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MLS betting odds and upcoming schedule: Major League Soccer is set crown its 25th champion when Columbus Crew SC host the Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup 2020 on Saturday (8:30 pm ET).

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It’ll be a fourth MLS Cup appearance for Seattle in five years, having won twice already, but their first against anyone other than Toronto FC. For Columbus, it’ll be the Black and Gold’s first final appearance since 2015 when they were beaten by the Portland Timbers on the very same patch of grass that will host the 2020 edition.

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This page will be updated following the completion of every round of games in 2020, to feature the upcoming set of fixtures and MLS betting odds.

MLS Cup 2020 betting odds

Saturday, Dec. 11 — MLS Cup 2020

Columbus Crew SC (+205) v Seattle Sounders (+135) / Draw (+235) — 8:30 pm ET

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How to watch MLS Cup 2020: Columbus Crew SC – Seattle Sounders

Kickoff: 8:30 pm ET
TV: Fox

Seattle Sounders top Dallas, within win of (another) MLS Cup Final (video)

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An unlikely goal scorer set Seattle Sounders within a win of their four MLS Cup Final in five seasons after a 1-0 defeat of FC Dallas on Tuesday.

Shane O’Neill pounded a second-half header home off a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick to give the Sounders their place in the Western Conference final against the winner of Thursday’s conference semifinal between Sporting KC and Minnesota United.

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Seattle outshot Dallas 14-10 and provided the match’s only two shots on target.

O’Neill is a former United States youth national team regular who started his career with Colorado before going overseas to play for Apollon Limassol, which saw him loaned to clubs in Belgium, the Netherlands, and England.

The Sounders won the MLS Cup in 2016 and 2019 over Toronto FC, falling to the Reds in 2017.

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New England tops top seed Philadelphia, Bruce Arena sets record

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The Supporters’ Shield winners joined the reigning Eastern Conference champions in exiting the MLS Cup Playoffs on Tuesday, as the Philadelphia Union were unceremoniously dismissed from the postseason via a 2-0 loss to the New England Revolution in Chester, Penn.

New England manager and MLS legend Bruce Arena won on the day he broke the late Sigi Schmid’s record for MLS Cup Playoff matches by leading his 51st outing.

The Revs move on to face Orlando City, leaving the Nos. 3, 4, 7, and 8 seeds in the East after Toronto fell to Nashville SC in extra time.

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Former Valencia and Aston Villa player Carles Gil had two assists as New England sent the top-seeded Union out of the postseason.

Polish center forward Adam Buksa nodded an early Gil free kick into the back of the net to give the Revs a 1-0 lead.

Gil then sent Syracuse University product Tajon Buchanan on goal, the Canadian blazing into the box and recovering a juggled touch to slot past Andre Blake for 2-0.

Gil has been an under-the-radar star for the Revs, especially given his nearly season-long absence with an Achilles injury.

The 28-year-old now has 11 goals and 16 assists for New England in 44 appearances.

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Expansion side Nashville sends Toronto out of MLS playoffs in extra time

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The fourth time was the charm for Nashville SC, as Daniel Rios scored in the second period of extra time and the expansion side knocked off Toronto FC in the MLS Cup Playoffs on Tuesday in Connecticut.

The game took ages to get its legs but finished with a furious few minutes in the Nashville box that included a penalty shout.

Rios smashed home a Hany Mukhtar shot that Quentin Westberg only partially thwarted as Nashville sealed a spot against Columbus in the Conference Semifinals.

It’s deeply disappointing for Toronto, who played most of their home matches in Connecticut due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Canadian border. TFC and Seattle had played in three of their last four MLS Cup Finals.

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For about 70 minutes, it felt like it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Tuesday’s Eastern Conference playoff match between Toronto FC and Nashville SC in Connecticut just disappeared forever.

The only balls to go into the net were ruled out for offside and each team otherwise registered one shot on target each in the first 70 minutes, the match nothing like the wildly-entertaining weekend that started the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Thankfully, the match rose to the occasion with the late intensity so driven by desperation. And true to the early spirit, Nashville had a third goal ruled offside in extra time.

Nashville’s Jhonder Cadiz had the ball in the goal but the assistant referee’s flag was raised to keep the score level following a bright start for the visitors Rentschler Field in Connecticut.

Toronto’s Alejandro Pozuelo and Pablo Piatti worked down the left to set up Nick De Leon centrally but Joe Willis blocked the veteran’s 26th-minute effort to make it 1-0.

Nashville had two solid chances to score before halftime, the second off a corner kick, but were unable to produce the opener.

Jonathan Osorio should’ve been sent off for a kick to Alex Muyl, but VAR did not deem it worthy of a sending off.

Randall Leal had the ball in the goal for Nashville in the 54th and the club was celebrating before the flag came up to keep it scoreless.

Hany Mukhtar flew past the Toronto backs to meet an Alistair Johnson cross but couldn’t get his 72nd header below the bar.

Jozy Altidore pumped a heavy shot into Willis’ chest in the 73rd. Could this open up?

Yeah. Leal lashed a side volley just wide of the upper 90 moments later, and Muyl thudded a Leal cross just wide of the far post from close range.

TFC went the other way, and Akinola’s bid to backheel Pozuelo’s cross was stopped by the palm of Willis.

Not to be outdone, Quentin Westberg made a tremendous save on Walker Zimmerman off a stoppage-time free kick.

It went to extra time and Mukhtar scored off a long run and chip but was, of course, offside again.

Nashville took its lead and TFC will feel aggrieved to not have got a chance to level from the spot when Walker Zimmerman and Ayo Akinola went to battle in the final moments of the match off a cross from Liverpool loanee Tony Gallacher.

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MLS Cup Playoffs preview: State of play after a wild weekend

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If Major League Soccer needed to pull eyes to its postseason, the first few days delivered the required jolt. Here is what lies ahead in the MLS playoffs.

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Consider how the postseason began following the pandemic- and MLS is Back-interrupted regular season.

  • An improbably-ridiculous penalty kick scenario saw Orlando City outlast New York City FC despite a field player finishing the shootout in goal.
  • One expansion team outlasted the other after reported positive COVID-19 cases stopped an international superstar from hitting the pitch.
  • San Jose scored the sixth goal of the game in the seventh-minute of stoppage time — courtesy the league’s all-time leading scorer Chris Wondolowski — before Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia made amends for allowing three goals by stopping all three of San Jose’s penalties.

All that fails to mention a 95th-minute winner in New England, an 8-round shootout between Dallas and Portland, and two other matches.

Three more matches are set for Tuesday, with big names angling for weekend places in the conference semifinals

Toronto v Nashville SC – 6 pm ET Tuesday

Greg Vanney’s TFC might’ve failed to claim the Supporters’ Shield, but the MLS Cup Playoffs have been their friend to the tune of three final appearances and one win in the previous four seasons.

Alejandro Pozuelo is arguably the league’s best player and the Reds have gotten 18 goals between Pozuelo and breakout Canadian-American forward Ayo Akinola. With Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, Chris Mavinga, Jozy Altidore, and others, there’s a lot of experience here.

But Nashville is stingy and led by Gary Smith, who has experience in managing an underdog to an MLS Cup win. With Walker Zimmerman and Dax McCarty, the expansion side will hope to keep TFC in check but the absence of newly-injured Anibal Godoy makes that a tall task.

Philadelphia v New England — 8 p ET Tuesday

Philly scored more goals than anyone in the East and allowed the conference’s fewest markers, too. In five matches against the Revolution between MLS is Back and the regular season, Jim Curtin’s Union won four times and drew once with a combined score line of 7-2.

Bruce Arena’s men had trouble scoring this season but have bagged five goals in their last two outings after beating Thierry Henry’s Montreal Impact in a play-in game. Can the legendary MLS manager conjure an upset of the Supporters’ Shield winners?

Seattle v LAFC — 10:30 pm ET Tuesday

The Sounders won eight of 12 matches to start the season, but have won just twice in their last seven. They’ll hope a 4-1 win over San Jose to finish the regular season was the fuel to kickstart a run to a fourth final appearance in five seasons. USMNT winger Jordan Morris has been wonderful for the Sounders, who won it all in 2016 and 2019.

LAFC is seventh in the West, a far cry from its incredible 2019 campaign, but Bob Bradley’s a heck of a coach and he’s got a lot of firepower between 16-goal man Diego Rossi, savvy veteran Bradley Wright-Phillips, and reigning MVP and record breaker Carlos Vela.

Reason to stay up late.

Conference semifinals

Western Conference

Sporting KC v Minnesota United — Dec. 1 or 2

Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas or
FC Dallas v LAFC — Dec. 1 or 2

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia v Orlando City or
Orlando City v New England — Nov. 29

Toronto v Columbus or
Columbus v Nashville — Nov. 29

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