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Now you may not consider the USA to be a hot-bed of football betting action, but with growing exposure of Major League Soccer (MLS) in the UK there are plenty of betting opportunities to be had. For a long time it has been derided as a sub standard league, where Americans scandalously refer to the beautiful game as soccer! However attitudes have slowly but surely started to turn around with the standard of football improving year on year. The impact of the likes of David Beckham (soon to have his own MLS club) and Wayne Rooney has increased the league's profile. Bookmakers now offer odds on all the games played in this league.

With the MLS league season continuing right through the summer months when the European leagues have ended, it provides a much needed compliment of fixtures at a time of more limited action. Here at FREEbets.org.uk we give you all the vital information about claiming your MLS free bets.

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2019 MLS Season

 

MLS competition format

The league is made up of 22 teams from the USA and Canada with the regular season running from March to 6 October. The league is divided in to Eastern and Western conferences, as is common place amongst American sports with each team playing 34 games.

These comprise of 23 matches against sides from within their own conference as well as 11 from the other. The team with the highest points total at the end is awarded the Supporters Shield but the real prize is the MLS Cup. The top seven sides from each conference go through to the play-offs where they compete for a place in the MLS Cup final.

Regular Season

Eastern Conference MLS League

Eastern Conference Table - 6 October.

  1. New York City FC 64
  2. Atlanta United 58
  3. Philadelphia Union 55
  4. Toronto FC 50
  5. DC United 50
  6. New York Red Bulls 48
  7. New England Revolution 45
  8. Chicago Fire 42
  9. Montreal Impact 41
  10. Columbus Crew 38
  11. Orlando City 37
  12. Cincinatti 24

It was a real tussle at the top of the Eastern Conference for much of the regular season, but New York City FC eventually got away from Atlanta United and Philadelphia Union to top the standings. 

The other four play-off spots were taken by Toronto FC, DC United, New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution.

Marooned at the bottom of the Conference are FC Cincinatti who had a season to forget, winning just six games.

Western Conference MLS League

Western Conference Table - 6 October.

  1. Los Angeles FC 72
  2. Seattle Sounders 56
  3. Real Salt Lake 53
  4. Minnesota United 53
  5. LA Galaxy 51
  6. Portland Timbers 49
  7. FC Dallas 48
  8. San Jose Earthquakes 44
  9. Colorado Rapids 42
  10. Houston Dynamo 40
  11. Sporting Kansas City 38
  12. Vancouver Whitecaps 34

Los Angeles FC claimed the Supporters' Shield this year having totally dominated the Western Conference over the campaign. Carlos Vela finished top scorer in the MLS this season and has been a potent force for the leaders, as has Diego Rossi who has chipped in more than his fair share too.

Behind LA FC the Western Conference was extremely tight, with almost all the other teams holding realistic hopes of making the Conference quarter-finals for much of the regular season. Seattle Sounders finished second, with Real Salt Lake, Minnesota United, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers and FC Dallas grabbing the play-off spots.

Vancouver White Caps propped up the Western Conference due to their distinct lack of goals, netting just 37 times in 34 games.

MLS Top Scorers

  • Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC) 34
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy) 30
  • Josef Martínez  (Atlanta United FC) 27
  • Diego Rossi  (Los Angeles FC) 16

MLS Play-offs

The Play-offs are slightly complicated as teams finished 2-7 meet in a seeded first round, with the table-toppers getting a bye to the semi-finals.

In the Eastern Conference, the big shock was Toronto FC beating New York City FC in the semi-finals to set up a Conference Final against Atlanta United, who comfortably came through against New England Revolution and Philadelphia Union without conceding a goal.

The Western Conference went as could be expected as far as the Conference Final, with Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders, the top two teams in the conference, progressing to the final.

However, the conference finals then threw up a couple of shocks, most notably as Los Angeles FC were beaten by Seattle despite dominating the entire season, losing 3-1. The Eastern Conference saw Toronto FC beat Atlanta 2-1 to set-up an unlikely final, although a repeat of the final from two years ago.

Seattle went on to win the MLS Final 3-1 in an unusual game which saw Toronto enjoy 65% possession but could not make it pay. Goals from Kelvin Leerdan, Victor Rodriguez and Manuel Ruidiaz were enough to give the Sounders the victory with just a late consolation from Jozy Altidore for the Canadians.

The victory gave the Sounders their second MLS Cup after first winning it in 2016, with Rodriguez named the MLS Cup MVP.

The 2020 MLS season will begin on 29 February.

How to claim your MLS Free Bet

After deciding on your bookmaker or welcome offer of choice, simply click on of the many banners or links found on this page and sign-up for a new account. After registering, you may have to make a minimum deposit amount before then proceeding to make your first bet.

Once your first bet has been settled, you will be able to use your MLS free bet on a market of your choice related to the league.

Despite the growing popularity of the MLS, the available betting markets are not quite as extensive as with the big European leagues. For example the MLS is one of the few football leagues in the world that does not operate a promotion or relegation structure. Therefore the usually popular relegation market is unavailable and betting largely revolves around the winner of the MLS Cup and Supporters Shield and also the individual match markets.

What are the different MLS betting markets?

There are plenty of different betting markets available when placing wagers on the MLS

  • Match winner
  • Double chance
  • Goals Over/ Under
  • Both teams to score
  • Handicaps
  • Scorecasts
  • Overall Winner
  • Conference Winners

Betting on the MLS

Atlanta United won their first ever MLS Cup in 2018, just four years after being formed. A 2-0 victory over Portland Timbers in the final handed them the title on 8 December in front of 73,000 people at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and they are now a force to be reckoned with in the US. They join San Jose Earthquakes as the only sides to have 100% records in MLS Cup finals.

2018 MLS season

New York Red Bulls claimed the Supporters Shield in 2018, picking up 71 points from their 34 games in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta United came second in the overall table, but obviously went on to do enough to win the MLS Cup.

Josef Martinez was the top scorer in the regular season, banging in 31 goals for Atlanta, then four more in the play-offs including the opener in the final. It was an incredible year for the Venezuelan who may again attract interest from European clubs having played previously for Young Boys and Torino.

 

Eastern Conference

  • Atlanta United
  • Chicago Fire
  • Columbus Crew
  • D.C United
  • FC Cinncinati 
  • Montreal Impact
  • New England Revolution
  • New York City FC
  • New York Red Bulls
  • Orlando City
  • Philadelphia Union
  • Toronto FC

Western Conference

  • Colorado Rapids
  • FC Dallas
  • Houston Dynamo
  • LA Galaxy
  • Los Angeles FC
  • Minnesota United
  • Portland Timbers
  • Real Salt Lake
  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Sporting Kansas City
  • Vancouver Whitecaps

 

 

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