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September Week 4
September Week 4 POR 0 DC- 1 FT
Portland Timbers vs DC United
September Week 4 TOR 3 COL 2 FT
Toronto vs Colorado Rapids
September Week 4 MIN 3 REA 1 FT
Minnesota United vs Real Salt Lake
September Week 4 SEA 4 NEW 2 FT
Seattle Sounders vs New York RB
September Week 4 LA- 7 SPO 2 FT
LA Galaxy vs Sporting KC
September Week 4 CIN 0 ATL 2 FT
Cincinnati vs Atlanta United
September Week 4 POR 0 NEW 2 FT
Portland Timbers vs New York RB
September Week 4 SEA 0 DAL 0 FT
Seattle Sounders vs Dallas
September Week 4 ATL 3 SJ- 1 FT
Atlanta United vs SJ Earthquakes
September Week 4 VAN 1 COL 1 FT
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Columbus Crew
September Week 4 CIN 0 CHI 0 FT
Cincinnati vs Chicago Fire
September Week 4 NEW 0 REA 0 FT
New England vs Real Salt Lake
September Week 4 HOU 2 ORL 1 FT
Houston Dynamo vs Orlando City
September Week 4 SPO 2 COL 3 FT
Sporting KC vs Colorado Rapids
September Week 4 LA- 2 MON 1 FT
LA Galaxy vs Montreal Impact
September Week 4 LOS 1 TOR 1 FT
Los Angeles vs Toronto
September Week 5 POR 0 MIN 0 FT
Portland Timbers vs Minnesota United
September Week 5 DAL 1 NEW 1 FT
Dallas vs New York City
September Week 5 NEW 2 PHI 0 FT
New York RB vs Philadelphia Union
September Week 5 DC- 2 SEA 0 FT
DC United vs Seattle Sounders
September Week 5 NEW - ATL - Starts 26 Sep, 04:30 AM
New York City vs Atlanta United
September Week 5 MIN - SPO - Starts 26 Sep, 05:30 AM
Minnesota United vs Sporting KC
September Week 5 REA - LA- - Starts 26 Sep, 07:00 AM
Real Salt Lake vs LA Galaxy
September Week 5 LOS - HOU - Starts 26 Sep, 08:00 AM
Los Angeles vs Houston Dynamo
September Week 5 POR - NEW - Starts 26 Sep, 08:00 AM
Portland Timbers vs New England
September Week 5 SJ- - PHI - Starts 26 Sep, 08:30 AM
SJ Earthquakes vs Philadelphia Union

MLS 2019

2 Mar 2019 - 10 Nov 2019

MLS - Major League Soccer


2013 MLS Cup - Real Salt Lake v Sporting Kansas City


The MLS is one of the fastest-growing leagues in America despite heavy competition from the NHL, NFL, and whatnot. With the league attracting hordes of European stars to the United States, interest in football (or soccer as it is known in these parts) has peaked over the past few years. What was previously perceived as a ‘retirement home’ for global superstars to wind down their careers is now playing host to multitudes of big-name players in their primes on a week in week out basis. Let us take a closer look at what MLS really is.


1.Format


The MLS comprises of 24 teams, 21 from the United States and 3 from Canada, each of whom are subsequently congregated into the Eastern and Western conferences depending upon their locations. Each team in the league tallies 34 games over the course of a season that runs from March to October.

Every team from a particular conference engages in battle with its fellow members twice, once at home and once away, totaling 24 games. Also, every team plays one game against a team from the opposite conference adding 10 more games to the already present total of 24.


International Champions Cup 2017 - AS Roma v Juventus


The team with the highest points in each conference takes home the Supporters’ shield. A postseason knockout tournament called the MLS cup is held with 14 teams, 7 from each conference, participating in it on the basis of the regular-season points tally. The top seed from each zone is given a bye to the semifinals and the other 12 teams, separated into brackets of 6 each, sweat it out in order to make the semis. The winner of the final, which is a two-legged tie is then awarded the MLS cup.


2.Rules


The MLS is unlike the European footballing leagues in the aspect that it has a different set of rules governing its operation. Each team in the league can possess a squad of up to 30 members. In addition there a few other rules:


Club Tijuana v Los Angeles Galaxy: Quarterfinal - 2019 Leagues Cup


a. Salary Cap: The league sets a cap on player wages in order to establish a level playing field for all those involved.


b. Designated Player Rule: The Designated Player Rule, or the Beckham rule as it is informally known, allows MLS teams to sign up to three players outside their salary cap. Unsurprisingly, David Beckham was the first player to be signed under this rule.


c. International slots: Every team in the MLS is allocated eight international slots, meaning they can recruit eight players from anywhere around the world. The other slots will have to be filled by domestic players based in the United States or Canada.


d. Allocation Money: On top of the salary budget, each team is given some additional money, called allocation money which is sort of considered as the transfer budget for the team. This money is put to use in obtaining the signature of players or in order to allocate the salary cap.


e. Allocation Ranking: This system is applicable for current or former USMNT players returning to the country to take part in the MLS. Teams in the league are awarded an allocation ranking which depends on their position in the table and this ranking dictates the priority in which these players can be picked by the teams.


f. Trades: Clubs can trade players amongst themselves as long as all squad criteria are met after the trade


3.Winners


Atlanta United FC v New York Red Bulls: Eastern Conference Finals - Leg 2


Currently, the title of defending champions for both, the MLS Cup and the eastern conference winners belongs to Atlanta United FC, while the western conference’s bragging rights are within the hands of Portland Timbers. D.C. United holds the record for the most titles within the Eastern spectrum and L.A. Galaxy possesses the same on the other side with 5 and 8 respectively. The team from Los Angeles also happen to hold the record number of MLS cups, tallying 5 in their years of existence.


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Brian Fernandez, Portland Timbers channeling D.C. United’s magical 2018 run
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Colorado Rapids forward Andre Shinyashiki voted MLS Player of the Week
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