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8th Apr '16 4:21:06 PM Kitchen90
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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.[[note]]Another league that has fixed membership is the A-League of Australia, also with a team from New Zealand.[[/note]] Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts.[[note]]The A-League operates the same way.[[/note]] The league has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA for its spring-to-fall scheduling, conflicting with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup.[[note]]In MLS' defense, playing during the winter would be less than ideal for MLS clubs in Canada and the Northern US. Seriously, running around in shorts in February in Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, New England or even New York or Philly isn't just dumb, it would get one committed to a mental hospital. Plus, from a marketing stand point, it only has to compete against UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball and UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} in the US and the [[UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague CFL]] in Canada for viewership during the summer, while moving to a FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would not only have to compete against the top soccer leagues abroad (e.g. England's [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Premiership]], France's Ligue 1, Germany's Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A, Mexico's Liga MX, Spain's La Liga, etc.; the closest exception is Brazil's Brasileiro Série A, which runs from May to November\December), it would also have domestic competition against the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] and basketball for viewership.[[/note]] 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 20 teams, 17 in the U.S. and three in Canada. The league will expand to at least 23 teams by 2018. Miami is currently planned as the league's 24th team; however, MLS commissioner Don Garber stated that MLS may expand to 28 teams sometime after 2020.

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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.[[note]]Another league that has fixed membership is the A-League of Australia, also with a team from New Zealand.[[/note]] Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts.[[note]]The A-League operates the same way.[[/note]] [[/note]]

The league has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA for its spring-to-fall scheduling, conflicting with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup.[[note]]In MLS' defense, playing during the winter would be less than ideal for MLS clubs in Canada and the Northern US. Seriously, running around in shorts in February in Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, New England or even New York or Philly isn't just dumb, it would get one committed to a mental hospital. Plus, from a marketing stand point, it only has to compete against UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball and UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} in the US and the [[UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague CFL]] in Canada for viewership during the summer, while moving to a FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would not only have to compete against the top soccer leagues abroad (e.g. England's [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Premiership]], France's Ligue 1, Germany's Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A, Mexico's Liga MX, Spain's La Liga, etc.; the closest exception is Brazil's Brasileiro Série A, which runs from May to November\December), it would also have domestic competition against the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] and basketball for viewership.[[/note]] [[/note]]

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 20 teams, 17 in the U.S. and three in Canada. The league will expand to at least 23 teams by 2018. Miami is currently planned as the league's 24th team; however, MLS commissioner Don Garber stated that MLS may expand to 28 teams sometime after 2020.



The MLS is generally looked down upon by European fans/fans of European teams, who look at it as the place that over the hill European players go to get one final paycheck after they can't cut the mustard in Europe. The lack of relegation/promotion, the Eastern/Western Conference league structure[[note]]in England, the Conference is the division directly below the four professional leagues, and the division below that is divided into the Northern and Southern Conference, the teams of which are invariably staffed by part-timers. In other words, two 'Conference' leagues carries implications that the teams aren't even good enough to be fully professional.[[/note]], and the use of a postseason playoff rather than the Supporters' Shield to determine the league's champion doesn't help. However, like the US national team, it is beginning to, slowly, get respect, with European players like Steven Gerrard ([[TheCaptain talismanic captain]] of [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Liverpool FC, second most successful club in English history]], [[TheAce considered by his peers to be the best player in his position on the planet in his prime]] and winner of just about every trophy short of the Premier League itself - and he was one slip away from winning that, too) the most recent acquisition of LA Galaxy, firmly insisting that he hadn't come to just see his career out and wanted to win trophies. On top of that, players that go to play in the MLS are often still in demand in Europe, with AC Milan and Paris St. Germain, two of the biggest clubs in Europe, taking David Beckham on loan in the MLS off-season, Frank Lampard forming a key part of Manchester City's team after New York City FC loaned him back and Landon Donovan having several highly successful stints at Everton FC, a well-regarded English club which is the long term home of US goalkeeper Tim 'Secretary of Defence' Howard, and becoming a fan favourite. Now, the US is seen as the sleeping giant of the football, thanks to increasing awareness of the game thanks to television coverage of UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague, which has the advantage of a similar culture/appealing to America's rampant Anglophilia, and a sprinkling of US players, the growing success of the national team (now regarded as a disciplined second tier team that can be a real threat to traditional power houses England, Germany and the Netherlands) a growing Hispanic population which is football mad and as a result, many of the big [[ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount (and rich)]] European teams regularly come on tour to the US, some, like Manchester City, forging links with MLS clubs (meaning that in time, we're likely to see talented young players from Europe being blooded in the MLS) while other teams set up academies to pick up talented players. [[note]] In doing so, possibly tapping into a vein of talent that traditional American sports don't, since American football in particular often prioritises size, speed and power. Soccer on the other hand, is much more flexible: while one or all of those things helps, if you're technically skilled enough, like Spain legend Xavi, mercurial Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme and David Beckham in his later years, you don't need any of them. Though goalkeepers, centre-backs and centre-forwards ('target men', meant to provide an aerial threat from crosses and to knock long balls down for onrushing team mates) are expected to be tall (and sometimes not even then: Jorge Campos, Mexico goalkeeper at two World Cups, including US '94, was only 5'6'', and World Cup winning Italy Captain Fabio Cannavaro, regarded as one of the best centre-backs of all time, was only 5'9''), short players are often successful. Lionel Messi for instance, 7 time La Liga winner, 4 time [[UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague Champions League]] winner, 3 time Copa Del Rey winner (the Spanish domestic cup competition), unprecedented 4 time winner of the Ballon D'Or (awarded to the best player in the world, voted for by national team captains and coaches) at the age of 28 - so still in his prime - and widely considered to be the best player not just of his time but ''in all of history'', had growth hormone deficiency as a child and even after treatment, is only 5'7''.[[/note]] In short, for the MLS and UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball in the United States as a whole, the future looks bright.

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The MLS is generally looked down upon by European fans/fans of European teams, who look at it as the place that over the hill European players go to get one final paycheck after they can't cut the mustard in Europe. The lack of relegation/promotion, the Eastern/Western Conference league structure[[note]]in England, the Conference is the division directly below the four professional leagues, and the division below that is divided into the Northern and Southern Conference, the teams of which are invariably staffed by part-timers. In other words, two 'Conference' leagues carries implications that the teams aren't even good enough to be fully professional.[[/note]], and the use of a postseason playoff rather than the Supporters' Shield to determine the league's champion doesn't help. help.

However, like the US national team, it is beginning to, slowly, get respect, with European players like Steven Gerrard ([[TheCaptain talismanic captain]] of [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Liverpool FC, second most successful club in English history]], [[TheAce considered by his peers to be the best player in his position on the planet in his prime]] and winner of just about every trophy short of the Premier League itself - and he was one slip away from winning that, too) the most recent acquisition of LA Galaxy, firmly insisting that he hadn't come to just see his career out and wanted to win trophies. On top of that, players that go to play in the MLS are often still in demand in Europe, with AC Milan and Paris St. Germain, two of the biggest clubs in Europe, taking David Beckham on loan in the MLS off-season, Frank Lampard forming a key part of Manchester City's team after New York City FC loaned him back and Landon Donovan having several highly successful stints at Everton FC, a well-regarded English club which is the long term home of US goalkeeper Tim 'Secretary of Defence' Howard, and becoming a fan favourite. favourite.

Now, the US is seen as the sleeping giant of the football, thanks to increasing awareness of the game thanks to television coverage of UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague, which has the advantage of a similar culture/appealing to America's rampant Anglophilia, and a sprinkling of US players, the growing success of the national team (now regarded as a disciplined second tier team that can be a real threat to traditional power houses England, Germany and the Netherlands) a growing Hispanic population which is football mad and as a result, many of the big [[ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount (and rich)]] European teams regularly come on tour to the US, some, like Manchester City, forging links with MLS clubs (meaning that in time, we're likely to see talented young players from Europe being blooded in the MLS) while other teams set up academies to pick up talented players. players.[[note]] In doing so, possibly tapping into a vein of talent that traditional American sports don't, since American football in particular often prioritises size, speed and power. Soccer on the other hand, is much more flexible: while one or all of those things helps, if you're technically skilled enough, like Spain legend Xavi, mercurial Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme and David Beckham in his later years, you don't need any of them. Though goalkeepers, centre-backs and centre-forwards ('target men', meant to provide an aerial threat from crosses and to knock long balls down for onrushing team mates) are expected to be tall (and sometimes not even then: Jorge Campos, Mexico goalkeeper at two World Cups, including US '94, was only 5'6'', and World Cup winning Italy Captain Fabio Cannavaro, regarded as one of the best centre-backs of all time, was only 5'9''), short players are often successful. Lionel Messi for instance, 7 time La Liga winner, 4 time [[UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague Champions League]] winner, 3 time Copa Del Rey winner (the Spanish domestic cup competition), unprecedented 4 time winner of the Ballon D'Or (awarded to the best player in the world, voted for by national team captains and coaches) at the age of 28 - so still in his prime - and widely considered to be the best player not just of his time but ''in all of history'', had growth hormone deficiency as a child and even after treatment, is only 5'7''.[[/note]] In short, for the MLS and UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball in the United States as a whole, the future looks bright.
30th Mar '16 2:53:45 PM robbulldog
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* ''Sporting Kansas City'' - formerly the Kansas City Wizards, they adapted the "Sporting" name in association with European Club names. Winners of two MLS Cups (2000 and 2013), plus the Supporters' Shield in 2000 and the US Open Cup in 2004 and 2012. Most notable for defeating Manchester United in a friendly on July 25, 2010. Their home stadium is in Kansas City, Kansas, whereas most franchises in the Kansas City area play their home games in Kansas City, Missouri (which is the larger of the two). The last of the four MLS teams with an official DistaffCounterpart, although unlike the other three, the NWSL team is separately owned. Sporting entered into a partnership with FC Kansas City in 2015.

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* ''Sporting Kansas City'' - formerly the Kansas City Wizards, they adapted the "Sporting" name in association with European Club names. Winners of two MLS Cups (2000 and 2013), plus the Supporters' Shield in 2000 and the US Open Cup in 2004 2004, 2012 and 2012.2015. Most notable for defeating Manchester United in a friendly on July 25, 2010. Their home stadium is in Kansas City, Kansas, whereas most franchises in the Kansas City area play their home games in Kansas City, Missouri (which is the larger of the two). The last of the four MLS teams with an official DistaffCounterpart, although unlike the other three, the NWSL team is separately owned. Sporting entered into a partnership with FC Kansas City in 2015.
27th Mar '16 1:18:14 AM KYCubbie
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In continental 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, 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, starting in 2016, any lower division team majority-owned 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 who 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 NASL[[note]]Currently FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC[[/note]].

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In continental 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, 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, starting in 2016, any professional lower division team majority-owned 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 who 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 NASL[[note]]Currently NASL[[note]]currently FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC[[/note]].
29th Feb '16 6:17:31 PM Gsueagle31049
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* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium; however, unlike Atlanta, Minnesota, and LA, no expected entry year has been set for Miami. 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 MN United paid between $70 million to $100 million as expansion fees while Beckham paid $25 million for the right to field a MLS club[[/note]]. After two rejected proposals to build the stadium near the American Airlines Arena, Beckham is looking to build the stadium near Marlins Park.

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* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium; however, unlike Atlanta, Minnesota, and LA, no expected entry year has been set for Miami. 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 MN United paid between $70 million to $100 million as expansion fees while Beckham paid $25 million for the right to field a MLS club[[/note]]. million[[/note]]. After two rejected proposals to build the three failed stadium proposals[[note]]first near [=PortMiami=], then near the American Airlines Arena, and finally next door to Marlins Park[[/note]], Miami Beckham is looking United currently plans to build the their new stadium near Marlins Park.in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's on campus football stadium at least as a temporary solution.
23rd Feb '16 3:12:40 PM Torvic
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As in any league, rivalries exist between teams. Many arise on their own, whether based on the teams' shared history (such as the ''Atlantic Cup'' between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, two of the league's founding teams) or geographic proximity (such as the ''California Clásico'' between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes, the now-defunct ''Honda [=SuperClasico=]'' between the Galaxy and CD Chivas USA (to be revived, though maybe with different sponsorship, when LAFC enters the league), and the ''Cascadia Cup'' between the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC). Others were deliberately created by teams under common ownership (such as the ''Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup'' between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas) or other unconventional premises (Columbus Crew and Toronto FC, whose ''Trillium Cup'' competition began with a bet between the two cities' mayors, and is named for the official flower of both Ohio and Ontario).

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As in any league, rivalries exist between teams. Many arise on their own, whether based on the teams' shared history (such as the ''Atlantic Cup'' between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, two of the league's founding teams) or geographic proximity (such as the ''California Clásico'' between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes, Earthquakes), the now-defunct ''Honda [=SuperClasico=]'' between the Galaxy and CD Chivas USA (to be revived, though maybe with different sponsorship, when LAFC enters the league), and the ''Cascadia Cup'' between the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC). Others were deliberately created by teams under common ownership (such as the ''Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup'' between the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas) or other unconventional premises (Columbus Crew and Toronto FC, whose ''Trillium Cup'' competition began with a bet between the two cities' mayors, and is named for the official flower of both Ohio and Ontario).
21st Feb '16 2:01:52 PM Gsueagle31049
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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, Mapfre Stadium[[note]]formerly Columbus Crew Stadium[[/note]], in the league, establishing the model for subsequent non-shared stadiums in the league.

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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, Mapfre Stadium[[note]]formerly Columbus Crew Stadium[[/note]], soccer-specific stadium in the league, establishing the model for subsequent non-shared stadiums in the league.MLS, which inspired other teams to build their own stadiums.
20th Feb '16 9:46:35 PM GrammarNavi
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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.[[note]]Another league that has fixed membership is the A-League of Australia, also with a team from New Zealand.[[/note]] Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts.[[note]]The A-League operates the same way.[[/note]] The league has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA for its spring-to-fall scheduling, conflicting with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup.[[note]]In MLS' defense, playing during the winter would be less than ideal for MLS clubs in Canada and the Northern US. Seriously, running around in shorts in February in Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, New England or even New York or Philly isn't just dumb, it would get one committed to a mental hospital. Plus, from a marketing stand point, it only has to compete against UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball and UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} in the US and the [[UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague CFL]] in Canada for viewership during the summer, while moving to a FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would not only have to compete against the top soccer leagues abroad (e.g. England's [[Main/EnglishPremierLeague Premiership]], France's Ligue 1, Germany's Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A, Mexico's Liga MX, Spain's La Liga, etc.; the closest exception is Brazil's Brasileiro Série A, which runs from May to November\December), it would also have domestic competition against the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] and basketball for viewership.[[/note]] 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 20 teams, 17 in the U.S. and three in Canada. The league will expand to at least 23 teams by 2018. Miami is currently planned as the league's 24th team; however, MLS commissioner Don Garber stated that MLS may expand to 28 teams sometime after 2020.

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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.[[note]]Another league that has fixed membership is the A-League of Australia, also with a team from New Zealand.[[/note]] Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts.[[note]]The A-League operates the same way.[[/note]] The league has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA for its spring-to-fall scheduling, conflicting with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup.[[note]]In MLS' defense, playing during the winter would be less than ideal for MLS clubs in Canada and the Northern US. Seriously, running around in shorts in February in Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, New England or even New York or Philly isn't just dumb, it would get one committed to a mental hospital. Plus, from a marketing stand point, it only has to compete against UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball and UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} in the US and the [[UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague CFL]] in Canada for viewership during the summer, while moving to a FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would not only have to compete against the top soccer leagues abroad (e.g. England's [[Main/EnglishPremierLeague [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Premiership]], France's Ligue 1, Germany's Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A, Mexico's Liga MX, Spain's La Liga, etc.; the closest exception is Brazil's Brasileiro Série A, which runs from May to November\December), it would also have domestic competition against the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] and basketball for viewership.[[/note]] 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 20 teams, 17 in the U.S. and three in Canada. The league will expand to at least 23 teams by 2018. Miami is currently planned as the league's 24th team; however, MLS commissioner Don Garber stated that MLS may expand to 28 teams sometime after 2020.



* ''New York City FC'' - One of the two 2015 expansion teams, and the second team based in the New York metropolitan area. Unlike the Red Bulls or the NFL's Jets and Giants, they're trying to play in the Big Apple itself; until a stadium is built, Yankee Stadium in The Bronx will host their games, becoming the second club (after D.C.) to share its ground with a Major League Baseball club. (This is not by coincidence—the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams New York Yankees]] own a 20% stake in the team, with [[EnglishPremierLeague Manchester City]] owning the rest.) Home of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard.

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* ''New York City FC'' - One of the two 2015 expansion teams, and the second team based in the New York metropolitan area. Unlike the Red Bulls or the NFL's Jets and Giants, they're trying to play in the Big Apple itself; until a stadium is built, Yankee Stadium in The Bronx will host their games, becoming the second club (after D.C.) to share its ground with a Major League Baseball club. (This is not by coincidence—the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams New York Yankees]] own a 20% stake in the team, with [[EnglishPremierLeague [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Manchester City]] owning the rest.) Home of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard.



* ''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 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]]

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* ''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 EnglishPremierLeague 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]]
17th Feb '16 2:58:22 PM Gsueagle31049
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* ''Minnesota United FC'' is scheduled to enter the league either in 2017 or 2018. MN United will become the sixth MLS club to be promoted from a lower-division league. The club's ownership group includes current NASL franchise owner Bill [=McGuire=], Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and Twins owner Jim Pohlad. This group beat out Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf, as MLS preferred MN United's outdoor soccer-specific stadium plan, as opposed to Wilf's intentions of hosting the team in US Bank Stadium, the Vikings' new domed stadium currently under construction. MN 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. If the league permits them, the team is considering playing the 2017 season either at Target Field or the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.

Several other cities (Sacramento, San Antonio, St. Louis, and Las Vegas) are also seriously vying for expansion slots, especially if one of the above mentioned planned expansions fall through or when the league decides to expand beyond 24 clubs.

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* ''Minnesota United FC'' FC''[[note]]The club may be forced to change their name, since there's DC United and the forthcoming Atlanta United FC[[/note]] is scheduled to enter the league either in 2017 or 2018. MN United will become the sixth MLS club to be promoted from a lower-division league. The club's ownership group includes current NASL franchise owner Bill [=McGuire=], Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and Twins owner Jim Pohlad. This group beat out Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf, as MLS preferred MN United's outdoor soccer-specific stadium plan, as opposed to Wilf's intentions of hosting the team in US Bank Stadium, the Vikings' new domed stadium currently under construction. MN 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. If the league permits them, them to enter the league in 2017, the team is considering playing the 2017 season either at Target Field or the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.

Several other cities (Sacramento, San Antonio, St. Louis, Las Vegas, and Las Vegas) Charlotte) are also seriously vying for expansion slots, especially if one of the above mentioned planned expansions fall through or when the league decides to expand beyond 24 clubs.
1st Feb '16 11:23:03 AM FF32
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* ''Philadelphia Union'' - An expansion team started in 2010 and is based in the riverside suburb of Chester with a stadium having a beautiful view of the nearby Commodore Barry Bridge. A ''lot'' of their culture is related to BenjaminFranklin and UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution — they have 13 stars on the crest, their name is a reference to the union of the Thirteen Colonies, they put a snake on the crest to reference Franklin's famous "Join or Die" political cartoon, their oldest and biggest supporters group is called the Sons of Ben...you get the idea. Prior to the Union's establishment in 2008, Philadelphia was the largest media market without a MLS franchise, holding this distinction for nearly a decade.

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* ''Philadelphia Union'' - An expansion team started in 2010 and is based in the riverside suburb of Chester with a stadium having a beautiful view of the nearby Commodore Barry Bridge. A ''lot'' of their culture is related to BenjaminFranklin Creator/BenjaminFranklin and UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution — they have 13 stars on the crest, their name is a reference to the union of the Thirteen Colonies, they put a snake on the crest to reference Franklin's famous "Join or Die" political cartoon, their oldest and biggest supporters group is called the Sons of Ben...you get the idea. Prior to the Union's establishment in 2008, Philadelphia was the largest media market without a MLS franchise, holding this distinction for nearly a decade.
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* ''New York City FC'' - One of two new teams for 2015. Unlike the Red Bulls or the NFL's Jets and Giants, they're trying to play in the Big Apple itself; until a stadium is built, Yankee Stadium in The Bronx will host their games, becoming the second club (after D.C.) to share its ground with a Major League Baseball club. (This is not by coincidence—the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams New York Yankees]] own a 20% stake in the team, with [[EnglishPremierLeague Manchester City]] owning the rest.) Home of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard.

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* ''New York City FC'' - One of the two new teams for 2015.2015 expansion teams, and the second team based in the New York metropolitan area. Unlike the Red Bulls or the NFL's Jets and Giants, they're trying to play in the Big Apple itself; until a stadium is built, Yankee Stadium in The Bronx will host their games, becoming the second club (after D.C.) to share its ground with a Major League Baseball club. (This is not by coincidence—the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams New York Yankees]] own a 20% stake in the team, with [[EnglishPremierLeague Manchester City]] owning the rest.) Home of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard.



* ''Orlando City SC'' - The other new club for 2015, and 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 the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl Stadium while their permanent home stadium is constructed near the Amway Center; the new stadium was expected to open by their second season, but has now been delayed to the last half of that season. 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'' - The other new club for 2015, and 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 the newly remodeled Citrus Bowl 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 the last half of that season.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 St. Louis Rams and majority shareholder of 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]]

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* ''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 St. Louis Los Angeles Rams and majority shareholder of 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]]



* ''CD Chivas USA'' - Before the 2014 season, it was under the same ownership as its then-parent club, the Mexican team Club Deportivo Guadalajara, whose nickname is "Chivas" (Spanish for goat). It was regarded by both Guadalajara and Chivas USA fans as the B-team of CD Guadalajara, making the former the only football club in the world with a reserves team playing in another country in another league. Controversially known in the 2013 season for their push to have a team of all Mexican and Mexican-American heritage, with two dismissed non-Latino youth coaches filing a discrimination lawsuit. Shortly before the 2014 season, the team was bought by MLS.
** After two seasons of abysmal numbers,[[note]]Hint: they were outdrawn by half the pro minor leagues of soccer[[/note]] the league decided to fold Chivas USA, and instead sold the franchise rights to an investor group led by venture capitalist Henry Nguyen. The replacement, Los Angeles FC, will start play either in 2017 or 2018. This new team will not carry over the records from Chivas, making that franchise effectively dead in MLS' eyes.

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* ''CD Chivas USA'' - MLS' first attempt at a second Los Angeles team. Before the 2014 season, it was under the same ownership as its then-parent club, the Mexican team Club Deportivo Guadalajara, whose nickname is "Chivas" (Spanish for goat). It was regarded by both Guadalajara and Chivas USA fans as the B-team of CD Guadalajara, making the former the only football club in the world with a reserves team playing in another country in another league. Controversially known in the 2013 season for their push to have a team of all Mexican and Mexican-American heritage, with two dismissed non-Latino youth coaches filing a discrimination lawsuit. Shortly before the 2014 season, the team was bought by MLS.
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MLS. After two seasons of abysmal numbers,[[note]]Hint: they were outdrawn by half the pro minor leagues of soccer[[/note]] the league decided to fold Chivas USA, and instead sold the franchise rights to an investor group led by venture capitalist Henry Nguyen. The replacement, Los Angeles FC, will start play either in 2017 or 2018. This new team will not carry over the records from Chivas, making that franchise effectively dead in MLS' eyes.



* ''Minnesota United FC'' is scheduled to enter the league either in 2017 or 2018. MN United will become the sixth MLS club to be promoted from a lower-division league. The club's ownership group includes current NASL franchise owner Bill [=McGuire=], Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and Twins owner Jim Pohlad. This group beat out Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf, as MLS preferred MN United's outdoor soccer-specific stadium plan, as opposed to Wilf's intentions of hosting the team in U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings' new domed stadium currently under construction. MN 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. If the league permits them, the team is considering playing the 2017 season either at Target Field or the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.

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* ''Minnesota United FC'' is scheduled to enter the league either in 2017 or 2018. MN United will become the sixth MLS club to be promoted from a lower-division league. The club's ownership group includes current NASL franchise owner Bill [=McGuire=], Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and Twins owner Jim Pohlad. This group beat out Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf, as MLS preferred MN United's outdoor soccer-specific stadium plan, as opposed to Wilf's intentions of hosting the team in U.S. US Bank Stadium, the Vikings' new domed stadium currently under construction. MN 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. If the league permits them, the team is considering playing the 2017 season either at Target Field or the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.
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