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2022 MLS New Season Betting Update

With roughly six games played per team, the MLS 2022 season is nearly a quarter of the way through. The Philadelphia Union lead the Eastern Conference, having won every game since playing to a draw in the season opener against Minnesota. Philadelphia’s veteran netminder Andre Blake hasn’t conceded a single goal since their 2-1 victory over CF Montreal in the second week. In the West, LAFC are one point ahead of Real Salt Lake and LA Galaxy, who just served their intown rivals their first season loss.

Meanwhile, the newest team in the league, Charlotte FC have recovered from their 0-0-3 season start and are now fifth in the Eastern Conference. Although they’ve been getting good production from Karol Swiderski and Benjamin Bender, they should get an added boost when Designated Player Kamil Jozwiak makes his season debut since making his way across the pond from the English Championship. Just this week, Jozwiak joined his new team for training.

MLS Odds Breakdown

The last few weeks of play have had a ripple effect on the MLS odds board, where Seattle has taken a step back to LAFC, and New England has seen their free fall affect their betting value. There’s still plenty of value available at this time of the season, even with the following seven favourites.

Los Angeles FC +550 MLS Odds 

After suffering a terrible season in 2021, LAFC (4-1-1) are back at the top of the Western Conference with just one loss and one draw so far this season. Having a healthy Carlos Vela certainly helps. The 2019 Golden Boot winner appears to have returned to form after suffering a long string of injuries and has already scored four goals in six starts. He missed out on some quality chances in LAFC’s 2-1 loss to the Galaxy.

Seattle Sounders +800 MLS Odds 

Once again, Seattle (2-1-2) must split their time between MLS and the CONCACAF Champions League, and although they are undefeated five games into CONCACAF, they’re just 2-1-2 in MLS, sitting 11th in the Western Conference. Raul Ruidiaz recovered from a hamstring injury sustained in CONCACAF play on February 24, but has only served as a sub for 45 minutes of play. He should be ready to start fully on April 16 against Inter Miami.

Philadelphia Union +800 MLS Odds 

After years of underachievement, the Union (5-1-0) found their groove in 2020, when they won the Supporters’ Shield, and they have been real contenders since. This season, they lead the league by three points and are tied for the best goal differential +8. Daniel Gazdag, who is in his second year with the club, went on a tear, scoring in every game from March 5 to April 2. 

LA Galaxy +1000 MLS Odds

The Galaxy (4-0-2) have returned to contender status after failing to qualify for the playoffs for two straight seasons. They’re just one point out of first in the Western Conference, although their +3 goal differential speaks to how tight some of their games have been. Designated Player Javier Hernandez does the bulk of the scoring and has scored three goals in the last two games. 

New York City FC +1200 MLS Odds

After winning the MLS Cup on penalties last December, New York City FC have started the 2022 season with three losses, one draw and one win—against the defensively porous Montreal. They have a -1 goal differential and are 12th in the Eastern Conference. Their latest fixture—against Toronto FC—saw them lose 2-1 despite out-possessing their Eastern Conference rivals and getting in 15 shots.

New York Red Bulls +1200 MLS Odds

New York’s other team are in third place on the Eastern Conference standings with the second-best goal differential (+4) in the conference. They’ve cooled somewhat after starting the season at a torrid pace, with two wins that saw them score a total of seven goals and concede just two. Their most productive player last season, Patryk Klimala scored in the season debut and made three assists in the second game, but hasn’t made any contributions since.  

New England Revolution +1200 MLS Odds

Winners of the 2021 Supporters’ Shied, the Revolution (1-1-4) have been unable to carry that momentum into the 2022 season and have dropped from +800 to +1200 on the MLS odds board in the last month. They have suffered injuries and absences from key players, including goalkeeper Matt Turner, who has had two different foot injuries and has yet to start for the team.

*Odds as of April 13th, 2022

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