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Major League Soccer to kick off 25th season with two expansion teams

13 January 2020 | Major League Soccer | Opinion
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Major League Soccer to kick off 25th season with two expansion teams

The Major League Soccer season kicks off in February as the North American division sees its 25th season start. The Seattle Sounders are the reigning MLS Cup winners having appeared in three of the last four playoff finals, winning two.

MLS will see two expansion franchises join the league as Nasville SC and Inter Miami kick off. Inter Miami are owned by former Manchester United, Real Madrid, and LA Galaxy superstar David Beckham and the club’s pockets are deep.

Despite Beckham and his ownership group’s finances, MLS is not an easy league to win. MLS’s format means the most expensively assembled and best team overall does not always win the MLS Cup.

The MLS regular season sees the overall points leader claim the Supporters’ Shield but it isn’t until the end of the league’s playoffs when the MLS Cup is awarded. It is that trophy that is the most desired by the now 26 clubs in MLS.

Since MLS started in 1996, only seven teams have won the Supporters’ Shield and gone on to win the MLS Cup. Los Angeles FC won the Supporters’ Shield last season and will hope to do one better in 2020.

Although there have been a lot of rumours of top players joining MLS clubs from Europe, there has been few big names sign up this winter. The players that have moved clubs may not be headline grabbing, but they are players that could turn their new clubs into title winners.

Transfers away from MLS have grabbed more headlines than those players arriving in the league. Los Angeles Galaxy will play the 2020 season without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who moved back to AC Milan.

Wayne Rooney left DC United to join Derby County. The Englishman played just a season and a half before moving to the Rams. DC United agreed his transfer seeing that his £50,000-per week contract wasn’t worth what they received on the pitch or in the stands.

The summer will give MLS clubs the opportunity to lure players to North America following the completion of the top-tier leagues in Europe. Some of the players rumoured to arrive in MLS in the summer are Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, and David Silva.

So, how will the MLS season unfold? The league never seems to go the way anyone expects and picking an MLS Cup winner is never easy. What can be guaranteed is the MLS have a marathon season with plenty of twists and turns.

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Major League Soccer Western Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Seattle Sounders 39 22 11 6 5 44 23 21
2. Sporting Kansas City 39 21 12 3 6 38 25 13
3. Portland Timbers 39 23 11 6 6 46 35 11
4. Minnesota United 34 21 9 7 5 36 26 10
5. FC Dallas 34 22 9 7 6 28 24 4
6. Los Angeles FC 32 22 9 5 8 47 39 8
7. Nashville SC 32 23 8 8 7 24 22 2
8. San Jose Earthquakes 30 23 8 6 9 35 51 -16
9. Colorado Rapids 28 18 8 4 6 32 28 4
10. Vancouver Whitecaps 27 23 9 0 14 27 44 -17
11. Real Salt Lake 22 22 5 7 10 25 35 -10
12. Los Angeles Galaxy 22 22 6 4 12 27 46 -19
13. Houston Dynamo 21 23 4 9 10 30 40 -10
Major League Soccer Eastern Conference
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Philadelphia Union 47 23 14 5 4 44 20 24
2. Toronto FC 44 23 13 5 5 33 26 7
3. Orlando City SC 41 23 11 8 4 40 25 15
4. Columbus Crew 41 23 12 5 6 36 21 15
5. New York City FC 39 23 12 3 8 37 25 12
6. New England Revolution 32 23 8 8 7 26 25 1
7. New York Red Bulls 32 23 9 5 9 29 31 -2
8. Montreal Impact 26 23 8 2 13 33 43 -10
9. Inter Miami CF 24 23 7 3 13 25 35 -10
10. Chicago Fire 23 23 5 8 10 33 39 -6
11. Atlanta United 22 23 6 4 13 23 30 -7
12. DC United 21 23 5 6 12 25 41 -16
13. FC Cincinnati 16 23 4 4 15 12 36 -24
Major League Soccer Group A
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Orlando City SC 7 3 2 1 0 6 3 3
2. Philadelphia Union 7 3 2 1 0 4 2 2
3. New York City FC 6 4 2 0 2 5 5 0
4. Inter Miami CF 0 3 0 0 3 2 5 -3
Major League Soccer Group B
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. San Jose Earthquakes 7 3 2 1 0 6 3 3
2. Seattle Sounders 4 3 1 1 1 4 2 2
3. Vancouver Whitecaps 3 3 1 0 2 5 7 -2
4. Chicago Fire 3 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3
Major League Soccer Group C
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Toronto FC 5 3 1 2 0 6 5 1
2. New England Revolution 5 3 1 2 0 2 1 1
3. Montreal Impact 3 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1
4. DC United 2 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1
Major League Soccer Group D
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Sporting Kansas City 6 3 2 0 1 6 4 2
2. Minnesota United 5 3 1 2 0 4 3 1
3. Real Salt Lake 4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
4. Colorado Rapids 1 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3
Major League Soccer Group E
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Columbus Crew 9 3 3 0 0 7 0 7
2. FC Cincinnati 6 3 2 0 1 3 4 -1
3. New York Red Bulls 3 3 1 0 2 1 4 -3
4. Atlanta United 0 3 0 0 3 0 3 -3
Major League Soccer Group F
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Portland Timbers 7 3 2 1 0 6 4 2
2. Los Angeles FC 5 3 1 2 0 11 7 4
3. Houston Dynamo 2 3 0 2 1 5 6 -1
4. Los Angeles Galaxy 1 3 0 1 2 4 9 -5

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