Major League Soccer

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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

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.

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 12-team playoff tournament to decide the league champion.

Teams[change | change source]

Former teams[change | change source]

Future teams[change | change source]

  • 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. Plans are for the team to start play in 2020 at a temporary stadium and move into a new stadium in Miami in 2021.
  • 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 2021.
  • Austin FC – MLS officially awarded a franchise to Austin, Texas in January 2019, shortly after Anthony Precourt, previously owner of 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 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
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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