Just about everywhere you looked, the Seattle Sounders were facing massive odds. Bookmakers had them as anywhere from 5-to-1 to 6-to-1 underdogs and FiveThirtyEight gave Los Angeles FC a massive 81 percent chance of advancing.
In a match featuring only three possible outcomes and in a league as parity driven as MLS, such long odds are almost unheard of. It didn’t matter.
Thanks two goals from Raúl Ruidíaz and another from Nicolas Lodeiro, the Sounders toppled LAFC in what has to be one of the biggest upsets in MLS history, at least by the betting line.
Those numbers weren’t exactly pulled out of thin air. LAFC was coming off one of the greatest seasons in MLS history, having amassed a league-record 72 points and outscored opponents by 48?goals during the regular season. In their first playoff game, they cut through the LA Galaxy with ease, scoring five goals.
Although the Sounders had finished second in the Western Conference, it was 16 points behind LAFC. The Sounders had limped through most of the final six months of the season, winning only one of their last 30 games by more than one goal.
Credit to Jacob for taking the bet.