MLS | USA - an overview
As footballing federations go, the USA MLS is a relative newcomer having been first founded in 1993. There are currently 24 teams in the league.
The MLS (Major League Soccer) is the top tier of professional football (soccer) in the United States. Football in the USA works in a different way to European football. Instead of the independently owned teams we have in Europe, the USA MLS is a single “unit or entity” in which each team is owned by the league's investors. Promotion to and from this league is decided on a financial and license basis. As such, there is no regular promotion or relegation.
Teams are ranked in the League by points, the same way that the European leagues are. The domestic trophy for the MLS is the U.S. Open Cup, but teams in the league also play for the CONCACAF Champions League, Campeones Cup, and the Leagues Cup.
The 24 teams are divided by geographical location between the Eastern and Western Conferences. The MLS regular season of 34 games is followed by a postseason knockout tournament. Each of the fourteen teams participates in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Atlanta United, Atlanta Utd, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Cincinnati, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles FC, Minnesota United, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps
Avaya Stadium - San Jose Earthquakes, BBVA Compass Stadium - Houston Dynamo, BC Place - Vancouver Whitecaps, BMO Field - Toronto FC, Banc of California Stadium - Los Angeles FC, CenturyLink Field - Seattle Sounders, Children's Mercy Park - Sporting Kansas City, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park - Colorado Rapids, Gillette Stadium - New England Revolution, Mapfre Stadium - Columbus Crew, Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta United, Nippert Stadium - FC Cincinnati, Orlando City Stadium - Orlando City SC, PPL Park - Philadelphia Union, Providence Park - Portland Timbers, Red Bull Arena - New York Red Bulls, Rio Tinto Stadium - Real Salt Lake, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium - D.C. United, Saputo Stadium - Montreal Impact, StubHub Center - LA Galaxy, TCF Bank Stadium - Minnesota United, Toyota Park - Chicago Fire, Toyota Stadium - FC Dallas, Yankee Stadium - New York City FC