List of Canadian Soccer teams (clubs) in MLS – Major League Soccer Canada

List of Canadian Soccer teams (clubs) in MLS – Major League Soccer Canada

June 4, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

The list of Canadian Soccer teams (clubs) in the MLS.


Major League Soccer is the top flight in the United States featuring teams from Canada.


The league the elite professional soccer league in the North American continent behind the Méxican Liga MX.


Since the establishment of Major League Soccer, Canadian professional teams have since joined it with the intentions of growing further as a global brand.


Major League Soccer is considered the number one professional top-flight men’s soccer league in Canada and the United States.


A total of 27 teams currently participate in the Competition with further teams expected to join which could increase the number to 30 teams in 2023.


Out of the 27 teams, 24 are from the United States while the other three are Canadian Soccer teams.


Highlighting the Canadian soccer teams in the Major League Soccer


About three teams from the country actively participate in the division. Toronto FC joined the league before Vancouver Whitecaps and CF Montréal followed.


Canadian Soccer teams (Clubs) in the MLS – Major League Soccer


1. Toronto FC


Toronto FC is a professional Canadian Soccer team based in Toronto.


The club was the first Canadian based side to join the MLS franchise in 2007 as an expansion franchise.


Moving into the division, Toronto FC became a member of the Eastern Conference which has a total of 14 teams expected to further expand in the future.


The club plays its home matches at BMO Field in Toronto which has a capacity of about 30,000.


Founded in October 2005, the Reds as they are popularly known are the most successful team in the history of the Canadian Championship with over seven titles.

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When it comes to soccer in Canada, the club achieved a treble in 2017, winning the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship.


This became the high point of the club’s existence as a team in Canada and Major League Soccer.


Today, Toronto FC is Con the most successful and most decorated team in Canada with 7 Canadian Championship, 1 MLS Cup and Supporters Shield each.


At the International scene, the club were runners-up of the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.


Account to 2019 data, Toronto FC has an estimated value of US$395 million.


The club leads the Major League Soccer player payroll in the United States and Canada.


The club can be seen as the big brother of Canadian Soccer at any professional soccer Competition.


The club is the highest performing team from Canada when it comes to Major League Soccer.


2. Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps is a professional Canadian soccer team based in Vancouver and competes in Major League Soccer as a franchise.


The club was the second club from Canada to join the MLS after Toronto FC’s addition in 2007.


Whitecaps competes in the MLS as a member of the Western Conference.


The club holds the record as the first team from Canada in the MLS to qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs round but did not emerge victoriously.


The club plays its home games at the BC Place Stadium in, Vancouver with a capacity of about 22,120.

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Founded March 18, 2009, Whitecaps entered the MLS scene as well as the first team to qualify for two MLS Cup playoffs round.


Whitecaps have won a single Canadian Championship in 2015 and have lost in five finals.


3. CF Montréal (Club de Foot Montréal)


Club de Foot Montréal, CF Montréal or Montreal Impact is a professional Canadian soccer team based in Montreal.


The club is the third MLS franchise team from Canada and competes in the division as members of the Eastern Conference.


Founding in 2010, Montreal Impact were inducted into the division as an expansion franchise and re remade to its current name as CF Montréal in 2021.


Despite Toronto’s FC Canadian domination, CF Montréal became the first club from Canada to reach the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2015.


In the final, CF Montréal lost to Mexican and North American giants Club América over two legs.


Impact are three-time winners of the Canadian Championship, the country’s domestic Cup Competitions between 2013, 2014 and 2019.


CF Montréal competed in the USL First Division.


The club won the old Voyageurs Cup which was only open to USL teams before it was rebranded as an award for the new Canadian Championship.


Impact won all six titles from 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.


Performance of teams from Canada in the Major League Soccer


The three teams Toronto FC, CF Montréal and Vancouver Whitecaps have enjoyed successful outings since becoming franchise is the MLS.

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Vancouver Whitecaps qualified for the MLS playoffs in 2015.


Toronto FC marked Canada’s presences in the division in an incredible season which saw them lift the MLS Cup and the Supporters Shield the same year (2017).



The following year, the club got to the CONCACAF Champions League final but lost to the Méxican side Guadalajara over two legs.


About the MLS and the Conference with Canadian teams


The Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference is one of MLS two conferences, along with the Western Conference.


Founded in 1996, the Conference consists of 14 teams expected to further expand in the future.



CF Montréal (Canada)

Toronto FC (Canada)


Others in the conference

Atlanta United, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew SC, FC Cincinnati, D.C United, Inter Miami CF, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union.


The Western Conference

Western Conference is one of MLS two conferences, along with the Eastern Conference


Founded in 1996, the conference consists of 16 teams expensive to further expand in the future.


Vancouver Whitecaps (Canada)

Others in conference

Austin FC, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo FC, LA FC, LA Galaxy FC, Minnesota United, Portland Timbers FC, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City.


The Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada currently the world largest first division.

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