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Oddsmakers consider Sounders’ MLS is Back group most balanced

Maybe this is a tougher group than it looks.

Mike Russell / Sounder at Heart

At first glance, the Seattle Sounders seemed to have lucked out a bit with their MLS is Back draw. The oddsmakers seem to view things a bit differently, though.

Although the Sounders are only tied for the sixth-best odds of winning the tournament, FC Dallas has equal odds of +1600. Only one group has two teams with lower odds. The San Jose Earthquakes are also just behind at +1800. The group is rounded out by the Vancouver Whitecaps who are among the longest odds in the tournament at +7500.

Of course, it should also be said that odds like these are not necessarily designed to pick who is the most likely to win the tournament. Rather, they are designed in order to attract the most bets while limiting the potential downside.

Still, it’s hard to find too much fault in any of the top eight or nine teams’ odds.

As far as value goes, the Colorado Rapids — who made a late surge last year and seem to have a nice mix of veterans and younger players — seem like a pretty solid shout at +5000.

MLS is Back odds

Team June 22 odds
Team June 22 odds
Los Angeles FC +350
Toronto FC +900
Atlanta United FC +1100
New York Red Bulls +1400
Philadelphia Union +1400
FC Dallas +1600
NYCFC +1600
Seattle Sounders +1600
Sporting KC +1600
San Jose Earthquakes +1800
LA Galaxy +2000
Columbus Crew +2200
Inter Miami CF +2200
Minnesota United +2200
Orlando City SC +2800
Portland Timbers +2800
Chicago Fire +4000
New England Revolution +4000
Colorado Rapids +5000
Real Salt Lake +5000
DC United +6000
Houston Dynamo +6000
Montreal Impact +6000
Vancouver Whitecaps FC +7500
FC Cincinnati +8000
Nashville SC +8000

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