History UsefulNotes / MajorLeagueSoccer

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Notable for celebrating the working-class side of their fanbase. Won the MLS Cup in 2008, as well as three Supporters' Shields. The team is credited with building the first MLS-specific stadium, with other teams soon following suit.

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Notable for celebrating the working-class side of their fanbase. Won the MLS Cup in 2008, as well as three Supporters' Shields. The team is credited with building the first MLS-specific stadium, with other teams soon following suit. In October 2017, team owner Anthony Precourt announced his intentions of moving his club to Austin, Texas if he doesn't get a new stadium built in downtown Columbus.



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

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The third Canadian team to join the league (after Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps in that order), they replaced a second-division (USL/USSF/NASL) club of the same name in 2012. Some high-profile matches are played at the larger Olympic Stadium; the Impact's regular home ground, Stade Saputo, is located just north of Olympic Stadium. The Impact became the first Canadian team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2015, losing 5-3 on aggregate to Mexican club América.



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

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



The team will join the league once stadium plans are finalized. The club is backed by retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]Beckham's expansion fee was $25 million, while the owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million to enter the league. Prospective owners for the 25th and 26th franchises will have to pay an $150 million entrance fee[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020 and intense competition for new franchises, Beckham's group could end up losing its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time. More recently, rumors emerged in spring 2017 that the Beckham group may abandon Miami in favor of Las Vegas; however, in June 2017, the group acquired the last parcel of land necessary to build their stadium.

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The team will join the league once stadium plans are finalized. The club is backed by retired English football icon David Beckham, his business partner Simon Fuller (creator of the ''[[Series/AmericanIdol Idol]]'' franchise), and Miami-based Bolivian telecom billionaire Marcelo Claure. Beckham exercised an option in his original MLS contract to buy an expansion team at a reduced price[[note]]Beckham's expansion fee was $25 million, while the owners for NYCFC, Orlando City, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Minnesota United paid between $70 million to $100 million to enter the league. Prospective owners for the 25th and 26th franchises will have to pay an a $150 million entrance fee[[/note]]. After three failed stadium proposals, Miami Beckham United currently plans to build their new stadium in the Overtown neighborhood. The Miami-Dade government had previously endorsed FIU's[[note]]Florida International University[[/note]] on-campus football stadium as a short-term solution. The league sought to have the Miami team ready in 2018, to launch alongside LAFC; however, with the league's announcement of expansion for 2020 and intense competition for new franchises, Beckham's group could end up losing its franchise rights if a stadium is not secured in time. More recently, rumors emerged in spring 2017 that the Beckham group may abandon Miami in favor of Las Vegas; however, in June 2017, the group acquired the last parcel of land necessary to build their stadium.
3rd Oct '17 11:42:01 PM KYCubbie
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-->'''Trophies Won:''' 2000 & 2013 MLS Cup, 2000 Supporters Shield, 2004, 2012 & 2015 US Open Cup\\
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, 2012 and 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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-->'''Trophies Won:''' 2000 & 2013 MLS Cup, 2000 Supporters Shield, 2004, 2012 2012, 2015 & 2015 2017 US Open Cup\\
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, 2012 2012, 2015 and 2015.2017. 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.
3rd Oct '17 11:33:53 PM KYCubbie
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-->'''Trophies Won:''' 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 & 2017 Canadian Championship\\
The first Canadian team to join MLS, having started playing in 2007. Though their MLS career is rather undistinguished (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, they overcame this in the 2016 playoffs to become the first Canadian team to reach the MLS Cup game, beating national rivals Montreal in the Eastern Conference final. Home of American internationals Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and Italian international Sebastian Giovinco.

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-->'''Trophies Won:''' 2017 Supporters Shield; 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 & 2017 Canadian Championship\\
The first Canadian team to join MLS, having started playing in 2007. Though their MLS career is rather undistinguished (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, they overcame this in the 2016 playoffs to become the first Canadian team to reach the MLS Cup game, beating national rivals Montreal in the Eastern Conference final. The next year, TFC became the first Canadian team to claim the Supporters Shield. Home of American internationals Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, and Italian international Sebastian Giovinco.
18th Sep '17 3:35:27 AM KYCubbie
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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/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).

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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/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 whose seasons fall within a single calendar year are either in the Southern Hemisphere Hemisphere, where such a league would play a fall-to-spring calendar (e.g. Brazil) Brazil), or far up north (e.g. Sweden).
13th Sep '17 10:34:46 PM DaNuke
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MLS' first attempt at a second Los Angeles team. Before the 2014 season, it was under the same ownership as its then-parent club, the Mexican team Club Deportivo Guadalajara, whose nickname is "Chivas" (Spanish for goats). It was regarded by both Guadalajara and Chivas USA fans as the B-team of CD Guadalajara, making the former the only football club in the world with a reserves team playing in another country in another league. Controversially known in the 2013 season for their push to have a team of all Mexican and Mexican-American heritage, with two dismissed non-Latino youth coaches filing a discrimination lawsuit. Shortly before the 2014 season, the team was bought by MLS. After two seasons of abysmal numbers,[[note]]Hint: they were outdrawn by half the pro minor leagues of soccer[[/note]] the league decided to fold Chivas USA, and instead sold the franchise rights to an investor group led by venture capitalist Henry Nguyen. The replacement, Los Angeles FC, will start play in 2018. This new team will not carry over the records from Chivas, making that franchise effectively dead in MLS' eyes.

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MLS' first attempt at a second Los Angeles team. Before the 2014 season, it was under the same ownership as its then-parent club, the Mexican team Club Deportivo Guadalajara, whose nickname is "Chivas" (Spanish for goats). It was regarded by both Guadalajara and Chivas USA fans as the B-team of CD Guadalajara, making the former the only football club in the world with a reserves team playing in another country in another league. Controversially known in the 2013 season for their push to have a team of all Mexican and Mexican-American heritage, heritage just like the Guadalajara Chivas, with two dismissed non-Latino youth coaches filing a discrimination lawsuit. Shortly before the 2014 season, the team was bought by MLS. After two seasons of abysmal numbers,[[note]]Hint: they were outdrawn by half the pro minor leagues of soccer[[/note]] the league decided to fold Chivas USA, and instead sold the franchise rights to an investor group led by venture capitalist Henry Nguyen. The replacement, Los Angeles FC, will start play in 2018. This new team will not carry over the records from Chivas, making that franchise effectively dead in MLS' eyes.
11th Sep '17 1:44:45 PM KYCubbie
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-->'''Current Head Coach:''' Curt Onalfo
-->'''Current Captain:''' Jelle Van Damme

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-->'''Current Head Coach:''' Curt Onalfo
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-->'''Current Captain:''' Jelle Van DammeAshley Cole
28th Aug '17 11:56:07 PM AreYouTyler
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-->'''Current Head Coach:''' Pablo Mastroeni

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-->'''Current Head Coach:''' Pablo MastroeniSteve Cooke (interim)



Five time MLS Cup champions, 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 Giovani dos Santos and Ashley Cole, and also home to Landon Donovan for most of his MLS career (20052014, plus a short comeback in 2016).

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Five time MLS Cup champions, 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 Giovani dos Santos (and his brother Jonathan) and Ashley Cole, and also home to Landon Donovan for most of his MLS career (20052014, plus a short comeback in 2016).



A MLS charter club, the Mutiny started off as one of the hottest teams in MLS, winning the Supporters' Shield for the inaugural season. However, they ended up losing the Eastern Conference final to eventual champions D.C. United. They went into a funk over the next few years as the team traded off its stars and moved into a new stadium. They underwent a strong resurgence in 2000, but failed to make it past the quarter-finals. They followed this up with an atrocious 2001, in which they racked up ''only 14 points''[[note]]Granted, the season did get shortened thanks to 9/11[[/note]]. This still stands as the worst season by points in league history, and it was on that note that the Mutiny folded.

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A MLS charter club, the Mutiny started off as one of the hottest teams in MLS, winning the Supporters' Shield for the inaugural season.season with Colombian legend Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama. However, they ended up losing the Eastern Conference final to eventual champions D.C. United. They went into a funk over the next few years as the team traded off its stars and moved into a new stadium. They underwent a strong resurgence in 2000, but failed to make it past the quarter-finals. They followed this up with an atrocious 2001, in which they racked up ''only 14 points''[[note]]Granted, the season did get shortened thanks to 9/11[[/note]]. This still stands as the worst season by points in league history, and it was on that note that the Mutiny folded.
23rd Aug '17 7:55:08 PM Gsueagle31049
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Joined the league in 2011, replacing the United Soccer Leagues team of the same name. Has found quite a fanbase, hosted the 2014 All-Star game and won their first MLS Cup in 2015. Still another MLS team with an official DistaffCounterpart, namely Portland Thorns FC.

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Joined the league in 2011, replacing the United Soccer Leagues team of the same name. Has found quite a fanbase, hosted the 2014 All-Star game and won their first MLS Cup in 2015. Still another MLS team with an official DistaffCounterpart, namely Portland Thorns FC. Providence Park is the only MLS-specific stadium to use artificial turf rather than natural grass, since the stadium also serves as the home of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball FCS Portland State Vikings]] of the [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootballConferences Big Sky Conference]].



The current MLS Cup champions. The first club to be promoted to MLS from a lower-division league, joining MLS in 2009. Has had a good run in the league so far, leading the league in ticket sales each year, winning the U.S. Open Cup[[note]]Basically, think UsefulNotes/TheFACup with American teams[[/note]] four times (including three in a row), and also claiming the Supporters' Shield in 2014. Partially owned by comedian and game-show host Creator/DrewCarey. Current team of Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. national team.

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The current MLS Cup champions. The first club to be promoted to MLS from a lower-division league, joining MLS in 2009. Has had a good run in the league so far, leading the league in ticket sales each year, winning the U.S. Open Cup[[note]]Basically, think UsefulNotes/TheFACup with American teams[[/note]] four times (including three in a row), and also claiming the Supporters' Shield in 2014. Partially owned by comedian and game-show host Creator/DrewCarey.Creator/DrewCarey and by Seahawks and [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Portland Trail Blazers]] owner Paul Allen. Current team of Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. national team.
16th Aug '17 8:55:52 AM 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 teams who currently do not play in a MLS-specific stadium are Atlanta, D.C., Minnesota, New England, NYCFC, Seattle, and Vancouver. New England, Seattle and Vancouver play in an NFL or CFL stadium, Atlanta will move from a college football stadium to an NFL stadium during the 2017 season, Minnesota will play in a college football stadium in 2017 and 2018, NYCFC plays in a MLB ballpark, and D.C. plays in a 1960s-era multipurpose stadium. Both D.C. and Minnesota are constructing their own soccer-specific stadiums, with D.C. set to open theirs during the 2018 season and Minnesota in 2019, while New England and NYCFC are seeking their own stadiums.

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In all but a few cases, teams play at 18,000 to 30,000 seat soccer-specific stadiums which are less expensive to construct and maintain, can also be used to host rock concerts and high school and college football games, and look much better packed with fans than in the early years of the league, when the majority of teams played in NFL and large NCAA stadiums which are downright cavernous for soccer. The teams who currently do not play in a MLS-specific stadium are Atlanta, D.C., Minnesota, New England, NYCFC, Seattle, and Vancouver. Atlanta, New England, Seattle and Vancouver play in share an NFL or CFL stadium, Atlanta will move from a college football stadium to an NFL stadium during the 2017 season, Minnesota will play in a college football stadium in 2017 and 2018, NYCFC plays in a MLB ballpark, and D.C. plays in a 1960s-era multipurpose stadium. Both D.C. and Minnesota are constructing their own soccer-specific stadiums, with D.C. set to open theirs during the 2018 season and Minnesota in 2019, while New England and NYCFC are seeking their own stadiums.



One of two new clubs for 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], owns the team. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team played its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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One of two new clubs for 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], owns the team. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team played its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium.Stadium during the first half of its debut season.



Perhaps the least successful of the ten charter franchises[[note]]not counting the Tampa Bay Mutiny, who folded after the 2001 season[[/note]]. The Revs have not won the Cup, nor have they won the shield... [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut despite being runners-up five times in the Cup, and second overall once]]. Their only trophies have been from the Open Cup or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_SuperLiga international competitions]]. Sister team of the Patriots and play in Gillette Stadium.

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Perhaps the least successful of the ten charter franchises[[note]]not franchises, not counting the Tampa Bay Mutiny, who folded after the 2001 season[[/note]].season. The Revs have not won the Cup, nor have they won the shield... [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut despite being runners-up five times in the Cup, and second overall once]]. Their only trophies have been from the Open Cup or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_SuperLiga international competitions]]. Sister team of the Patriots and play in Gillette Stadium.
15th Aug '17 7:03:55 PM Gsueagle31049
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-->'''Stadium:''' Bobby Dodd Stadium[[note]]Capacity: 55,000[[/note]]

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-->'''Stadium:''' Bobby Dodd Mercedes-Benz Stadium[[note]]Capacity: 55,000[[/note]]42,500[[/note]]



One of two new clubs for 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], owns the team, and the club will share the Falcons' new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team is playing its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium until the new stadium is ready.

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One of two new clubs for 2017. Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot and owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Atlanta Falcons]], owns the team, and the club will share the Falcons' new stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium.team. Between 2008 and 2014, Atlanta was the largest media market without a MLS club, and it was also the last top 10 media market to enter the league. Due to construction delays with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the team is playing played its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium until the new stadium is ready.Stadium.



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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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.



Began MLS play in 2011, having also played in the USL with Seattle and Portland; currently the only MLS franchise with a retractable roof venue, and from 2011 to 2015 the only team to share their stadium with a CFL team, the BC Lions.[[note]]The Toronto Argonauts began sharing BMO Field with Toronto FC in 2016, and 2017 expansion club Atlanta United FC will have the second retractable roof venue in MLS.[[/note]] The second Canadian team to join the league after Toronto FC. One of the club's owners is now-retired NBA All-Star and South African-born, British Columbia-raised Steve Nash. In 2015, they finally became the third MLS team to win the Canadian Championship after having previously managed the unenviable feat of five consecutive second-place finishes (to Toronto FC from 2009-12 and to Montreal Impact in 2013).

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Began MLS play in 2011, having also played in the USL with Seattle and Portland; currently the only MLS franchise with a retractable roof venue, and from 2011 to 2015 the only team to share their stadium with a CFL team, the BC Lions.[[note]]The Toronto Argonauts began sharing BMO Field with Toronto FC in 2016, and 2017 expansion club Atlanta United FC will have the second retractable roof venue in MLS.[[/note]] Portland. The second Canadian team to join the league after Toronto FC. One of the club's owners is now-retired NBA All-Star and South African-born, British Columbia-raised Steve Nash. In 2015, they finally became the third MLS team to win the Canadian Championship after having previously managed the unenviable feat of five consecutive second-place finishes (to Toronto FC from 2009-12 and to Montreal Impact in 2013).
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