Seattle Sounders have been installed as the second favourites behind defending champions Columbus Crew ahead of the 2021 season. This is according to the odds from the stables of DK Nation. DK Nation have released the opening odds for the 2021 MLS Cup and Seattle are second behind Columbus Crew. Columbus Crew won the 2020 MLS Cup by beating Seattle Sounders in the final. Seattle Sounders were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Columbus Crew. Ahead of the new season, MLS Cup holders Columbus Crew have not rested on their laurels as they have had the best of the offseason in terms of signing following the capture of both Kevin Molino and Bradley Wright-Phillips. Alexandra Matanis also likely to play a big role for Columbus Crew this season if his move is finalised. Unlike Columbus Crew, Seattle Sounders are potentially without four starters from last season ahead of the new campaign. To this effect, Seattle Sounders boss Brian Schmetzerhas his work cut out if he’s to bring glory to the club at the end of the 2021 season. In a bid to be ready for the new season, Brian Schmetzer has retained his coaching staff at Seattle Sounders. The MLS giants confirmed the line-up of coaches for the new season last week. The new MLS season starts next month.

The coaching staffs at Seattle Sounders include Tom Dutra, Gonzalo Pineda, DjimiTraore, Preki and Adam Owen. With this line-up, Brian Schmetzer has tons of experience in the MLS on his side as well as experience in the Champions League, Premier League and the World Cup. The experience garnered by his coaches could be useful as Brian Schmetzer attempts to wrestle the MLS Cup back from the grasp of Columbus Crew.