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 2016 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 20 MLS teams, 9 have never won the MLS Cup. Additionally, of the current MLS teams, 11 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 18 years, winning the 1998 MLS Cup. The longest Supporters' Shield drought is Sporting Kansas City, who last won the season-title 16 years back, in 2000.

The only team that has never qualified for the post-season tournament is Orlando City SC, who debuted in 2015.

Longest active droughts[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Club Last appearance
in post-season
Post-season
drought
Chicago Fire 2012 4 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 2012 4 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2013 3 seasons
Orlando City SC Never (club entered MLS in 2015) 2 seasons
Columbus Crew SC 2016 1 season
New England Revolution 2016 1 season
Portland Timbers 2016 1 season
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2016 1 season

MLS Cup Final[edit]

Club Last appearance
in MLS Cup final
MLS Cup
Final drought
Chicago Fire 2003 13 seasons
D.C. United 2004 12 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 2003 11 seasons*
New York Red Bulls 2008 8 seasons
Philadelphia Union never (club entered MLS in 2010) 7 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 6 seasons
FC Dallas 2010 6 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC never (club entered MLS in 2011) 6 seasons
Montreal Impact never (club entered MLS in 2012) 5 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2012 4 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2013 3 seasons
Sporting Kansas City 2013 3 seasons
New York City FC never (club entered MLS in 2015) 2 season
Orlando City SC never (club entered MLS in 2015) 2 season
Los Angeles Galaxy 2014 2 season
New England Revolution 2014 2 season
Portland Timbers 2015 1 season
Columbus Crew SC 2015 1 season
  • Does not count the two years the Earthquakes were on hiatus.

MLS Cup droughts[edit]

Updated through 2016 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 21 seasons
FC Dallas never (club entered MLS in 1996) 1 : 2010 21 seasons
New England Revolution never (club entered MLS in 1996) 5 : 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 21 seasons
Chicago Fire 1998 2 : 2000, 2003 18 seasons
D.C. United 2004 12 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes1 2003 11 seasons
Toronto FC never (club entered MLS in 2007) 1: 2016 10 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2007 2: 2011, 2012 9 seasons
Columbus Crew SC 2008 1: 2015 8 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2009 1: 2013 7 seasons
Philadelphia Union never (club entered MLS in 2010) 7 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 6 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC never (club entered MLS in 2011) 6 seasons
Montreal Impact never (club entered MLS in 2012) 5 seasons
Sporting Kansas City 2013 3 seasons
Los Angeles Galaxy 2014 2 seasons
Orlando City SC never (club entered MLS in 2015) 2 seasons
New York City FC never (club entered MLS in 2015) 2 seasons
Portland Timbers 2015 1 season
Atlanta United FC never (club entered MLS in 2017) 0 seasons
Minnesota United FC never (club entered MLS in 2017) 0 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC 2016 0 seasons
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,
runners-up in 2016)
21 seasons
New England Revolution never (club entered MLS in 1996,
runners-up in 2005)
21 seasons
Sporting Kansas City 2000 16 seasons
Chicago Fire 2003 14 seasons
Real Salt Lake never (club entered MLS in 2005,
runners-up in 2010)
12 seasons
Houston Dynamo never (club entered MLS in 2006,
runners-up in 2008)
11 seasons
Toronto FC never (club entered MLS in 2007) 10 seasons
D.C. United 2007 10 seasons
Columbus Crew SC 2009 8 seasons
Philadelphia Union never (club entered MLS in 2010) 7 seasons
Portland Timbers never (club entered MLS in 2011) 6 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC never (club entered MLS in 2011) 6 seasons
Los Angeles Galaxy 2011 5 seasons
Montreal Impact never (club entered MLS in 2012) 5 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 2012 4 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC 2014 3 seasons
New York City FC never (club entered MLS in 2015) 2 seasons
Orlando City SC never (club entered MLS in 2015) 2 seasons
New York Red Bulls 2015 1 season
FC Dallas 2016 -

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

Club Last Champions
League
Qualification
Champions League
drought
Chicago Fire 2003 13 seasons
New England Revolution 2008 8 seasons
Philadelphia Union never* 7 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 6 seasons
Columbus Crew SC 2010 6 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2012 4 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 2012 4 seasons
Montreal Impact 2013 3 seasons
D.C. United 2014 2 seasons
LA Galaxy 2014 2 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2014 2 seasons

Note: The Philadelphia Union entered MLS in 2010.

Longest all-time droughts[edit]

Post-season appearances[edit]

The list only includes MLS clubs that failed to make the playoffs for three 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* 5 seasons
San Jose Clash/Earthquakes 1996 2001 4 seasons
D.C. United 2007 2012 4 seasons
Philadelphia Union 2011 2016 4 seasons
Chicago Fire 2012 4 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 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
Houston Dynamo 2013 3 seasons

Note: Chivas USA's final season was 2014.

MLS Cup final[edit]

Only lists teams with droughts lasting at least six 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
Chicago Fire 2003 13 seasons
Columbus Crew 1996* 2008 12 seasons
NY/NJ Metrostars / NY Red Bulls 1996* 2008 12 seasons
Colorado Rapids 1997 2010 12 seasons
D.C. United 2004 12 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes1 2003 11 seasons
C.D. Chivas USA 2005* 2014*** 10 seasons
Toronto FC 2007* 2016 9 seasons
KC Wizards/Sporting Kansas City 2004 2013 8 seasons
New York Red Bulls 2008 8 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC 2009* 2016 7 seasons
Philadelphia Union 2010* 7 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 2015 6 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 6 seasons
FC Dallas 2010 6 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2011* 6 seasons

* Indicates team's first year of existence
**Tampa Bay Mutiny folded after 2001 season (they did not reach the MLS Cup final)
*** Chivas USA folded after 2014 season (they did not reach the MLS Cup final)
1 Does not include the two seasons San Jose was dormant

MLS Cup championships[edit]

Only lists teams with droughts lasting at least five seasons

  Active club streak is highlighted
Club Last championship Next championship Championship drought
Dallas Burn/FC Dallas 1996* none 21 seasons
MetroStars/New York Red Bulls 1996* none 21 seasons
New England Revolution 1996* none 21 seasons
Chicago Fire 1998 none 18 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 12 seasons
San Jose Earthquakes 1 2003 none 11 seasons
Chivas USA 2005* none*** 10 seasons
Toronto FC 2007* none 10 seasons
Houston Dynamo 2007 none 9 seasons
Columbus Crew SC 2008 none 8 seasons
Seattle Sounders FC 2009* 2016 7 seasons
Real Salt Lake 2009 none 7 seasons
Philadelphia Union 2010* none 7 seasons
Los Angeles Galaxy 1996* 2002 6 seasons
Tampa Bay Mutiny 1996* none** 6 seasons
Colorado Rapids 2010 none 6 seasons
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2011* none 6 seasons
San Jose Clash/Earthquakes 1996* 2001 5 seasons
Montreal Impact 2012* none 5 seasons

* Indicates team's first year of existence
** Tampa Bay Mutiny folded after 2001 season (they did not achieve a championship)
*** Chivas USA folded after 2014 season (they did not achieve a championship)
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 21 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 New England Revolution
Dallas 21 2010 FC Dallas
New York 21 2008 New York Red Bulls, New York City FC
Toronto 10 2016 Toronto FC
Philadelphia 7 never Philadelphia Union
Vancouver 6 never Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Montreal 5 never Montreal Impact
Orlando 2 never Orlando City SC

See also[edit]