Fire winning MLS Cup? What are the odds?

Fire winning MLS Cup? What are the odds?

Let's face it. One of the reasons professional and college football, basketball, and to a lesser extent baseball garner so much peripheral interest in this country is due to fact that one can wager on the outcomes of said contests. Soccer hasn't come anywhere near reaching that element of US sports fandom but that hasn't stopped Las Vegas Superbook from publishing "futures" on which clubs have the best chance of winning MLS Cup this season.

The usual suspects are ranked at the top with Los Angeles rated a 3/1 favorite to win it all again, followed by Seattle at 9/2 and the Revolution at 8/1. Superbook apparently hasn't put much stock in the Fire's additions this winter ranking the locals at 40/1. Only Colorado, Philadelphia, Montreal, and San Jose are longer shots to win the Cup.

Not that I'm encouraging gambling (if you're betting on baseball games you may have a problem) but a perusal of the numbers makes me wonder if the oddsmakers haven't put a little bit too much stock on last season's results in the East and the flash of big names. DC United and both New York clubs are ranked a bit above where they probably should be. Portland, Orlando City, and Vancouver may be a little too low.

I wouldn't rush to the window based on any of that though. MLS, particularly the East, will be wide open this year.

Filed under: 2015 Pre Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • Kinda (haha) funny- this reminds me of those MLS "power rankings."

    We could possibly end up surprising a lot of people this year. I hope so.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    I've always thought power rankings were a huge waste of time. The standings are the power rankings.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I agree power rankings are pretty pointless, but at least, in theory, they attempt to correct the unbalanced schedule and separate conferences, which the table alone clearly doesnt.

    As far as the odds go: after LA and Seattle, it's a crap shoot. A team from the East will at least play in the final so NE makes sense. DC were, overall the best team in the East last season although I doubt they duplicate it. Can't take divying up the other 25% or so odds amoungst 16 teams too seriously.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola are Designated Players for DC. Not a chance they duplicate last year. I think they struggle to make the top 6 this year.

    I wouldn't bet on that through. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    What is has changed that they are going to have a harder time this year?

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    The competition in the East has gotten better while they've stayed essentially the same.

  • Looking forward to watching the game this Sunday. Any word on when Maloney will arrive? Glad the game won't conflict with the Walking Dead.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    They were expecting him back early to middle of this week.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Speaking of Walking Dead, I would take Austin Berry back in a heat beat.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Yeah, but I wouldn't want us to take on a 6 figure salary for him at this point. Philly would have to eat some of it.

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    At this point the Union isn't going to get the same value that they would have gotten last year for him because now they have to move him and everyone knows it. Take a pick or some funny money and move on.
    I don't see that destination being Chicago though. CB depth is secondary at the moment with a center mid being priority one.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I have a crazy idea! We have this guy who has played center mid his whole MLS career now playing CB. He was pretty good there if I remember right, possibly our best center mid. Imagine if we brought in a proper cb, doesn't have to be Berry (even though he should have never left in the first place), and moved big red to his natural position, we could solve our cb and cm issues with one move. Crazy idea, I know...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Larentowicz works best in a two center mid alignment. He's probably not the best fit for the way they're looking to play this season.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Would Cocis' fit the DM mold? or were there issues about coverage and dropping back with him (plus also needing to be in a two center setup?)

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    Don't think he's a great fit either there. He's more of a box to box (8) type of midfielder than he is a holding mid (6).

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    If Yallop wants him to become a center back, I'm sure he could become a holding midfielder. Im pretty sure that big red is our best center midfielder. I'd rather have him in the middle and Gehrig at cb than big red at cb and Watson in the middle. We will see how the team looks in Portland but I just really think that the team is better with Jeff in the middle. Jeff is good enough to play anywhere on the field but he helps the team the most in the middle.

  • What's the word on Diarra? Is he completely out of the picture or are there more enticing options out there?

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    I'll have a little more on him shortly.

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