Western Conference (MLS)

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Western Conference
MLS Western Conference.svg
Western Conference logo
League Major League Soccer
Sport Soccer
Founded 1996
No. of teams 10
Most recent champion(s) MLS Playoffs: LA Galaxy
(9th title)
Most titles MLS Playoffs: LA Galaxy (9 titles)

The Western Conference is one of Major League Soccer's two conferences.

Current members[edit]

Conference Lineups[edit]

1996[edit]

Lineup for 1996[edit]

Changes from 1995[edit]

  • Creation of Major League Soccer

1997[edit]

Lineup for 1997[edit]

Changes from 1996[edit]

  • Kansas City changed their name from the Wiz to the Wizards

1998–1999[edit]

Lineup for 1998–1999[edit]

Changes from 1997[edit]

  • The Chicago Fire were added in the 1998 expansion

2000–2001[edit]

Western Division[edit]

Lineup for 2000–2001[edit]

Changes from 1999[edit]

2002–2004[edit]

Western Conference[edit]

Lineup for 2002–2004[edit]

Changes from 2001[edit]

  • The Western Division changed back to the Western Conference following the contraction of the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny, resulting in the disbanding of the Central Division
  • The Dallas Burn moved in from the Central Division

2005[edit]

Lineup for 2005[edit]

Changes from 2004[edit]

2006–2007[edit]

Lineup for 2006–2007[edit]

Changes from 2005[edit]

2008[edit]

Lineup for 2008[edit]

Changes from 2007[edit]

  • The San Jose Earthquakes return to MLS from their hiatus

2009–2010[edit]

Lineup for 2009–2010[edit]

Changes from 2008[edit]

  • Seattle Sounders FC were added in the 2009 expansion

2011–2014[edit]

Lineup for 2011–2014[edit]

Changes from 2010[edit]

  • The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC were added in the 2011 expansion. Houston moved to the Eastern Conference.

2015[edit]

Lineup for 2015[edit]

Changes from 2014[edit]

Western Conference Playoff Champions by Year[edit]

Note: The Conference finals were a best-of-three series through 2001 (including the MLS semifinals in 2000 and 2001, when a conference playoff format was not used). Matches tied after regulation were decided by a shootout. In 2002, a similar format was used except that draws were allowed and the team earning the most points advanced. From 2003 through 2011, the finals were a single match. Matches tied after regulation moved to extra time (Golden goal extra time was implemented for 2003 only), then a shootout if necessary. Beginning in 2012, the finals are a two-match aggregate series. The away goals rule for series that finished even on aggregate was first implemented in 2014. Extra time and shootouts are used if necessary.

Bold MLS Cup Champions
Season Champions Score Runners Up
1996 LA Galaxy 2 matches to 0 Kansas City Wiz
1997 Colorado Rapids 2 matches to 0 Dallas Burn
1998 Chicago Fire 2 matches to 0 LA Galaxy
1999 LA Galaxy 2 matches to 1 Dallas Burn
2000 No conference playoffs
2001 No conference playoffs
2002 LA Galaxy 6 points to 0 Colorado Rapids
2003 San Jose Earthquakes 3–2 (aet) Kansas City Wizards
2004 Kansas City Wizards 2–0 LA Galaxy
2005 LA Galaxy 2–0 Colorado Rapids
2006 Houston Dynamo 3–1 Colorado Rapids
2007 Houston Dynamo 2–0 Kansas City Wizards
2008 New York Red BullsE 1–0 Real Salt Lake
2009 LA Galaxy 2–0 (aet) Houston Dynamo
2010 FC Dallas 3–0 LA Galaxy
2011 LA Galaxy 3–1 Real Salt Lake
2012 LA Galaxy 4–1 agg. Seattle Sounders FC
2013 Real Salt Lake 5–1 agg. Portland Timbers
2014 LA Galaxy 2–2 away goals Seattle Sounders FC

E – Eastern Conference team.

Western Conference regular season first place teams by year[edit]

Bold MLS Supporters' Shield Champions
Year Team Record Playoffs result
1996 LA Galaxy 19–13–0^ (+10) Lost MLS Cup Finals
1997 Kansas City Wizards 21–11–0^ (+6) Lost Conference Semifinals
1998 LA Galaxy 24–8–0^ (+41) Lost Conference Finals
1999 LA Galaxy 20–12–0^ (+20) Lost MLS Cup Finals
2000 Kansas City Wizards 16–7–9 (+18) Won MLS Cup Finals
2001 LA Galaxy 14–7–5 (+16) Lost Semifinals
2002 LA Galaxy 16–9–3 (+11) Won MLS Cup Finals
2003 San Jose Earthquakes 14–7–9 (+10) Won MLS Cup Finals
2004 Kansas City Wizards 14–9–7 (+8) Lost MLS Cup Finals
2005 San Jose Earthquakes 18–4–10 (+22) Lost Conference Semifinals
2006 FC Dallas 16–12–4 (+4) Lost Conference Semifinals
2007 Chivas USA 15–7–8 (+18) Lost Conference Semifinals
2008 Houston Dynamo 13–5–12 (+13) Lost Conference Semifinals
2009 LA Galaxy 12–6–12 (+5) Lost MLS Cup Finals
2010 LA Galaxy 18–7–5 (+18) Lost Conference Finals
2011 LA Galaxy 19–5–10 (+20) Won MLS Cup Finals
2012 San Jose Earthquakes 19–6–9 (+29) Lost Conference Semifinals
2013 Portland Timbers 14–5–15 (+21) Lost Conference Finals
2014 Seattle Sounders FC 20–10–4 (+15) Lost Conference Finals

^ – MLS did not have draws until the 2000 season.
† – The LA Galaxy were declared winners of the Western Division in 2001 after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks forced the cancellation of the rest of the regular season. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on September 20.

MLS Cup Champions produced[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLS announces new strategy for Los Angeles market, 2015 conference alignment". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 27 October 2014.