MLS Teams 2021 – Major League Soccer Clubs list

MLS Teams 2021 – Major League Soccer Clubs list

October 10, 2021 Off By Ibiye Ambille

Highlighting All Major League Soccer (MLS) teams competing as members of the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.



MLS teams – Eastern Conference

 

1. New England Revolution

New England Revolution is a professional soccer club based in Greater Boston and competes in the MLS Eastern Conference as one of the top teams.

 

As part of the Eastern Conference, the club is one of the top ten teams and have played since the early years of the league.

 

The team has won one US Open Cup and represented North America in the FIFA Club World Cup.

 

New England Revolution is one of the top teams to watch out for when the new season kickoffs.

 

2. DC United

DC United is one of the early MLS Cup winners in Major League Soccer, quickly establishing itself as one of the strongest soccer clubs in the United States of America.

 

The club based in the city of Washington DC began to play as an MLS franchise in 1996 and became the club’s top ten charter club of the league.

 

Establishing itself as a giant, the club is one of the most successful teams during the early years of the top-flight league in the country.

 

The club holds a joint record MLS supporters shield with over four Shields won in the past.

 

Also, DC United have won their MLS Cup and they are one of the only United States-based teams to have won a CONCACAF competition which they won in 1998.

 

In terms of popularity, DC United has over four different supporters clubs created to cheer the team to success in any competition.

 

The club’s nickname is “Black-and-Red”

 

Stadium: The club plays its home matches at the famous Audi Stadium or the Audi Field in Southwest, Washington, D.C, which has a capacity of about twenty thousand.

 

DC United was one of the most successful teams in the early years of the franchise league is still considered one of the most successful in the history of the league.

 

Based in Washington DC, the club was established in 1994. It prides itself as the capital city club

 

The club won four MLS Cups, four Supporters Shield, three US Open Cups and a CONCACAF Champions League title.

 

They were a household name when it comes to Major League Soccer in the early years of the league.

 

Right now, they are still one of the respected sides in the professional division.

 

The early years of the competition were owned by DC. But the current competition has made it hard for them to easily dominate as it were before.

3. Toronto FC

 

Toronto Football Club is a Canadian club based competing in the Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference.

 

The club joined the MLS in 2007 as an expansion team and was the first Canadian-based franchise in the league.

 

It is one of the few Canadian clubs in the division. Toronto FC is one of the top Canadian soccer clubs in Major League Soccer lately.

 

Toronto FC may not make the headlines always, but the club has the highest payroll in the whole of the MLS with a figure of around US$395 with some of the biggest players in the division.

 

Toronto FC won two major trophies in one season which came during the 2017 triumph even as the club won the MLS Cup and the MLS Supporters Shield at the end of the 2017 soccer season in the United States.

 

4. New York Red Bulls

 

One of the oldest members of the division, New York Red Bulls play in Eastern Conference established in 1994. The team has won three Supporters Shield.

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New York Red Bulls is part of the Red Bull Football Family.

 

5. Columbus Crew

 

Columbus Crew is regarded as one of the top ten clubs in the league.

 

Founded in 1994, the club won several laurels since its inception. Two MLS Cups between 2008 and 2020. Three Supporters Shield with one US Open Cup.

 

The Crews are one of the top clubs to watch out for when the 2021 season kickoffs in April.

 

6. Chicago Fire

 

Chicago Fire is a franchise Soccer team and a member of the MLS. Considered one of the most successful clubs in the United States.

 

Based in Chicago, Illinois, the club has won one MLS in 1998, Supporters Shield in 2003 with four US Open Cup in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. They play at the Soldier Field stadium.

 

7. Club de Foot Montreal

 

Club de Foot Montréal is a professional soccer club as one of the founding members of the MLS Eastern Conference.

 

The club’s major achievement was finishing as Runners up during the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League.

8. Philadelphia Union

 

The Eastern Conference side was established in 2008 and started playing in the league. 2010.

 

The Union are the reigning Cup holders of the Supporters Shield at the end of the 2020 season.

 

9. Orlando City

 

Orlando City is a franchise professional soccer club from the city of Orlando. They play at the Exploria Stadium.

10. New York City

 

New York City FC is a professional soccer club that plays in the Eastern Conference founded in 2013 and is owned by City Football Group and Yankee Global Enterprises.

 

The club is the twentieth expansion team and is currently one of the most valuable sides in the division.

 

The team is yet to win a major trophy. Hopefully, this could be a season for change as they continue their search for a major trophy.

 

The New York City FC hasn’t gotten the much-needed attention as compared to Manchester City, their sister club in the Premier League.

 

Despite being listed as one of the most valuable teams in the league, the club is still yet to turn up as a major force.

11. FC Cincinnati

 

FC Cincinnati is a franchise Soccer team in the MLS and was awarded a spot in the franchise league in 2018 as part of the expansion Franchise.

 

An Eastern Conference club that plays in West End Stadium.

12. Atlanta United

 

Atlanta United is a professional soccer club from Atlanta Georgia in the United States competing in Major League Soccer.

 

Establish in 2014, the Atlanta-based side plays in the Eastern Conference as one inducted into the MLS as part of the expansion in 2017.

 

The club is regarded as one of the sides with the highest fanbase when it comes to United States club Soccer competitions.

 

They won the MLS Cup in 2018, the US Open Cup in 2019 and Eastern Conference winners in 2018, making it a double in that year.

 

They are also the current Champions of the Campeones Cup, a competition played by Teams that won the MLS Cup and Liga MX Cup playoffs winner.

 

13. Nashville SC

 

Nashville Soccer Club started to play In the MLS in 2020 as a continuation of the team that used to play in the USL Championship before its move.

 

Its first season was not at the highest level, but there’s more to come in 2021.

 

14. Inter Miami CF

 

Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami is a professional men’s soccer club established in 2018.

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The club plays at the Inter Miami CF Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

The club played its first season in the MLS in 2020. Manchester United legend David Beckham is also one of the owners of the club.

 

Their first season wasn’t much convincing, but a lot is expected when the 2021 season commences in April.

 

Although one would say it was a terrible start for a club owned by a legend like David Beckham. However, the team is preparing well for their second season in the league.

 

With the kind of result seen in the previous season, lots of changes are expected to take place including some surprise new transfers.

 

There’s still room for improvement when the new season commences.

 

There were notable names linked with the club during the January transfer window, but no major signing was made by the club.

 

MLS teams – Western Conference

 

1. FC Dallas

 

FC Dallas is a professional soccer club from Frisco, Texas that competes in the Major League Soccer as a franchise team.

 

The club has won two US Open Cup and single Supporters Shield in 2016. That year, they were ranked as the ninth-best club in the CONCACAF region

 

2. Houston Dynamo FC

Is a member of the Western Conference and at BBVA Stadium in Houston Texas.

 

MLS Cup winners in 2006 and 2007, winning the US Open Cup in 2018.

 

3. Los Angeles Galaxy

 

Los Angeles Galaxy is one of the biggest and most popular clubs competing in the MLS.

 

The is known for its dealings in the market, signing some of the best players in Europe including former Real Madrid star David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

 

La Galaxy for short is one of the best MLS teams right now, they’ve won five MLS Cups between 5 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Four Supporters Shield.

 

The team has a rivalry in Los Angeles FC who was rebranded from defunct Chivas USA.

 

They’re currently one of the teams to look out for when the new season commences.

 

Arguably, Los Angeles Galaxy is one of the most successful clubs in the United States.

 

4. Real Salt Lake

 

The franchise team plays in the Western Conference after their induction into the league in 2005. They were Champions of the MLS Cup in 2009.

 

The club was Runners up of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2011. Real Salt Lake used to be a major force in the division.

 

Salt Lake was also a major force then.

 

5. San Jose Earthquakes

 

San Jose Earthquakes is a professional soccer club based in San Jose and a member of the MLS Western Conference.

 

MLS Cup winners in 2001, 2003. Supporters’ Shield Winners 2005, 2012. They are also considered as one of the top MLS teams in history.

 

6. Colorado Rapids

 

Colorado Rapids is a soccer team competing in the MLS franchise from the Western Conference.  The club won its first major trophy, the MLS Cup in 2010.

 

The Denver based team founded in 1995 has been outstanding and have gotten MLS Cup playoffs on several occasions.

 

7. Sporting Kansas City

 

Sporting KC, is a member of the Western Conference, initially played in the Eastern Conference. They play at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas.

 

8. Seattle Sounders

 

Sounders is a professional soccer club from Seattle with two MLS Cups, a Supporters Shield with four US Open Cups.

 

The club was established in 2007 and began to play in 2009 as an expansion Franchise team.

 

9. Portland Timbers

 

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The club won the MLS Cup in 2015 and the current Champions of the MLS is Back Tournament in 2020. Portland Timbers plays in the Western Conference.

 

10. Vancouver Whitecaps

 

Whitecaps is a member of the MLS Western Conference and the 17th team in the history of the league.

11. Minnesota United

 

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The club competes in the Major League Soccer franchise. They were Runners up during the 2019 US Open Cup.

 

12. Los Angeles FC

 

Los Angeles Football Club or LAFC is a professional soccer club from the Western Conference and a rival to Los Angeles Galaxy called the El Tráfico.

 

One Western Conference regular-season title with one Supporters Shield in 2019. They are yet to win the MLS Cup or the US Open Cup.

 

Stamping an authority is a huge step towards attaining success and that’s exactly what LAFC has done.

 

The club surprised many with their outstanding performance throughout the campaign, even though they could not win the Major League Soccer Cup playoffs in the end.

 

Los Angeles had a fine season last year and there’s more expected from them.

 

13. Austin FC

 

Austin FC is a soccer club that plays in Major League Soccer, founded in 2018.

 

The 2021 MLS season will be the first season of Austin FC as a member of the Major League Soccer since its inception in 2018 as part of the league’s expansion plan.

 

Austin FC is based in Texas and will prosecute all their matches in the league at the Q2 stadium.

 

Major League Soccer format

 

The Major League Soccer runs a relegation and promotion free system which allows teams to remain in the division even though they finish bottom of the table.

 

The league is divided into two groups, the Western (13 teams) and Eastern Conference (14 teams).

 

The winner of the regular with the most points in the two conferences will be awarded the Supporters Shield and qualifies automatically for the quarter-finals of the MLS Cup playoffs.

 

The teams that finish between the second and seventh qualifies for the MLS Cup playoffs round of 16.

 

Western Conference

 

Last season, was Sporting Kansas City who had all the luxury of finishing at the top of the Western Conference standings followed by Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers.

 

Although the teams couldn’t complete the season on a high note, the club’s in the division still has the opportunity to compete for honours as the MLS is Back Tournament was introduced by the league governing body.

 

For Kansas City, it was a show of class finishing at the top of the standings despite having up to two games that were supposed to be played.

 

Second-placed Seattle Sounders wanted to make a difference also, but could not do even as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the club’s ambitions of winning major trophies.

 

Third-placed Portland Timbers, it was also an impressive run of form for the Portland-based club. However, a lot is expected from the club as the new season gets underway from April 2021.

 

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia Union ensured it was the best place to finish top of the league table. The Philadelphia based club finish top of the MLS Eastern Conference in the regular season campaign.

 

Toronto FC who has high hopes of winning major trophies in 2021 alongside Columbus Crew finished second and third place respectively on the league table during the regular season campaign last time.

Conclusion

The article highlights Major League Soccer (MLS) teams.

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