Oddsmakers show Earthquakes no love heading into 2021 MLS season

Oddsmakers are not giving the San Jose Earthquakes much hope of winning the MLS Cup title as they open the 2021 season on Friday in Houston.

SportsBetting.com has the Quakes tied for the longest odds in the 27-team league at 100-1 with the Houston Dynamo. DraftKings, a sports betting operator, also has San Jose tied for last with Houston.

BetMGM, Major League Soccer’s official gaming partner, has San Jose tied for 21st with three other teams. And FiveThirtyEight, a sports blogging website, gave the Earthquakes a 2% chance of winning the title.

For context, the Quakes made the playoffs last year after finishing in eighth place in the Western Conference, losing in the first round to Sporting KC. The league has gone back to seven playoff teams per conference after adding one extra slot in 2020 to account for the pandemic-shortened season.

Los Angeles FC opens the season as a favorite with 5-1 odds by SportsBetting.com. Here are the sportsbook’s predictions:

2021 MLS Cup Odds (SportsBetting.com)

Los Angeles FC 5/1

Columbus Crew 6/1

Toronto FC 9/1

Seattle Sounders 10/1

Orlando City 10/1

New York City FC 12/1

Philadelphia Union 12/1

Portland Timbers 16/1

Atlanta United 20/1

Inter Miami CF 20/1

New England Revolution 25/1

Minnesota United 25/1

New York Red Bulls 25/1

FC Dallas 25/1

LA Galaxy 25/1

Sporting Kansas City 33/1

Chicago Fire 33/1

Nashville SC 50/1

Colorado Rapids 50/1

FC Cincinnati 50/1

Montreal Impact 66/1

Real Salt Lake 66/1

Vancouver Whitecaps 66/1

Austin FC 66/1

DC United 66/1

Houston Dynamo 100/1

San Jose Earthquakes 100/1

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Author: Elliott Almond

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