List of Major League Soccer seasons

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Major League Soccer is the premier professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. As of 2019, it consists of 24 teams: 21 in the United States and 3 in Canada. The league has played since 1996. Each year, it plays a league which determines entry into the playoffs. The league is divided into two conferences, the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. In 2000 and 2001, there was also a Central Conference. The team with the overall best regular-season record is awarded the MLS Supporters' Shield, one of three major domestic trophies in North American soccer (the others being the national championships—the U.S. Open Cup or the Canadian Championship—and the primary trophy: the MLS Cup league championship). In 2010 and 2011, the league played as a double round robin, with each team playing each other team one home and away—creating a balanced schedule. With an unsuitable number of teams beginning in 2012, the league has moved to an unbalanced schedule weighted towards a team's respective conference.

The postseason consists of a 14-team, four-round knockout. The top team in each conference enters in the overall quarterfinal round, while the remaining teams from each conference playoff for a spot in that round. The MLS Cup is a single match final with the winner becoming league champion of the year. Six times a team has won the league double: winning both the MLS Cup and the Supporters' Shield in the same season. In 2017, Toronto FC became the first team to win a domestic treble. The MLS Golden Boot is awarded each year to the player with the most goals in the regular season, and the best overall player is awarded the Landon Donovan MVP Award.

List of seasons[edit]

The following is a list of all MLS seasons. It contains the number of teams, the number of regular-season games played per team, the champion—winner of the MLS Cup, the winners of the regular-season Eastern Conference, the Western Conference, and for 2000 and 2001, the defunct Central Division, the winner of the Most Valuable Player Award (MVP), the top scorer(s), and the regular-season average attendance.

dagger Winner of the Supporters' Shield
* Winner of the league double
Winner of the domestic treble
Season Teams Games Champion Eastern Western Central MVP Top scorer(s) (goals) Att. Ref
1996 10 32 D.C. United Tampa Bay Mutinydagger Los Angeles Galaxy Carlos Valderrama Roy Lassiter (27) 17,406 [1]
1997 10 32 D.C. United* D.C. Uniteddagger Kansas City Wizards Preki Jaime Moreno (16) 14,619 [2]
1998 12 32 Chicago Fire D.C. United Los Angeles Galaxydagger Marco Etcheverry Stern John (26) 14,312 [3]
1999 12 32 D.C. United* D.C. Uniteddagger Los Angeles Galaxy Jason Kreis Stern John
Jason Kreis
Roy Lassiter
(18)
14,282 [4]
2000 12 32 Kansas City Wizards* MetroStars Kansas City Wizardsdagger Chicago Fire Tony Meola Mamadou Diallo (26) 13,756 [5]
2001 12 26–27 San Jose Earthquakes Miami Fusion F.C.dagger Los Angeles Galaxy Chicago Fire Alex Pineda Chacón Alex Pineda Chacón (19) 14,961 [6]
2002 10 28 Los Angeles Galaxy* New England Revolution Los Angeles Galaxydagger Carlos Ruiz Carlos Ruiz (24) 15,822 [7]
2003 10 30 San Jose Earthquakes Chicago Firedagger San Jose Earthquakes Preki Carlos Ruiz
Taylor Twellman
(15)
14,898 [8]
2004 10 30 D.C. United Columbus Crewdagger Kansas City Wizards Amado Guevara Brian Ching
Eddie Johnson
(12)
15,559 [9]
2005 12 32 Los Angeles Galaxy New England Revolution San Jose Earthquakesdagger Taylor Twellman Taylor Twellman (17) 15,108 [10]
2006 12 32 Houston Dynamo D.C. Uniteddagger FC Dallas Christian Gómez Jeff Cunningham (16) 15,504 [11]
2007 13 30 Houston Dynamo D.C. Uniteddagger Chivas USA Luciano Emílio Luciano Emílio (20) 16,770 [12]
2008 14 30 Columbus Crew* Columbus Crewdagger Houston Dynamo Guillermo Barros Schelotto Landon Donovan (20) 16,460 [13]
2009 15 30 Real Salt Lake Columbus Crewdagger LA Galaxy Landon Donovan Jeff Cunningham (17) 16,037 [14]
2010 16 30 Colorado Rapids New York Red Bulls LA Galaxydagger David Ferreira Chris Wondolowski (18) 16,675 [15]
2011 18 34 LA Galaxy* Sporting Kansas City LA Galaxydagger Dwayne De Rosario Dwayne De Rosario
Chris Wondolowski
(16)
17,872 [16]
2012 19 34 LA Galaxy Sporting Kansas City San Jose Earthquakesdagger Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski (27) 18,807 [17]
2013 19 34 Sporting Kansas City New York Red Bullsdagger Portland Timbers Mike Magee Camilo Sanvezzo (22) 18,608 [18]
2014 19 34 LA Galaxy D.C. United Seattle Soundersdagger Robbie Keane[19] Bradley Wright-Phillips (27)[20] 19,148 [21]
2015 20 34 Portland Timbers New York Red Bullsdagger FC Dallas Sebastian Giovinco Sebastian Giovinco
Kei Kamara
(22)
21,574 [22]
2016 20 34 Seattle Sounders FC New York Red Bulls FC Dallasdagger David Villa Bradley Wright-Phillips (24) 21,692 [23]
2017 22 34 Toronto FC Toronto FCdagger Seattle Sounders FC Diego Valeri Nemanja Nikolić (24) 22,112 [24]
2018 23 34 Atlanta United New York Red Bullsdagger Sporting Kansas City Josef Martínez Josef Martínez (31) 21,875 [25]
2019 24 34 Seattle Sounders FC New York City FC Los Angeles FCdagger Carlos Vela Carlos Vela (34) 21,265 [26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "1997 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "1998 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  4. ^ "1999 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "2000 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "2001 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "2002 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  8. ^ "2003 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  9. ^ "2004 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  10. ^ "2005 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  11. ^ "2006 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  12. ^ "2007 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  13. ^ "2008 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  14. ^ "2009 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  15. ^ "2010 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  16. ^ "2011 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  17. ^ "2012 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  18. ^ "2013 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  19. ^ "Robbie Keane voted 2014 MLS Most Valuable Player". Major League Soccer. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  20. ^ "2014 Season Statistics". Major League Soccer. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  21. ^ "2014 Year in Review". Major League Soccer. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  22. ^ "2015 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  23. ^ "2016 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  24. ^ "2017 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  25. ^ "2018 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  26. ^ "2019 Full Season Stats". Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 30, 2019.