2019 Major League Soccer season

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The 2019 Major League Soccer season will be the 24th season of Major League Soccer. The regular season begins on March 2, 2019 and ends on October 6. The MLS Cup Playoffs will begin on October 19, 2019, and conclude with the MLS Cup 2019 on November 10, under a new format that differs from previous seasons. The playoffs will use single-match rounds and include 14 teams.[1]

FC Cincinnati will join the league as an expansion franchise, bringing the total number of MLS clubs to 24.[2] Minnesota United FC plans to open their first soccer-specific stadium, Allianz Field, in April.[3]

New York Red Bulls are the defending Supporters' Shield champions, while Atlanta United FC are the defending MLS Cup champions.[4][5]

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

  1. ^ Non-soccer specific stadium and artificially reduced capacity.

The Portland Timbers announced in late 2018 that, due to expansion construction at Providence Park, they would play the first 12 games of the 2019 season on the road. The construction, which adds about 4000 seats (bringing the total capacity to just over 25,000), also includes a completely remodeled east side of the stadium, a new scoreboard, ribbon boards and video board, new turf, and an updated concourse and concession stands on the west side of the stadium. The stadium is expected to be ready to host MLS games in May or June 2019.[6]

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC Netherlands Frank de Boer United States Michael Parkhurst American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire Serbia Veljko Paunović United States Dax McCarty Motorola
FC Cincinnati South Africa Alan Koch[7] Costa Rica Kendall Waston Mercy Health[8]
Colorado Rapids England Anthony Hudson United States Tim Howard Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC United States Caleb Porter United States Wil Trapp Acura
D.C. United United States Ben Olsen England Wayne Rooney Leidos
FC Dallas United States Luchi Gonzalez United States Matt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo Colombia Wilmer Cabrera United States DaMarcus Beasley MD Anderson
LA Galaxy Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Herbalife
Los Angeles FC United States Bob Bradley Mexico Carlos Vela YouTube TV
Minnesota United FC England Adrian Heath Costa Rica Francisco Calvo Target
Montreal Impact France Rémi Garde Argentina Ignacio Piatti Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution United States Brad Friedel England Michael Mancienne UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC Spain Domènec Torrent Finland Alexander Ring Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls United States Chris Armas United States Luis Robles Red Bull
Orlando City SC Republic of Ireland James O'Connor  TBA Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union United States Jim Curtin United States Alejandro Bedoya Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers Venezuela Giovanni Savarese Argentina Diego Valeri Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake United States Mike Petke United States Kyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes Argentina Matías Almeyda United States Chris Wondolowski
Seattle Sounders FC United States Brian Schmetzer  TBA Zulily
Sporting Kansas City United States Peter Vermes United States Matt Besler Ivy Funds
Toronto FC United States Greg Vanney United States Michael Bradley Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Canada Marc Dos Santos  TBA Bell Canada

Coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Vancouver Whitecaps FC England Craig Dalrymple (interim) End of interim period November 7, 2018 Pre-season Canada Marc Dos Santos November 7, 2018
FC Dallas Colombia Óscar Pareja Resigned November 16, 2018 United States Luchi Gonzalez December 15, 2018
Columbus Crew SC United States Gregg Berhalter Signed by United States November 29, 2018 United States Caleb Porter January 4, 2019
Atlanta United FC Argentina Gerardo Martino End of contract December 18, 2018 Netherlands Frank de Boer December 23, 2018
LA Galaxy United States Dominic Kinnear (interim) End of interim period January 2, 2019 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto January 2, 2019

Regular season[edit]

Format[edit]

Each club will play 34 games, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams will face each of their conference opponents twice during the season and non-conference opponents once.[9]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Atlanta United FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Chicago Fire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Conference Quarterfinals
3 FC Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Columbus Crew SC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 D.C. United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Montreal Impact[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 New York City FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 New York Red Bulls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Orlando City SC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Philadelphia Union 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Toronto FC[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on March 2, 2019. Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored ; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.
  1. ^ a b Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League through league play.


Western Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Colorado Rapids 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 FC Dallas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Conference Quarterfinals
3 Houston Dynamo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 LA Galaxy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Los Angeles FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Minnesota United FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Portland Timbers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 San Jose Earthquakes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Seattle Sounders FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Sporting Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Vancouver Whitecaps FC[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 2019. Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
  1. ^ Vancouver Whitecaps FC cannot qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League through league play.

Overall table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Atlanta United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Chicago Fire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 FC Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Colorado Rapids 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Columbus Crew 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 D.C. United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 FC Dallas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Houston Dynamo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 LA Galaxy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Los Angeles FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Minnesota United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Montreal Impact 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 New York City FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 New York Red Bulls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Orlando City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Philadelphia Union 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Portland Timbers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 San Jose Earthquakes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Seattle Sounders FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Sporting Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Toronto FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Vancouver Whitecaps 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on March 2, 2019. Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) coin toss or drawing of lots

Playoffs[edit]

Format[edit]

The MLS Cup Playoffs were expanded from 12 teams to 14 for the 2019 season, eliminating the former two-legged series and re-seeding in favor of a shorter playoff format. The MLS Cup final is scheduled to take place on November 10, 2019.[1]

Player transfers[edit]

SuperDraft[edit]

The MLS SuperDraft is an annual event, taking place in January of each year, in which the teams of Major League Soccer select players who have graduated from college or otherwise been signed by the league. The first two rounds of 2019 MLS SuperDraft were held on January 11 in Chicago. Rounds three and four of the 2019 SuperDraft were held via a conference call on January 14. FC Cincinnati selected Frankie Amaya with the first overall pick.

Allocation ranking[edit]

The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a player who is in the MLS allocation list. The MLS allocation list contains select U.S. National Team players and players transferred outside of MLS garnering a transfer fee of at least $500,000. The allocations are ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2018 season, taking playoff performance into account.[10] As an expansion team, FC Cincinnati took the top spot.

Once the club uses its allocation ranking to acquire a player, it drops to the bottom of the list. A ranking can be traded provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club's ranking. At all times each club is assigned one ranking. The rankings reset at the end of each MLS season.

Original
ranking
Current
ranking
Club Date allocation used
(Rank on that date)
Player signed Previous club Ref
1 1 FC Cincinnati[B] [11]
3 2 Orlando City
4 3 Colorado Rapids
5 4 Chicago Fire
2 5 San Jose Earthquakes[A] [12]
7 6 Minnesota United
8 7 Houston Dynamo
9 8 New England Revolution
10 9 Montreal Impact
11 10 Vancouver Whitecaps
12 11 LA Galaxy
13 12 Philadelphia Union
14 13 D.C. United
15 14 FC Dallas
16 15 Los Angeles FC
17 16 Real Salt Lake
18 17 Columbus Crew
19 18 New York City FC
20 19 Seattle Sounders
21 20 Sporting Kansas City
22 21 New York Red Bulls
23 22 Portland Timbers
24 23 Atlanta United
1 24 Toronto FC[A][B] December 27, 2018 Belgium Laurent Ciman France Dijon [12][11]
  1. ^ On December 10, 2018, Toronto FC acquired the number 2 allocation ranking from San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for the number 6 allocation ranking, $75,000 in general allocation money, and $75,000 in targeted allocation money.
  2. ^ On December 27, 2018, Toronto FC acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from FC Cincinnati in exchange for the number 2 allocation ranking and the number 30 overall selection in 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bogert, Tom (December 17, 2018). "MLS announces new playoff format for 2019 season". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Straus, Brian (May 24, 2018). "FC Cincinnati to Be Awarded MLS Expansion Team, Club to Join League in 2019". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Zgoda, Jerry (October 9, 2018). "U.S. men's soccer national pride takes stage at new Allianz Field on June 18". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Das, Andrew (October 28, 2018). "Red Bulls Clinch M.L.S. Regular-Season Title". The New York Times. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Roberson, Doug (December 8, 2018). "MLS Cup champs: Atlanta United defeats Portland". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (November 26, 2018). "Portland Timbers expect to play first 12 games on the road in 2019 due to construction at Providence Park". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  7. ^ Brennan, Patrick (July 4, 2018). "Here's how FC Cincinnati plans to build its roster for the 2019 MLS season". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "FC Cincinnati break ground on Mercy Health Training Center". Major League Soccer. September 19, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "MLS releases 2019 regular-season schedule". Major League Soccer. January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "MLS Allocation Ranking". Major League Soccer. December 27, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "FCC Acquires SuperDraft Selection In Trade With Toronto FC". FC Cincinnati. December 27, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "NEWS: Earthquakes Acquire Allocation Money in Trade with Toronto FC". San Jose Earthquakes. December 10, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2019.

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