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Stadium Capacity and Founding Years[edit]

I remember a while ago that someone had added the capacity of the stadiums to the table but was later reverted back and also someone else had added the year that the teams were founded only to later be reverted. My question is why aren't we including the stadium capacities and founding years to the table? I saw the other pages for the sports teams after that and all of the major North American sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) include them in their table. I think we should add them this page to match the other leagues. Also, it adds useful information that someone might want to know. I didn't want to do anything until I got some feedback. Any thoughts? Rodre112330 (talk) 13:02, 22 Octobrt 2016 (UTC)

As User:Walter Görlitz said in a previous post on this subject, less is more. The MLS teams table is much better than the other leagues, which are overloaded with so much clutter that the font size is shrunk to a small hard-to-read size just to make the content fit. Adding a column for MLS clubs founding year adds clutter without adding much useful information because for the vast majority of MLS teams the year of founding is 1-2 years before they began play in MLS. CUA 27 (talk) 23:49, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
I believe it was someone else who argued against it. I simply agreed. Just because other leagues list unnecessary information and want to crowd templates, doesn't mean we have to. Walter Görlitz (talk) 00:31, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
That being said, the founding years of the teams that make up a league is pretty critical information even if they are only a year apart. I would actually suggest doing it like the NHL where it is only one column but it is split if the two dates are different. There is so much white space on this table there is plenty of room for some pertinent information like capacity and founding. I wouldn't add anything beyond that however. -DJSasso (talk) 18:14, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
The founding year for every MLS team is different than the year they began play. The NHL has two columns because a number of NHL teams came over when two rival leagues merged, a situation that we do not have with MLS. For some of the MLS teams there have been heated discussions as to what the founding year is, and so best to avoid an edit war over that if we can. CUA 27 (talk) 01:01, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
@CUA 27: Yeah, the Ice Hockey Project has long discussions about the Founded usage as well, as seen Here. My comments there were that the Founded date as currently used is useful on the NHL table because it indicates that the franchise played before it entered the league and indicates how the league grew and expanded. However, if it uses actual founding dates (as in the date that the franchise was announced), that information is more team relevant since there can be long time between "founding" and "joining" where the team never played and is therefore not useful for the generalized league table. On the other hand, I do feel stadium capacity (as used when the team plays with caps and such) is an indication of what kind of draw the league aims for in general. It can be useful info, but it is not critical. Yosemiter (talk) 01:13, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
And that's the thing, the teams technically did not play prior to joining the league even if teams like San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Montreal and Vancouver all claim an earlier founding. Walter Görlitz (talk) 05:17, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
Except that at least in Montreal and Vancouver's case they did, can't speak to the other two because I don't know their history as well. But Montreal and Vancouver switched leagues, the articles here for some reason indicate "replaced" but all the news articles up here that would verify such things indicated that they are the same team that just switched leagues. Similar to a number of teams in other sports that retain the same ownership and name etc and just go from one league to another. A couple good examples since they are the same cities are the Vancouver Canucks or the Montreal Canadiens both of which started in other leagues and then moved to the NHL, although the Canadiens weren't an expansion team like the Canucks. -DJSasso (talk) 10:47, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
Personally, I do not think Founded years are critical info for a generalized league table, which was my intention behind my statement. I was just pointing out it can be helpful to indicate that it added organizations that had previously been playing (how the league grows), but there are other ways to indicate that such as a note. Yosemiter (talk) 12:35, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

League Championships[edit]

This table has for quite some time had the numbers centered in the columns. It looks more professional that way. CUA 27 (talk) 01:41, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

Not with the different numbers of dates in the years column. Since those lists-within-the-list are not all the same length, they should be left aligned, similar to a stem-and-leaf plot. It's the same sort of layout one sees for charts in newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias and other reference works. The single-number columns can be centered, as they do look better that way. oknazevad (talk) 07:12, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

I think it is best to have it aligned to the left. It is used in many pages from other soccer leagues.

Now that is two to one. CUA. Honestly, if you don't agree to it, that wouldn't be a reason to revert edits. Bluhaze777 (talk) 18:49, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

I would be fine with the version that oknazevad has proposed; that format is consistent with the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A. I do not agree with the version that Bluhaze777 has been trying to impose. I have not found another significant league that uses that format; please provide links to the "many pages from other soccer leagues" that use that format. CUA 27 (talk) 03:45, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
The Bundesliga article does not have the same type of table, but the similar table lists the clubs centred, so I understand that there is not uniformity across league articles. I would argue that the number should be left-justified. Walter Görlitz (talk) 06:07, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
The Bundesliga has its championships table at List_of_German_football_champions#Performance_by_club, with the same format as the rest of the European big four leagues — i.e., single-number columns are centered, dates are left-aligned. Walter Görlitz: So we're all clear, when you say the number should be left-justified, which number(s) are you referring to? CUA 27 (talk) 06:37, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
Years should be left-justified. Goals scored (which is not what we're talking about), mathces played, etc. All numbers left. Walter Görlitz (talk) 06:44, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I looked at a few more high-profile footy leagues: French Ligue 1, Campeonato Brasileiro, Argentine Primera División, and Liga MX. They too share the same format as the big four European leagues. I say we follow that format, which oknazevad had proposed. CUA 27 (talk) 07:20, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

I also looked at the WP:FOOTY templates for guidance and found some tables at WikiProject Football/Competitions#Performances, which suggests that single-number columns should be centered. CUA 27 (talk) 17:11, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

That page that had nothing? I wanted the years to be aligned left. Since it's two Trophies that are shown, having it centered doesn't work well, the chart is too big as well Bluhaze777 (talk) 14:01, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Issue[edit]

Just so we're all clear on what's been happening here and on related pages, Bluhaze777 has three times now tried to make the same edit on this page to align single-digit numbers to the left in the table. He has claimed that he is doing it "to match other leagues" and that "It is used in many pages from other soccer leagues", but he has not provided any example of another soccer league, even though he has been asked to, and even though he has been provided with eight examples that don't match his preferred version. I reverted his edits and started this discussion on the talk page.
While the discussion was ongoing here, and without having achieved any consensus for his preferred version, he then made the same edit at Supporters' Shield claiming that he had "Aligned it to coincide table as to those in other leagues". And he then made the same edit at MLS Cup.
I've reverted some, but not all, of Bluhaze777's edits. I have left three warnings on his talk page and asked him to self-revert. I am not sure how to best proceed at this point. I would appreciate thoughts from oknazevad, Walter Görlitz, Dale Arnett or any other regular editor of this and other MLS pages. CUA 27 (talk) 02:14, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

And within hours of me leaving a warning on Bluhaze777 talk page, we now have IP 131.118.229.7 — an account that has not edited on wiki during the past six months — joining the fray and repeating the same reverts that Bluhaze777 had been making on the Supporters' Shield page. CUA 27 (talk) 01:57, 16 November 2016 (UTC)
Just to clarify further, the change has been to the MLS Cup titles and Supporters' Shield Wins table. In the section above, youo linked to three European league articles. The equivalent table in Premier League#Champions is the wins by club section, and the years won are left-justified. That is also the case at La Liga#Performance by club and Serie A#Champions. So why are you warning Bluhaze777 when he's doing exactly what your examples indicate? Walter Görlitz (talk) 14:20, 15 November 2016 (UTC)
Walter Görlitz — Thanks for the question. The best way for me to clarify would be to show the three options below (I've truncated the tables to show only four rows so you can see them all on one screen if on desktop). To be clear, the five big European leagues, the three largest Latin American leagues, as well as MLS, NASL, and USL all have single-number columns centered. CUA 27 (talk)
Version 1: All numbers center (original version)
Team MLS
Cups
Year(s) won Supporters'
Shields
Year(s) won MLS
Seasons
LA Galaxy 5 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014 4 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011 21
D.C. United 4 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 4 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007 21
San Jose Earthquakes 2 2001, 2003 2 2005, 2012 19
Sporting Kansas City 2 2000, 2013 1 2000 21
Version 2: All numbers left (Bluhaze777 preferred version)
Team MLS
Cups
Year(s) won Supporters'
Shields
Year(s) won MLS
Seasons
LA Galaxy 5 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014 4 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011 21
D.C. United 4 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 4 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007 21
San Jose Earthquakes 2 2001, 2003 2 2005, 2012 19
Sporting Kansas City 2 2000, 2013 1 2000 21
Version 3: Single-numbers left; multi-numbers center (Footy consensus version)
Team MLS
Cups
Year(s) won Supporters'
Shields
Year(s) won MLS
Seasons
LA Galaxy 5 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014 4 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011 21
D.C. United 4 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 4 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007 21
San Jose Earthquakes 2 2001, 2003 2 2005, 2012 19
Sporting Kansas City 2 2000, 2013 1 2000 21

Being it's exactly what I suggested, I think version three is the best. But let's assume some good faith here regarding Bluehaze; I'm going to assume that his all left aligned version is the result of lacking the knowledge of how to code the table. I certainly didn't know, which is why I don't make the adjustment myself. oknazevad (talk) 04:07, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

I agree that Version 3 is the way to go. I'll wait to see if any reasoned opposition appears, and if not, I'll conform all three articles to this format. CUA 27 (talk) 02:52, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

16 Team Bracket[edit]

In case anyone was curious I created a 16 team bracket in the event that MLS decides to expand the playoffs from 12 teams to 16. You can find it under the title Template:16TeamBracket-MLS Divisional.

Founding date of MLS[edit]

The infobox, article text, and cited sources, disagree. The infobox says 1993, and cites to an MLS release, here. The article text says that MLS was formally founded in 1995, as successor to the original, and separate, 1993 entity. That's supported by a link to the opinion in the players' suit against MLS regarding the single-entity structure, here. Elsewhere MLS's own media material describes itself as founded in 1996 - link. Yet another MLS source, here, also states 1996. Which do we like? Whichever it is, I think everything should agree with itself at least. Comments welcome! JohnInDC (talk) 16:10, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

The 1996 date is, of course, when the league commenced play. The 1995 date, as the date of organizing the business operations, seems to be the valid date. As noted, the 1993 date was for an earlier proposal for the league that did not play. The legal founding of the business was 1995 per the Fraser decision. No date prior to that should be used. Of course, whether or not the exact day of the year the business office was organized is important is the real question. I say it's not. The attempt to add such info to every team article is unneeded. oknazevad (talk) 16:41, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. I hope others weigh in as well. Meantime there is a somewhat related discussion at Talk:D.C._United#DC_United_founding that might benefit from another person's views as well. JohnInDC (talk) 22:50, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks Oknazevad. That has essentially been what I have been saying (writing?). Walter Görlitz (talk) 03:50, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

game balls[edit]

  • 1996-2000 Mitre
  • 2001-2002 Kappa
  • 2003-2005 Puma
  • 2006-pres Adidas

Czechia2016 (talk) 21:00, 11 July 2017 (UTC)