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2019 Major League Soccer season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Major League Soccer
Season2019
Matches played40
Goals scored124 (3.1 per match)
Top goalscorer7 players tied (3)
Best goalkeeperBill Hamid
(3 shutouts)
Biggest home win5 goals:
DC 5–0 RSL
(March 16)
Biggest away win3 goals:
SJ 0–3 MIN
(March 9)
Highest scoring6 goals:
COL 3–3 POR
(March 2)
CHI 2–4 SEA
(March 16)
Highest attendance70,382
ATL 1–1 CIN
(March 10)
Lowest attendance9,687
CLB 1-0 DAL
(March 16)
Total attendance754,124
Average attendance21,546
2018
2020
All statistics correct as of March 24, 2019.

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.[1]

FC Cincinnati joined the league as an expansion franchise, bringing the total number of clubs to 24.[2] Minnesota United FC plans to open their first soccer-specific stadium, Allianz Field, in April.[3]

Atlanta United FC are the defending MLS Cup champions, while New York Red Bulls are the defending Supporters' Shield winners.[4][5]

Teams

Stadiums and locations

  1. ^ Non-soccer specific stadium and artificially reduced capacity.

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.[6] The first home game for Portland in their renovated stadium is scheduled to be on June 1st, 2019, against LAFC.[7]

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC Netherlands Frank de Boer United States Michael Parkhurst American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire Serbia Veljko Paunović United States Dax McCarty Motorola
FC Cincinnati South Africa Alan Koch[8] Costa Rica Kendall Waston Mercy Health[9]
Colorado Rapids England Anthony Hudson United States Tim Howard Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC United States Caleb Porter United States Wil Trapp Acura
D.C. United United States Ben Olsen England Wayne Rooney Leidos
FC Dallas United States Luchi Gonzalez United States Matt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo Colombia Wilmer Cabrera United States DaMarcus Beasley MD Anderson
LA Galaxy Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Herbalife
Los Angeles FC United States Bob Bradley Mexico Carlos Vela YouTube TV
Minnesota United FC England Adrian Heath Costa Rica Francisco Calvo Target
Montreal Impact France Rémi Garde Argentina Ignacio Piatti Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution United States Brad Friedel England Michael Mancienne UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC Spain Domènec Torrent Finland Alexander Ring Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls United States Chris Armas United States Luis Robles Red Bull
Orlando City SC Republic of Ireland James O'Connor Portugal Nani  Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union United States Jim Curtin United States Alejandro Bedoya Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers Venezuela Giovanni Savarese Argentina Diego Valeri Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake United States Mike Petke United States Kyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes Argentina Matías Almeyda United States Chris Wondolowski
Seattle Sounders FC United States Brian Schmetzer Uruguay Nicolás Lodeiro Zulily
Sporting Kansas City United States Peter Vermes United States Matt Besler Ivy Funds
Toronto FC United States Greg Vanney United States Michael Bradley Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Canada Marc Dos Santos Spain Jon 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 Canada Marc Dos Santos November 7, 2018
FC Dallas Colombia Óscar Pareja Resigned November 16, 2018 United States Luchi Gonzalez December 16, 2018
Columbus Crew SC United States Gregg Berhalter Signed by United States November 29, 2018 United States Caleb Porter January 4, 2019
Atlanta United FC Argentina Tata Martino End of contract December 18, 2018 Netherlands Frank de Boer December 23, 2018
LA Galaxy United States Dominic Kinnear (interim) End of interim period January 2, 2019 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.[10]

Conference standings

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D.C. United 3 2 0 1 7 0 +7 7 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 FC Cincinnati 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 7 Conference Quarterfinals
3 Columbus Crew SC 4 2 1 1 4 4 0 7
4 Toronto FC[a] 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 6
5 Montreal Impact[a] 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 6
6 Orlando City SC 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 5
7 New York Red Bulls 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
8 Philadelphia Union 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1 4
9 New York City FC 3 0 0 3 4 4 0 3
10 Atlanta United FC 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 2
11 Chicago Fire 3 0 2 1 4 7 −3 1
12 New England Revolution 4 0 3 1 3 8 −5 1
Updated to match(es) played on March 24, 2019. Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored ; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League through MLS play.

Western Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Los Angeles FC 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5 10 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Seattle Sounders FC 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9 Conference Quarterfinals
3 Houston Dynamo 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 7
4 FC Dallas 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 7
5 Minnesota United FC 3 2 1 0 8 5 +3 6
6 LA Galaxy 3 2 1 0 5 5 0 6
7 Sporting Kansas City 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
8 Real Salt Lake 4 1 2 1 3 8 −5 4
9 Colorado Rapids 4 0 2 2 5 8 −3 2
10 Portland Timbers 3 0 2 1 4 10 −6 1
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC[a] 3 0 3 0 4 7 −3 0
12 San Jose Earthquakes 3 0 3 0 2 9 −7 0
Updated to match(es) played on March 23, 2019. Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:
  1. ^ Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League through MLS play.

Overall table

The leading team in this table wins the Supporters Shield.


Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Los Angeles FC 4 3 0 1 10 5 +5 10
2 Seattle Sounders 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9
3 D.C. United 3 2 0 1 7 0 +7 7
4 FC Cincinnati 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 7
5 Houston Dynamo 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 7
6 FC Dallas 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 7
7 Columbus Crew SC 4 2 1 1 4 4 0 7
8 Minnesota United 3 2 1 0 8 5 +3 6
9 Toronto FC 2 2 0 0 6 3 +3 6
10 Montreal Impact 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 6
11 LA Galaxy 3 2 1 0 5 5 0 6
12 Orlando City 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 5
13 New York Red Bulls 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 4
14 Sporting Kansas City 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
15 Philadelphia Union 4 1 2 1 5 6 −1 4
16 Real Salt Lake 4 1 2 1 3 8 −5 4
17 New York City FC 3 0 0 3 4 4 0 3
18 Atlanta United FC 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 2
19 Colorado Rapids 4 0 2 2 5 8 −3 2
20 Chicago Fire 3 0 2 1 4 7 −3 1
21 New England Revolution 4 0 3 1 3 8 −5 1
22 Portland Timbers 3 0 2 1 4 10 −6 1
23 Vancouver Whitecaps 3 0 3 0 4 7 −3 0
24 San Jose Earthquakes 3 0 3 0 2 9 −7 0
Updated to match(es) played on March 24, 2019. Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) coin toss or drawing of lots

Playoffs

Format

The MLS Cup Playoffs were expanded from 12 teams to 14 for the 2019 season, eliminating the former two-legged series and re-seeding in favor of a shorter playoff format. The MLS Cup final is scheduled to take place on November 10, 2019.[1]

Attendance

Average home attendances

As of March 18, 2019
Pos. Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Atlanta United 2 113,033 70,382 42,651 56,517
2 Seattle Sounders 2 76,736 39,011 37,725 38,368
3 FC Cincinnati 1 32,250 32,250 32,250 32,250
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 1 27,837 27,837 27,837 27,837
5 Orlando City SC 2 47,879 25,527 22,352 23,940
6 LA Galaxy 2 47,043 25,866 21,177 23,522
7 Toronto FC 1 23,271 23,271 23,271 23,271
8 New York City FC 2 44,700 24,361 20,339 22,350
9 Los Angeles FC 2 44,102 22,099 22,003 22,051
10 Sporting Kansas City 1 18,738 18,738 18,738 18,738
11 San Jose Earthquakes 2 34,441 18,000 16,441 17,221
12 Real Salt Lake 1 17,096 17,096 17,096 17,096
13 D.C. United 2 34,132 17,190 16,942 17,066
14 Philadelphia Union 1 16,498 16,500 16,498 16,498
15 FC Dallas 2 31,547 17,220 14,327 15,774
16 New York Red Bulls 1 15,621 15,621 15,621 15,621
17 Houston Dynamo 3 42,977 16,827 12,601 14,326
18 Columbus Crew SC 2 27,618 17,931 9,687 13,809
19 New England Revolution 1 13,808 13,808 13,808 13,808
20 Colorado Rapids 2 23,754 12,717 11,037 11,877
21 Chicago Fire 2 21,073 11,041 10,032 10,537
 – Total 35 754,124 70,382 9,687 21,546

Highest attendances

As of March 18, 2019

Regular season

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Atlanta United 1–1 FC Cincinnati 70,382 March 10, 2019 2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
2 Atlanta United 1–1 Philadelphia Union 42,651 March 17, 2019 3 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
3 Seattle Sounders FC 4–1 FC Cincinnati 39,011 March 2, 2019 1 CenturyLink Field
4 Seattle Sounders FC 2–0 Colorado Rapids 37,725 March 9, 2019 2 CenturyLink Field
5 FC Cincinnati 3–0 Portland Timbers 32,250 March 17, 2019 3 Nippert Stadium
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2–3 Minnesota United 27,837 March 2, 2019 1 BC Place
7 LA Galaxy 2–1 Chicago Fire 25,866 March 2, 2019 1 Dignity Health Sports Park
8 Orlando City SC 2–2 New York City FC 25,527 March 2, 2019 1 Orlando City Stadium
9 New York City FC 0–0 D.C. United 24,361 March 10, 2019 2 Yankee Stadium
10 Toronto FC 3–2 New England Revolution 23,271 March 17, 2019 2 BMO Field

Player statistics

Shutouts

Rank Player Club Shutouts[13]
1 United States Bill Hamid D.C. United 3
2 United States Zack Steffen Columbus Crew 2
United States Spencer Richey FC Cincinnati
3 Switzerland Stefan Frei Seattle Sounders 1
United States Jesse González FC Dallas
United States Sean Johnson New York City FC
Italy Vito Mannone Minnesota United
United States Tim Melia Sporting Kansas City
United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
England Wayne Rooney D.C. United Real Salt Lake 5–0 March 16

Awards

Player / team of the week

  • Bold denotes league player of the week.
  • Italics denotes Audi player performance of the week.

Goal of the week

Player transfers

SuperDraft

The MLS SuperDraft is an annual event, taking place in January of each year, in which the teams of Major League Soccer select players who have graduated from college or otherwise been signed by the league. The first two rounds of 2019 MLS SuperDraft were held on January 11 in Chicago. Rounds three and four of the 2019 SuperDraft were held via a conference call on January 14. FC Cincinnati selected Frankie Amaya with the first overall pick.

Allocation ranking

The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a player who is in the MLS allocation list. The MLS allocation list contains select U.S. National Team players and players transferred outside of MLS garnering a transfer fee of at least $500,000. The allocations are ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2018 season, taking playoff performance into account.[23] As an expansion team, FC Cincinnati took the top spot.

Once the club uses its allocation ranking to acquire a player, it drops to the bottom of the list. A ranking can be traded provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club's ranking. At all times each club is assigned one ranking. The rankings reset at the end of each MLS season.

Original
ranking
Current
ranking
Club Date allocation used
(Rank on that date)
Player signed Previous club Ref
6 1 Toronto FC[A][B][C] December 27, 2018 (1) Belgium Laurent Ciman France Dijon [24][25][26]
3 2 Orlando City
4 3 Colorado Rapids
5 4 Chicago Fire
2 5 San Jose Earthquakes[A] [24]
7 6 Minnesota United
8 7 Houston Dynamo
9 8 New England Revolution
10 9 Montreal Impact
11 10 Vancouver Whitecaps
12 11 LA Galaxy
13 12 Philadelphia Union
14 13 D.C. United
15 14 FC Dallas
16 15 Los Angeles FC
17 16 Real Salt Lake
18 17 Columbus Crew
19 18 New York City FC
20 19 Seattle Sounders
21 20 Sporting Kansas City
22 21 New York Red Bulls
23 22 Portland Timbers
24 23 Atlanta United
1 24 FC Cincinnati[B][C] [25][26]
  1. ^ On December 10, 2018, Toronto FC acquired the number 2 allocation ranking from San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for the number 6 allocation ranking, $75,000 in general allocation money, and $75,000 in targeted allocation money.
  2. ^ On December 27, 2018, Toronto FC acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from FC Cincinnati in exchange for the number 2 allocation ranking and the number 30 overall selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
  3. ^ On January 23, 2019, Toronto FC acquired the number 1 allocation ranking, $150,000 in 2019 general allocation money, $50,000 in 2020 general allocation money, and $100,000 in targeted allocation money from FC Cincinnati in exchange for the number 24 allocation ranking and defender Nick Hagglund.

References

  1. ^ a b Bogert, Tom (December 17, 2018). "MLS announces new playoff format for 2019 season". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Straus, Brian (May 24, 2018). "FC Cincinnati to Be Awarded MLS Expansion Team, Club to Join League in 2019". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Zgoda, Jerry (October 9, 2018). "U.S. men's soccer national pride takes stage at new Allianz Field on June 18". Star Tribune. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Das, Andrew (October 28, 2018). "Red Bulls Clinch M.L.S. Regular-Season Title". The New York Times. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Roberson, Doug (December 8, 2018). "MLS Cup champs: Atlanta United defeats Portland". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Jamie (November 26, 2018). "Portland Timbers expect to play first 12 games on the road in 2019 due to construction at Providence Park". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  7. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (March 15, 2019). "Easy win for Timbers in Cincy? Savarese: "Who thinks that way is a fool"". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Brennan, Patrick (July 4, 2018). "Here's how FC Cincinnati plans to build its roster for the 2019 MLS season". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
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  11. ^ "Major League Soccer – Statistics – Goals".
  12. ^ "Major League Soccer – Statistics – Assists".
  13. ^ "Major League Soccer – Statistics – Shutouts".
  14. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (March 4, 2019). "Team of the Week presented by Audi: Saphir Taider is tidy in Week 1". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  15. ^ Bogert, Tom (March 4, 2019). "Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris named MLS Player of the Week". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  16. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (March 11, 2019). "Team of the Week presented by Audi: Carlos Vela paces the pack in Week 2". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  17. ^ Bogert, Tom (March 11, 2019). "LAFC attacker Carlos Vela named MLS Player of the Week". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
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  19. ^ Rodriguez, Alicia (March 18, 2019). "DC United forward Wayne Rooney selected MLS Player of the Week for Week 3". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  20. ^ Boehm, Charles (March 8, 2019). "Rapids' Andre Shinyashiki dominates 2019's first AT&T Goal of the Week vote". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  21. ^ @MLS (March 14, 2019). "What a strike! 🎯 @40_jrod's goal for @HoustonDynamo is this week's #ATTGotW!" (Tweet). Retrieved March 18, 2019 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Bogert, Tom (March 21, 2019). "FC Cincinnati's Allan Cruz wins AT&T Goal of the Week for deft backheel". Major League Soccer. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
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  26. ^ a b "Club Acquires Defender Nick Hagglund". FC Cincinnati. January 23, 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2019.

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