How to Bet on MLS

Alisa Barladyan
30 Mar 2021

Today we are going to dive into the world of soccer and see how betting on MSL games works. Better prepare for making some notes!


How does the MLS work?

Major League Soccer or MLS is a one of the most wagered on sports in the world. The MLS consists of 24 teams that are split into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Teams play 34 games during the regular season which lasts from March to October. Afterwards, 14 teams compete in the postseason which culminates in the championship game, the MLS Cup. The team with the best record is awarded the Supporters’ Shield.

MLS betting strategy

Best way to raise some money on MLS betting is by doing your research. That’s pretty much the foundation that we’ll keep you on rails and not let you bet over your head. Betting on the MLS is no different from betting on any other sport. You need to follow some basic steps and the first one should be learning about your sport as much as possible. You want to be constantly updated in terms of news and even rumors regarding your sport, its players and coaches. Be sure to choose a trustworthy bookie that has years of MLS betting experience. Pay attention to the lines and odds that the bookie offers. Don’t be shy to compare them with other bookies and definitely don’t hesitate betting on multiple platforms. Many players love betting on home team to win all games of the league, thinking that it implies minimum risk of losing. This is a way of doing it, but not everything is about statics. So, don’t make the mistake of relying too much on it.

Types of MLB bets

MLB betting offers a wide variety of popular betting markets like moneyline, point spread, totals, parlays. So, let’s check them all and pick the right one for you!


Moneyline is the simplest way to wager because in this kind of bets you need to choose the winner in a matchup between two teams. In this case the bookie sets a favorite (-) and an underdog(+). For example: team A has a favored line of -105 and team B has the underdog line of +250. This means that if you decide to back team A you need to wager $105 to win $100. And backing team B with a $100 bet would mean a possible win of $250. Yes, it’s so unfair! But you might really enjoy betting on underdogs, just give them a chance.

Point Spread

So in the case with point spread you simply bet on whether a team will win or lose by a certain number of goals. These bets are quite popular. The main idea here is to equalize uneven teams and make the underdog more attractive. So if you decide to back team A (-2.5) then you assume it will win by 3 or more goals. But if you support team B (+2.5) then you believe it will lose by less than 2 goals. Just like that!


Betting on totals is rather easy too. For example: the bookie sets the odds at 2.5. Your job is to pick whether the final score will be over or under 2.5 goals. So if team A and team B scored together 3 goals this means that an over bet won (2.5<3). And if you were to bet on under, you assumed that the combined score of both teams will be equal or less to 2. Which in this case didn’t happen and you’d probably lose an under bet.


Parlays can be your best friend or your worst enemy. They are pretty great for allowing to make interesting combinations of moneyline, point spread and totals from one or more games. For example: You want to make a point spread bet on team A (-1.5) and at the same time make an over bet of 3 goals. With parlay bet this combination and many others are possible at one single bet. Just remember that all legs of a parlay must win for your bet to payout.

Other bets (futures, prop bets)

Now let’s get to the fun part and more precisely to other MLS bets like futures and prop bets.


Futures allows you to wager on a long-term event like the MLS Cup. The odds on this one will change depending on how well the teams perform. So be ready to follow the updates and place your bet at the best odds available. As you we said the main bet will be who will win the MLS Cup? but you’ll also see the odds for MLS Eastern and Western Conference winners.

Proposition bets

Prop bets include betting on who will score first, who will score a hat-trick or bets on the number of cards. These are just some of them, but as you can see there’s a lot of room for imagination. You’ll  definitely encounter many options available. Some crazier than the others!

Where to bet on MLS games?

We’ll risk saying that all bookies on the gambling market offer MLS bets or at least all respected bookies. All you have to do is surf the internet and search for the right one. You might want to consider only bookies with additional features and perks like live-streaming and live-betting. Also opt in for a bookie offering MLS bonuses and promos. Don’t hesitate to place your bets at several sportsbooks and increase your chances of winning.


MLS aka soccer is a very popular sport in the betting industry. Betting on MLS is no different from betting on other sports. You’ll find here all possible betting markets at all possible odds. With a good beforehand preparation you’ll do fine, just remember to question the lines and shop for the best ones posible.

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