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Several other cities, particularly those with an existing NASL or USL team, are also seriously vying for expansion slots if one of the above mentioned expansions (read: Miami) fall through or when the league decides to expand to 28 teams. Front-runners in the post-2020 expansion phase include Sacramento, St. Louis, Detroit, and San Antonio. Other rumored candidates include Cincinnati, San Diego, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and Austin.

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Several other cities, particularly those with an existing NASL or USL team, are also seriously vying for expansion slots if one of the above mentioned expansions (read: Miami) fall through or when the league decides to expand to 28 teams. Front-runners in the post-2020 expansion phase include Sacramento, St. Louis, Detroit, San Antonio, Cincinnati, and San Antonio. Diego. Other rumored candidates include Cincinnati, San Diego, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and Austin.
30th Nov '16 11:48:44 PM mlsmithca
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* ''Toronto FC'' - The first Canadian team to join MLS, having started playing in 2007. Though their MLS career is rather undistinguished (they have never finished higher than 11th in the league), they have been more successful in the Canadian Championship (contested by Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC since 2008, and also by the NASL's FC Edmonton since 2011 and Ottawa Fury since 2014), winning four years in a row from 2009-2012. Rather unlucky in the league in recent years, as they are known for purchasing great new players and performing well in the regular season, but missing the playoffs by one or two spots; however in the 2016 playoffs, TFC became the first Canadian club to reach the MLS Cup game, beating national rival Montreal in the Eastern Confern. Home of American internationals Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and Italian international Sebastian Giovinco.

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* ''Toronto FC'' - The first Canadian team to join MLS, having started playing in 2007. Though their MLS career is rather undistinguished (they have (until 2016, they had never finished higher than 11th in the league), they have been more successful in the Canadian Championship (contested by Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC since 2008, and also by the NASL's FC Edmonton since 2011 and Ottawa Fury since 2014), winning four years in a row from 2009-2012. Rather unlucky in the league in recent years, as they are known for purchasing great new players and performing well in the regular season, but missing the playoffs by one or two spots; however however, they overcame this in the 2016 playoffs, TFC became playoffs to become the first Canadian club team to reach the MLS Cup game, beating national rival rivals Montreal in the Eastern Confern.Conference final. Home of American internationals Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and Italian international Sebastian Giovinco.
30th Nov '16 9:15:36 PM Gsueagle31049
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* ''Toronto FC'' - The first Canadian team to join MLS, having started playing in 2007. Though their MLS career is rather undistinguished (they have never finished higher than 11th in the league), they have been more successful in the Canadian Championship (contested by Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC since 2008, and also by the NASL's FC Edmonton since 2011 and Ottawa Fury since 2014), winning four years in a row from 2009-2012. Rather unlucky in the league in recent years, as they are known for purchasing great new players and performing well in the regular season, but missing the playoffs by one or two spots. Home of American internationals Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and Italian international Sebastian Giovinco.

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* ''Toronto FC'' - The first Canadian team to join MLS, having started playing in 2007. Though their MLS career is rather undistinguished (they have never finished higher than 11th in the league), they have been more successful in the Canadian Championship (contested by Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC since 2008, and also by the NASL's FC Edmonton since 2011 and Ottawa Fury since 2014), winning four years in a row from 2009-2012. Rather unlucky in the league in recent years, as they are known for purchasing great new players and performing well in the regular season, but missing the playoffs by one or two spots.spots; however in the 2016 playoffs, TFC became the first Canadian club to reach the MLS Cup game, beating national rival Montreal in the Eastern Confern. Home of American internationals Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and Italian international Sebastian Giovinco.



Several other cities, particularly those with an existing NASL or USL 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 expansions (read: Miami) fall through or when the league decides to expand to 28 teams.

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Several other cities, particularly those with an existing NASL or USL team (Sacramento, San Antonio, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Oklahoma City, San Diego, and Austin), team, are also seriously vying for expansion slots if one of the above mentioned expansions (read: Miami) fall through or when the league decides to expand to 28 teams.
teams. Front-runners in the post-2020 expansion phase include Sacramento, St. Louis, Detroit, and San Antonio. Other rumored candidates include Cincinnati, San Diego, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and Austin.
29th Nov '16 3:09:04 AM Zottoman
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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 [[UsefulNotes/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 [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Manchester City]] owning the rest.) Home of David Villa, Villa and Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard.Pirlo



* ''Colorado Rapids'' - one of the ten charter franchises of the MLS. Not exactly a decorated club, though they do have one MLS Cup to their name. Also notable for being the last team to put advertisements on their kit, finally doing so during the 2014 season. They are owned by Stan Kroenke, owner of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and majority shareholder of UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague club Arsenal; his family also owns the NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche.[[note]]Due to NFL rules, he was forced to transfer his interests in the Nuggets and Avs to a family trust after becoming sole owner of the Rams. His son Josh now has day-to-day control of those two teams.[[/note]] Current club of the aforementioned Tim Howard, who joined in the middle of the 2016 season after a long run in the EPL.

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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 UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague club Arsenal; his family also owns the NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche.[[note]]Due to NFL rules, he was forced to transfer his interests in the Nuggets and Avs to a family trust after becoming sole owner of the Rams. His son Josh now has day-to-day control of those two teams.[[/note]] Current club of the aforementioned Tim Howard, who joined in the middle of the 2016 season after a long run in the EPL.Howard.



* ''LA Galaxy'' - Five time MLS Cup champions (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014), their most recent Cup broke a tie with D.C. United for most decorated team. Made big news in 2007 by signing David Beckham. Current team of Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, and (after ending a two-year retirement in 2016) Landon Donovan.

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* ''LA Galaxy'' - Five time MLS Cup champions (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014), their most recent Cup broke a tie with D.C. United for most decorated team. Made big news in 2007 by signing David Beckham. Current team of Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Giovani dos Santos, Ashley Cole, and (after ending a two-year retirement in 2016) Landon Donovan.



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), 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), the ''Hudson River Derby'' between New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls, 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 Nov '16 6:18:17 PM Gsueagle31049
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In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The New England Revolution and D.C. United still play in that type of venue, along with Seattle Sounders FC; in the latter case ticket demand is enough to justify it.[[note]] The stadium choices for the Revolution and the Sounders were not coincidental - both are owned either in full or part by NFL team owners. The Revolution are owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; the Sounders are part-owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.[[/note]] The Vancouver Whitecaps FC share BC Place with the CFL's BC Lions, using a mechanized curtain system to close off the upper deck, and are the only current team to play in a retractable roof stadium. 2015 expansion clubs Orlando City SC and New York City FC are playing in Camping World Stadium[[note]]formerly the Citrus Bowl[[/note]] and Yankee Stadium, respectively, on an interim basis while they await construction of their own stadiums.

The league is divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences. A regular MLS Season is played in a modified double round robin format, with all 20 teams playing 34 regular-season games[[note]]Currently, a team plays against all 9 teams in their own conference at least twice with 6 additional intra-conference matches, and all 10 teams in the opposing conference once[[/note]], running from early March to late October. The standings are determined by the standard FIFA point system, with a win equal to 3 points, a draw with 1 point, and none for a loss. At the end of the regular season, the team with most points wins the Supporters' Shield trophy, and gains the top overall seed in the playoffs.

The top 6 teams in each conference qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The First Round in each conference 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 is applied first (a feature added 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.

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In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The New England Revolution and D.C. United still play in that type of venue, along with Seattle Sounders FC; in the latter case ticket demand is enough to justify it.[[note]] The stadium choices for the Revolution and the Sounders were not coincidental - both are owned either in full or part by NFL team owners. The Revolution are owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; the Sounders are part-owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.[[/note]] The Vancouver Whitecaps FC share BC Place with the CFL's BC Lions, using a mechanized curtain system to close off the upper deck, and are the only current team to play in a retractable roof stadium. 2015 expansion clubs Orlando City SC and New York City FC are playing in Camping World Stadium[[note]]formerly the Citrus Bowl[[/note]] and currently plays its home matches at Yankee Stadium, respectively, on an interim basis Stadium while they await construction of attempt to build their own stadiums.

stadium. 2017 expansion teams Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC will spend at least part of their first season in college football stadiums.

The league is divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences. A regular MLS Season is played in a modified double round robin format, with all 20 teams playing 34 regular-season games[[note]]Currently, a games[[note]]In 2017, each team plays against all 9 teams will play 24 matches in their own conference at least twice with 6 additional intra-conference matches, and all 10 teams matches in the opposing conference once[[/note]], opposite conference.[[/note]], running from early March to late October. The standings are determined by the standard FIFA point system, with a win equal to 3 points, a draw with 1 point, and none for a loss. At the end of the regular season, the team with most points wins the Supporters' Shield trophy, and gains the top overall seed in the playoffs.

The top 6 teams in each conference qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The top two teams in each conference receives a bye into the Conference Semifinals. The First Round in each conference 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 is applied first (a feature added 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.



* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium. MLS sought to have the team ready to join LAFC in 2018; however, the Miami team is now projected to launch in 2019. 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[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium at least as a short-term solution.
* ''Minnesota United FC'' is scheduled to enter the league in 2017, alongside Atlanta United. 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 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. For at least their inaugural season, the team will play their home matches at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.

Several other cities, 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 (read: Miami) 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. MLS sought to have the team ready to join LAFC the league in 2018; 2018 alongside LAFC; however, the Miami team is now projected to launch in 2019. 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 Minnesota 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]], proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium at least as a short-term solution.
* ''Minnesota United FC'' is scheduled to enter the league in 2017, alongside Atlanta United. MN Minnesota 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 fixed roof stadium. MN Minnesota United originally planned to build their new stadium near the Twins' home of Target Field; however, the team now plans to build the stadium in St. Paul after plans in Minneapolis stalled. For at least their inaugural season, the team will play their home matches at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium while the St. Paul stadium is being built.

Several other cities, particularly those with an existing lower division NASL or USL 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 (read: Miami) 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[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium at least as a short-term solution.

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* ''Miami'' will enter the league once it can build a new stadium; stadium. MLS sought to have the team ready to join LAFC in 2018; however, unlike Atlanta, Minnesota, and LA, no expected entry year has been set for Miami.the Miami team is now projected to launch in 2019. 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[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium at least as a short-term solution.
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Another 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 standpoint, 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 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 standpoint, a spring-to-fall schedule means MLS only has to compete against UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Major League Baseball]] 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).



In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The New England Revolution and D.C. United still play in that type of venue, along with Seattle Sounders FC; in the latter case ticket demand is enough to justify it.[[note]] The stadium choices for the Revolution and the Sounders were not coincidental - both are owned either in full or part by NFL team owners. The Revolution are owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; the Sounders are part-owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.[[/note]] The Vancouver Whitecaps FC share BC Place with the CFL's BC Lions, using a mechanized curtain system to close off the upper deck, and are the only current team to play in a retractable roof stadium. 2015 expansion clubs Orlando City SC and New York City FC are playing in the Citrus Bowl Stadium and Yankee Stadium, respectively, on an interim basis while they await construction of their own stadiums.

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In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The New England Revolution and D.C. United still play in that type of venue, along with Seattle Sounders FC; in the latter case ticket demand is enough to justify it.[[note]] The stadium choices for the Revolution and the Sounders were not coincidental - both are owned either in full or part by NFL team owners. The Revolution are owned by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots; the Sounders are part-owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks.[[/note]] The Vancouver Whitecaps FC share BC Place with the CFL's BC Lions, using a mechanized curtain system to close off the upper deck, and are the only current team to play in a retractable roof stadium. 2015 expansion clubs Orlando City SC and New York City FC are playing in Camping World Stadium[[note]]formerly the Citrus Bowl Stadium Bowl[[/note]] and Yankee Stadium, respectively, on an interim basis while they await construction of their own stadiums.



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

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



* ''Atlanta United FC'' is scheduled to enter MLS in 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], will own the team, and the club will share the Falcons' new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The new stadium is designed to be scalable for soccer, retracting lower bowl seats to widen the field and closing off the upper decks with a mechanized curtain. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league.
* ''Los Angeles FC'' has been announced as an expansion team separate from CD Chivas USA, which folded after the 2014 season. The ownership group is led by Harry Nguyen and includes names like Vincent Tan, [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Magic Johnson]], Mia Hamm, and Creator/WillFerrell. The team currently plans to build its new stadium on the site of the LA Memorial Sports Arena; however, this delayed their entry into the league to 2018.

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* ''Atlanta United FC'' is scheduled to enter MLS in 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], will own the team, and the club will share the Falcons' new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The new stadium is designed to be scalable for soccer, retracting lower bowl seats to widen the field and closing off the upper decks with a mechanized curtain. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league.
league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team will play its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium until the new stadium is ready.
* ''Los Angeles FC'' has been announced as an expansion team separate from CD Chivas USA, which folded after the 2014 season.season; the new club is scheduled to join the league in 2018. The ownership group is led by Harry Nguyen and includes names like Vincent Tan, [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Magic Johnson]], Mia Hamm, and Creator/WillFerrell. The team currently plans to build is building its new stadium stadium, Banc of California Stadium, adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the site of formerly occupied by the LA Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena; however, this delayed their entry into the league to 2018.Arena.



Several other cities, 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.

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Several other cities, 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 (read: Miami) fall through or when the league decides to expand to 28 teams.
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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 Major League Soccer's minor league, with each MLS team either owning their own reserve team or affiliating with an independently-owned team.

Another 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).

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

Another 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, standpoint, 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).



The top 6 teams in each conference qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The First Round in each conference 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 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]].

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The top 6 teams in each conference qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs. The First Round in each conference 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 is applied first (a new feature added 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 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 two levels below MLS[[note]]FC Edmonton from the NASL, and Ottawa Fury FC[[/note]].
FC, dropping from the NASL to the USL for 2017[[/note]].



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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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 was 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 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 29 - 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.



* ''Colorado Rapids'' - one of the ten charter franchises of the MLS. Not exactly a decorated club, though they do have one MLS Cup to their name. Also notable for being the last team to put advertisements on their kit, finally doing so during the 2014 season. They are owned by Stan Kroenke, owner of the NFL's Los Angeles Rams and majority shareholder of UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague club Arsenal; his family also owns the NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche.[[note]]Due to NFL rules, he was forced to transfer his interests in the Nuggets and Avs to a family trust after becoming sole owner of the Rams. His son Josh now has day-to-day control of those two teams.[[/note]]
* ''FC Dallas'' - Formerly the Dallas Burn, they are another one of the 10 charter clubs of MLS. They changed their name upon transferring to a soccer-specific ground, Pizza Hut Park (now Toyota Stadium) in 2005. The team is owned by Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt; his late father Lamar Hunt was one of MLS' key investors, and the Hunt family also previously owned Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew SC. Won their first Supporters' Shield in 2016.

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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 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]]
[[/note]] Current club of the aforementioned Tim Howard, who joined in the middle of the 2016 season after a long run in the EPL.
* ''FC Dallas'' - Formerly the Dallas Burn, they are another one of the 10 charter clubs of MLS. They changed their name upon transferring to a soccer-specific ground, Pizza Hut Park (now Toyota Stadium) Stadium), in 2005. The team is owned by Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt; his late father Lamar Hunt was one of MLS' key investors, and the Hunt family also previously owned Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew SC. Won their first Supporters' Shield in 2016.
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* ''New York Red Bulls'' - Originally the New York[=/=]New Jersey [=MetroStars=] (later just the [=MetroStars=], with no region identifier), they are the only MLS team to have their sponsor, [[JustifiedTrope who also owns the franchise]], included in the team name. Two-time and current Supporters' Shield winners (2013 and 2015). They were the last club of Thierry Henry, who retired after the 2014 season. Also notable for having a severe case of EveryYearTheyFizzleOut (like cans of Red Bull) when they're in good years, especially as of late. Typically, the Red Bulls will field one of the most skilled and talented squads in the league, but fail to make the cup.

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



* ''FC Dallas'' - Formerly the Dallas Burn, they are another one of the 10 charter clubs of MLS. They changed their name upon transferring to a soccer-specific ground, Pizza Hut Park (now Toyota Stadium) in 2005. The team is owned by Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt; his late father Lamar Hunt was one of MLS' key investors, and the Hunt family also previously owned Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew SC. Two-time and current U.S. Open Cup champions (1997, 2016).

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* ''FC Dallas'' - Formerly the Dallas Burn, they are another one of the 10 charter clubs of MLS. They changed their name upon transferring to a soccer-specific ground, Pizza Hut Park (now Toyota Stadium) in 2005. The team is owned by Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt; his late father Lamar Hunt was one of MLS' key investors, and the Hunt family also previously owned Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew SC. Two-time and current U.S. Open Cup champions (1997, 2016).Won their first Supporters' Shield in 2016.
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* ''FC Dallas'' - formerly the Dallas Burn, they are another one of the 10 charter clubs of MLS. They changed their name upon transferring to a soccer-specific ground, Pizza Hut Park (now Toyota Stadium) in 2005. The team is owned by Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt; his late father Lamar Hunt was one of MLS' key investors, and the Hunt family also previously owned Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew SC.

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* ''FC Dallas'' - formerly Formerly the Dallas Burn, they are another one of the 10 charter clubs of MLS. They changed their name upon transferring to a soccer-specific ground, Pizza Hut Park (now Toyota Stadium) in 2005. The team is owned by Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt; his late father Lamar Hunt was one of MLS' key investors, and the Hunt family also previously owned Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew SC. Two-time and current U.S. Open Cup champions (1997, 2016).
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