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Original 10 MLS teams: See their logos and first game in 1996

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  • The MLS was established in 1994 to improve soccer in America.

 

  • Some original teams at the beginning of the MLS include Columbus Crew, LA Galaxy, San Jose Clash, and New Jersey MetroStars.

 

  • LA Galaxy is the league’s most successful team.

 

1. Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew, formerly Columbus Crew SC, is in Columbus, Ohio. The club began to play as an MLS franchise in 1996 as one of the ten charter clubs.

 

Columbus Crew is a member of the Eastern Conference. The club was founded in 1994 and used to play its home games at Historic Crew Stadium, the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer.

 

Columbus Crew’s first MLS game in 1996

The Crew played their first MLS game on April 13, 1996, at the Ohio Stadium against D.C United and won 4–0.

 

Logo

The club’s first logo featured three men with a helmet over their heads and a gold background at the top with the inscription “The Crew.”

 

2. D.C. United

D.C. United is in Washington, D.C., competing in the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer.

 

DC United, along with LA Galaxy, were the two most successful teams in the MLS in the early years.

 

In 1994, DC United was a household name on the international stage, winning the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the Copa Interamericana in 1998.

 

DC United’s first MLS game in 1996

On April 6, 1996, D.C. United played their first MLS match against the San Jose Clash in Spartan Stadium and lost 1-0.

 

Logo

The team’s original Black and white logo features an eagle with three soccer balls overlaid on three white stars.

 

3. New England Revolution

The New England Revolution is located in Greater Boston and competes in Major League Soccer as a member of the Eastern Conference.

 

The club was originally founded in 1994. In their inaugural season, they failed to reach the MLS Cup playoffs

 

New England Revolution’s first MLS game in 1996

On Sat, Apr 13, 1996, The New England Revolution played their first MLS game against Tampa Bay Mutiny and lost 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at the Tampa Stadium.

Logo

The Revs’ original logo was a stylized American flag with a soccer ball at the top left corner.

 

4. New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls)

 

The New York MetroStars is now defunct and was bought over by Red Bull in 2006, who later renamed the club New York Red Bulls. The team is a member of the Eastern Conference.

 

Established in October 1994, the club began to play in the league’s inaugural season in 1996 as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

 

New York Red Bulls’ first MLS game in 1996

On Sat, Apr 13, 1996, the New York MetroStars played against Los Angeles Galaxy and lost 2-1 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

Logo

MetroStars’ original crest depicted the metropolitan area of New York City. It featured the City’s high-rise buildings with a red hot sign around them.

 

5. Tampa Bay Mutiny

Tampa Bay Mutiny was a soccer team based in Tampa, Florida, and began to play in the league’s inaugural season as a Major League Soccer charter member. The club played in the MLS from 1996 to 2001.

 

They were established in 1994 and were successful in their first years of play, winning the Eastern Conference (Regular Season and MLS Supporters in 1996.

 

Tampa Bay Mutiny’s first MLS game in 1996

Tampa Bay Mutiny defeated the New England Revolution 3-2 at the Tampa Stadium.

Logo

The Tampa Bay Mutiny logo featured a bat superimposed on a black and blue background.

 

6. Colorado Rapids

The Colorado Rapids is located in the Denver metropolitan area and competes in Major League Soccer as a member of the Western Conference.

 

The club was founded in 1995 and began to play in the inaugural MLS season as one of the founding members.

 

Colorado Rapids’ first MLS game in 1996

The Rapids were humiliated by Kansas City Wiz, losing by 3-0.

Logo

The club’s original logo was a circular “river” logo.

 

7. Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas)

FC Dallas is located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, competing in the MLS as a member of the Western Conference. They began to play in 1996 as a charter club of the league, then as Dallas Burn.

 

FC Dallas’s first MLS game in 1996

On Sun Apr 14, 1996, FC Dallas edged visitors San Jose Clash 2-1.

Logo

The FC Dallas original logo featured a fire-breathing black Mustang behind a stylized red “Burn” wordmark.

 

8. Kansas City Wiz (eventually Wizards; now Sporting Kansas City)

Sporting Kansas City is located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The club competes as a member of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer.

 

Founded by US soccer legend Lamar Hunt in 1995, Sporting KC began to play in 1996 as a charter team.

 

Sporting Kansas City’s first MLS game in 1996

Then, as Kansas City Wizards, they defeated Colorado Rapids 3-0 in their first-ever MLS game on Sat, Apr 13, 1996, at the Arrowhead Stadium.

Logo

 

9. Los Angeles Galaxy

LA Galaxy is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and competes in Major League Soccer as a member of the Western Conference.

 

Founded in 1994, the club began to play in 1996 as one of the league’s ten charter members.

 

LA Galaxy’s first MLS game in 1996

The Galaxy hosted and defeated the New York MetroStars 2-1 with goals from Cobi Jones and Arash Noamouz.

Logo

The LA Galaxy original logo was gold, teal, and black. It also featured the Galaxy wordmark on a golden swirl with a black outline.

 

10. San Jose Clash (now San Jose Earthquakes)

The San Jose Earthquakes is located in San Jose, California, and competes as a member club of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer.

 

The club played in the MLS inaugural season as the San Jose Clash in 1996. It was founded in 1994.

 

San Jose Earthquakes’ first MLS game in 1996

The Earthquakes played their first-ever Major League Soccer game against DC United and defeated the capital city club, D.C. United 1–0.

Logo

The original San Jose Clash logo featured a stylized scorpion in black and red with a white ‘clash’ wordmark – (Wikipedia).

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