The Canadian national team is on the rise, and it seems that John Herdman has the most talented group of guys in the last few decades. In general, the Canadian sport is going up, and that was crowned with Toronto Raptors’ NBA title last season.
But there was one team that already dominated the professional leagues on the North American continent.
Toronto Football Club was very close to winning their second MLS title this season. Greg Vanney’s guys fell short in the finals against the Seattle Sounders, who defeated them with 3-1. It was their third trip to the finals in the previous four years, and it is safe to say that the Reds, as the fans call them, have one of the best teams in the entire MLS.
At the moment, the bookies from all the best betting sites see them as fifth favorites to take the MLS Cup next season, with the odds sitting at 9/1. The first contender is LAFC with 7/2. Atlanta United is 6/1, Seattle Sounders to defend the trophy 7/1, and New York City is right behind with 8/1.
Although the team from LA has the best prospects, and the best player in the championship Carlos Vela, we’ve seen them inexperienced for the playoffs, which is why many consider Toronto and Seattle as the top favorites to win the silverware.
TFC is the first Canadian team who joined the Major League Soccer, and that happened in 2007. They would need eight years to qualify for the playoffs, and since 2015 they have been the regular participant of the postseason competitions except in 2018, when they had a championship hangover.
Toronto is estimated to be worth around $395 million and has the most expensive roster in the league. The names like Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Nick DeLeon, Jonathan Osorio, are known all around the world, and it’s no wonder why they need to be paid massively.
All these names have enormous experience, which is essential during the playoffs, and regardless of the position at the end of the regular part of the season, Toronto always has the edge over other teams in knockout stages.
Vanney’s side won only one MLS Supporters Shield, the year they captured the title, and never again. Coming up to the next season, their odds for doing the same are at 6/1, and the only one ahead of them is LAFC with 3/1. New York City is behind with 7/1, same as the reigning champions Sounders. Atlanta United is 10/1.
Toronto’s country rivals Montreal Impact are 14/1, while Vancouver Whitecaps’ chances of doing that are pretty low, 66/1.
Now, when talking about the Canadian championship, Vanney’s team is the biggest favorite for the trophy. Toronto captured three straight titles up until the previous campaign, once Montreal interrupted their victorious run.
Although the bookies haven’t released the odds yet, the majority of the experts and the soccer fans do not doubt that TFC has the best team in this competition.
Their motive will be massive, especially after being runners-up in both league competitions last year. Winning the MLS is something more difficult and challenging, but getting a domestic title is something that is a must for this team.
Unlike the previous years, once they brought big names spending millions of dollars, Toronto’s management was quiet this offseason. The biggest arrival was Pablo Piatti from Espanyol, the left-winger who came on a free transfer.
They’ve also signed Patrick Mullins from the Columbus Crew, the 27-year old center-forward for $50,000, and Nicolas Benezet, the left-winger from the French side Guingamp. Three newcomers were picked from the draft, and we will mention a few of them, Malick Mbaye, Griffin Dorsey, and Ifunanyachi Achara.
TFC starts the season on the road, against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Quakes are not some high-profile side, but they can be very unpleasant at home. It’s no wonder why the bookies see them as the favorites in this one. Odds on them are 1/1. A draw is set at 3/1, while Toronto’s victory sits on 2/1.
As for the other two Canadian representatives, Vancouver hosts Sporting Kansas City, while Montreal plays against the New England Revolution also at home.
Odds in the first match are favoring Montreal. Their win is 4/5, a draw 3/1, and Revolution’s triumph stands at 27/10. Vancouver is a slight underdog in its contest. Whitecaps’ success against SKC is 8/5, and a draw 14/5. The guests to start the season with a road win is 13/10. The MLS championship starts on February 29.