Bettors flock to place money on Vancouver Whitecaps to win MLS Cup. (Yes, seriously)

They're long-shots to win the MLS Cup, that's what makes the Vancouver Whitecaps too tempting for bettors to pass up.

Article content

Everybody loves an underdog. Especially when you’re betting on them.

Major League Soccer’s writers have made their predictions, and all have the Vancouver Whitecaps missing the playoffs, a finish ranging from 10th to 13th in the Western Conference. MLSsoccer.com writer Tom Bogert was the lone optimist, predicting a ninth-place finish for Vancouver.

But sports bettors are reportedly relishing the opportunity to lay bets on Vancouver to win the whole shebang — and be crowned MLS champs.

While their 1.2 per cent odds (+8,000) of being crowned are low, putting them 22nd in the projections, the potential cash return has the punters lining up to place their bets. Over the past week, Oddschecker.com has seen 50 per cent of money placed on the MLS Cup winner wagered on Vancouver, far ahead of the 16.7 per cent on the No. 2 favourite, Minnesota United.

The odds of the Caps winning the MLS Cup are the same as those of Oscar de la Hoya to be elected president in 2024, said OddsChecker.com’s Kyle Newman.

Advertisement

Story continues below
This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.

Article content

“It’s been a rough couple of years for the Vancouver Whitecaps. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2017, and they’ve never made it to an MLS finals before,” he said. “Yet, bettors are attracted to them. Perhaps bettors are intrigued by Vancouver’s spring transfers, Deiber Caicedo and Caio Alexander. Whatever the case, one thing is clear, the Vancouver Whitecaps are a hot ticket on the betting market.”

The favourites to win the MLS Cup are LAFC (+500/16.7%), the defending champion Columbus Crew (+900/10%), and runners-up Seattle Sounders (+1,000/9.1%).

The Whitecaps have made the playoffs four times in their 10-year history, losing in the first round twice (2012, 2014), and in the conference semifinals twice (2015/2017). Their only victory was a 5-0 win over San Jose in the 2017 knockout round.

Vancouver, has out-spent all of its CONCACAF rivals in transfer fees since last season, and still has more to spend on a yet-to-be-found designated player, likely a No. 10 midfielder or false nine.

Coach Marc Dos Santos has maintained since the middle of last season they are lacking that creative, quality attacking player who can be the keystone of their offence. Adding that player might just make those bettors’ wagers look a whole lot more enticing.

If one puts any stock in preseason results, they look even more attractive after a short-handed Caps team took down a full-strength Chicago Fire side 3-2 on Saturday in the Windy City, with Lucas Cavallini scoring twice and Cristian Dajome once.

jadams@postmedia.com

twitter.com/TheRealJJAdams

News Near Cochrane

This Week in Flyers