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23rd Jul '17 9:31:35 PM KYCubbie
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One of the ten charter franchises of the 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 wife (a daughter of UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} founder Sam Walton) 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 after becoming sole owner of the Rams, choosing to make his wife the on-paper owner. 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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One of the ten charter franchises of the 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 wife (a daughter of UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} founder Sam Walton) 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 after becoming sole owner of the Rams, choosing and chose to make his wife the on-paper owner. His son Josh now has day-to-day control of those two teams.[[/note]] Current club of the aforementioned Tim Howard.
23rd Jul '17 9:30:51 PM KYCubbie
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One of the ten charter franchises of the 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.

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One of the ten charter franchises of the 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 wife (a daughter of UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} founder Sam Walton) 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.Rams, choosing to make his wife the on-paper owner. His son Josh now has day-to-day control of those two teams.[[/note]] Current club of the aforementioned Tim Howard.
23rd Jul '17 2:07:20 AM KYCubbie
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-->'''Trophies Won:''' 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2016 Canadian Championship\\

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-->'''Trophies Won:''' 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 2012, 2016 & 2016 2017 Canadian Championship\\
29th Jun '17 12:41:56 AM KYCubbie
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-->'''Current Captain:''' DaMarcus Beasley

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-->'''Current Captain:''' DaMarcus [=DaMarcus=] Beasley
29th Jun '17 12:40:27 AM KYCubbie
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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 will move from a college football stadium to an NFL stadium during the 2017 season, Minnesota will play in a college football 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.

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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 will move from a college football stadium to an NFL stadium during the 2017 season, Minnesota will play in a college football stadium throughout 2017, in 2017 and 2018, 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 with D.C. set to open sometime theirs during the 2018 season and Minnesota in 2018, 2019, while New England and NYCFC are seeking their own stadiums.



Second to the LA Galaxy in overall honors, with 4 MLS Cups and 4 Supporters' Shields. One of the founding members of MLS, the name "United" was adapted from English club names (like Manchester United and Leeds United) and is a reflection of Washington D.C.'s status as the capital of the ''United'' States. For most of the early years of MLS, D.C. United had the only European-style name. From 2005 to 2008, D.C. United shared its home ground with a Major League Baseball team when the Nationals played at RFK Stadium, meaning they played on turf laid over dirt in some places for part of the year.

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Second to the LA Galaxy in overall honors, with 4 MLS Cups and 4 Supporters' Shields. One of the founding members of MLS, the name "United" was adapted from English club names (like Manchester United and Leeds United) and is a reflection of Washington D.C.'s status as the capital of the ''United'' States. For most of the early years of MLS, D.C. United had the only European-style name. From 2005 to 2008, D.C. United shared its home ground with a Major League Baseball team when the Nationals played at RFK Stadium, meaning they played on turf laid over dirt in some places for part of the year. Currently building a new stadium in the District, Audi Field, which is scheduled to open during the 2018 season.



-->'''Stadium:''' Gillette Stadium[[note]]Capacity: 20,000[[//note]]

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-->'''Stadium:''' Gillette Stadium[[note]]Capacity: 20,000[[//note]]20,000[[/note]]



The second of the two expansion teams for 2017. Minnesota United 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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The second of the two expansion teams for 2017. Minnesota United 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, first two seasons, the team will play their home matches at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.
11th Jun '17 1:18:10 PM nombretomado
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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 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.

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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 [[UsefulNotes/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 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.
9th Jun '17 9:52:50 PM Gsueagle31049
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-->'''Stadium:''' Banc of California Stadium [[note]]Planned Capacity: 23,000[[/note]]

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-->'''Stadium:''' Banc of California Stadium [[note]]Planned Capacity: 23,000[[/note]]23,000[[/note]]\\



-->'''Stadium:''' Miami MLS Stadium [[note]]Planned Capacity: 25,000[[/note]]

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-->'''Stadium:''' Miami MLS Stadium [[note]]Planned Capacity: 25,000[[/note]]25,000[[/note]]\\
9th Jun '17 9:51:22 PM Gsueagle31049
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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]], [[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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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]], [[JustifiedTrope who also owns the franchise]], club]], 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.



-->'''Stadium:''' StubHub Center[[note]]Capacity: 27,000[[/note]]

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-->'''Stadium:''' StubHub [=StubHub=] Center[[note]]Capacity: 27,000[[/note]]



-->'''Stadium:''' CenturyLink Field[[note]]Capacity: 39,419[[/note]]

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-->'''Stadium:''' CenturyLink [=CenturyLink=] Field[[note]]Capacity: 39,419[[/note]]



-->'''Stadium:''' StubHub Center[[note]]Capacity:18,800[[/note]]

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-->'''Stadium:''' StubHub [=StubHub=] Center[[note]]Capacity:18,800[[/note]]



* ''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 end up losing its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time. More recently, rumors emerged in spring 2017 that the Beckham group may abandon Miami in favor of Las Vegas.

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* ''Los Angeles FC'' is scheduled to join the league in 2018. FC''
-->'''First Season:''' 2018
-->'''Stadium:''' Banc of California Stadium [[note]]Planned Capacity: 23,000[[/note]]
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'' ''Miami''
-->'''First Season:''' TBD
-->'''Stadium:''' Miami MLS Stadium [[note]]Planned Capacity: 25,000[[/note]]
The team
will enter join the league once it can build a new stadium. That team stadium plans are finalized. The club is backed by now-retired 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. More recently, rumors emerged in spring 2017 that the Beckham group may abandon Miami in favor of Las Vegas.
Vegas; however, in June 2017, the group acquired the last parcel of land necessary to build their stadium.
31st May '17 4:30:26 AM Zottoman
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-->'''Stadium:''' RFK Stadium[[note]]Capacity: 20,000[[/note]]

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-->'''Stadium:''' RFK Stadium[[note]]Capacity: Stadium[[note]]Capacity: 20,000[[/note]]
31st May '17 4:28:32 AM Zottoman
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'''Trophies Won:''' 1996, 1997, 1999 & 2004 MLS Cup, 1997, 1999, 2006 & 2007 Supporters Shield, 1996, 2008 & 2013 US Open Cup\\

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'''Trophies -->'''Trophies Won:''' 1996, 1997, 1999 & 2004 MLS Cup, 1997, 1999, 2006 & 2007 Supporters Shield, 1996, 2008 & 2013 US Open Cup\\
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