Eastern Conference (MLS)

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Eastern Conference
LeagueMajor League Soccer
SportSoccer
Founded1996
Teams
No. of teams12
Championships
Most recent Eastern Conference champion(s)Atlanta United FC (2018)
(1st title)
Most Eastern Conference titlesD.C. United
New England Revolution
(5 titles each)
Current MLS team locations; Eastern Conference teams are marked blue

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

Current standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D.C. United 8 4 2 2 12 9 +3 14 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Toronto FC[a] 6 4 1 1 18 11 +7 13 Conference Quarterfinals
3 Philadelphia Union 8 4 3 1 12 9 +3 13
4 Columbus Crew SC 8 4 3 1 8 8 0 13
5 Orlando City SC 8 3 3 2 12 13 −1 11
6 Montreal Impact[a] 8 3 3 2 8 14 −6 11
7 Chicago Fire 7 2 2 3 12 11 +1 9
8 FC Cincinnati 8 2 4 2 8 13 −5 8
9 New York City FC 7 1 1 5 9 11 −2 8
10 New England Revolution 8 2 5 1 6 12 −6 7
11 New York Red Bulls 7 1 4 2 8 9 −1 5
12 Atlanta United FC 6 1 3 2 5 8 −3 5
Updated to match(es) played on April 21, 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.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League through MLS play.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Team City Stadium
Atlanta United FC Atlanta, GA Mercedes Benz Stadium
Chicago Fire Bridgeview, IL Toyota Park
Columbus Crew SC Columbus, OH Mapfre Stadium
FC Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH Nippert Stadium
D.C. United Washington, D.C. Audi Field
Montreal Impact Montreal, QC Saputo Stadium
New England Revolution Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium
New York City FC Bronx, NY Yankee Stadium
New York Red Bulls Harrison, NJ Red Bull Arena
Orlando City SC Orlando, FL Orlando City Stadium
Philadelphia Union Chester, PA Talen Energy Stadium
Toronto FC Toronto, ON BMO Field

Conference Lineups[edit]

1996–97[edit]

Changes from 1995

1998–99[edit]

Changes from 1997

2000–01 (as Eastern Division)[edit]

Changes from 1999

2002–04[edit]

Changes from 2001

2005[edit]

Changes from 2004

2006[edit]

Changes from 2005

2007–09[edit]

Changes from 2006

2010[edit]

Changes from 2009

2011[edit]

Changes from 2010

  • The Kansas City Wizards changed their name to Sporting Kansas City.
  • The Houston Dynamo moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference.

2012–14[edit]

Changes from 2011

2015–16[edit]

Changes from 2014

2017–18[edit]

Changes from 2016

2019[edit]

Changes from 2018

Eastern 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 D.C. United 2 matches to 0 Tampa Bay Mutiny
1997 D.C. United 2 matches to 0 Columbus Crew
1998 D.C. United 2 matches to 1 Columbus Crew
1999 D.C. United 2 matches to 1 Columbus Crew
2000 No conference playoffs
2001 No conference playoffs
2002 New England Revolution 5 points to 2 Columbus Crew
2003 Chicago Fire 1–0 (a.e.t.) New England Revolution
2004 D.C. United 3–3 (4–3 p) New England Revolution
2005 New England Revolution 1–0 Chicago Fire
2006 New England Revolution 1–0 D.C. United
2007 New England Revolution 1–0 Chicago Fire
2008 Columbus Crew 2–1 Chicago Fire
2009 Real Salt LakeW 0–0 (5–4 p) Chicago Fire
2010 Colorado RapidsW 1–0 San Jose EarthquakesW
2011 Houston Dynamo 2–0 Sporting Kansas City
2012 Houston Dynamo 4–2 agg. D.C. United
2013 Sporting Kansas City 2–1 agg. Houston Dynamo
2014 New England Revolution 4–3 agg. New York Red Bulls
2015 Columbus Crew SC 2–1 agg. New York Red Bulls
2016 Toronto FC 7–5 agg. (a.e.t.) Montreal Impact
2017 Toronto FC 1–0 agg. Columbus Crew SC
2018 Atlanta United FC 3–1 agg. New York Red Bulls

W – Western Conference team.

Eastern Conference regular season champions by year[edit]

Bold Supporters' Shield Champions
Season Team Record Playoffs result
1996 Tampa Bay Mutiny 20–12–0^ (+15) Lost Conference Finals
1997 D.C. United 21–11–0^ (+17) Won MLS Cup Finals
1998 D.C. United 24–8–0^ (+30) Lost MLS Cup Finals
1999 D.C. United 23–9–0^ (+22) Won MLS Cup Finals
2000 MetroStars 17–12–3 (+8) Lost Semi-finals
2001 Miami Fusion 16–5–5 (+21) Lost Semi-finals
2002 New England Revolution 12–14–2 (0) Lost MLS Cup Finals
2003 Chicago Fire 15–7–8 (+10) Lost Conference Finals
2004 Columbus Crew 12–5–13 (+8) Lost Conference Semi-finals
2005 New England Revolution 17–7–8 (+18) Lost MLS Cup Finals
2006 D.C. United 15–7–10 (+14) Lost Conference Finals
2007 D.C. United 16–7–7 (+22) Lost Conference Semi-finals
2008 Columbus Crew 17–7–6 (+14) Won MLS Cup Finals
2009 Columbus Crew 13–7–10 (+10) Lost Conference Semi-finals
2010 New York Red Bulls 15–9–6 (+9) Lost Conference Semi-finals
2011 Sporting Kansas City 13–9–12 (+10) Lost Conference Finals
2012 Sporting Kansas City 18–7–9 (+15) Lost Conference Semi-finals
2013 New York Red Bulls 17–9–8 (+17) Lost Conference Semi-finals
2014 D.C. United 17–9–8 (+15) Lost Conference Semi-finals
2015 New York Red Bulls 18–10–6 (+19) Lost Conference Finals
2016 New York Red Bulls 16–9–9 (+17) Lost Conference Semi-finals
2017 Toronto FC 20–5–9 (+37) Won MLS Cup Finals
2018 New York Red Bulls 22–7–5 (+29) Lost Conference Finals

^ – MLS did not have draws until the 2000 season.
† – Miami Fusion were declared winners of the Eastern 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 October 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Atlanta to join Eastern Conference in 2017, Minnesota to compete in West". Major League Soccer. August 20, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Cincinnati awarded MLS expansion club, will start play in 2019". Major League Soccer. May 29, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.

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