While a lot of the betting action on soccer is on international leagues (Premier League, Ligue 1, La Liga), Major League Soccer offers another wagering option, including games that take place in American time zones.
MLS betting is a little different from betting on the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL. Here’s how to get in on MLS betting if North Carolina legalizes online sports betting.
Best NC sportsbooks for MLS betting
DraftKings NC has three-way moneylines, spreads, totals and live odds for every MLS game. Plus, it offers a good array of soccer props and a variety of MLS futures. The live soccer odds are always up front and easy to find. DraftKings Sportsbook runs localized MLS promos offering bonuses for playoff goals by local teams when you bet on them to win the MLS Cup.
FanDuel NC offers ultra-competitive MLS lines. These include standard three-way moneylines, spreads, and totals, alongside props, futures, and live sports betting odds. You’ll also likely find MLS bets that are eligible for FanDuel Sportsbook’s promos, including “no sweat” bets and bet-and-get bonuses.
BetMGM NC Sportsbook is one of the top soccer/MLS betting sites in the US thanks to its competitive lines and prop options for pro soccer, including and well beyond MLS. You can bet on every game live and place futures on things like the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup, as well as three-way moneylines, spreads and totals.
One frequent promo at the online sportsbook is a $10 bonus if you wager $25 or more on an MLS one-game parlay.
Caesars Sports NC tends to offer some of the most competitive MLS lines. That includes three-way moneylines, spreads, totals, props, futures and in-game lines. Additionally, the sportsbook offers regular MLS odds boosts.
How to bet on soccer online in North Carolina
If legal online sportsbooks launch in North Carolina, you’ll be able to bet on MLS games by following these steps:
- Head over to any licensed North Carolina sportsbook site.
- Sign up for an account and fill out the registration form with your name, phone number, the last four digits of your Social Security number and other details. Alternatively, you can install the sportsbook app and sign up there.
- Input the promo code if one is necessary to claim the sportsbook welcome bonuses and deposit funds into your account.
- Browse through the MLS lines you find under the “Soccer” or “MLS” tab and click on any odds to create a bet slip with that bet.
- Fill out the bet slip by entering the amount of your wager. If you want to create a parlay, add more bets to the slip.
- Confirm the details and place your bet or bets.
How to read MLS lines and odds
Basic MLS soccer betting involves three-way moneylines, spreads and totals. For example, a set of MLS betting lines might look like this:
|Home Win||Draw||Away Win||Spread||Total|
|Orlando City @ Atlanta United||+100||+245||+240||Atlanta -0.5 (-115)|
Orlando +0.5 (-115)
|Over/Under 2.5 (-110)|
Three-way moneyline betting means you can bet on the home team to win, the away team to win or the game to end in a draw. Your wager uses whatever the odds are at the time you bet, no matter how much they change before the game begins.
Double chance moneyline betting may also be available, letting you pick two of the three possible outcomes (win plus draw, for example) at lower odds.
In the example here, the spread is half a goal. Alternative spreads may also be available at different odds. Finally, the total is 2.5 goals. Betting on the over pays if the teams combine to score three goals or more. If there are two or fewer total goals, bets on the under win.
Live MLS betting
Live betting allows you to wager on games after they’ve begun. It’s mostly the same type of betting that takes place before games at odds that change with what’s happening on the pitch.
However, additional situational props may be available, allowing you to bet on intricate in-game details. You can up the ante on your MLS game action, hedge your pregame bets or try to make up for any obvious betting mistakes, all while the game plays out. Just be ready to keep up with the ever-changing odds.
MLS props and futures
Props and futures are where you bet on team and player stats and performances in a game and season-long outcomes. Here are some potential MLS futures you may come across:
- MLS Cup winner
- Supporter’s Shield winner
- Whether a specific team will make the MLS Cup playoffs
- A team’s total wins for the season.
- Season scoring leader
- Landon Donovan MVP winner
Potential props that you might see for an individual game include the following:
- Which player will score the first goal
- Whether a player will score with a header
- Which team will score the first goal
- Winning margin
- Both teams to score (GG) / one or both teams not to score (NG)
How to bet on the MLS playoffs
After the MLS regular season, there’s a single-elimination tournament leading up to the MLS Cup championship game. The top seven teams from the Eastern Conference and the top seven in the Western Conference compete in separate playoffs. The top team in each conference gets a first-round bye.
It’s survive and advance all the way until east meets west in the final and we get an MLS Cup champion. You can place a futures bet on the MLS Cup winner nearly all year long. You can also bet on teams making the playoffs.
Once the playoffs start, all of the above betting options are available for every individual playoff game, as well. Since there are no draws in the MLS Cup playoffs, moneyline betting no longer offers three options.
How do local MLS odds compare to Vegas MLS odds?
While Las Vegas sportsbooks still offer their array of odds and game lines for a great deal of sports, the spread of legal online sportsbooks in a growing number of states means that competitive odds are available in an increasing number of locations. The MLS betting odds at your online sportsbook may not exactly match what’s available in Vegas, however, depending on how they move.
For instance, betting in North Carolina may cause the line on a specific MLS game to move in one direction, while the betting on MLS taking place in Vegas may go the other way and cause a shift in the opposite direction. In other instances, though, the numbers may be pretty much identical.