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 9
Most recent champion(s) Portland Timbers
(1st title)†
Most titles Los Angeles Galaxy (8)†
Notes
† Postseason champions not included due to the MLS Cup Playoffs' unique system of mixing conference teams within the brackets

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]

  • The Seattle Sounders FC were added in the 2009 expansion

2011[edit]

Lineup for 2011[edit]

Changes from 2010[edit]

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

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

Bold Winning team of the MLS Finals or MLS Cup
Year Team Record Playoffs result
1996 LA Galaxy 15 – 13 (+10) Lost MLS Cup Finals
1997 KNS City Wizards 14 – 11 (+06) Lost Conference Semifinals
1998 LA Galaxy 24 – 08 (+41) Lost Conference Finals
1999 LA Galaxy 20 – 12 (+20) Lost MLS Cup Finals
2000 KNS City Wizards 14 – 10 (+10) Won MLS Cup Finals
2001 LA Galaxy 14 – 07 (+16) Lost Conference Finals
2002 LA Galaxy 16 – 09 (+11) Won MLS Cup Finals
2003 SJ Earthquakes 14 – 07 (+10) Won MLS Cup Finals
2004 KNS City Wizards 14 – 09 (+08) Lost MLS Cup Finals
2005 SJ Earthquakes 18 – 04 (+22) Lost Conference Semifinals
2006 FC Dallas 16 – 12 (+04) Lost Conference Semifinals
2007 Chivas USA 15 – 07 (+18) Lost Conference Semifinals
2008 Houston Dynamo 13 – 05 (+13) Lost Conference Semifinals
2009 LA Galaxy 12 – 06 (+05) Lost MLS Cup Finals
2010 LA Galaxy 18 – 07 (+18) Lost Conference Finals
2011 LA Galaxy 19 – 05 (+20) Won MLS Cup Finals
2012 SJ Earthquakes 19 – 06 (+29) Lost Conference Semifinals
2013 Portland Timbers 14 – 05 (+21) Lost Conference Finals

≈ – Won the MLS Supporters' Shield † – The Los Angeles 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.

Western Conference Playoff Champions by Year[edit]

Season Champions Score Runners Up
1996 LA Galaxy
1997 Colorado Rapids
1998 Chicago Fire
1999 LA Galaxy
2000 Chicago Fire
2001 LA Galaxy
2002 LA Galaxy
2003 SJ Earthquakes
2004 KNS City Wizards
2005 LA Galaxy
2006 Houston Dynamo
2007 Houston Dynamo
2008 NY Red Bulls
2009 LA Galaxy
2010 FC Dallas
2011 LA Galaxy
2012 LA Galaxy
2013 Real Salt Lake

MLS Cup Champions produced[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]