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.