List of soccer clubs in the United States

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This is a list of soccer clubs in the United States. For clarity, teams based outside the United States that play in USSF-recognized leagues are also listed below, with their home country noted.

Men's soccer clubs[edit]

Three professional leagues of soccer teams are sanctioned by the Professional Division of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF or U.S. Soccer). The top level league is Major League Soccer (MLS). The second level consists of the North American Soccer League (NASL) and USL Championship, the latter of which was rebranded from "United Soccer League" after its 2018 season. The USL Championship is operated by the United Soccer League (previously "Leagues"), which also operates the fourth-level USL League Two (formerly the Premier Development League) and has announced plans to create USL League One in 2019, which will slot between the USL Championship and USL League Two. The National Premier Soccer League is another nationwide semi-professional league below the third division.

Major League Soccer (MLS)[edit]

MLS currently has 23 clubs. As early as 2013, the league expressed a desire to expand to 24 teams by 2020.[1] A 24th team is now set to start play in 2019, and two more are planned to start play in 2020.

Team City Stadium Capacity Joined
Eastern Conference
Atlanta United FC Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium1 71,000 2017
Chicago Fire Bridgeview, Illinois Toyota Park 20,000 1998
Columbus Crew SC Columbus, Ohio MAPFRE Stadium 19,968 1996
D.C. United Washington, D.C. Audi Field 20,000 1996
FC Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Nippert Stadium 33,250 2019
Montreal Impact* Montreal Saputo Stadium 20,801 2012
New England Revolution Foxborough, Massachusetts Gillette Stadium 20,000 1996
New York City FC New York City Yankee Stadium 30,321 2015
New York Red Bulls Harrison, New Jersey Red Bull Arena 25,000 1996
Orlando City SC Orlando, Florida Orlando City Stadium 25,500 2015
Philadelphia Union Chester, Pennsylvania Talen Energy Stadium 18,500 2010
Toronto FC* Toronto, Ontario BMO Field 30,000 2007
Western Conference
Colorado Rapids Commerce City, Colorado Dick's Sporting Goods Park 18,061 1996
FC Dallas Frisco, Texas Toyota Stadium 20,500 1996
Houston Dynamo Houston, Texas BBVA Compass Stadium 22,039 2006
LA Galaxy Carson, California Dignity Health Sports Park 27,000 1996
Los Angeles FC Los Angeles, California Banc of California Stadium 22,000 2018
Minnesota United FC Saint Paul, Minnesota Allianz Field 19,400 2017
Portland Timbers Portland, Oregon Providence Park 25,000 2011
Real Salt Lake Sandy, Utah Rio Tinto Stadium 20,213 2005
San Jose Earthquakes San Jose, California Avaya Stadium 18,000 1996
Seattle Sounders FC Seattle CenturyLink Field 39,419 2009
Sporting Kansas City Kansas City, Kansas Children's Mercy Park 18,467 1996
Vancouver Whitecaps FC* Vancouver, British Columbia BC Place 22,120 2011
  • * – Team based in Canada

North American Soccer League (NASL)[edit]

Team City Stadium Capacity Founded Joined
California United FC Fullerton, California Titan Stadium 10,000 2017 2018
Jacksonville Armada FC Jacksonville, Florida Hodges Stadium 9,400 2013 2015
Miami FC Miami Riccardo Silva Stadium 20,000 2015 2016
New York Cosmos Brooklyn, New York MCU Park 7,000 2010 2013
Puerto Rico FC Bayamón, Puerto Rico Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium 22,000 2015 2016
San Diego 1904 FC San Diego, California Torero Stadium 6,000 2017 2018

United Soccer League (USL)[edit]

The United Soccer League is the parent organization for the USL Championship (USSF Division II), USL League One (applied for USSF Division III sanctioning), USL League Two, and the youth Super Y-League.

Team City Stadium Capacity Founded Joined
Eastern Conference
Atlanta United 2 Lawrenceville, Georgia Coolray Field 10,427 2017 2018
Bethlehem Steel FC Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Goodman Stadium 16,000 2015 2016
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina MUSC Health Stadium 5,100 1993 2011
Charlotte Independence Matthews, North Carolina Sportsplex at Matthews 2,300 2014 2015
FC Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Nippert Stadium 35,061 2015 2016
Indy Eleven Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium 70,000 2013 2018
Louisville City FC Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field 8,000 2014 2015
Nashville SC Nashville, Tennessee First Tennessee Park 10,000 2016 2018
New York Red Bulls II Montclair, New Jersey MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field 3,000 2015
North Carolina FC Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park 10,000 2006 2018
Ottawa Fury FC* Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium 24,000 2011 2017
Penn FC Harrisburg, Pennsylvania FNB Field 6,187 2004 2011
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Highmark Stadium 3,500 1999 2011
Richmond Kickers Richmond, Virginia City Stadium 22,000 1993 2011
Tampa Bay Rowdies St. Petersburg, Florida Al Lang Stadium 7,227 2008 2017
Toronto FC II* Toronto, Ontario BMO Field 30,000 2014 2015
Western Conference
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Colorado Springs, Colorado Weidner Field 5,000 2013 2015
Fresno FC Fresno, California Chukchansi Park 12,500 2017 2018
LA Galaxy II Carson, California Dignity Health Sports Park Track Stadium 2,000 2014
Las Vegas Lights FC Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field 9,334 2017 2018
OKC Energy FC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Taft Stadium 7,500 2013 2014
Orange County SC Irvine, California Champion Stadium 5,000 2010 2011
Phoenix Rising FC Scottsdale, Arizona Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex 6,200 2014
Portland Timbers 2 Portland, Oregon Providence Park 21,144 2014 2015
Real Monarchs SLC Herriman, Utah Zions Bank Stadium 5,000 2014 2015
Reno 1868 FC Reno, Nevada Greater Nevada Field 9,013 2015 2017
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Edinburg, Texas H-E-B Park 9,400 2015 2016
Sacramento Republic FC Sacramento, California Papa Murphy's Park 11,569 2012 2014
Saint Louis FC Fenton, Missouri Toyota Stadium 5,500 2014 2015
San Antonio FC San Antonio, Texas Toyota Field 8,296 2016
Seattle Sounders FC 2 Tacoma, Washington Cheney Stadium 6,500 2014 2015
Swope Park Rangers Overland Park, Kansas Shawnee Mission District Stadium 6,150 2015 2016
Tulsa Roughnecks FC Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field 7,833 2013 2015
  • * – Team based in Canada

Future teams:

Premier Development League (PDL 2017)[edit]

USA States with PDL teams are highlighted in red, Canadian Provinces with PDL teams are in dark red

National Premier Soccer League (NPSL 2018)[edit]

College soccer (NCAA)[edit]

Division I
Division II
Division III

Women's soccer clubs[edit]

National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)[edit]

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) currently has nine clubs.[2] Former commissioner Jeff Plush announced that the NWSL planned to expand to 14 teams by 2020. At the time, Plush suggested that the league was in varying stages of talks with a dozen different potential expansion groups, including some from MLS organizations. In April 2016, MLS commissioner Don Garber stated that half of MLS teams could be running NWSL teams in the near future.[3] In May 2017, FC Barcelona announced that it had approved a plan to launch an expansion team in the league as soon as 2018.[4]

Locations of teams for the 2018 National Women's Soccer League season.
Team City Stadium Capacity Founded Joined
Chicago Red Stars Bridgeview, Illinois Toyota Park 20,000 2006 2013
Houston Dash Houston, Texas BBVA Compass Stadium 7,000 2013 2014
North Carolina Courage Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park 10,000 2009 2013
Orlando Pride Orlando, Florida Orlando City Stadium 25,500 2015 2016
Portland Thorns FC Portland, Oregon Providence Park 20,438 2012 2013
Seattle Reign FC Seattle Memorial Stadium 6,088 2012 2013
Sky Blue FC Piscataway, New Jersey Yurcak Field 5,000 2007 2013
Utah Royals FC Sandy, Utah Rio Tinto Stadium 20,213 2017 2018
Washington Spirit Boyds, Maryland Maryland SoccerPlex 5,200 2012 2013

United Women's Soccer[edit]

Women's Premier Soccer League[edit]

College soccer (NCAA)[edit]

Division I
Division II
Division III

Indoor soccer clubs[edit]

Major Arena Soccer League (MASL)[edit]

By city[edit]

Pop. Rank Metropolitan Area Major League Soccer NASL USL Championship[a] USL League One[b] NWSL
1 New York New York Red Bulls
New York City
New York Cosmos New York Red Bulls II Sky Blue FC
2 Los Angeles LA Galaxy
California United FC LA Galaxy II
Orange County SC
3 Chicago Chicago Fire USL Chicago[c] Chicago Red Stars
4 Baltimore–Washington D.C. United Loudoun United FC Washington Spirit
5 San Francisco Bay Area San Jose Earthquakes USL East Bay[c]
6 Boston, Massachusetts New England Revolution
7 Dallas-Fort Worth FC Dallas North Texas SC
8 Philadelphia Philadelphia Union Bethlehem Steel
9 Miami Inter Miami CF Miami FC
10 Houston Houston Dynamo Houston Dash
11 Atlanta Atlanta United FC Atlanta United 2
13 Seattle Seattle Sounders FC Seattle Sounders FC 2 Seattle Reign FC
14 Phoenix Phoenix Rising FC
15 Minneapolis–Saint Paul Minnesota United FC
17 Denver Colorado Rapids
18 San Diego San Diego 1904 FC
19 Portland Portland Timbers Portland Timbers 2 Portland Thorns FC
20 Orlando Orlando City SC Orlando City B Orlando Pride
21 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Rowdies
22 St. Louis Saint Louis FC
23 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
24 Charlotte Charlotte Independence
25 Sacramento Sacramento Republic FC
26 Salt Lake City Real Salt Lake Real Monarchs Utah Royals FC
27 Kansas City Sporting Kansas City Swope Park Rangers
28 Columbus Columbus Crew SC
29 Indianapolis Indy Eleven
30 San Antonio San Antonio FC
31 Las Vegas Las Vegas Lights FC
32 Cincinnati FC Cincinnati[d]
33 Raleigh-Durham North Carolina FC North Carolina Courage
35 Austin Austin Bold FC
36 Nashville MLS Nashville Nashville SC
39 Jacksonville Jacksonville Armada FC
40 Louisville Louisville City FC
41 Hartford Hartford Athletic
44 Greenville–Spartanburg Greenville Triumph SC
45 Oklahoma City OKC Energy FC
46 Memphis Memphis 901 FC
47 Birmingham Birmingham Legion FC
48 Richmond Richmond Kickers[e]
49 Harrisburg Penn FC[f]
51 Rochester Rochester Rhinos[g]
53 Albuquerque New Mexico United
54 Tulsa Tulsa Roughnecks FC
55 Fresno Fresno FC
58 Tucson FC Tucson
59 El Paso El Paso Locomotive FC
67 McAllen Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
75 Charleston Charleston Battery
82 Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
86 Madison Forward Madison FC
93 Reno Reno 1868 FC
98 Lansing Lansing Ignite FC
99 Chattanooga Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
102 Savannah Tormenta FC
  1. ^ Renamed from United Soccer League after the 2018 season.
  2. ^ Begins play in the 2019 season.
  3. ^ a b Currently scheduled to begin play in 2021.
  4. ^ Begins MLS play in 2019, replacing a USL Championship team of the same name.
  5. ^ Voluntarily dropped from the USL Championship to League One after the 2018 season.
  6. ^ On hiatus for the 2019 season after leaving the USL Championship; resuming play in USL League One in 2020.
  7. ^ Resuming play in 2020, after having suspended professional operations after the 2017 USL (now USL Championship) season.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Major League Soccer to expand to 24 teams by 2020 season, says Commissioner Don Garber".
  2. ^ Green, Lauren. "Report: LAFC up next for NWSL expansion in 2018". Excelle Sports. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (June 9, 2016). "City Football Group could bring NWSL team to New York". The Equalizer. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  4. ^ Rosenblatt, Ryan (May 12, 2017). "FC Barcelona approve plans to launch a women's team in NWSL". Fox Sports. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Sunshine Conference Expands to Seven Teams" (February 9, 2011). Retrieved April 15, 2011.