Major Soccer League Set to Restart With Orlando Based Tournament
The US Major Soccer League (MLS) is closing in on a restart as the soccer association, in conjunction with players and coaches, have now agreed a range of guidelines and packages to get the delayed season back on track.
The players in the league have agreed a 7.5% pay cut and a reduction in a number of bonuses and there is talk of the league kicking off with a tournament in Orlando, Florida, with the games that take place making part of the overall league system.
The tournament would comprise a short-form group stage, those then counting to the overall championship table, followed by an elimination stage and then a championship game. The teams would then return to ‘normal’ action with a view to a shortened regular season leading to the traditional MLS Cup Final to determine the victor.
The 2020 MLS season was only two weeks old when the coronavirus pandemic led to a suspension of pretty much all sporting activity, both in the US and worldwide, with Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas, Minnesota United and the Colorado Rapids being the only teams to have secured two wins from those encounters.
When the season does get back underway you can expect a marked increase in futures betting and the MLS betting odds will no doubt be dominated with the usual suspects, such as Atlanta United, Los Angeles Galaxy and 2019 champions the Seattle Sounders.
The BetNow soccer betting odds have Atlanta and Toronto FC as their joint favorites at around +750 but perhaps a more tactical option, with a greater payout, would be to back either the Sounders (at +1100) or even the New York Red Bulls (at +2400), for the 2020 title.