How to bet on MLS

Logo_Soccer_MLS 64x64

How does MLS betting work?

Major League Soccer (MLS) has been the top soccer division in the US since 1996. While it may not possess the prowess of major European leagues, notable players including David Beckham, Kaka, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have all played in the MLS, helping to significantly boost its reputation in recent years.

Today, many sportsbooks offer multiple betting lines on every single MLS match, and MLS teams are worth an average of $710 million. There are also three Canadian teams that compete in MLS: CF Montreal, Toronto FC, and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

There are a few different reasons why wagering on MLS can be uniquely enjoyable for soccer fans. Firstly, the February/March to November schedule means that you can follow and bet on the action during the summer, when many other popular soccer leagues pause for their break between seasons. More notably, MLS is a rarity among soccer leagues in that it has a standard league regular season, but also excitingly has playoffs to decide that season’s champion, in a similar vein to other sports popular in Canada.

Soccer_MLS_Lucas Cavallini celebrates
© Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The best MLS sportsbooks


What MLS odds can you get?

There are multiple different markets that you can bet on for every MLS game, or throughout the MLS season. While you can find out about them in more detail with BET.CA, here is a quick breakdown of the most common markets available:

  • Moneyline: A simple bet on which team will win a game, or whether it will finish as a tie/draw.

  • Point spread (or handicap): Whether a team will win or lose a game by a certain number of goals set by the sportsbook.

  • Total or over/under: How many goals there will be in a game, or that a certain team will score within it.

  • Parlays: A bet comprised of multiple selections on either one MLS game or a range of matches.

  • Prop bets: Bets on stats within the game not directly linked to the final result, such as how many cards or corners there will be, or which team will get more.

  • Futures: Every season you can bet on various MLS futures, such as which team will win the MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield, and which player will win the MVP award.

MLS betting tips

Read the team news

It is much easier to predict how an MLS game might play out if you know exactly who will be playing.

Keep an eye on the team news to see which players are injured or suspended, or are potentially at risk of being dropped if they’re enduring a run of poor form.

Review recent results

A team may be near the top or bottom of the MLS standings, but that might not tell the whole story. Are they at the top of their conference but currently on a winless streak, or near the bottom but in the process of recovering their season? Pay greater attention to their results in recent weeks as opposed to across the whole season.

Know the head-to-head

Looking into recent fixtures between two teams can throw up some interesting takeaways.

For instance, does a team have a tendency to always beat their opponents despite their form otherwise, or does a certain game have a track record of producing lots of goals?

Look at the stats

As per betting on any other soccer league, there are a multitude of stats available to help inform your wagers. Make sure to look into how many goals a team are scoring or conceding, how their supposed best players are performing, and if there are underlying metrics that might help explain their recent results.

Consider travel time

The US is a very large country, meaning teams can be required to travel significant distances to play away games.

This can affect their preparations and fatigue, and in turn emphasize the home advantage for certain fixtures.

Check the odds

Finding good value for your MLS bets is just as important as researching them.

You can check out the latest MLS odds at Canada’s top sportsbooks with BET.CA to ensure you never miss out on where the value lies.

MLS games today

The MLS season normally gets underway in late February or early March, with games taking place every weekend and occasionally during the week throughout the regular season. There are several rivalries and derbies that provide highly anticipated fixtures every season, including the Canadian Classique between Toronto FC and CF Montreal, which has often had a say in which teams went on to reach the playoffs.

Following the MLS schedule is beneficial to your betting, but with a total of 28 teams (soon to be 29 from 2023) plying their trade in the league, the games come thick and fast and it can be understandably difficult to keep track of who is playing who, and when. That’s why BET.CA is here to help with all the information you need, including recent results, live scores, and upcoming games for every team.

MLS history

MLS was initially founded in 1993 as part of the US’ successful bid to host the 1994 World Cup, and its first season took place in 1996 with ten teams. Before then, there had not been a recognized top-flight soccer league in the US since the North American Soccer League (NASL) disbanded in 1984.

The league initially struggled in its early years, struggling to attract audiences and with two teams having already folded by 2002. However, the rise of soccer stadiums in the country and the introduction of the Designated Player rule helped to grow its popularity, particularly when David Beckham joined the LA Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007.

Since then, average attendances in the leagues have risen to 20,000, making it the fourth-most popular league by attendance in the US and Canada behind only the NFL, MLB, and CFL, as well as the seventh-most attended soccer league worldwide.

In recent years, MLS has continued to grow from strength to strength. It now has 28 teams and can boast several big names, including Kaka, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Gareth Bale among its alumni. Most recently, in 2022 the Seattle Sounders became the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions League.

Soccer_MLS_Carlos Vela celebrates
© Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

How can you follow MLS in Canada?

In Canada, TSN show all MLS games for Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps live on television, as well as selected CF Montreal matches and other fixtures. CTV also show eight selected MLS matches every season. You can stream any MLS match not being shown by either TSN or CTV on DAZN, and French-language coverage including all CF Montreal games is available at TVA Sports.

Unsurprisingly, the three Canadian MLS teams are the most popular to follow in the country, with Toronto FC’s home stadium BMO Field the sixth-largest among all teams in the league with a 28,351 capacity. Soccer fans in Canada who live centrally along the border also sometimes follow Minnesota United, as they are their nearest MLS team.

MLS key information

📅 Year founded:


🔢 Number of teams:

28 (29 in 2023)

🏆 Most MLS Cups:

LA Galaxy (5)

🥇 Current champions:

New York City FC

Championship game:

MLS Cup Final

👑 Current MVP:

Carles Gil

MLS betting FAQs

Who has won the MLS Cup the most times?
When does the MLS season start?
Who are the MLS All-Stars?

BET.CA's soccer guides are written by our in-house team, all of whom are passionate and knowledgeable soccer fans. They actively follow soccer throughout the season, meaning they can help you out with improving your understanding of betting on the EPL, World Cup, and MLS.

BET.CA staff
BET.CA staff