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 is the USL Championship, and the third level is USL League One. The USL Championship and USL League One are operated by the United Soccer League (previously "Leagues"), which also operates the semi-professional USL League Two (formerly the Premier Development League).

Major League Soccer (MLS)[edit]

MLS currently has 24 clubs. As early as 2013, the league had expressed a desire to expand to 24 teams by 2020.[1] FC Cincinnati entered the league for the 2019 season as the 24th team, and four more teams are planned to start play in the near future—two in 2020 and one each in 2021 and 2022.


Team City Stadium Capacity Joined
Eastern Conference
Atlanta United FC Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium1 71,000 2017
Chicago Fire Bridgeview, Illinois SeatGeek Stadium 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 Exploria 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 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 25,218 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
Future teams
Team City Stadium Capacity Joining League
Austin FC Austin, Texas Austin FC stadium 20,000 2021[2]
Inter Miami CF Miami, Florida Initial: New Lockhart Stadium (Fort Lauderdale)
Permanent: Miami Freedom Park (2022)
18,000
25,000
2020[3]
Nashville SC Nashville, Tennessee Initial: Nissan Stadium
Permanent: Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium (2022)
68,143
27,500
2020[4]
St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis MLS stadium 22,500 2022[5]
  • * – Team based in Canada

USL Championship[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.


Club City Stadium Capacity Founded Joined Head coach MLS affiliate
Eastern Conference
Atlanta United 2 Kennesaw, Georgia Fifth Third Bank Stadium[i] 8,318 2017 2018 Scotland Stephen Glass Atlanta United FC
Bethlehem Steel FC Chester, Pennsylvania Talen Energy Stadium[i] 18,500 2015 2016 United States Brendan Burke Philadelphia Union
Birmingham Legion FC Birmingham, Alabama BBVA Field[i] 5,000 2017 2019 United States Tom Soehn
Charleston Battery Charleston, South Carolina MUSC Health Stadium[i] 5,100 1993 2011 United States Mike Anhaeuser
Charlotte Independence Matthews, North Carolina Sportsplex at Matthews[i] 5,000 2014 2015 Republic of Ireland Jim McGuinness
Hartford Athletic Hartford, Connecticut Dillon Stadium[i] 5,500 2018 2019 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Indy Eleven Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium[ii] 62,421 2013 2018 Scotland Martin Rennie
Loudoun United FC Leesburg, Virginia Segra Field[i][iii] 5,000 2018 2019 United States Richie Williams D.C. United
Louisville City FC Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field[iv][v] 8,000 2014 2015 United States John Hackworth
Memphis 901 FC Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park[iv] 10,000 2018 2019 United States Tim Mulqueen
Nashville SC Nashville, Tennessee First Tennessee Park[iv] 10,000 2016 2018 England Gary Smith
New York Red Bulls II Montclair, New Jersey MSU Soccer Park at Pittser Field[i] 5,000 2015 United States John Wolyniec New York Red Bulls
North Carolina FC Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park[i] 10,000 2006 2018 United States Dave Sarachan
Ottawa Fury FC* Ottawa, Ontario TD Place Stadium[ii] 24,000 2011 2017 Serbia Nikola Popovic Montreal Impact
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Highmark Stadium[i] 5,000 1998 2011 United States Bob Lilley
Saint Louis FC Fenton, Missouri Toyota Stadium[i] 5,500 2014 2015 Wales Anthony Pulis
Swope Park Rangers Kansas City, Kansas Children's Mercy Park[i] 18,467 2015 2016 Brazil Paulo Nagamura Sporting Kansas City
Tampa Bay Rowdies St. Petersburg, Florida Al Lang Stadium[iv] 7,227 2008 2017 Scotland Neill Collins
Western Conference
Austin Bold FC Elroy, Texas Bold Stadium 5,000 2017 2019 Brazil Marcelo Serrano
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC Colorado Springs, Colorado Weidner Field[i] 5,000 2013 2015 United States Steve Trittschuh Colorado Rapids
El Paso Locomotive FC El Paso, Texas Southwest University Park[iv] 9,500 2018 2019 England Mark Lowry
Fresno FC Fresno, California Chukchansi Park[iv] 12,500 2017 2018 England Adam Smith
LA Galaxy II Carson, California Dignity Health Track Stadium[ii] 5,000 2014 United States Mike Muñoz LA Galaxy
Las Vegas Lights FC Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field[iv] 9,334 2017 2018 United States Eric Wynalda
New Mexico United Albuquerque, New Mexico Isotopes Park[iv] 13,500 2018 2019 United States Troy Lesesne
OKC Energy FC Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Taft Stadium[i] 7,500 2013 2014 England Steve Cooke
Orange County SC Irvine, California Champion Stadium[i] 5,000 2010 2011 United States Braeden Cloutier
Phoenix Rising FC Tempe, Arizona Casino Arizona Field[i] 6,200 2014 United States Rick Schantz
Portland Timbers 2 Portland, Oregon Providence Park[i] 25,218 2014 2015 New Zealand Cameron Knowles Portland Timbers
Real Monarchs Herriman, Utah Zions Bank Stadium[i] 5,000 2014 2015 United States Martín Vásquez Real Salt Lake
Reno 1868 FC Reno, Nevada Greater Nevada Field[iv] 9,013 2015 2017 United States Ian Russell San Jose Earthquakes
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros Edinburg, Texas H-E-B Park[i] 9,400 2015 2016 United States Gerson Echeverry Houston Dynamo
Sacramento Republic FC Sacramento, California Papa Murphy's Park[i] 11,569 2012 2014 New Zealand Simon Elliott
San Antonio FC San Antonio, Texas Toyota Field[i] 8,296 2016 England Darren Powell New York City FC
Tacoma Defiance Tacoma, Washington Cheney Stadium[iv][v] 6,500 2014 2015 Scotland Chris Little Seattle Sounders FC
Tulsa Roughnecks FC Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field[iv] 7,833 2013 2015 Nigeria Michael Nsien Chicago Fire
  • * – Team based in Canada

Future teams[edit]

Club City Stadium Capacity Founded Joining Head coach MLS affiliate
Planned Expansion Clubs
Chicago Chicago, Illinois Lincoln Yards Stadium[i] 20,000 2017 2021 TBD TBD
Oakland East Bay Concord, California East Bay Stadium[i] 15,000 2017 2021 TBD TBD

USL League One[edit]

Club City Stadium Capacity Founded Joined Head coach MLS/USLC affiliate
Current clubs
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Chattanooga, Tennessee David Stanton Field 5,000[6] 2018 2019 Tim Hankinson
Forward Madison FC Madison, Wisconsin Breese Stevens Field 5,000 2018 2019 Daryl Shore Minnesota United FC
Greenville Triumph SC Greenville, South Carolina Legacy Early College Field 4,000 2018 2019 John Harkes
Lansing Ignite FC Lansing, Michigan Cooley Law School Stadium 7,527 2018 2019 Nate Miller[7] Chicago Fire[8]
North Texas SC Arlington, Texas Globe Life Park in Arlington 48,114 2018 2019 Eric Quill FC Dallas
Orlando City B Kissimmee, Florida Osceola County Stadium 5,300 2015 2019 Roberto Sibaja (Interim) Orlando City SC
Richmond Kickers Richmond, Virginia City Stadium 22,611 1993 2019 Vacant
South Georgia Tormenta FC Statesboro, Georgia Eagle Field at Erk Russell Park 3,500 2015 2019 John Miglarese
Toronto FC II Toronto, Ontario BMO Training Ground 1,000 2014 2019 Michael Rabasca Toronto FC
FC Tucson Tucson, Arizona Kino Sports Complex 3,500 2010 2019 Darren Sawatzky Phoenix Rising FC
Future clubs
Penn FC Harrisburg, Pennsylvania TBA TBA 2003 2020 Raoul Voss
Union Omaha Papillion, Nebraska Werner Park 9,023 2019 2020 Jay Mims
New England Revolution II[9] Foxborough, Massachusetts Gillette Stadium 20,000 2019 2020 TBA New England Revolution
Inter Miami USL[10] Fort Lauderdale, Florida New Lockhart Stadium 18,000 2019 2020 TBA Inter Miami CF
Rochester Rhinos Rochester, New York TBA TBA 1996 2021 TBA
  MLS/USLC-affiliated
  MLS/USLC-owned
  • * – Team based in Canada

Women's soccer clubs[edit]

National Women's Soccer League[edit]

The National Women's Soccer League currently has nine clubs.[11] Former commissioner Jeff Plush announced that the league 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 National Women's Soccer League teams in the near future.[12] In May 2017, FC Barcelona announced that it had approved a plan to launch an expansion team in the league as soon as 2018,[13] but those plans have yet to materialize.

Locations of teams for the 2019 National Women's Soccer League season.
Team City Stadium Capacity Founded Joined
Chicago Red Stars Bridgeview, Illinois SeatGeek Stadium 20,000 2006 2013
Houston Dash Houston, Texas BBVA Stadium 7,000 2013 2014
North Carolina Courage Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Soccer Park 10,000 2009 2013
Orlando Pride Orlando, Florida Exploria Stadium 25,500 2015 2016
Portland Thorns FC Portland, Oregon Providence Park 25,218 2012 2013
Reign FC Tacoma, Washington Cheney Stadium 6,500 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

Indoor soccer clubs[edit]

Major Arena Soccer League (MASL)[edit]

By city[edit]

Pop. Rank Metropolitan Area Major League Soccer USL Championship[a] USL League One[b] NWSL
1 New York New York Red Bulls
New York City
New York Red Bulls II Sky Blue FC
2 Los Angeles LA Galaxy
LAFC
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
10 Houston Houston Dynamo Houston Dash
11 Atlanta Atlanta United FC Atlanta United 2
13 Seattle Seattle Sounders FC Tacoma Defiance Reign FC
14 Phoenix Phoenix Rising FC
15 Minneapolis–Saint Paul Minnesota United FC
17 Denver Colorado Rapids
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 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
33 Raleigh-Durham North Carolina FC North Carolina Courage
35 Austin Austin FC Austin Bold FC
36 Nashville Nashville SC Nashville SC[d]
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
56 El Paso El Paso Locomotive FC
59 Omaha Omaha[h]
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. ^ Will cease USL operations after the 2019 season, with the name to be taken over by the city's new MLS side.
  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.
  8. ^ Scheduled to begin play in USL League One in 2020.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Soccer specific stadium
  2. ^ a b c Shared facility; not a soccer-specific stadium
  3. ^ Loudoun United opened its inaugural 2019 season at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., home to its parent club of D.C. United.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Baseball park
  5. ^ a b Team has announced plans to move into a soccer-specific stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Major League Soccer to expand to 24 teams by 2020 season, says Commissioner Don Garber". MLSsoccer.com.
  2. ^ "City of Austin, Precourt Sports Ventures announce stadium deal agreement". MLSSoccer.com. MLS Digital. December 19, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ Couch, Ben (January 29, 2018). "Miami MLS expansion team to begin play in 2020". MLSSoccer.com. MLS Digital. Retrieved September 5, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  4. ^ Rosano, Nick (December 20, 2017). "Nashville awarded MLS expansion club". MLSSoccer.com. MLS Digital. Retrieved September 5, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  5. ^ Bogert, Tom (August 20, 2019). "MLS awards expansion team to St. Louis". MLSSoccer.com. MLS Digital. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "Chattanooga to Build Soccer-Specific Stadium for 2020 Season". USLLeagueOne.com. USL League One. Retrieved October 18, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  7. ^ "Nate Miller names Lansing Ignite head coach", lansingignite.com, Lansing Ignite, retrieved November 14, 2018 Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  8. ^ Friend, Phil (March 19, 2019). "Lansing Ignite forms alliance with Chicago Fire, will host MLS team at Cooley Stadium". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Inter Miami FC, New England Revolution Launch League One Clubs", uslleagueone.com, USL League One, retrieved October 9, 2019
  10. ^ "Inter Miami FC, New England Revolution Launch League One Clubs", uslleagueone.com, USL League One, retrieved October 9, 2019
  11. ^ Green, Lauren. "Report: LAFC up next for NWSL expansion in 2018". Excelle Sports. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  12. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (June 9, 2016). "City Football Group could bring NWSL team to New York". The Equalizer. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Rosenblatt, Ryan (May 12, 2017). "FC Barcelona approve plans to launch a women's team in NWSL". Fox Sports. Retrieved 31 July 2017.