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)†
† 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]


Lineup for 1996[edit]

Changes from 1995[edit]

  • Creation of Major League Soccer


Lineup for 1997[edit]

Changes from 1996[edit]

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


Lineup for 1998–1999[edit]

Changes from 1997[edit]

  • The Chicago Fire were added in the 1998 expansion


Western Division[edit]

Lineup for 2000–2001[edit]

Changes from 1999[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


Lineup for 2005[edit]

Changes from 2004[edit]


Lineup for 2006–2007[edit]

Changes from 2005[edit]


Lineup for 2008[edit]

Changes from 2007[edit]

  • The San Jose Earthquakes return to MLS from their hiatus


Lineup for 2009-2010[edit]

Changes from 2008[edit]

  • The Seattle Sounders FC were added in the 2009 expansion


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]

* - Won the MLS Cup

~ - 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.

MLS Cup Champions produced[edit]

See also[edit]