List of MLS club post-season droughts

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These are lists of active and all-time Major League Soccer (MLS) club post-season series win, MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup droughts up to and including the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs. Those teams which have never made it in club history are listed by the season that they entered the league.

Among the current 19 MLS teams, 10 have never won the MLS Cup. Additionally, of the current MLS teams, 13 have never won the MLS Supporters' Shield. Today, the longest MLS Cup title drought is that of the Chicago Fire, who have not won the post-season honor in 16 years, winning the 1998 MLS Cup. The longest Supporters' Shield drought is Sporting Kansas City, who last won the season-title 13 years back, in 2000.

The only teams that have never qualified for the post-season tournament are Orlando City SC and New York City FC, who debuted in 2015.

Longest active droughts[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Club Last appearance
in post-season
Post-season
drought
Philadelphia Union 2011 4 seasons
Chicago Fire 2012 3 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 2012 3 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2013 2 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2013 2 seasons
Montreal Impact 2013 2 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2014 1 season
Orlando City SC Never 1 season
New York City FC Never 1 season

MLS Cup Final[edit]

Club Last appearance
in MLS Cup final
MLS Cup
Final drought
Chicago Fire 2003 12 seasons
D.C. United 2004 11 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 2003 10 seasons*
Toronto FC never (club entered MLS in 2007) 9 seasons
New York Red Bulls 2008 7 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC never (club entered MLS in 2009) 7 seasons
Philadelphia Union never (club entered MLS in 2010) 6 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 5 seasons
FC Dallas 2010 5 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC never (club entered MLS in 2011) 5 seasons
Montreal Impact never (club entered MLS in 2012) 4 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2012 3 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2013 2 seasons
Sporting Kansas City 2013 2 seasons
New York City FC never 1 season
Orlando City SC never 1 season
Los Angeles Galaxy 2014 1 season
New England Revolution 2014 1 season
  • Does not count the two years the Earthquakes were on hiatus.

MLS Cup droughts[edit]

Updated through 2015 Major League Soccer season

Club Last MLS Cup Subsequent MLS Cup
Final losses
MLS Cup
drought
New York Red Bulls never (club entered MLS in 1996) 1 : 2008 19 seasons
FC Dallas never (club entered MLS in 1996) 1 : 2010 19 seasons
New England Revolution never (club entered MLS in 1996) 5 : 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 19 seasons
Chicago Fire 1998 2 : 2000, 2003 17 seasons
D.C. United 2004 11 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes1 2003 10 seasons
Toronto FC never (club entered MLS in 2007) 9 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2007 2: 2011, 2012 8 seasons
Columbus Crew 2008 1: 2015 7 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC never (club entered MLS in 2009) 7 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2009 1: 2013 6 seasons
Philadelphia Union never (club entered MLS in 2010) 6 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 6 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC never (club entered MLS in 2011) 5 seasons
Montreal Impact never (club entered MLS in 2012) 4 seasons
Sporting Kansas City 2013 2 season
Los Angeles Galaxy 2014 1 season
Orlando City SC never (club entered MLS in 2015) 1 season
New York City FC never (club entered MLS in 2015) 1 season
Portland Timbers 2015 -
1 Does not include the two seasons San Jose was dormant

MLS Supporters' Shield[edit]

Club Last Supporters' Shield won MLS Supporters'
Shield drought
Colorado Rapids never (club entered MLS in 1996) 19 seasons
New England Revolution never (club entered MLS in 1996,
runners-up in 2005)
19 seasons
FC Dallas never (club entered MLS in 1996,
runners-up in 2006)
19 seasons
Sporting Kansas City 2000 14 seasons
Chicago Fire 2003 13 seasons
Real Salt Lake never (club entered MLS in 2005,
runners-up in 2010)
11 seasons
Houston Dynamo never (club entered MLS in 2006,
runners-up in 2008)
10 seasons
Toronto FC never (club entered MLS in 2007) 10 seasons
D.C. United 2007 9 seasons
Columbus Crew 2009 7 seasons
Philadelphia Union never (club entered MLS in 2010) 6 seasons
Portland Timbers never (club entered MLS in 2011) 5 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC never (club entered MLS in 2011) 5 seasons
Los Angeles Galaxy 2011 4 seasons
Montreal Impact never (club entered MLS in 2012) 4 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 2012 3 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC 2014 1 season
New York Red Bulls 2015 -

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

Club Last CONCACAF Champions League Qualification CONCACAF Champions League drought
Chicago Fire 2004 10 seasons
New England Revolution 2009 5 seasons
Philadelphia Union never (club entered MLS in 2010) 5 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC never (club entered MLS in 2011) 4 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2011 3 seasons
Columbus Crew 2011 3 seasons
FC Dallas 2011 3 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2012 2 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC 2012 2 seasons
Toronto FC 2012 2 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2013 1 season
LA Galaxy 2013 1 season
San Jose Earthquakes 2013 1 season

Longest all-time droughts[edit]

Post-season appearance droughts[edit]

The list only includes MLS clubs that failed to make the playoffs for two or more consecutive seasons.

  Active club streak is highlighted
Club Previous post-season appearance Next post-season appearance Post-season drought
Toronto FC never (club entered MLS in 2007) 2015 8 seasons
Chivas USA 2009 never (final season 2014) 5 seasons
San Jose Clash/Earthquakes 1996 2001 4 seasons
D.C. United 2007 2012 4 seasons
D.C. United 1999 2003 3 seasons
Real Salt Lake never (club entered MLS in 2005) 2008 3 seasons
Columbus Crew 2004 2008 3 seasons
Los Angeles Galaxy 2005 2009 3 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2006 2010 3 seasons
New England Revolution 2009 2013 3 seasons
Philadelphia Union 2011 3 seasons
New England Revolution 1997 2000 2 seasons
Kansas City Wizards 1997 2000 2 seasons
Dallas Burn/FC Dallas 2002 2005 2 seasons
Kansas City Wizards 2004 2007 2 seasons
FC Dallas 2007 2010 2 seasons
Kansas City Wizards/Sporting Kansas City 2008 2011 2 seasons
Chicago Fire 2009 2012 2 seasons
Portland Timbers never (club entered MLS in 2011) 2013 2 seasons
Columbus Crew 2011 2014 2 seasons
Chicago Fire 2012 2 seasons

MLS Cup final[edit]

Only lists teams with droughts lasting at least 4 seasons

  Active club streak is highlighted
Club Previous MLS Cup appearance Next MLS Cup appearance MLS Cup final drought
Dallas Burn/FC Dallas 1996* 2010 14 seasons
Columbus Crew 1996* 2008 12 seasons
New York/New Jersey Metrostars/New York Red Bulls 1996* 2008 12 seasons
Colorado Rapids 1997 2010 12 seasons
Chicago Fire 2003 11 seasons
D.C. United 2004 10 seasons
C.D. Chivas USA 2005* 2014*** 10 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 2003 9 seasons
Kansas City Wizards/Sporting Kansas City 2004 2013 8 seasons
Toronto FC 2007* 8 seasons
New England Revolution 1996* 2002 6 seasons
Tampa Bay Mutiny 1996* 2001** 6 seasons
New England Revolution 2007 2014 6 seasons
Columbus Crew 2008 6 seasons
New York Red Bulls 2008 6 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC 2009* 6 seasons
San Jose Clash/Earthquakes 1 1996* 2001 5 seasons
Philadelphia Union 2010* 5 seasons
D.C. United 1999 2004 4 seasons
Kansas City Wizards 1996* 2000 4 seasons
Miami Fusion 1998* 2001** 4 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2005* 2009 4 seasons
FC Dallas 2010 4 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 4 seasons
Portland Timbers 2011* 4 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2011* 4 seasons

* Indicates team's first year of existence
** Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny folded after 2001 season (they did not reach the MLS Cup final)
*** Chivas folded after 2014 season (they did not reach the MLS Cup final)

1 Does not include the two seasons San Jose was dormant

MLS clubs with the longest all-time MLS Cup championship drought[edit]

Only lists teams with droughts lasting at least 4 seasons

  Active club streak is highlighted
Club Last championship Next championship Championship drought
Dallas Burn/FC Dallas 1996* none 19 seasons
MetroStars/New York Red Bulls 1996* none 19 seasons
New England Revolution 1996* none 19 seasons
Chicago Fire 1998 none 16 seasons
Colorado Rapids 1996* 2010 14 seasons
Columbus Crew 1996* 2008 12 seasons
Kansas City Wizards/Sporting Kansas City 2000 2013 12 seasons
D.C. United 2004 none 10 seasons
Chivas USA 2005* none*** 10 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 1 2003 none 9 seasons
Toronto FC 2007* none 8 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2007 none 7 seasons
Los Angeles Galaxy 1996* 2002 6 seasons
Tampa Bay Mutiny 1996* none** 6 seasons
Columbus Crew 2008 none 6 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC 2009* none 6 seasons
San Jose Clash/Earthquakes 1996* 2001 5 seasons
Philadelphia Union 2010* none 5 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2009 none 5 seasons
D.C. United 1999 2004 4 seasons
Kansas City Wizards 1996* 2000 4 seasons
Miami Fusion 1998* none** 4 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2005* 2009 4 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 none 4 seasons
Portland Timbers 2011* none 4 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2011* none 4 seasons

* Indicates team's first year of existence
** Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny folded after 2001 season (they did not achieve a championship)
** Chivas folded after 2014 season (no championship ever won).
1 Excludes the two seasons that San Jose was on hiatus.

Cities/regions awaiting first MLS Cup[edit]

This list only includes cities that have a club playing in MLS.

City Seasons waited MLS Cup
Final appearances
Current MLS team
Boston 20 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 New England Revolution
Dallas 20 2010 FC Dallas
New York 20 2008 New York Red Bulls, New York City FC
Toronto 9 never Toronto FC
Seattle 7 never Seattle Sounders FC
Philadelphia 6 never Philadelphia Union
Vancouver 5 never Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Montreal 4 never Montreal Impact
Orlando 1 never Orlando City SC

See also[edit]