLS Cup futures betting odds
Below LAFC, NYCFC and Seattle in the MLS odds are the defending Supporters’ Shield winners, New England Revolution.
New England won the Supporters’ Shield – awarded to the team with the best regular season record – after a season in which it amassed 73 points, 12 more than any other side.
The Revolution could not translate that form into the playoffs as it lost in the Conference Semifinals to eventual MLS Cup winners NYCFC, but are +900 to go all the way in 2022.
Philadelphia Union are priced at +1000, while Nashville SC come in at +1200.
Los Angeles FC +650
New York City FC +700
Seattle Sounders +750
New England Revolution +900
Philadelphia Union +1000
Nashville SC +1200
Colorado Rapids +1400
Atlanta United FC +1400
Columbus Crew SC +1400
Toronto FC +1600
Sporting Kansas City +1600
New York Red Bulls +1800
LA Galaxy +1800
DC United +2200
Portland Timbers +2500
Minnesota United +3300
Real Salt Lake +4000
FC Dallas +4000
Charlotte FC +4000
Orlando City SC +4000
Vancouver Whitecaps FC +5000
Inter Miami CF +5000
CF Montreal +6600
Houston Dynamo +6600
Chicago Fire FC +8000
Austin FC +8000
San Jose Earthquakes +8000
FC Cincinnati +10000
2022 MLS Regular Season schedule
The 2022 MLS regular season begins on February 26, and will run through until October 9.
The MLS Cup is slated to take place on November 5, three weeks before the 2022 World Cup is scheduled to begin in Qatar.