Major League Soccer is the youngest professional sports league in the United States but is also one of the fastest growing. With 24 teams featuring the best soccer talent from around the world, the MLS is a viable alternative to European leagues and a way for aging soccer superstars to continue playing.
Once online sports betting in PA launches in 2019, you will have the ability to bet on all MLS matches, including the MLS Cup Playoffs. Learn more about MLS betting, including where you can bet, the types of MLS bets and MLS odds available, and a little about the state’s MLS franchise.
Where to Bet on the MLS in Pennsylvania?
Online sportsbooks are expected to launch sometime during the Summer of 2019, and once that happens, you will have seven options for MLS betting. They are as follows:
- Harrah’s Philadelphia
- Hollywood Casino
- Parx Casino
- Presque Isle Casino
- Rivers Casino
- SugarHouse Casino
- Valley Forge Casino
Remember, you can place bets at PA sportsbooks while physically located in the state. You are not required to be resident, meaning visitors can bet, provided their location can be verified via Wi-Fi.
How to Bet on MLS Matches
The MLS may not be on the same level as the NFL, NBA, or even Major League Baseball, but they have wildly dedicated fans, meaning there will be plenty of action on MLS matches. Below are some of the ways you can bet on MLS matches at PA online sportsbooks.
Moneyline – One of the easiest bets to make as you’re betting on who will win a match. The MLS odds provided are based on how much you can win. Teams with + odds are underdogs. The odds listed is the expected payout for a $100 wager. Teams with – odds are the favorite and the odds listed is how much you have to bet to win $100.
Correct Score – Since soccer matches are low scoring contests, there’s a lot of action on predicting the exact score of the game. Common scores, such as 1-1 or 1-0 have the shortest MLS odds, but this can vary depending on the teams playing.
Goals Betting – This is the standard over/under bet in soccer. A line will be set, such as 2.5 goals, and you bet on whether the teams will go over or under that total.
Half-Time / Full-Time Betting – With this bet you can bet on which team will be ahead at Half-Time and Full-Time. This bet is a bit trickier to win, but the MLS odds give on this type of bet can make it extremely lucrative.
Prop Betting – Prop bets are very popular in MLS betting and soccer betting in general. You can place bets on thing such as which player will score a hat trick to which team will score first and even the number of cards given during the game.
Parlays – Another popular MLS betting option, you can bet multiple teams to try and build up very lucrative MLS odds. Of course, every team must win or meet their portion of the bet to pay off.
Futures – You’re betting on long-term events, such as who will win the MLS Cup. You’ll often see bettors put down a few bucks on various longshots, hoping the teams defy expectations.
MLS Teams in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia only has one MLS franchise, the Philadelphia Union. The Union was founded in 2010 as an expansion team and since that time has failed to become serious contenders. They have only made the MLS Cup Playoffs three times in their previous nine seasons, and it doesn’t appear the team will be serious playoff contenders for some time. Despite this fact, the team still draws a solid crowd, so expect a reasonable amount of action on Union games.