With the start of the 2022 MLS season just days away, Toronto FC lead all Canadian clubs on the 2022 MLS Cup championship odds as a 15.00 bet. Both the Vancouver Whitecaps and CF Montreal sit well off the pace, trailing the favourites with 41.00 and 51.00, respectively. Denied a shot at last season’s title by a stunning early exit from the MLS playoffs, the New England Revolution lead the way, joining the Seattle Sounders as 7.00 co-favourites, while the defending champions New York City FC lag as a 11.00 bet.
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|2022 MLS Cup Championship Odds|
|New England Revolution|
|Los Angeles FC|
|New York City FC|
|Sporting Kansas City|
|New York Red Bulls|
|Real Salt Lake|
|San Jose Earthquakes|
TFC Set to Return to Contention
It was a long and arduous 2022 MLS season for Toronto FC. Forced to play most of their home games south of the border due to continued restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reds turned in their worst season performance since their inaugural 2007 campaign, finishing a distant 13th in the Eastern Conference standings and well out of playoff contention.
Official. After Toronto chapter, USMNT striker Jozy Altidore signs with New England Revolution as a free agent. Deal signed and completed. 🇺🇸 #MLS
Altidore accepted termination of the contract with Toronto – as they already signed Lorenzo Insigne. pic.twitter.com/24bEtojVnB
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 14, 2022
A return to the friendly confines of BMO Field should give the club a lift, but how much remains to be seen. The club made several personnel moves during the offseason, with the most notable departure being Jozy Altidore, who was bought out before joining the favoured Revolution. The big new addition for Toronto comes in the form of attacker Lorenzo Insigne, who joins the club after a successful decade with Napoli of Serie A.
Montreal, Vancouver Poised to Struggle
Things do not look quite so promising in Montreal and Vancouver. CF Montreal raised the hopes of soccer fans in La Belle Province with a solid performance last season before falling just short of a playoff spot. The club managed to avoid losing more games than they won for the first time since 2015, and claimed the Canadian Championship crown in the process. Montreal has bolstered their roster with the acquisition of defenders Alistair Johnston and Robert Orri Thorkelsson, but will have to improve on a 19th ranked attack if they are to return to playoff contention for the first time since 2016.
Many unknowns for CF Montréal as it begins Champions League play https://t.co/Mprl3L9Ay9
— Montreal Gazette (@mtlgazette) February 15, 2022
The Whitecaps ended a three-year playoff drought with a sixth-place finish in the Western Conference last season. Vancouver posted just nine regular season losses before meekly bowing out with a 3-1 loss to Sporting KC in first-round playoff action. The return to their home pitch at BC Place should give the Whitecaps a boost, but a return to the postseason is far from assured in a highly competitive Western Conference.
Revolution, Sounders Open Atop MLS Cup Odds
To the surprise of very few observers, the New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders lead the way on the MLS Cup odds. And with good reason. The Revolution clearly emerged as the best club in the league while racking up a sparkling 22-7-5 win-draw-loss record, and should benefit from last season’s playoff adversity.
New England Revolution: only MLS team w/ 2 players with a top-10 aerial duel grade in 2021 pic.twitter.com/OBbATsmPpN
— PFF_FC (@PFF_FC) February 17, 2022
Perennial favourites on the MLS Cup futures, the Sounders finished one point shy of top spot in the Western Conference, settling for second place for a fourth straight year. And while Seattle bowed out of the postseason in the first round last season, there is no denying their exceptional playoff performance in recent years. The Sounders have appeared in the MLS Cup Final in four of the past six years, raising the hardware on two occasions over that stretch.
Two incredible penalty saves from Andre Blake to help secure Philadelphia Union spot in the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Final! 👏🏿
— Official J.F.F (@jff_football) November 29, 2021
Sports bettors overlook the Philadelphia Union at their own peril. Long-time doormats in the Eastern Conference, the Union have evolved into a formidable squad over the past two seasons, and are coming off a run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2021. Sporting one of the stingiest defences in the MLS, the Union look ready to take the next step in 2022, and offer lots of value as a 13.00 bet on the MLS Cup odds.
Best Bet: Philadelphia Union (13.00)
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