Betting On MLS’ Columbus Crew in Ohio

Legal betting launches in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023. When that date arrives, Ohioans will be free to wager on a number of domestic and international sports, including but not limited to betting on the Columbus Crew and Major League Soccer. Several mobile sports betting brands are ticketed for the Buckeye State. Industry heavyweights DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are among those sportsbook apps that will offer Columbus Crew odds. Ohioans will have the option of betting online or at a physical location.

Retail sportsbooks are allowed under Ohio law, and bettors will even be able to bet on the Columbus Crew’s soccer games on the premises of certain sporting venues, such as Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Crew are one of Major League Soccer’s better teams. They have two MLS Cups, including their most recent in 2020, and two Supporters’ Shields, an honor awarded to the league’s top regular-season team according to points.

Odds for the MLS Cup at the Best Sportsbooks in Ohio

The Crew are drawing +10000 odds at FanDuel to win the Supporters’ Shield. DraftKings has not posted Supporters’ Shield odds, while the Crew are not listed in that category on BetMGM Sportsbook. The MLS Cup will take place on Nov. 5, 2022.

Where Can You Bet on Columbus Crew?

Sports betting is legal in Ohio, but the state’s sports betting industry won’t launch until Jan. 1, 2023. Ohio law allows for 25 mobile sports betting apps and 40 retail sportsbooks, so when the state’s legal betting market launches, Ohioans will have a number of choices to place MLS wagers.

DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and Betfred Sportsbook are ticketed for the Ohio sports betting market. Additionally, Caesars Sportsbook has a partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The deal includes a retail sportsbook at the Cavs’ home arena, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and could ultimately include a Caesars’ mobile betting app as well. That’s only a handful of the brands that are heading to Ohio.

We’ll continue to see more brands receive licensure to join the state’s betting market. It’s possible there will be multiple sports venues, a la Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, that house a retail sportsbook on-site. Once legal sports betting finds its feet in Ohio’s market, sports fans and prospective bettors won’t have any shortage of options available to them. That may entail betting from the comfort and convenience of their homes or in the mix at a retail sportsbook.

Ohio soccer fans will be able to wager on the Columbus Crew and Cincinnati FC in addition to any other MLS team or international soccer league. Ohio Sharp will continue to monitor the evolving Ohio sports betting market news and share updates on what sportsbook brands are ticketed for the state.

Columbus Crew Schedule 2022

The Crew have had enough success over the course of their history that they warrant attention when it comes to discussing the playoffs. The 2022 MLS regular season concludes on Oct. 9, 2022. The playoffs begin shortly after that and conclude on Nov. 5, 2022, with the MLS Cup.

The Crew have work to do if it’s going to reach the MLS playoffs in 2022, but they’re within striking distance and will need some strong performances over the course of the summer and early fall in order to sneak into the field and compete for another MLS Cup. If they can find some good form, the Crew have winnable matches scattered throughout the schedule.

Columbus Crew Ohio News and Updates

  • July 2022: Crew sign Cucho Hernandez — Hernandez, a Colombian international, signed with the Crew for a team-record of $10 million. Crew head coach Caleb Porter is very excited about the arrival of the 23-year-old attacker. “We feel like he’s just beginning in terms of his career as well. He’s in his prime and he’ll have the best years of his career here,” Porter said.
  • July 2022: Crew U-17 fall in MLS NEXT Cup — MLS NEXT is MLS’s development arm with multiple levels of play beginning at U-15.
  • April 2022: Crew trade forward Gyasi Zardes — Zardes scored 54 goals across five seasons with the Crew. That includes 12 in 2020 to help lead his team to its MLS Cup victory.
  • April 2022: Federico Higuain retires as a Columbus Crew — Higuain signed a one-day contract in order to retire as a member of the Columbus Crew. He spent eight seasons in Columbus as an attacking midfielder, collecting 55 goals and 49 assists over that span.
  • March 2022: Lucas Zelarayan wins MLS Player of the Month — Zelarayan scored three goals in three games in March.

How Crew Odds Are Calculated in Ohio

The best oddsmakers are paid handsomely for their ability to put together quality odds and prices for the sports their companies offer. They spend a lot of time analyzing qualitative and quantitative data points in order to land at the best numbers and adjust them in accordance to the wagers that come into the sportsbook.

There are a lot of different types of bets that bettors can seek and make at many of the mobile and retail sportsbooks that will reach the Ohio market. Moneyline bets are among the bread and butter of wagers, and they are a great place for new bettors to start if one is simply looking to get their feet wet. These are bets in which the odds are accompanied by a minus (-) sign to indicate the favorite or a plus (+) sign to indicate the underdog.

For instance, in an MLS soccer match in which the Crew are favored to win, their moneyline odds may be -120. In this case, a bettor will be required to put up $120 for the chance to net $100 in the event of a Crew victory. If the Crew are the underdogs in a particular matchup, their odds may be +120. In this scenario, a bettor would put up $100 for the opportunity to net $120 for a Buckeyes victory.

Sportsbooks set the opening lines, relying on a variety of factors to arrive at a particular number. Most commonly, odds are adjusted in relation to the money being bet on a particular side so the books can position themselves to land on the winning side. Sometimes, however, an event such as an injury, suspension, etc. will warrant a sharp shift in a team’s odds, either in the short-term for a few games or long-term (championship/futures odds).

Speaking of futures odds, sportsbooks offer odds on a team to win its league’s championship, conference, division, etc. It’s a long-term wager with a high degree of profit potential for bettors. At one time, futures were primarily focused on a league’s championship winner. However, bettors in Ohio will have a number of other options on futures menus. The Columbus Crew are not among the favorites to win the 2022 MLS Cup, but there’s a lot of the season left, and they’re close to qualifying for the postseason tournament.

Columbus Crew Prop Bets

Prop bets are a fun way to add some skin to the game without stressing over the ultimate result of a match. A prop bet is a wager on a particular event occurring throughout a game. The wager is not related to the outcome of a game, but may focus on a particular player scoring a goal or recording an assist. Team-related props exist as well, and a bettor may have the option of wagering on what team scores first in a given match, or on whether a team will receive a certain number of bookings (yellow and red cards).

Each individual sportsbook app offers its own set of prop bets. Sportsbooks will generally have the basic prop bet offerings, but several offer creative combinations that can be fun to wager on. When it comes to prop bets, it’s especially important for bettors to shop around for the best odds.

Can I Bet on the Columbus Crew in Ohio?

Legal sports betting arrives in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023. Until then, prospective bettors should take some time to consider the steps necessary to take before being able to place a wager. First things first: Bettors need to select a sportsbook and download the app. Most apps are available on both iOS and Android. Some can also be accessed and wagered through on desktop. We know DraftKings, FanDuel, and Betfred are probably among the sports betting brands headed to Ohio when it launches its sports betting industry.

Before moving forward, it’s worth mentioning that bettors shouldn’t feel the need to select only one app. It’s wise to use multiple apps, both to get the welcome bonus offers and to find the best odds. Once an app is downloaded, the user will be required to register. This step will include the sharing of certain personal info that’s required to ensure each user is eligible to place legal sports bets in the state. Don’t be alarmed because sportsbook apps utilize high-end cyber protections to ensure sensitive information is kept safe and secure.

After someone is registered, they can deposit funds. Many sportsbooks’ opening offer is a deposit match. In these cases, it’s worthwhile to consider maxing out the value of the offer. For instance, if a sportsbook offers a 100% deposit match up to $500, it’s not a bad idea to deposit $500 to receive the full match. This is especially relevant for those who are committed to engaging in sports betting as a long-term hobby. Also, most books offer a variety of deposit methods, including PayPal, online bank transfers, and other electronic transfers. 

Finally, it’s time to browse the app for your desired bet and place a wager. This may seem like a lot of steps and considerations, but the top brands make this process smooth and painless. Start with one to get the lay of the land, and then consider adding more to the rotation in order to access the top prices and wagering options.

Live Betting on Columbus Crew in Ohio

Many sportsbooks offer live betting among their features, and it’s become very popular among bettors in states that have launched their sports betting markets. Soccer bettors in Ohio will have access to odds that fluctuate over the course of an MLS match. Live betting allows bettors to place wagers on a contest, even after it begins. Shrewd bettors, at least in theory, can catch a game in progress and place wagers on the lengthened odds of a favorite.

It’s not uncommon for a superior team to land in an early deficit, only to right the ship and ultimately earn a victory. In a hypothetical scenario, let’s look at the Crew heading into a match as -120 favorites. Those odds aren’t too daunting for a bettor but consider if they surrender a goal early in the match. Those odds may shift to +120, for example, offering profit potential for bettors who maintain their faith in the Crew’s ability to win the match.

How To Bet On the MLS Cup in Ohio

Sportsbooks are quick to post odds on a league’s upcoming championship. In many cases, the next season’s championship odds are posted a day — if not moments — after that season’s champion has been crowned. Columbus Crew supporters and bettors can expect to have access to MLS Cup odds at every sportsbook that enters Ohio’s sports betting market. MLS Cup odds, like futures odds for other sports and leagues, fluctuate over the course of the season as developments unfold, and teams climb and fall in the standings.

Bettors looking for a little variety can often find odds on a team to win a particular conference or win the MLS Supporters’ Shield, which serves as a regular-season championship trophy of sorts. Those interested in player-specific wagers may even be able to find a quality selection of player props leading up to the MLS Cup.

Unfortunately, MLS isn’t quite on the same tier as some of the other US domestic sports leagues. Therefore, those prop offerings may not be as robust as those of the NFL or NBA, but some sportsbooks make an effort to include more wagers on so-called “smaller” leagues. It’s just another reminder to bettors to keep multiple apps in their rotations.

Columbus Crew Partnerships

The Columbus Crew named Tipico Sportsbook its official and exclusive sports betting partner. The long-term pact gives Tipico “founding-level partner” status and includes naming rights throughout the Crew’s stadium. The Tipico Beer Garden and Tipico Club are two specific examples of naming rights Tipico lands in the deal in addition to brand integration through Lower.com Field.

As part of the partnership, the Crew are expected to develop digital content and engagements within the community. Additionally, Tipico will offer promotions, giveaways, and sweepstakes for registered users of its sportsbook.

Lower.com Field, Home of the Columbus Crew

96 Columbus Crew Way, Columbus, OH 43215

The Columbus Crew play at Lower.com Field, a soccer-specific stadium that opened in July 2021. Lower.com Field’s capacity is 20,371, which doesn’t place it among facilities in the top half of the league. However, much of a soccer fan environment goes beyond raw capacity.

Columbus Crew supporters are considered among the most passionate in the game. In spite of the Crew’s partnership with Tipico Sportsbook, there is not currently an expectation that a retail sportsbook will open on-site. Ohio Sharp will have updates on that front if anything changes.

Betting on Columbus Crew FAQ

How are betting odds for the Columbus Crew calculated at sportsbooks?

Oddsmakers consider a lot of data, both qualitative and quantitative, to arrive at odds for a particular game, a championship, or props. These numbers fluctuate based on the amount of money — and its sources — that come in on a side.

Do Ohio’s legal sportsbooks offer bets on the Columbus Crew?

Prospective Ohio bettors can safely assume that every sportsbook that lands in the Buckeye State effective Jan. 1, 2023, or later will offer odds on the Columbus Crew.

How popular is betting on the Columbus Crew?

Since sports betting won’t go live in Ohio until Jan. 1, 2023, it will be some time before we can see firsthand the popularity of betting on the Columbus Crew. However, we do know that the Crew’s supporters are among the most fierce in the league. Whether that results in large handles on the Crew in 2023 remains to be seen, but we expect Ohioans to find plenty of wagers to their liking.

Do the Columbus Crew have any sportsbook partners?

Yes. The Columbus Crew named Tipico its official and exclusive sports betting partner, and that deal includes a variety of naming and branding rights throughout Lower.com Field. Tipico will work to engage the Ohio sports betting market, especially Columbus.

Where can I bet on the MLS Cup in Ohio?

Sports betting is legal in Ohio but not yet live. When the market officially launches on Jan. 1, 2023, Ohio bettors will be able to bet on the Columbus Crew and MLS Cup at mobile and retail sportsbooks that launch in the state.

What sportsbook will have the best odds on the Columbus Crew?

Bettors are encouraged to keep multiple sportsbook apps in their rotations. Odds are fluid and fluctuate leading up to — and throughout — an MLS match, and some sportsbooks will offer different odds from others for a variety of reasons. The platform that has the best odds for one match may not have the best for the next.

About the Author

Craig Williams

Craig Williams is a Charlotte-based sportswriter who has worked professionally in the gaming, fantasy, and sports business industries. He’s an avid fantasy football player, managing over 100 leagues across multiple formats. When he’s not pouring over Vegas odds and statistics, he’s indulging in soccer and enjoys anything from LigaMX to Champions League.