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San Jose Earthquakes face long odds to win MLS title

SAN JOSE — The Earthquakes aren’t getting any respect heading into the 2019 Major League Soccer season.

At least sportsbook BetOnline isn’t giving them any love ahead of the March 2 season opener at Avaya Stadium. The Panamanian gambling site has San Jose at 100-to-1 odds to win the MLS Cup this year along with three other woebegone clubs. Even newcomer FC Cincinnati has better chances at 66-to-1.  Defending champion Atlanta United is 5 to 1 to win it again.

This is what happens when a team finishes at the bottom of the MLS standings and has squeaked into the playoffs only once since 2012. At least San Jose has earned the second overall selection Friday in the college draft behind expansion team Cincinnati.

It’s going to take a fast start in March to prove oddsmakers wrong. The Quakes play four of their first five games at home under new Argentine coach Matias Almeyda, the fourth manager in two years under GM Jesse Fioranelli.

Signing Almeyda, previously coach of Mexico’s famed Guadalajara club, was a big splash. But oddsmakers seem less impressed with the other offseason acquisitions: Peruvian left back Marcos Lopez, 19, Brazilian midfielder Judson, 26, and Argentine attacking midfielder Cristian Espinoza, 23.

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