Major League Soccer

professional soccer league

Major League Soccer (MLS) is an American soccer league that started in 1996. As of the upcoming 2020 season, 26 teams will play in the league. Two more teams are planned to start play in 2021, and two others in 2022. The commissioner of the league (the person in charge) is Don Garber.

Major League Soccer
MLS crest logo RGB gradient.svg
Founded1996
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 26 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.

TeamsEdit

Former teamsEdit

Future teamsEdit

  • 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.
  • Charlotte – MLS awarded a franchise, as yet unnamed, to Charlotte, North Carolina in December 2019. It is owned by hedge fund billionaire David Tepper, who also owns the NFL's Carolina Panthers. The new team will start play in 2021 at the Panthers' home of Bank of America Stadium, which will be renovated to make it more soccer-friendly.
  • Sacramento Republic FC – MLS awarded a franchise to Sacramento, California in October 2019. The city was already home to a popular team in the second-level USL Championship (USLC), and the MLS team will take the name of the USLC team when it joins MLS in 2022. The team is building a new stadium at the city's former rail yards near downtown and plans to open it in time for its MLS debut.
  • St. Louis – MLS awarded a franchise, as yet unnamed, to St. Louis in August 2019. The team will start play in 2022 at a new downtown stadium.

MLS Cup WinnersEdit

Season Champions Runner-up
1996 D.C. United Los Angeles Galaxy
1997 D.C. United Colorado Rapids
1998 Chicago Fire DC United
1999 D.C. United Los Angeles Galaxy
2000 Kansas City Wizards Chicago Fire
2001 San Jose Earthquakes Los Angeles Galaxy
2002 Los Angeles Galaxy New England Revolution
2003 San Jose Earthquakes Chicago Fire
2004 D.C. United Kansas City Wizards
2005 Los Angeles Galaxy New England Revolution
2006 Houston Dynamo New England Revolution
2007 Houston Dynamo New England Revolution
2008 Columbus Crew New York Red Bulls
2009 Real Salt Lake Los Angeles Galaxy
2010 Colorado Rapids FC Dallas
2011 Los Angeles Galaxy Houston Dynamo
2012 Los Angeles Galaxy Houston Dynamo
2013 Sporting Kansas City Real Salt Lake
2014 Los Angeles Galaxy New England Revolution
2015 Portland Timbers Columbus Crew SC
2016 Seattle Sounders FC Toronto FC
2017 Toronto FC Seattle Sounders FC
2018 Atlanta United FC Portland Timbers

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