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* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. That team is backed by now-retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]Beckham's expansion fee was $25 million, while the owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million to enter the league. Prospective owners for the 25th and 26th franchises will have to pay an $150 million entrance fee[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020 and intense competition for new franchises, Beckham's group could end up losing its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time.

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* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. That team is backed by now-retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]Beckham's expansion fee was $25 million, while the owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million to enter the league. Prospective owners for the 25th and 26th franchises will have to pay an $150 million entrance fee[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020 and intense competition for new franchises, Beckham's group could end up losing its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time.
time. More recently, rumors emerged in spring 2017 that the Beckham group may abandon Miami in favor of Las Vegas.
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* ''Montreal Impact'' - The third Canadian team to join the league (after Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps in that order), they replaced a second-division (USL/USSF/NASL) club of the same name in 2012. Some high-profile matches are played at the larger Olympic Stadium. The Impact became the first Canadian team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2015, losing 5-3 on aggregate to Mexican club América. Current club of Didier Drogba.

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* ''Montreal Impact'' - The third Canadian team to join the league (after Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps in that order), they replaced a second-division (USL/USSF/NASL) club of the same name in 2012. Some high-profile matches are played at the larger Olympic Stadium. The Impact became the first Canadian team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2015, losing 5-3 on aggregate to Mexican club América. Current club of Didier Drogba.



* ''Orlando City SC'' - A 2015 expansion team, they are the first club based in Florida and the Southeastern US since the contraction of the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion FC after the 2001 season. Their ascent comes at the tail end of a whirlwind grassroots rise as a third-division minor league team. Home of Brazilian Ballon d'Or winner (Ricardo) Kaká. Also one of four MLS clubs with a DistaffCounterpart in the National Women's Soccer League; they operate the Orlando Pride, new to the NWSL for 2016.[[note]]Several other NWSL teams are in MLS markets, but do not have formal relationships with MLS teams.[[/note]]

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* ''Orlando City SC'' - A 2015 expansion team, they are the first club based in Florida and the Southeastern US since the contraction of the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion FC after the 2001 season. Their ascent comes at the tail end of a whirlwind grassroots rise as a third-division minor league team. Home of Brazilian Ballon d'Or winner (Ricardo) Kaká. Also one of four MLS clubs with a DistaffCounterpart in the National Women's Soccer League; they operate the Orlando Pride, new to which joined the NWSL for in 2016.[[note]]Several other NWSL teams are in MLS markets, but do not have formal relationships with MLS teams.[[/note]]
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In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The teams who currently do not play in a MLS-specific stadium are Atlanta, D.C., Minnesota, New England, NYCFC, Seattle, and Vancouver. New England, Seattle and Vancouver play in an NFL or CFL stadium, Atlanta and Minnesota play in a college football stadium, NYCFC plays in a MLB ballpark, and D.C. plays in a 1960s-era multipurpose stadium. Both D.C. and Minnesota are constructing their own soccer-specific stadiums, which they expect to open sometime in 2018, while New England and NYCFC are seeking their own stadiums.

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In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The teams who currently do not play in a MLS-specific stadium are Atlanta, D.C., Minnesota, New England, NYCFC, Seattle, and Vancouver. New England, Seattle and Vancouver play in an NFL or CFL stadium, Atlanta and will move from a college football stadium to an NFL stadium during the 2017 season, Minnesota will play in a college football stadium, stadium throughout 2017, NYCFC plays in a MLB ballpark, and D.C. plays in a 1960s-era multipurpose stadium. Both D.C. and Minnesota are constructing their own soccer-specific stadiums, which they expect to open sometime in 2018, while New England and NYCFC are seeking their own stadiums.



* ''Atlanta United FC'' - One of two new clubs for 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], will own the team, and the club will share the Falcons' new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team will play its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium until the new stadium is ready.
* ''Chicago Fire'' - One of the more successful teams, they won the MLS Cup in their first season, 1998. They've fallen on hard times recently but have started to undergo a renaissance. They're also known for being the first club for Carlos Bocanegra, the former United States national team captain. [[BlackComedy Named for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871]]; in fact, the official announcement of the team's entry into MLS was made on the anniversary of said event.

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* ''Atlanta United FC'' - One of two new clubs for 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], will own owns the team, and the club will share the Falcons' new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team will play is playing its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium until the new stadium is ready.
* ''Chicago Fire'' - One of the more successful teams, they won the MLS Cup in their first season, 1998. They've fallen on hard times recently but have started to undergo a renaissance. They're also known for being the first club for Carlos Bocanegra, the former United States national team captain.captain, and as the current club of Bastian Schweinsteiger. [[BlackComedy Named for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871]]; in fact, the official announcement of the team's entry into MLS was made on the anniversary of said event.
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In continental club competition, three to five MLS clubs participate in the CONCACAF[[note]]Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football[[/note]] Champions League. The United States is given four berths in the tournament while Canada is given one berth. Three of the United States berths are allocated through MLS, which are currently awarded to the MLS Cup champion and the two regular season conference champions. The fourth United States berth is awarded to the winner of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which is also contested by lower division professional teams (currently the NASL and USL) and men's amateur teams sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation[[note]]However, since 2016, any professional lower division team either majority-owned by a higher division team or whose player roster is managed by a higher division team is ineligible[[/note]]. If a US-based team earns qualification by more than one method or if a Canadian team holds any MLS-allocated berth, then the affected berth is given to the highest ranked US-based team in the Supporters' Shield standings which has otherwise failed to qualify. For the one Canadian berth, the three Canadian MLS teams play in the Canadian Championship against two Canadian teams in the lower division leagues [[note]]FC Edmonton from the NASL and Ottawa Fury FC from the USL; two other teams in the USL are reserve squads for Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps and are not eligible[[/note]].

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In continental club competition, three to five MLS clubs participate in the CONCACAF[[note]]Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football[[/note]] Champions League. The United States is given four berths in the tournament while Canada is given one berth. Three of the United States berths are allocated through MLS, which are currently awarded to the MLS Cup champion and the two regular season conference champions. The fourth United States berth is awarded to the winner of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which is also contested by lower division professional teams (currently the NASL and USL) and men's amateur teams sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation[[note]]However, since 2016, any professional lower division team either majority-owned by a higher division team or whose player roster is managed by a higher division team is ineligible[[/note]]. If a US-based team earns qualification by more than one method or if a Canadian team holds any MLS-allocated berth, then the affected berth is given to the highest ranked US-based team in the Supporters' Shield standings which has otherwise failed to qualify. For the one Canadian berth, the three Canadian MLS teams play in the Canadian Championship against two Canadian teams in the lower division leagues [[note]]FC Edmonton from the NASL and Ottawa Fury FC from the USL; two other USL not owned by MLS teams. Starting in 2017, teams in must start at least three Canadian players during the USL are reserve squads for Toronto FC Canadian Championship; also, the competition will expand in 2018 to include the winners of the semi-pro [=League1=] Ontario and the Vancouver Whitecaps and are not eligible[[/note]].
Première Ligue de soccer du Québec.
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In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The New England Revolution and D.C. United still play in that type of venue, along with Seattle Sounders FC; in the latter case ticket demand is enough to justify it.[[note]] The stadium choices for the Revolution and the Sounders were not coincidental - both are owned either in full or part by NFL team owners. The Revolution are owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; the Sounders are part-owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.[[/note]] The Vancouver Whitecaps FC share BC Place with the CFL's BC Lions, using a mechanized curtain system to close off the upper deck. New York City FC currently plays its home matches at Yankee Stadium while they attempt to build their own stadium. 2017 expansion teams Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC will spend at least part of their first season in college football stadiums. Atlanta will share its home with the Atlanta Falcons, in a fashion similar to New England, Seattle, and Vancouver, while Minnesota is constructing its own soccer-specific stadium in St. Paul.

Unlike most soccer leagues, MLS does not employ a single table, double round-robin format for its regular season; instead, the league is divided into Eastern and Western Conferences using an unbalanced schedule, running from early March to late October. In the current format, teams play 34 games, playing their conference opponents at least twice and teams in the opposite conference once. The standings are determined by the standard FIFA point system, with a win equal to 3 points, a draw with 1 point, and none for a loss. At the end of the regular season, the team with most points wins the Supporters' Shield trophy, and gains the top overall seed in the playoffs.

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In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The New England Revolution and teams who currently do not play in a MLS-specific stadium are Atlanta, D.C. United still play in that type of venue, along with , Minnesota, New England, NYCFC, Seattle, and Vancouver. New England, Seattle Sounders FC; in the latter case ticket demand is enough to justify it.[[note]] The stadium choices for the Revolution and the Sounders were not coincidental - both are owned either in full or part by NFL team owners. The Revolution are owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; the Sounders are part-owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.[[/note]] The Vancouver Whitecaps FC share BC Place with the CFL's BC Lions, using a mechanized curtain system to close off the upper deck. New York City FC currently plays its home matches at Yankee Stadium while they attempt to build their own stadium. 2017 expansion teams play in an NFL or CFL stadium, Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC will spend at least part of their first season play in a college football stadiums. Atlanta will share its home with the Atlanta Falcons, stadium, NYCFC plays in a fashion similar to New England, Seattle, MLB ballpark, and Vancouver, while D.C. plays in a 1960s-era multipurpose stadium. Both D.C. and Minnesota is are constructing its their own soccer-specific stadium stadiums, which they expect to open sometime in St. Paul.

2018, while New England and NYCFC are seeking their own stadiums.

Unlike most soccer leagues, MLS does not employ a single table, double round-robin format for its regular season; instead, the league is divided into Eastern and Western Conferences using an unbalanced schedule, running from early March to late October.schedule. In the current format, teams play 34 games, playing their conference opponents at least twice and teams in the opposite conference once. The standings are determined by the standard FIFA point system, with a win equal to 3 points, a draw with 1 point, and none for a loss. At the end of the regular season, the team with most points wins the Supporters' Shield trophy, and gains the top overall seed in the playoffs.
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* ''Atlanta United FC'' - One of two new clubs for 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], will own the team, and the club will share the Falcons' new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The new stadium is designed to be scalable for soccer, retracting lower bowl seats to widen the field and closing off the upper decks with a mechanized curtain. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team will play its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium until the new stadium is ready.

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* ''Atlanta United FC'' - One of two new clubs for 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], will own the team, and the club will share the Falcons' new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The new stadium is designed to be scalable for soccer, retracting lower bowl seats to widen the field and closing off the upper decks with a mechanized curtain. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team will play its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium until the new stadium is ready.



* ''Columbus Crew SC'' - Notable for celebrating the working-class side of their fanbase. Won the MLS Cup in 2008, as well as three Supporters' Shields. The team is credited with building the first soccer-specific stadium in MLS, which inspired other teams to build their own stadiums.

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* ''Columbus Crew SC'' - Notable for celebrating the working-class side of their fanbase. Won the MLS Cup in 2008, as well as three Supporters' Shields. The team is credited with building the first soccer-specific stadium in MLS, which inspired MLS-specific stadium, with other teams to build their own stadiums.soon following suit.



* ''New York Red Bulls'' - Originally the New York[=/=]New Jersey [=MetroStars=] (later just the [=MetroStars=], with no region identifier), they are the only MLS team to have their sponsor, [[JustifiedTrope who also owns the franchise]], included in the team name. Two-time Supporters' Shield winners (2013 and 2015). They were the last club of Thierry Henry, who retired after the 2014 season. Also notable for having a severe case of EveryYearTheyFizzleOut (like cans of Red Bull) when they're in good years, especially as of late. Typically, the Red Bulls will field one of the most skilled and talented squads in the league, but fail to make the cup.

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* ''New York Red Bulls'' - Originally the New York[=/=]New Jersey [=MetroStars=] (later just the [=MetroStars=], with no region identifier), they are the only MLS team to have [[ProductPlacement their sponsor, sponsor]], [[JustifiedTrope who also owns the franchise]], included in the team name. Two-time Supporters' Shield winners (2013 and 2015). They were the last club of Thierry Henry, who retired after the 2014 season. Also notable for having a severe case of EveryYearTheyFizzleOut (like cans of Red Bull) when they're in good years, especially as of late. Typically, the Red Bulls will field one of the most skilled and talented squads in the league, but fail to make the cup.



* ''Los Angeles FC'' is scheduled to join the league in 2018. This club replaces Chivas USA as the Los Angeles market's second team. The ownership group is led by Harry Nguyen and includes names like Vincent Tan, [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Magic Johnson]], Mia Hamm, and Creator/WillFerrell. The team is building its new stadium, Banc of California Stadium, adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the site formerly occupied by the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. That team is backed by now-retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]Beckham's expansion fee was $25 million, while the owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million to enter the league. Prospective owners for the 25th and 26th franchises will have to pay an $150 million entrance fee[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020 and intense competition for new franchises, Beckham's group could lose its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time.

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* ''Los Angeles FC'' is scheduled to join the league in 2018. This club replaces Chivas USA as the Los Angeles market's second team. Unlike the Galaxy, LAFC will play in the Los Angeles city limits. The ownership group is led by Harry Nguyen and includes names like Vincent Tan, [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Magic Johnson]], Mia Hamm, and Creator/WillFerrell. The team is building its new stadium, Banc of California Stadium, adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the site formerly occupied by the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. That team is backed by now-retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]Beckham's expansion fee was $25 million, while the owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million to enter the league. Prospective owners for the 25th and 26th franchises will have to pay an $150 million entrance fee[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020 and intense competition for new franchises, Beckham's group could lose end up losing its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time.
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'''Major League Soccer''' ('''MLS''') is the United States' and Canada's top-tier professional [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball soccer]] league. Its predecessor league, the North American Soccer League (NASL) went out of business in 1984. MLS was founded in 1993 as a condition FIFA imposed on the US Soccer Federation in exchange for allowing the United States to host the 1994 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]. MLS operates more like the other North American professional sports leagues. Unlike almost every other Association Football league in the world, it currently does not have a relegation/promotion system. Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts. The A-League in Australia is the only other soccer league to operate the same way. The United Soccer League, a provisional second tier of North American soccer, acts as Major League Soccer's minor league, with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.

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'''Major League Soccer''' ('''MLS''') is the United States' and Canada's top-tier professional [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball soccer]] league. Its predecessor league, the North American Soccer League (NASL) went out of business in 1984. MLS was founded in 1993 as a condition FIFA imposed on the US Soccer Federation in exchange for allowing the United States to host the 1994 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]. MLS operates more like the other North American professional sports leagues. Unlike almost every other Association Football league in the world, it currently does not have a relegation/promotion system. Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts. The A-League in Australia is the only other soccer league to operate the same way. The second-level United Soccer League, a provisional second tier of North American soccer, acts League serves as Major League Soccer's minor league, with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.



* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. That team is backed by now-retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]The owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million as expansion fees while Beckham paid $25 million[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020 and greater demand than supply for new franchises, Beckham's group could lose its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time.

Several other cities, particularly those with an existing NASL or USL team, are also seriously vying for expansion slots when the league formally opens expansion for 2020 or if Miami's expansion bid collapses. Markets up for consideration for the 2020 expansion include Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa Bay.

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* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. That team is backed by now-retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]The price[[note]]Beckham's expansion fee was $25 million, while the owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million as expansion fees while Beckham paid $25 million[[/note]].to enter the league. Prospective owners for the 25th and 26th franchises will have to pay an $150 million entrance fee[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020 and greater demand than supply intense competition for new franchises, Beckham's group could lose its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time.

Several other cities, particularly those with an existing NASL or USL team, are also seriously vying for expansion slots when the league formally opens expansion for 2020 or if Miami's expansion bid collapses. Markets up for consideration for the 2020 expansion include Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa Bay.
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In continental club competition, three to five MLS clubs participate in the CONCACAF[[note]]Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football[[/note]] Champions League. The United States is given four berths in the tournament while Canada is given one berth. Three of the United States berths are allocated through MLS, which are currently awarded to the MLS Cup champion and the two regular season conference champions. The fourth United States berth is awarded to the winner of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which is also contested by lower division professional teams (currently the second division NASL and USL) and men's amateur teams sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation[[note]]However, since 2016, any professional lower division team either majority-owned by a higher division team or whose player roster is managed by a higher division team is ineligible[[/note]]. If a US-based team earns qualification by more than one method or if a Canadian team holds any MLS-allocated berth, then the berth(s) are given to the highest ranked US-based team(s) in the Supporters' Shield standings that otherwise failed to qualify. For the one Canadian berth, the three Canadian MLS teams play in the Canadian Championship against two Canadian teams in the lower division leagues [[note]]FC Edmonton from the NASL and Ottawa Fury FC from the USL; two other teams in the USL are reserve squads for Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps and are not eligible[[/note]].

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In continental club competition, three to five MLS clubs participate in the CONCACAF[[note]]Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football[[/note]] Champions League. The United States is given four berths in the tournament while Canada is given one berth. Three of the United States berths are allocated through MLS, which are currently awarded to the MLS Cup champion and the two regular season conference champions. The fourth United States berth is awarded to the winner of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which is also contested by lower division professional teams (currently the second division NASL and USL) and men's amateur teams sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation[[note]]However, since 2016, any professional lower division team either majority-owned by a higher division team or whose player roster is managed by a higher division team is ineligible[[/note]]. If a US-based team earns qualification by more than one method or if a Canadian team holds any MLS-allocated berth, then the berth(s) are affected berth is given to the highest ranked US-based team(s) team in the Supporters' Shield standings that which has otherwise failed to qualify. For the one Canadian berth, the three Canadian MLS teams play in the Canadian Championship against two Canadian teams in the lower division leagues [[note]]FC Edmonton from the NASL and Ottawa Fury FC from the USL; two other teams in the USL are reserve squads for Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps and are not eligible[[/note]].



* ''Orlando City SC'' - A 2015 expansion team, they are the first club based in Florida and the Southeastern US since the contraction of the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion FC after the 2001 season. Their ascent comes at the tail end of a whirlwind grassroots rise as a third-division minor league team. The team is playing in Camping World Stadium while their permanent home stadium is constructed near the Amway Center; the new stadium was expected to open by the start of their second season, but has now been delayed to 2017. Home of Brazilian Ballon d'Or winner (Ricardo) Kaká. Also one of four MLS clubs with a DistaffCounterpart in the National Women's Soccer League; they operate the Orlando Pride, new to the NWSL for 2016.[[note]]Several other NWSL teams are in MLS markets, but do not have formal relationships with MLS teams.[[/note]]

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* ''Orlando City SC'' - A 2015 expansion team, they are the first club based in Florida and the Southeastern US since the contraction of the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion FC after the 2001 season. Their ascent comes at the tail end of a whirlwind grassroots rise as a third-division minor league team. The team is playing in Camping World Stadium while their permanent home stadium is constructed near the Amway Center; the new stadium was expected to open by the start of their second season, but has now been delayed to 2017. Home of Brazilian Ballon d'Or winner (Ricardo) Kaká. Also one of four MLS clubs with a DistaffCounterpart in the National Women's Soccer League; they operate the Orlando Pride, new to the NWSL for 2016.[[note]]Several other NWSL teams are in MLS markets, but do not have formal relationships with MLS teams.[[/note]]



* ''Colorado Rapids'' - one of the ten charter franchises of the MLS. Not exactly a decorated club, though they do have one MLS Cup to their name. Also notable for being the last team to put advertisements on their kit, finally doing so during the 2014 season. They are owned by Stan Kroenke, owner of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and majority shareholder of UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague club Arsenal; his family also owns the NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche.[[note]]Due to NFL rules, he was forced to transfer his interests in the Nuggets and Avs to a family trust after becoming sole owner of the Rams. His son Josh now has day-to-day control of those two teams.[[/note]] Current club of the aforementioned Tim Howard.

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* ''Colorado Rapids'' - one One of the ten charter franchises of the MLS. Not MLS, they are not exactly a decorated club, though they do have one MLS Cup to their name. Also notable for being the last team to put advertisements on their kit, finally doing so during the 2014 season. They are owned by Stan Kroenke, owner of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and majority shareholder of UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague club Arsenal; his family also owns the NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche.[[note]]Due to NFL rules, he was forced to transfer his interests in the Nuggets and Avs to a family trust after becoming sole owner of the Rams. His son Josh now has day-to-day control of those two teams.[[/note]] Current club of the aforementioned Tim Howard.



* ''Minnesota United FC'' - The second of the two expansion teams for 2017. Minnesota United will become the sixth MLS club to be promoted from a lower-division league. The club's ownership group includes former NASL franchise owner Bill [=McGuire=], Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and Twins owner Jim Pohlad. Minnesota United originally planned to build their new stadium near the Twins' home of Target Field; however, the team now plans to build the stadium in St. Paul after plans in Minneapolis stalled. For at least their inaugural season, the team will play their home matches at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.

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* ''Minnesota United FC'' - The second of the two expansion teams for 2017. Minnesota United will become became the sixth MLS club to be promoted from a lower-division league. The club's ownership group includes former NASL franchise owner Bill [=McGuire=], Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and Twins owner Jim Pohlad. Minnesota United originally planned to build their new stadium near the Twins' home of Target Field; however, the team now plans to build the stadium in St. Paul after plans in Minneapolis stalled. For at least their inaugural season, the team will play their home matches at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.
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'''Major League Soccer''' ('''MLS''') is the United States' and Canada's top-tier professional [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball soccer]] league. Its predecessor league, the North American Soccer League (NASL) went out of business in 1984. MLS was founded in 1993 as a condition FIFA imposed on the US Soccer Federation in exchange for allowing the United States to host the 1994 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]. MLS operates more like the other North American professional sports leagues. Unlike almost every other Association Football league in the world, it currently does not have a relegation/promotion system. Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts. The A-League in Australia is the only other soccer league to operate the same way. The United Soccer League, the third tier of North American soccer, acts as Major League Soccer's minor league, with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.

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'''Major League Soccer''' ('''MLS''') is the United States' and Canada's top-tier professional [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball soccer]] league. Its predecessor league, the North American Soccer League (NASL) went out of business in 1984. MLS was founded in 1993 as a condition FIFA imposed on the US Soccer Federation in exchange for allowing the United States to host the 1994 [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]. MLS operates more like the other North American professional sports leagues. Unlike almost every other Association Football league in the world, it currently does not have a relegation/promotion system. Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts. The A-League in Australia is the only other soccer league to operate the same way. The United Soccer League, the third a provisional second tier of North American soccer, acts as Major League Soccer's minor league, with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.



In continental club competition, three to five MLS clubs participate in the CONCACAF[[note]]Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football[[/note]] Champions League. The United States is given four berths in the tournament while Canada is given one berth. Three of the United States berths are allocated through MLS, which are currently awarded to the MLS Cup champion and the two regular season conference champions. The fourth United States berth is awarded to the winner of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which is also contested by lower division professional teams (currently the second division NASL and the third division USL) and men's amateur teams sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation[[note]]However, since 2016, any professional lower division team either majority-owned by a higher division team or whose player roster is managed by a higher division team is ineligible[[/note]]. If a US-based team earns qualification by more than one method or if a Canadian team holds any MLS-allocated berth, then the berth(s) are given to the highest ranked US-based team(s) in the Supporters' Shield standings that otherwise failed to qualify. For the one Canadian berth, the three Canadian MLS teams play in the Canadian Championship against the two Canadian teams in the two levels below MLS[[note]]FC Edmonton from the NASL, and Ottawa Fury FC, dropping from the NASL to the USL for 2017[[/note]].

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In continental club competition, three to five MLS clubs participate in the CONCACAF[[note]]Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football[[/note]] Champions League. The United States is given four berths in the tournament while Canada is given one berth. Three of the United States berths are allocated through MLS, which are currently awarded to the MLS Cup champion and the two regular season conference champions. The fourth United States berth is awarded to the winner of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which is also contested by lower division professional teams (currently the second division NASL and the third division USL) and men's amateur teams sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation[[note]]However, since 2016, any professional lower division team either majority-owned by a higher division team or whose player roster is managed by a higher division team is ineligible[[/note]]. If a US-based team earns qualification by more than one method or if a Canadian team holds any MLS-allocated berth, then the berth(s) are given to the highest ranked US-based team(s) in the Supporters' Shield standings that otherwise failed to qualify. For the one Canadian berth, the three Canadian MLS teams play in the Canadian Championship against the two Canadian teams in the two levels below MLS[[note]]FC lower division leagues [[note]]FC Edmonton from the NASL, NASL and Ottawa Fury FC, dropping FC from the NASL to USL; two other teams in the USL are reserve squads for 2017[[/note]].
Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps and are not eligible[[/note]].
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MLS also relies on an American-style playoff format to determine its championship.[[note]]As does the A-League; Australian sports developed playoff systems on their own. Liga MX, the top league in Mexico, also determines its champions via playoffs, although it operates on a promotion/relegation system.[[/note]] It currently has 22 teams, 19 in the U.S. and three in Canada. The league will add a 23rd team, Los Angeles FC, in 2018 and Miami is currently planned as the league's 24th team. MLS commissioner Don Garber stated that the league will expand to 28 teams after 2020, with two teams expected to launch that year, and the last two at a later date.

In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The New England Revolution and D.C. United still play in that type of venue, along with Seattle Sounders FC; in the latter case ticket demand is enough to justify it.[[note]] The stadium choices for the Revolution and the Sounders were not coincidental - both are owned either in full or part by NFL team owners. The Revolution are owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; the Sounders are part-owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.[[/note]] The Vancouver Whitecaps FC share BC Place with the CFL's BC Lions, using a mechanized curtain system to close off the upper deck. New York City FC currently plays its home matches at Yankee Stadium while they attempt to build their own stadium. 2017 expansion teams Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC will spend at least part of their first season in college football stadiums. Atlanta will share its home with the Atlanta Falcons, in a fashion similar to Vancouver, while Minnesota is constructing its own soccer-specific stadium in St. Paul.

The league is divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences. A regular MLS Season is played in a modified double round robin format, with all 22 teams playing 34 regular-season games[[note]]In 2017, each team will play 24 matches in their own conference and 10 matches in the opposite conference.[[/note]], running from early March to late October. The standings are determined by the standard FIFA point system, with a win equal to 3 points, a draw with 1 point, and none for a loss. At the end of the regular season, the team with most points wins the Supporters' Shield trophy, and gains the top overall seed in the playoffs.

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MLS also relies on an American-style playoff format to determine its championship.[[note]]As does the A-League; Australian sports developed playoff systems on their own. Liga MX, the top league in Mexico, also determines its champions via playoffs, although it operates on a promotion/relegation system.[[/note]] It currently has 22 teams, 19 in the U.S. and three in Canada. The league will add a 23rd team, Los Angeles FC, in 2018 and Miami is currently planned as the league's 24th team. MLS commissioner Don Garber stated that the league will expand to 28 26 teams after 2020, with two teams expected to launch that year, in 2020 and the last two to 28 at a later date.

In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The New England Revolution and D.C. United still play in that type of venue, along with Seattle Sounders FC; in the latter case ticket demand is enough to justify it.[[note]] The stadium choices for the Revolution and the Sounders were not coincidental - both are owned either in full or part by NFL team owners. The Revolution are owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; the Sounders are part-owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.[[/note]] The Vancouver Whitecaps FC share BC Place with the CFL's BC Lions, using a mechanized curtain system to close off the upper deck. New York City FC currently plays its home matches at Yankee Stadium while they attempt to build their own stadium. 2017 expansion teams Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC will spend at least part of their first season in college football stadiums. Atlanta will share its home with the Atlanta Falcons, in a fashion similar to New England, Seattle, and Vancouver, while Minnesota is constructing its own soccer-specific stadium in St. Paul.

The Unlike most soccer leagues, MLS does not employ a single table, double round-robin format for its regular season; instead, the league is divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences. A regular MLS Season is played in a modified double round robin format, with all 22 teams playing 34 regular-season games[[note]]In 2017, each team will play 24 matches in their own conference and 10 matches in the opposite conference.[[/note]], Conferences using an unbalanced schedule, running from early March to late October.October. In the current format, teams play 34 games, playing their conference opponents at least twice and teams in the opposite conference once. The standings are determined by the standard FIFA point system, with a win equal to 3 points, a draw with 1 point, and none for a loss. At the end of the regular season, the team with most points wins the Supporters' Shield trophy, and gains the top overall seed in the playoffs.



* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. That team is backed by now-retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]The owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million as expansion fees while Beckham paid $25 million[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020, Beckham's group could lose its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time.

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* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. That team is backed by now-retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]The owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million as expansion fees while Beckham paid $25 million[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020, 2020 and greater demand than supply for new franchises, Beckham's group could lose its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time.
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