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Major League Soccer
2019
Season information
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League
(United States)
Champions League
(Canada)
Season statistics
Matches played 40
Goals scored 124
Average (3.1 per match)
Top goalscorer Carlos Vela
(6 goals)
Biggest home win 6 goals:
SKC 7–1 MTL
(March 30)
Biggest away win 5 goals:
SJ 0–5 LFC
(March 30)
Highest scoring 8 goals:
SKC 7–1 MTL
(March 30)
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The 2019 Major League Soccer season is the 24th season of Major League Soccer. The regular season began on March 2, 2019, and will end on October 6. The MLS Cup Playoffs will begin on October 19, and conclude with the MLS Cup 2019 on November 10, under a new format that differs from previous seasons. The playoffs will use single-match rounds and include 14 teams.

FC Cincinnati joined the league as an expansion franchise, bringing the total number of clubs to 24. Minnesota United FC plans to open their first soccer-specific stadium, Allianz Field, on April 13.

Atlanta United FC are the defending MLS Cup champions, while New York Red Bulls are the defending Supporters' Shield winners.

Teams

Stadiums and locations

Western Conference
Team Stadium Capacity
Colorado Rapids Dick's Sporting Goods Park 18,061
FC Dallas Toyota Stadium 20,500
Houston Dynamo BBVA Compass Stadium 22,039
LA Galaxy Dignity Health Sports Park 27,000
Los Angeles FC Banc of California Stadium 22,000
Minnesota United FC Allianz Field 19,400
Portland Timbers Providence Park 25,000
Real Salt Lake Rio Tinto Stadium 20,213
San Jose Earthquakes Avaya Stadium 18,000
Seattle Sounders FC CenturyLink Field[A] 39,419
Sporting Kansas City Children's Mercy Park 18,467
Vancouver Whitecaps FC BC Place[A] 22,120
Eastern Conference
Team Stadium Capacity
Atlanta United FC Mercedes-Benz Stadium[A] 42,500
Chicago Fire SeatGeek Stadium 20,000
FC Cincinnati Nippert Stadium[A] 32,250
Columbus Crew SC Mapfre Stadium 19,968
D.C. United Audi Field 20,000
Montreal Impact Saputo Stadium 20,801
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium[A] 20,000
New York City FC Yankee Stadium[A] 30,321
New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena 25,000
Orlando City SC Orlando City Stadium 25,500
Philadelphia Union Talen Energy Stadium 18,500
Toronto FC BMO Field 30,000

The Portland Timbers announced in late 2018 that, due to expansion construction at Providence Park, they will play the first 12 games of the 2019 season on the road. The construction, which adds about 4000 seats (bringing the total capacity to just over 25,000), also includes a completely remodeled east side of the stadium, an updated concourse and concession stands on the west side of the stadium, a new scoreboard, ribbon boards and video board, and new turf. The stadium is expected to be ready to host MLS games in May or June 2019. The first home game for Portland in their renovated stadium is scheduled to be held on June 1, 2019, against Los Angeles FC.

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC Netherlands de Boer, FrankFrank de Boer Flag of the United States Parkhurst, MichaelMichael Parkhurst American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire Flag of Serbia Paunović, VeljkoVeljko Paunović Flag of the United States McCarty, DaxDax McCarty Motorola
FC Cincinnati Flag of South Africa Koch, AlanAlan Koch Flag of Costa Rica Waston, KendallKendall Waston Mercy Health
Colorado Rapids England Hudson, AnthonyAnthony Hudson Flag of the United States Howard, TimTim Howard Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC Flag of the United States Porter, CalebCaleb Porter Flag of the United States Trapp, WilWil Trapp Acura
D.C. United Flag of the United States Olsen, BenBen Olsen England Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney Leidos
FC Dallas Flag of the United States Gonzalez, LuchiLuchi Gonzalez Flag of the United States Hedges, MattMatt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo Flag of Colombia Cabrera, WilmerWilmer Cabrera Flag of the United States Beasley, DaMarcusDaMarcus Beasley MD Anderson
LA Galaxy Flag of Argentina Barros Schelotto, GuillermoGuillermo Barros Schelotto Flag of Sweden Good one Ibrahimović, ZlatanZlatan Ibrahimović Herbalife
Los Angeles FC Flag of the United States Bradley, BobBob Bradley Flag of Mexico Vela, CarlosCarlos Vela YouTube TV
Minnesota United FC England Heath, AdrianAdrian Heath Flag of Costa Rica Calvo, FranciscoFrancisco Calvo Target
Montreal Impact Flag of France Garde, RémiRémi Garde Flag of Argentina Piatti, IgnacioIgnacio Piatti Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution Flag of the United States Friedel, BradBrad Friedel England Mancienne, MichaelMichael Mancienne UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC Flag of Spain Torrent, DomènecDomènec Torrent Flag of Finland Ring, AlexanderAlexander Ring Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls Flag of the United States Armas, ChrisChris Armas Flag of the United States Robles, LuisLuis Robles Red Bull
Orlando City SC Flag of Republic Ireland OconnorJames O'Connor Flag of Portugal , NaniNani Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union Flag of the United States Curtin, JimJim Curtin Flag of the United States Bedoya, AlejandroAlejandro Bedoya Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers Flag of Venezuela Savarese, GiovanniGiovanni Savarese Flag of Argentina Valeri, DiegoDiego Valeri Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake Flag of the United States Petke, MikeMike Petke Flag of the United States Beckerman, KyleKyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes Flag of Argentina Almeyda, MatíasMatías Almeyda Flag of the United States Wondolowski, ChrisChris Wondolowski
Seattle Sounders FC Flag of the United States Schmetzer, BrianBrian Schmetzer Flag of Uruguay Lodeiro, NicolásNicolás Lodeiro Zulily
Sporting Kansas City Flag of the United States Vermes, PeterPeter Vermes Flag of the United States Besler, MattMatt Besler Ivy Funds
Toronto FC Flag of the United States Vanney, GregGreg Vanney Flag of the United States Bradley, MichaelMichael Bradley Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Flag of Canada Dos Santos, MarcMarc Dos Santos Flag of Spain Erice, JonJon Erice Bell Canada

Coaching changes

Team Outgoing coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Vancouver Whitecaps FC England Craig Dalrymple (interim) End of interim period November 7, 2018 Pre-season Flag of Canada Marc Dos Santos November 7, 2018
FC Dallas Flag of Colombia Óscar Pareja Resigned November 16, 2018 Flag of the United States Luchi Gonzalez December 16, 2018
Columbus Crew SC Flag of the United States Gregg Berhalter Signed by United States November 29, 2018 Flag of the United States Caleb Porter January 4, 2019
Atlanta United FC Flag of Argentina Tata Martino End of contract December 18, 2018 Netherlands Frank de Boer December 23, 2018
LA Galaxy Flag of the United States Dominic Kinnear (interim) End of interim period January 2, 2019 Flag of Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto January 2, 2019

Regular season

Format

Each club will play 34 games, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams will face each of their conference opponents twice during the season and non-conference opponents once.

Conference standings

Eastern Conference

Main article: Eastern Conference (MLS)
Pos
Team
Pld
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 New York City 34 18 6 10 63 42+21 60 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Atlanta United 34 18 12 4 58 43+15 66 First round & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
3 Philadelphia Union 34 16 11 7 58 50+8 59 First round & 2020 Leagues Cup
4 Toronto FC 34 13 10 11 57 52+5 49
5 D.C. United 34 13 10 11 42 38+4 49
6 New York Red Bulls 34 14 14 6 53 51+2 56
7 New England Revolution 34 11 11 12 50 57−7 44 First round
8 Chicago Fire 34 10 12 12 55 47+8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 12 17 5 47 60−13 53 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
10 Columbus Crew 34 10 16 8 39 47−8 46
11 Orlando City 34 9 15 10 44 52−8 42
12 FC Cincinnati 34 6 22 6 31 75−44 40
Source: 2019 Major League Soccer Eastern Conference
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Western Conference

Main article: Western Conference (MLS)
Pos
Team
Pld
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Los Angeles FC 34 21 4 9 85 37+48 67 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Seattle Sounders FC  (C) 34 16 10 8 51 49+2 58 First round & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
3 Real Salt Lake 34 16 13 5 45 41+4 61 First round & 2020 Leagues Cup
4 Minnesota United 34 15 11 8 52 42+10 56
5 LA Galaxy 34 16 15 3 56 55+1 63
6 Portland Timbers 34 14 13 7 49 48+1 55
7 FC Dallas 34 13 12 9 48 46+2 51 First round
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 16 5 51 52−1 55
9 Colorado Rapids 34 12 16 6 57 60−3 52
10 Houston Dynamo 34 12 18 4 45 57−12 54
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 10 16 8 49 61−12 46
12 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 8 16 10 37 58−21 40
Source: 2019 Major League Soccer Western Conference
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Overall table

The leading team in this table wins the Supporters Shield.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Los Angeles FC 34 21 4 9 85 37+48 67 2020–21 CONCACAF Champions League
2 New York City 34 18 6 10 63 42+21 60
3 Atlanta United 34 18 12 4 58 43+15 66
4 Seattle Sounders FC 34 16 10 8 52 49+3 58
5 Philadelphia Union 34 16 11 7 58 50+8 59
6 Real Salt Lake 34 16 13 5 46 41+5 61
7 Minnesota United 34 15 11 8 52 43+9 56
8 LA Galaxy 34 16 15 3 58 59−1 63
9 Toronto FC 34 13 10 11 57 52+5 49
10 D.C. United 34 13 10 11 42 38+4 49
11 Portland Timbers 34 14 13 7 52 49+3 55
12 New York Red Bulls 34 14 14 6 53 51+2 56
13 FC Dallas 34 13 12 9 54 46+8 51
14 New England Revolution 34 11 11 12 50 57−7 44
15 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 16 5 52 55−3 55
16 Colorado Rapids 34 12 16 6 58 63−5 52
17 Chicago Fire 34 10 12 12 55 47+8 42
18 Montreal Impact 34 12 17 5 47 60−13 53 2020–21 CONCACAF Champions League
19 Houston Dynamo 34 12 18 4 49 59−10 54
20 Columbus Crew 34 10 16 8 39 47−8 46
21 Sporting Kansas City 34 10 16 8 49 67−18 46
22 Orlando City 34 9 15 10 44 52−8 42
23 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 8 16 10 37 59−22 40
24 FC Cincinnati 34 6 22 6 31 75−44 40
Source: 2019 Major League Soccer Western Conference
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament


Playoffs

External links

Major League Soccer seasons

2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 · 2020 ·

Major League Soccer 2019 Teams
Eastern Conference

Atlanta United FC · Chicago Fire · FC Cincinnati · Columbus Crew SC · D.C. United · Montreal Impact · New England Revolution · New York City FC · New York Red Bulls · Orlando City SC · Philadelphia Union · Toronto FC

Western Conference

Colorado Rapids · FC Dallas · Houston Dynamo · LA Galaxy · Los Angeles FC · Minnesota United FC · Portland Timbers · Real Salt Lake · San Jose Earthquakes · Seattle Sounders FC · Sporting Kansas City · Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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