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Crew listed as longshot for 2020 MLS Cup

Columbus open the season with the 11th best odds in the league to take home the trophy.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

As the beginning of the 2020 Major League Soccer season approaches, bettors are also beginning to take their chances on the team they think will win MLS Cup. According to the sportsbook Bovada in Las Vegas, Columbus Crew SC begins the season with +4000 odds to take home the 2020 MLS Cup. These are the 11th best odds, shared with FC Dallas.

Highlighting the first grouping of favorites are three teams from the Eastern Conference. all of which could, if these odds are to be believed, stand in the way of the Black & Gold’s chase for a trophy. Last year’s Supporters’ Shield winners Los Angeles Football Club (+400) have the best odds in the league and are followed by MLS Cup finalist Toronto FC (+600), as well as New York City FC (+700), the Seattle Sounders (+700) and Atlanta United (+1000).

It’s worth noting the odds over at Draftkings, who also have the Black & Gold tied for the 11th best odds in the league at +4000 but tied with FC Cincinnati, the Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake. While DraftKings also has LAFC (+275) as the odds-on favorite, Atlanta United (+350) is second-best followed by Seattle (+700) and the LA Galaxy (+800).

Even with the bevy of offseason additions for head coach Caleb Porter, the Black & Gold look to have their backs against the wall according to Las Vegas. While the numbers stack up decently similar to last year with Columbus, the team is predicted as an even longer shot in 2020 as a potential champion. Per 2019’s opening odds on Jan. 2, the Black & Gold were +3000 for last year’s MLS Cup which was good for 13th best. As the start of 2019 rolled around, the Crew was up to +3300.

The Black & Gold are going into a very unpredictable season as it stands today. Following an underwhelming 2019 campaign which saw the team miss out on the MLS Cup playoffs altogether, the Crew comes into 2020 with a club-record signing in Mexican playmaker Lucas Zelarayan and midfielder Darlington Nagbe as solid additions. This past weekend saw the club move on from long-time captain and Homegrown midfielder Wil Trapp. The gap at the captain position is something that will be a crucial talking point for Porter and the front office if they’re looking to return to glory and bring a championship back to Columbus.

As far as odds go for the hardcore Columbus fan and bettors, it may not be all too bad of an idea to put down some money (if you are in a place where that is legal) on the Crew to win it all as some pundits have suggested the Black & Gold could be a sleeper team this season. That could be a nice return for your MLS Cup championship party come late next fall.