In the short time since joining the MLS scene in 2018, the Los Angeles Football Club — aka Los Angeles FC, LAFC and Chivas USA — has played host to some impressive performances, both from the team and from individual players.
With some flashy play and overall market appeal, LAFC has also garnered interest at legal online sportsbooks when they arrive in California. In the event of that possibility, what kind of LAFC betting would be available? Check the latest below.
Sports betting in California is not legal, but a social sportsbook provides California bettors one option:
Tonight’s LAFC betting lines
When California online sportsbooks are live, below you’ll find all of today’s latest LAFC betting lines.
How to bet on LAFC games
If online sports betting becomes legal in California, finding LAFC betting odds and locking in your wagers will be straightforward. Here is how you’d go about setting up your account:
- Head to the sportsbook website.
- Download the sportsbook app if you plan to bet via your phone.
- Create an account by entering personal information (name, address, phone number, etc.).
- Make your first deposit.
- Claim any bonuses for new customers.
- Begin looking at bets to place.
LAFC betting lines explained
|LAFC||-1.5 (+285)||-225||Over 2.5 (-110)|
|San Jose Earthquakes||+1.5 (-360)||+180||Under 2.5 (-110)|
For most team sports, here are the three main bets you can make:
MLS spread bets
The first number in the example above (+/-1.5) is the spread for this game. LAFC (-1.5) is favored, meaning that for betting purposes, it essentially starts the game down 1.5 goals.
If you bet on LAFC to cover the spread, you would need the team to win the game by at least two goals. If you instead backed the underdog San Jose Earthquakes on the spread, they would cover with a win, a tie, or if they lost by just one goal.
MLS moneyline bets
If you don’t want to concern yourself with MLS point spreads, you can also just bet on one of the teams to win the game by betting on the moneyline. LAFC is the favorite in this game, so a bet on that side to win the game straight-up doesn’t give you great odds.
At -200, a $100 bet on the LAFC moneyline would return $50 in profit if it ended up being correct. At +180, meanwhile, a $100 bet on San Jose would net you $180 in profit if the Earthquakes pulled off the upset.
Because this moneyline doesn’t give you the option to bet on the game ending in a tie, if the two teams draw, you would neither win nor lose your bet. However, since ties are relatively common in soccer, sportsbooks will also offer three-way moneylines, which give you the option to bet on a tie as well as betting on either team to win.
MLS total bets
Rather than betting on the game outcome, you can also bet over/under on the number of goals you think the two teams will combine to score.
In this example, the sportsbook has set the line at 2.5. If you bet the over, you need the teams to combine for three or more goals (i.e., a score of 2-1), whereas if you bet the under, you need two total goals or fewer.
LAFC props and futures
If you want to get more creative with your LA Football Club betting, props and futures are other options to check out.
Game/player props are bets on game events and player performances. Rather than betting on the overall outcome, you are banking on specific events you think will occur. Prop bets are a fun chance to research trends and try to benefit from potential mismatches. Here are some potential LAFC props:
- Kwadwo Opoku to score the first goal of the game.
- Carlos Vela to score at any time during the game.
- Which team will score first?
- Number of corner kicks (over/under).
- Number of yellow cards (over/under).
Instead of betting on individual games, you can also bet on LAFC futures. These are bets on season-long outcomes and can be for both the team and individual players:
- Pick a team to win the MLS Cup.
- LAFC to win the Western Conference.
- LAFC to have the best MLS regular-season record (Supporters’ Shield).
- Player with the most goals in the league.
- Eventual MVP award winner.
LAFC live betting
Live betting is quite different from pregame betting due to how much and how quickly the odds can change. When there’s a goal, for instance, odds on the in-game spread, moneyline and total goals can change drastically. Prop bets like the number of corners can also change quite quickly depending on how the game appears to be playing out.
Live betting has grown in popularity as it can allow you to get a feel for the game’s flow and how the teams match up. It’s another fun way to watch the game and bet on MLS action. Given the rapidly changing odds, you will likely want a sportsbook app to get your bets in quickly.
Each MLS team plays 34 games during the regular season, 17 at home and 17 on the road. LAFC plays every team in the Western Conference twice (once at home, once away), accounting for 26 games. Then the team will play the remaining eight games against an assortment of Eastern Conference foes.
If LAFC qualifies for the playoffs, that could mean as many as three or four additional games, depending on the seeding. Top-flight MLS teams also participate in additional tournaments, such as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
Where does LAFC play?
- Name: Banc of California Stadium
- Address: 3939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA
- Owner: Los Angeles FC
- Operator: Los Angeles FC
- Capacity: 22,000
- Groundbreaking: Aug. 23, 2016
- Opening date: April 18, 2018
- Construction cost: $350 million
- Other teams: Angel City FC (NWSL)
Brief LAFC history
LAFC came into being as an expansion team in 2014 and played its first game in 2018. Since the club’s inception, the managing owners have included Larry Berg, Brandon Beck and Bennett Rosenthal. The club found immediate success, finishing third in the Western Conference in its first season.
In 2019, LAFC finished the regular season first in the Western Conference before losing in the semifinals of the playoffs. And in 2020, LAFC finished as runner-up in the CONCACAF Champions League.
LAFC career leaders
- Appearances: Latif Blessing
- Goals: Carlos Vela
- Assists: Carlos Vela
- Clean sheets: Tyler Miller
- Wins (head coach): Bob Bradley
Can I watch LAFC games online?
LAFC games are broadcast locally on KCOP 13, with nationally televised games on ESPN and FS1. You can stream local games on KCOP 13 or via an ESPN+ subscription.
The play-by-play voice of LAFC is Max Bretos. There are also several rotating analysts, including Alexi Lalas, Robbie Earle, Stuart Holden and Aly Wagner.
Who owns LAFC?
The primary managing ownership team includes Larry Berg, Brandon Beck and Bennett Rosenthal.
How much are LAFC tickets?
The average cost of an LAFC ticket is roughly $49. However, prices fluctuate based on the opponent. A ticket to an El Trafico rivalry game against the crosstown LA Galaxy averages closer to $80.
Has LAFC ever won an MLS title?
LAFC has yet to win the MLS Cup. The team did, however, win the 2019 Supporters’ Shield for most wins in the regular season.
What is LAFC’s franchise value?
Sportico has valued LAFC at an estimated $860 million, making it the highest valued franchise in Major League Soccer.
What is the LAFC Twitter handle?
You can get the latest news, results and coming plans for LAFC right at @LAFC