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Major League Soccer

professional soccer league

Major League Soccer (MLS) is an American soccer league that started in 1996. As of the upcoming 2019 season, 24 teams will play in the league. Two more teams are planned to start play in 2020. The commissioner of the league (the person in charge) is Don Garber.

Major League Soccer
MLS crest logo RGB gradient.svg
CountryUnited States and Canada
Level on pyramid1
Most championshipsCups: LA Galaxy (5)
Shields: D.C. United, LA Galaxy (4 each)
WebsiteOfficial Site

MLS, founded in the United States, is a fully professional league with 24 teams, three of which are based in Canada, and is the top soccer league in both countries. Referees are approved by the United States Soccer Federation and Canadian Soccer Association, which run the sport in the two countries. In turn, U.S. Soccer and the CSA are members of FIFA, which governs all play between national teams and sets the rules for the sport along with the national governing bodies of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

MLS was formed in 1993 as a professional league, with play starting with 10 teams in 1996. The MLS regular season starts in late March and ends in October, with each team playing 34 games. The regular season is followed by a 14-team playoff tournament to decide the league champion.


Former teamsEdit

Future teamsEdit

  • Inter Miami CF – Owned in part by former England national team star David Beckham, the team was officially announced as a new MLS member in 2018. The team will start play in 2020 at a new stadium being built on the former site of Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale and move into a new stadium in Miami in 2022. The Fort Lauderdale stadium will then become Inter's practice facility.
  • Nashville SC – MLS officially awarded a franchise to Nashville, Tennessee in 2018. The team will start play at Nissan Stadium, home to the NFL's Tennessee Titans, in 2020, and open its own new stadium near downtown Nashville in 2022.
  • Austin FC – MLS officially awarded a franchise to Austin, Texas in January 2019, shortly after Anthony Precourt, who had owned Columbus Crew SC, sold the Crew to a group led by the owners of the NFL's Cleveland Browns. The team will begin play in 2021 at a new stadium being built in north Austin.

MLS Cup WinnersEdit

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