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Major League Soccer- The Highest Level of the USA’s Association Football
Basic Information about Major League Soccer?
Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men's professional soccer league in the United States and Canada that is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The league currently has 27 teams (24 in the United States and 3 in Canada), with intentions to grow to 30 by the 2023 season. MLS is one of the "Big Six" professional sports leagues in the range of the US and Canada’s soccer. The league's headquarters are in Manhattan's Midtown district.
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer was formed in 1993 as part of the United States' winning bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 1994. In 1996, 10 teams competed in the first season.
MLS was failed in its first few years and two teams were folded in 2002. After that time, changes such as the growth of soccer-specific stadiums across the league, the establishment of the Designated Player Rule, which allows teams to attract star players like David Beckham, and national television contracts have made MLS profitable.
The tournament is a single organization in which each team is owned by the league and controlled separately by the league's investors, rather than an association of independently owned clubs. It has a fixed membership, making it one of the few soccer leagues in the world that does not use a promotion and relegation system.
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How is the Format of MLS?
The regular season of Major League Soccer goes from late February or early March through the end of October. The Eastern and Western Conferences are geographically split, with each team playing 34 games in an imbalanced schedule. In 2021, with 27 teams, each team plays two home and away games against every team in its conference and one game against all but four or five teams in the opposing conference. At the end of the regular season, the team with the highest point is awarded the Supporters' Shield and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs of the league.
Teams take a break for the annual All-Star Game midway through the season, which is an exhibition game containing the league's best players. The structure of the All-Star Game has altered multiple times since the league's creation; the MLS All-Stars were scheduled to play an all-star squad from Liga MX in Mexico in 2020, but the match was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The regular season of Major League Soccer is followed by a knockout competition to determine the league champion. In October, fourteen teams compete in the MLS Cup Playoffs, which culminate in the MLS Cup championship game in early December.
Columbus Crew are 2020 MLS Cup Champions
Which Teams are playing in Major League Soccer?
- Future Teams: Charlotte FC (2023), St. Louis City SC (2023), Sacramento Republic FC (TBA).
- Former/ Folded Teams: Tampa Bay Mutiny (2001), Miami Fusion (2001), Chivas USA (2014)
Champions of the MLS
All-time MLS Goalscorers