While the Old Continent is rich with football leagues featuring strong clubs, it all gets clustered around the single Major League Soccer when speaking about soccer in North America. The Major League Soccer, shortly called MLS, is relatively young – it was founded in 1993 as a part of FIFA’s requirements for the U.S. to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
The Major League Soccer is home for 19 teams from the U.S. and 3 Canadian teams. The league has become more international after introducing the Designated Player Rule. A number of well-known players from the European soccer clubs have joined the MLS clubs in certain phases of their careers, so you might have seen David Beckham playing for LA Galaxy, Thierry Henry, David Villa and Frank Lampard for New York Red Bulls, and Kaká for Orlando City Soccer Club.
The regular season of the MLS runs from March through October, bringing 34 exciting soccer matches for the fans. Only 12 top teams will proceed to the MLS Cup Playoffs and continue the battle for the Champions title. Which ones will it be? Do not miss a match and get all the answers by watching the Major League Soccer games live on Fox Sports Go, fuboTV (U.S.) and TSN (Canada). Away from the country? Get NordVPN and stream sports from anywhere on Earth – well, except Antarctica.
The regular season. MLS competition runs differently than typical in the top soccer leagues around the world, especially in Europe. Teams in the Major League Soccer are divided into the Eastern and Western conferences, similarly to the NBA. During the regular season, each team gets to play 34 matches in total: 23 against the teams in their conference and 11 against teams from the other conference. The highlight of the regular season is the friendly All-Star Game.
Playoffs. In November, 12 leading teams continue to play in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The culmination of the playoffs is the MLS Cup Finals that determine the league champion and take place in early December.
The award. Actually, there are two major awards in the MLS league. The first one, called the Supporter’s Shield, is annually given to the team holding the best record in the regular season. Two teams – LA Galaxy and D.C. United – can boast of winning the Supporter’s Shield more times than any other team in the Major League Soccer. The second trophy is the MLS Cup given to the league champion after a victory in the MLS Cup Finals.
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