Major League Soccer is one of the fastest growing professional sports leagues in the United States. The MLS benefits from a die-hard fan base and a talent pool that reaches across the globe. You’ll find rising stars to established veterans of professional soccer in the league, making for some exciting soccer.
Online sports betting is coming soon to New York, and once that happens, you’ll be able to bet on your favorite MLS teams. With two MLS franchises in New York, there will be plenty of opportunities for MLS betting. Learn more about which casinos will be laying MLS odds, what forms of bets you can place, and a little about the two MLS franchises.
Where to Bet on the MLS in New York
New York is working on regulating online sports betting, and we expect that to happen later this year. Online sportsbooks should launch by 2020. Below are the casinos we know will offer MLS betting:
- Resorts World Catskills
- Tioga Downs Casino
- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
- Del Lago Resort & Casino
The state legislature is working to expand sports betting to tribal casinos, state race tracks, and OTB facilities, so the final list of available sportsbooks will likely be much longer at launch. Like New Jersey, you will have to be physically in New York to be at NY sportsbooks.
How to Bet on MLS Matches
Depending on who you ask, the MLS is either the fifth or sixth most popular sport in America. However, their fans are among the most dedicated. When online sports betting launches in New York, expect ample MLS betting action. Here are some of the bets you’ll be able to place at NY online sportsbooks.
Moneyline – The simplest form of betting as you’re only betting on the winner of the game. Sportsbooks give MLS odds that tell you what you can win on a bet. Underdog bets (+ odds) pay better and list what you can earn per $100 bet. Bets on favorites (- odds), don’t pay as well and list what you must bet to win $100.
Correct Score – Since most soccer games are low scoring, sportsbooks take action on predicting the exact outcome. You’re not going to get great MLS odds on common scores like 1-1 or 1-0, but regularly predicting the correct result on games can be profitable.
Goals Betting – This is soccer’s over/under bet. Sportsbooks will set a line, and you bet on whether the total score will go over or under.
Half-Time / Full-Time Betting – You’re wagering on which team will lead at Half-Time and which will lead at Full-Time. MLS odds on this one are a bit trickier than other bets, but you can score big if you hit.
Prop Betting – This form of MLS betting is prevalent. You’re not betting on the outcome, but rather on other facets of the game, such as the number of penalty cards given or the number of corner kicks 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 – These bets are on future events, such as the eventual winner of the MLS Cup. The longer the odds, the less likely your bet will hit, but boy will you score big if you do hit.
MLS Teams in New York
New York has two MLS franchises, the New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls started as the MetroStars and were one of the first teams in the MLS. They are perennial playoff contenders and have made the playoffs all but four years of their existence.
New York City FC started playing games in 2015 and have made the playoffs the last three years. As both teams are playoff fixtures, expect both to draw plenty of action once MLS betting launches in New York.