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22nd Jul '16 10:27:14 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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Another different between MLS and its European counterparts is that the season runs from spring-to-fall. This has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA on the grounds it conflicts with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup. So far, the main reason MLS have opposed a fall-to-spring schedule is because of winter weather in Canada and some parts of the US. Plus, from a marketing stand point, a spring-to-fall schedule means MLS 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. A FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would be in competition against both several other American sports leagues ([[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]]) ''and'' soccer leagues from abroad. Most of the other countries with spring-to-fall soccer leagues are either in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g. Brazil) or far up north (e.g. Sweden).

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Another different difference between MLS and its European counterparts is that the season runs from spring-to-fall. This has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA on the grounds it conflicts with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup. So far, the main reason MLS have opposed a fall-to-spring schedule is because of winter weather in Canada and some parts of the US. Plus, from a marketing stand point, a spring-to-fall schedule means MLS 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. A FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would be in competition against both several other American sports leagues ([[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]]) ''and'' soccer leagues from abroad. Most of the other countries with spring-to-fall soccer leagues are either in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g. Brazil) or far up north (e.g. Sweden).
16th Jun '16 5:57:14 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[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals[[note]]first near [=PortMiami=], then near the American Airlines Arena, and finally next door to Marlins Park[[/note]], Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's on campus football stadium at least as a temporary solution.
* ''Minnesota United 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 to enter the league in 2017, the team is considering playing at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.

Several other cities, especially those with an existing lower division team (Sacramento, San Antonio, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Oklahoma City, San Diego, and Austin), are also seriously vying for expansion slots if one of the above mentioned planned expansions fall through or when the league decides to expand to 28 teams.

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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[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals[[note]]first near [=PortMiami=], then near the American Airlines Arena, and finally next door to Marlins Park[[/note]], Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's on campus FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium at least as a temporary short-term solution.
* ''Minnesota United 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.fixed roof stadium. 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 to enter the league in 2017, the team is considering playing at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.

Several other cities, especially particularly those with an existing lower division team (Sacramento, San Antonio, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Oklahoma City, San Diego, and Austin), are also seriously vying for expansion slots if one of the above mentioned planned expansions fall through or when the league decides to expand to 28 teams.
5th Jun '16 6:04:20 PM Gsueagle31049
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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 soccer league to operate the same way. The United Soccer League, the third tier of North American soccer, acts as MLS' "farm league", with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.

Another different between MLS and its European counterparts is that the season runs from spring-to-fall. This has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA on the grounds it conflicts with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup. So far, the main MLS reason have opposed a fall-to-spring schedule is because of winter weather in Canada and some parts of the US. Plus, from a marketing stand point, a spring-to-fall schedule means MLS 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. A FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would be in competition against both several other American sports leagues ([[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]]) ''and'' soccer leagues from abroad. Most of the other countries with fall-to-spring soccer leagues are either in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g. Brazil) or far up north (e.g. Sweden).

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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 soccer league to operate the same way. The United Soccer League, the third tier of North American soccer, acts as MLS' "farm league", Major League Soccer's minor league, with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.

Another different between MLS and its European counterparts is that the season runs from spring-to-fall. This has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA on the grounds it conflicts with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup. So far, the main MLS reason MLS have opposed a fall-to-spring schedule is because of winter weather in Canada and some parts of the US. Plus, from a marketing stand point, a spring-to-fall schedule means MLS 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. A FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would be in competition against both several other American sports leagues ([[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]]) ''and'' soccer leagues from abroad. Most of the other countries with fall-to-spring spring-to-fall soccer leagues are either in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g. Brazil) or far up north (e.g. Sweden).



The top 6 teams in each conference qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The First Round in each conference consist of two one-game knockout matches, with the 4th seed hosting the 5th seed and the 3rd seed hosting the 6th seed, with extra time and penalty kicks if necessary. The winners of the knockout matches advance to the Conference Semifinals, and teams are reseeded with the lower remaining seed playing against the 1st seed and the higher remaining seed playing against the 2nd seed. The Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals are two games each, with the team garnering higher aggregate goals advancing to the next round. In the case of a tie at the end of the second leg, the away goals rule will be applied first (a new feature for the 2014 season). In other words, the team that scored more goals away from home will advance. If the teams are tied on both total goals and away goals, extra time is played. If the teams are still tied, penalty kicks are used; the away goals rule ''is not'' applied for goals scored during extra time. The winners of the Conference Finals advance to the MLS Cup, a single match that is hosted by the team which finished higher in the Supporters' Shield standings. Again, in case of a tie at full time, extra time is used, with penalty kicks if necessary. From the league's inception until the 2011 season, the MLS Cup championship was held in a predetermined site, similar to the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl.

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; also, any professional lower division team 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 NASL[[note]]currently FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC[[/note]].

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The top 6 teams in each conference qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The First Round in each conference consist consists of two one-game knockout matches, with the 4th seed hosting the 5th seed and the 3rd seed hosting the 6th seed, with extra time and penalty kicks if necessary. The winners of the knockout matches advance to the Conference Semifinals, and teams are reseeded with the lower remaining seed playing against the 1st seed and the higher remaining seed playing against the 2nd seed. The Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals are two games each, with the team garnering higher aggregate goals advancing to the next round. In the case of a tie at the end of the second leg, the away goals rule will be applied first (a new feature for the 2014 season). In other words, the team that scored more goals away from home will advance. If the teams are tied on both total goals and away goals, extra time is played. If the teams are still tied, penalty kicks are used; the away goals rule ''is not'' applied for goals scored during extra time. The winners of the Conference Finals advance to the MLS Cup, a single match that is hosted by the team which finished higher in the Supporters' Shield standings. Again, in case of a tie at full time, extra time is used, with penalty kicks if necessary. From the league's inception until the 2011 season, the MLS Cup championship was held in a predetermined site, similar to the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl.

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, starting in 2016, any professional lower division team either majority-owned by a higher division team is ineligible; also, any professional lower 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 NASL[[note]]currently FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC[[/note]].
27th May '16 10:11:24 AM KYCubbie
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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.

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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, structure[[note]]before the Conference is 201516 English season, that country used the "Conference" to refer to the division directly below the four professional leagues, and the division below that is was divided into the Northern Conferences North and Southern Conference, South, the teams of which are invariably staffed by part-timers. In other words, two 'Conference' leagues carries carry 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.
26th May '16 12:15:22 PM JohnPrestwick
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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. Also, the United Soccer League, the third tier of North American soccer, acts as MLS' "farm league", with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.[[/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]]

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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 Each of the teams in the league that has fixed membership is are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their European counterparts. The A-League of Australia, also with a team from New Zealand. Also, in Australia is the only soccer league to operate the same way. The United Soccer League, the third tier of North American soccer, acts as MLS' "farm league", with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.[[/note]] Each of the teams in the league are franchises granted by the league, as opposed to being completely individual entities like their team.

Another different between MLS and its
European counterparts.[[note]]The A-League operates counterparts is that the same way.[[/note]]

The league
season runs from spring-to-fall. This has been criticized by its European counterparts and FIFA for its spring-to-fall scheduling, conflicting on the grounds it conflicts with the FIFA calendar and major summer tournaments, especially the World Cup.[[note]]In MLS' defense, playing during Cup. So far, the main MLS reason have opposed a fall-to-spring schedule is because of winter would be less than ideal for MLS clubs weather in Canada and some parts of 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 a spring-to-fall schedule means MLS 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 summer. A FIFA-compatible fall-to-spring calendar would mean MLS would not only have to compete be in competition against the top both several other American sports leagues ([[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] and NCAA [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]]) ''and'' soccer leagues abroad from abroad. Most of the other countries with fall-to-spring soccer leagues are either in the Southern Hemisphere (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]]
Brazil) or far up north (e.g. Sweden).
21st May '16 1:47:13 PM Gsueagle31049
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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 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 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; also, any professional lower division team 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 NASL[[note]]currently FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC[[/note]].
9th May '16 2:10:22 PM Gsueagle31049
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Several other cities (Sacramento, San Antonio, St. Louis, Las Vegas, and 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.

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Several other cities cities, especially those with an existing lower division team (Sacramento, San Antonio, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Oklahoma City, San Diego, and Charlotte) Austin), are also seriously vying for expansion slots, especially slots if one of the above mentioned planned expansions fall through or when the league decides to expand beyond 24 clubs.
to 28 teams.
1st May '16 12:24:22 PM Gsueagle31049
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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]]

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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. Also, the United Soccer League, the third tier of North American soccer, acts as MLS' "farm league", with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.[[/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]]
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.
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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.
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