Major League Soccer

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Major League Soccer
Country United States and Canada
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1996
Level 1
Number of teams 20
Relegation to None
Domestic cup U.S. Open Cup
Canadian Championship
Current champions Supporters Shield: Seattle Sounders FC
MLS Cup: LA Galaxy (2014)
Most successful club Cups: LA Galaxy (5)
Shields: D.C. United, LA Galaxy (4 each)
Website Official Site

Major League Soccer (MLS) is an American soccer league that started in 1996. As of the next season in 2015, there will be 20 teams in the league. Two of these teams will be playing their first season in 2015. Two more teams will be added in 2017, and one other team will enter once it builds a new stadium. The commissioner of the league (the person in charge) is Don Garber.

MLS, founded in the United States, is a fully professional league with 20 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 10-team playoff tournament to decide the league champion.

2015 clubs[change | change source]

Future teams[change | change source]

  • Atlanta MLS team – will start play in 2017
  • Los Angeles Football Club – will start play in 2017. This team will replace Chivas USA, which the league folded at the end of the 2014 season. "Los Angeles Football Club" is only a working name for this team.
  • Miami MLS team – Owned in part by former England star David Beckham, the team plans to begin play in 2017 or later, once it can build a new stadium in Miami.

MLS Cup Winners[change | change source]

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

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