The last time an MLS team won back-to-back titles was in 2012 when the LA Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo in the Grand Finale for a second straight year. Columbus Crew will try to repeat in 2021, but according to the most recent MLS odds to win the 2021 MLS they’re not the favorites.
2021 MLS Season Favorites Breakdown
Los Angeles FC One Step Ahead
Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi will be leading the Los Angeles FC, favorites with a +485 value, in their latest attempt to win their first MLS title. Last season, Vela missed a lot of games due to injury, while Rossi couldn’t play the playoffs, where they got eliminated by the Seattle Sounders in Round One.
Anticipating all those potential scenarios, the Los Angeles FC management invested to strengthen certain positions, including right back with the acquisition of Kim Moon-hwan, and the entire front line with Corey Baird, who was Rookie of the Year in 2018.
Last year, Los Angeles FC almost won the Concacaf Champions League, and the entire group will be back to conquer some domestic success first. They shouldn’t have any trouble winning the West.
Of course, Columbus Crew appears among the favorites. Right now, they’re offering a +550 value. The front office did a very good job in keeping the winning core, including Lucas Zelarayan, Darlington Nagbe, and Gyasi Zardes.
After winning the MLS Cup in 2020, their next main objective could be to win the Concacaf Champions League and attend the FIFA Club World Cup, and that could divert their attention and efforts.
Next, we have Toronto FC with a +850 value. This will be Chris Armas’ first season as their head coach, but luckily for him veterans Michael Bradley, Omar Gonzalez, and Jozy Altidore will be back.
Toronto won the title in 2017, but last year they were eliminated by Nashville in Round One of the playoffs.
Orlando City and Seattle Sounders are tied for fourth place with a +900 value. The Sounders have played three of the last four MLS Cup finals, but only won one, while Orlando City signed Alexandre Pato; he and Nani should become one of the best-attacking duos in the league.
Yes, Zlatan Ibrahimović is long gone, but don’t sleep on the LA Galaxy at +2500. Former LA Galaxy’s player Greg Vanney is the new head coach, and he’s well aware of the main task: return to the playoffs.
With some big names on the roster such as Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Jonathan dos Santos and Sebastian Lletget, LA Galaxy should be able to fight for the West, but at least get a playoff ticket, and we all know that anything can happen during the playoffs.
I knew there had to be a reason for Bayern Munich’s star Robert Lewandowski to pick them during a quick-response segment on CBS Sports.
Minnesota United comes as another Dark Horse with a +2500 value. They come from their best MLS season, and Emmanuel Reynoso will be looking to become the league’s MVP.
Final Analysis and Pick
It’s a long season, but for sports betting enthusiasts it’s never too early, and I would recommend you to stay on the West Coast.
Los Angeles FC is a very strong candidate, and players such as Carlos Vela will try to get back to their best level as soon as possible ahead of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. Betting on them right now is a smart move.
The LA Galaxy will be looking for some revenge, and they could become a force to fear. They’re one of the original MLS members, and it’s not good for business, in general, if the LA Galaxy isn’t making the headlines for good reasons.
Also, Chicharito knows he hasn’t been what everybody expected, and his legacy could be affected. Down the road, LA Galaxy at +2500 could become a bargain.
- Pick: Los Angeles FC +485
- Pick: Los Angeles Galaxy +2500