MLS | USA - an overview
The MLS (Major League Soccer) is the top tier of professional football (soccer) in the United States.
As footballing federations go, the MLS is a relative newcomer having been first founded n 1993. There are currently 24 teams in the league.
The MLS works in a different way to European football. Instead of independently owned teams, the MLS is a single entity in which each team is owned by the league's investors. As such, there is no promotion and relegation.
Teams are ranked in the League by points. A win is three points and a draw is one point. Nothing is awarded for a loss.
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 participate in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Atlanta United, 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