The MLS 2019 consists of 24 teams, divided into two conferences: western and eastern.
In this table, all the teams are together though, ranked through the one with most points, to the one with fewer points.
MLS playoff brackets
The current MLS table above refers to the regular season that ended on the 6th of October. The competition then turns into a playoff, with knockout matches between the teams. Here is the current bracket:
The MLS playoffs kick off on the 19th of October 2019. The winners of each conference during the regular season advance to the semifinals directly.
The history of MLS
The rise of NASL and its fall
The Major Soccer League was founded in 1993, but it was not the first league of soccer in the United States. Between 1968 and 1984 there was the NASL, the North American Soccer League. It got wide popularity throughout the 70s, especially due to attracting major faces of the European and South American sport.
With teams such as the New York Cosmos, the Chicago Sting and the Las Vegas Quicksilver, the league was built in a franchise like a format, the same as MLB, NFL and NBA.
During this time some of the names that played in the league were legendary back then: Pele, Eusebio, Beckenbauer, George Best, Teofilo Cubillas, Hugo Sanchez, Cruyff, you name it. If you want to see some more of the names connected to NASL golden era read here.
However, due to the lack of knowledge about managing soccer teams and lots of doubtful decisions, the league started going bankrupt in the early 80s. In 1984 they decided to give up and the NASL became just a memory from the past.
How the World Cup made the MLS a reality
As expected, many soccer fans in the USA were extremely unhappy with the sudden decision of taking away the NASL. The games had a regular audience of approximately 13 million and were very popular especially between the emigrants, specifically the Hispanic communities.
However, it all changed in 1988, when the United States won the bid to host the 1994 event. FIFA demanded that they had to have a national league, otherwise the tournament could not happen in the country. So, the USSF agreed to create a national league in a renovated format from the NASL and it became a reality in 1993.
However, the first season only happened actually in 1996, with 10 teams divided by two conferences. The first game was between the San Jose Clash (now San Jose Earthquakes) and D. C. United, in San Jose, in the previously named Spartan Stadium.
Since then the MLS has traveled a long way, expanding until having a total of 24 teams at the moment, still divided by east and west conference.
The league has plans to have 30 teams and next season Inter Miami, owned by David Beckham and Nashville SC will join the list. In 2021 another one called Austin F.C. Plus, recently MLS announced that they will open a team in St. Louis, becoming the 28th team to join the MLS.
Who won the most number of MLS titles?
The team who won the ultimate stage of the playoffs, the MLS Cup, more times, was LA Galaxy. The current team of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, won it in 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014. Just followed by D.C. United, who won it in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004.
The current champions are Atlanta United, who defeated the Portland Timbers 2-0 on December 2018, to achieve their first piece of silverware. The actual season will end earlier, on October 6th, with the playoffs being played in September.
Get the latest MLS news in SoccerAntenna
The MLS schedule is also available on SoccerAntenna. The regular season of the Major Soccer League began on March 2nd, 2019, and will finish on October 6th. After that, the playoffs will start on October 19th and conclude on November 10th.
This season a new format is happening. The playoffs will use single-match rounds and will include 14 teams.
In SoccerAntenna we provide all the MLS news, including the latest transfers, games and international fixtures.
Want to know who is the MLS top scorer at the moment? Here is the updated list.
Here are the 24 teams in the 2019 MLS season:
Stadium: Dick’s Sporting Good Park
Coach: Conor Casey
Top scorer: Kein Ansu Kamara
Stadium: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Coach: Luchi Gonzalez
Top scorer: Jesus Ferreira
Stadium: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
Coach: Giovanni Savarese
Top scorer: Brian Fernandez
Stadium: BBVA Stadium, Houston, Texas
Coach: Wilmer Cabrera
Top scorer: Mauro Manotas
Sporting Kansas City
Stadium: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
Coach: Peter Vermes
Top scorer: Felipe Gutierrez
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Stadium: BC Place, Vancouver, Canada
Coach: Marc Dos Santos
Top scorer: Fredy Montero
Real Salt Lake FC
Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Coach: Mike Petke
Top scorer: Albert Rusnak
Seattle Sounders FC
Stadium: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Coach: Brian Schmetzer
Top scorer: Raul Ruidiaz
San Jose Earthquakes
Stadium: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California
Coach: Matias Almeyda
Top scorer: Chris Wondolowski
Minnesota United FC
Stadium: Allianz Field, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coach: Adrian Heath
Top scorer: Darwin Quintero
Stadium: Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles, California
Coach: Guillermo Schelotto
Top scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Los Angeles FC
Stadium: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Coach: Bob Bradley
Top scorer: Carlos Vela
Stadium: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Coach: Ron Jans
Top Scorer: Allan Cruz
Columbus Crew SC
Stadium: Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Coach: Caleb Porter
Top scorer: Gyasi Zardes
Stadium: Seatgeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Illinois
Coach: Veljko Paunovic
Top scorer: CJ Sapong
Orlando City SC
Stadium: Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Coach: James O’Connor
Top scorer: Luis Almeida Nani
Stadium: BMO Field, Toronto, Canada
Coach: Greg Vanney
Top scorers: Alejandro Pozuelo
New England Revolution
Stadium: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Coach: Bruce Arena
Top scorer: Carles Gil
Stadium: Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Coach: Remi Garde
Top scorer: Saphir Taider
New York City FC
Stadium: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York
Coach: Domenec Torrent
Top scorers: Heber dos Santos
Stadium: Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
Coach: Ben Olsen
Top scorer: Wayne Rooney
New York Red Bulls
Stadium: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
Coach: Chris Armas
Top scorer: Daniel Royer
Atlanta United FC
Stadium: Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Coach: Frank de Boer
Top scorer: Josef Martinez
Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pennsylvania
Coach: Jim Curtin
Top scorer: Kacper Przybylko
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