Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer (MLS)


Major League Soccer is North America's premier club competition.

MLS in its present format began in the 1996 season and presently consists of 16 teams: 15 in the USA and one in Canada. The league is due for further expansion in the near future.

MLS Format

The MLS season runs from March to November and the teams are divided into 2 conferences: Eastern & Western.

Superstar David Beckham's transfer to LA Galaxy has helped to raise the profile and profitability of the league.

MLS has three automatic berths in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Find MLS news, reports on the USA national team and US players overseas.

Latest Major League & CONCACAF Soccer News

Jurgen Klinsmann is sacked as US coach and technical director after five years in charge. Klinsmann has been replaced by former coach Bruce Arena.

New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos returned to Hong Kong to take on South China.

Donovan Ends His Galaxy Quest As MLS Moves On

Landon Donovan goes out on a high as he retires as the best American footballer yet.

What Next For USA National Team

After a spirited performance at World Cup 2014, what next for the USA national team?

MLS Gears Up

Is the MLS about to become a serious soccer league?

Clint Dempsey

Since his arrival from the Premier League, Clint Dempsey has failed to make much impact in Seattle and the MLS.

Mexico Could Miss Out

Mexico are in serious danger of missing out on qualification to the 2014 World Cup.

CONCACAF Qualification Battle

For a region of World Cup qualifying that is typically dominated by the USA and Mexico, the first few matches have provided a fair share of upsets that have left the hexagonal group entirely in the balance.

Landon Donvan Is Back

After an extended break LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan is back to play for club and country.

2013 MLS Cup Predictions

We run the rule over five teams who will challenge for this year's MLS Cup: Red Bulls, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, D.C. United and Houston Dynamo.

2014 World Cup Qualification

The USA face Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Jamaica and Costa Rica in the final round of CONCACAF qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

David Beckham

What will be the lasting leagacy of David Beckham's time in the MLS with LA Galaxy.

Landon Donovan

We look back on the career of Landon Donovan, who has hinted at hanging up his boots.

2012 MLS Play Offs

Six teams have already qualified so far for the MLS Play Offs including San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City.

Tim Cahill

The transfer of Tim Cahill from Everton makes New York Red Bulls strong favorites for this season's MLS Cup.

Chris Wondolowski

Chris Wondolowski is a prolific striker in the MLS and deserves his chance with the USA national team.

ACL Final 2009 Preview

Jonathan Spector talks about the USA's qualification for World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

MLS Archives

USA v Mexico

USA full back Jonathan Spector previews the USA's World Cup qualification game in Mexico.

Outcasts United

A team of refugee children find a home away from home in Warren St.John's touching and empathetic book Outcasts United.

Beckham Is Back

David Beckham is back from his loan spell in Milan and in trouble with Galaxy supporters.

England v USA

England v USA - the USA were the poorer of the two teams in a drab friendly in London.

Alexei Lalas

Alexei Lalas discusses LA Galaxy and that man David Beckham.

The Women's World Cup

The Women's World Cup in China is underway.

US Women's Team Heads For China

The Women's World Cup takes place this month in China.

Moreno Breaks MLS Scoring Record

Jaime Moreno holds the MLS scoring record after his 109th goal.

Beckham's LA Dream Begins To Crack

Beckham feels the strain as Galaxy and England lose again.

Beckham Bandwagon

So far, so good for MLS as the Beckham bandwagon rolls on.

USA Wants World Cup 2018

The USA is preparing a bid to stage World Cup 2018.

Klinsmann Says "No"

Jurgen Klinsmann says "NO" to the offer of coaching the US national soccer team.

Klinsmann for US Coach?

Jurgen Klinsmann is keeping everyone waiting as he considers becoming the next coach of the US national soccer team.

MLS Preview 2006

MLS Season Preview 2006 - MLS celebrates its 11th birthday with growing financial backing from sponsors and ambitious plans for expansion. New soccer-specific stadiums for more teams in the league are on the way but many of the old problems remain.

USA Team Preview World Cup 2006

USA Team Preview 2006 - Team USA go into the World Cup ranked 4th in the world. Are they that good?

Germany v USA Friendly International, March 2006

Germany v USA - The USA were on the end of a 4-1 hammering in Dortmund, but in general things are looking bright ahead of World Cup 2006 for Team USA.

MLS Preview 2005

MLS Season Preview 2005 - The most significant event of this Major League Soccer season will be the end of it. For on Sunday the 13th of November, professional football in America will have completed a decade. Sean O'Conor previews the new MLS season.

MLS Final 2004

DC United 3:2 Kansas City Wizards - DC United, the winner of three of the first four MLS titles, recaptured 'their' crown after an entertaining conclusion to the professional US season.
On the field this season, there has been little outstanding in terms of play although the league ticked nicely along for another year, which for football in America is in itself a kind of triumph.

USA 6 Panama 0

USA 6 Panama 0 - On Wednesday the 13th of October the USA thumped Panama 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the capital, Washington DC.
That decisive result alone propelled the States into the six team final group from whom three teams will qualify and a fourth will play–off against an Asian team for a place in the Finals in Germany.

Chivas Enter MLS

Chivas in the US - Jose Vergara, the flamboyant Mexican millionaire and owner of Chivas of Guadalajara, one of Mexico's top sides, has agreed to enter a Chivas USA side in MLS next season, run unashamedly by and for America's Spanish speakers.

The Game Of Their Lives

The Game Of Their Lives - The USA's famous win over England is soon to hit the cinemas. When we at last get to see this film called “The Game of Their Lives” after the famous Belo Horizonte legend, it should be a night to remember.
Due for release later this year, the movie, based on the book by Geoffrey Douglas, will give belated cinematic recognition to one of sport's greatest upsets.

Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu: "I see myself in a World Cup final for the U.S.A., playing against a top-notch team everyone picks to win…and we just come out and blast them. One day when I'm holding that trophy, someone's gonna take a picture. Oh, man. That is going to be huge."

Confederations Cup 2003

Confederations Cup France 2003 - That the tournament is intrinsically ridiculous goes without saying. How many Europeans even knew it was on until Foé died? How many of us knew there had been three already (won by Brazil, Mexico and France by the way)? And what is it for? We already have the World Cup to pit nations from around the globe against each other.

USA Soccer - MLS Season Preview 2004

MLS Season 2004 - The most important fact about the start of Major League Soccer's ninth season is that football continues to strengthen its bridgehead in its last unconquered land.
US soccer might still not be getting the international attention a quarter-final finish at the last World Cup merits, but in America it seems increasingly here to stay.

Mike Ammann Interview

Mike Ammann Interview - Shortly after college, goalkeeper Mike Ammann left the sunny shores of southern California to give his game a shot in England. What followed were two seasons in the English First Division with Charlton Athletic.

US Soccer Links

USA Soccer Links - A listing of links to sites with a US soccer theme. Add Soccerphile to your soccer site, contact us and we'll link back.

USA World Cup 2002

USA World Cup 2002 - Team profile, full team roster and results for the USA soccer team at World Cup 2002.

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