Revs Clinch the Supporters’ Shield – Can They Win the 2021 MLS Cup?
It’s official – the New England Revolution has won the 2021 MLS Supporters’ Shield.
The Revs clinched their first-ever Shield following Seattle’s 2-1 loss to Sporting KC on Saturday, meaning the Sounders are now unable to pass New England in the overall standings.
Bruce Arena’s men are crowned regular-season champions with three games to spare, emphasizing their sustained dominance throughout the campaign.
But can they win the MLS Cup?
Of course, clinching the Supporters’ Shield is a phenomenal achievement. But if the New England players want to go down in history, they will need to get their hands on the biggest prize of all.
Let’s take a look at the odds for the 2021 MLS Cup and discuss the Revs’ chances of doing the double.
Latest 2021 MLS Cup Odds
Following the Revs’ Supporters’ Shield triumph, the top Major League Soccer betting sites view New England as the favorite to win the 2021 MLS Cup.
The Sounders, who inadvertently handed the regular-season crown to Arena’s side, are seen as New England’s closest adversaries, followed by SKC.
As you can see, Colorado, Portland, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Orlando are also expected to challenge for the top prize, while New York City and DC United complete the top ten.
What Makes New England the MLS Cup Favorite?
There are no two ways about it – New England has been the best team in Major League Soccer by a considerable margin this year.
The Revs have lost just four of their 32 games in 2021, picking up a whopping 21 wins along the way. As we head into Week 33, they find themselves on 70 points atop the Eastern Conference – 21 points clear of second-place Philly.
Arena’s men have also netted 64 goals this season, meaning they are averaging exactly two goals per game. No other side across the entire league comes close to that figure.
|CURRENT MLS GOLDEN BOOT STANDINGS|
|Ola Kamara||DC United||17|
|Adam Buksa||New England Revolution||16|
|Raul Ruidiaz||Seattle Sounders||16|
|Daniel Salloi||Sporting Kansas City||16|
|Gustavo Bou||New England Revolution||15|
As the table above details, Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou have bagged a combined total of 31 MLS goals this year. They are officially the deadliest duo in the league.
Spanish playmaker Carles Gil has been immense, too. Not only does he have a league-high 18 assists to his name, but he also tops numerous passing leaderboards.
With guys like Matt Turner, Tajon Buchanan, and DeJuan Jones in the form of their left, New England is in pole position to seal a memorable Supporters’ Shield-MLS Cup double.
Who Could Stop the Revs from Winning the MLS Cup?
The 2021 MLS Cup odds suggest that Seattle will push New England all the way this year – and it is very difficult to argue with the bookies’ viewpoint.
After all, the Sounders have reached four of the previous five MLS Cup finals – winning two (2016, 2019) and losing two (2017, 2020).
Let’s not forget about Colorado, too. The Rapids currently sit level with SKC on 55 points in the West and are only three points shy of Seattle. If they can remain consistent, they could go deep into the playoffs.
Given that seven different teams have won the MLS Cup in the past eight seasons, New England is by no means guaranteed the title.