2019 Was a Great Year For Major League Soccer
Soccer in America has never been stronger or more popular. The success of MLS proves this simple fact. And, we should all celebrate.
The MLS is preparing for its historic 25th MLS season.
This is a milestone deserving of recognition and celebration.
Americans are finally becoming real soccer fans, following their teams with faith, loyalty, and deep passion — filling stadium seats in record numbers and proudly wearing fan gear. And, more and more MLS Academy players are making an impact.
In 2019, Homegrown Players produced more goals, assists and minutes played than in any other year in MLS history.
2019 was an exciting year for MLS. The league successfully expanded with the debut of FC Cincinnati and, according to MLS Commissioner Don Garber, more than 27,000 fans per game supported their hometown club. MLS also grew with expansion teams in Austin, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Charlotte, although without as much fanfare.
It has been a record-setting period. Carlos Vela set a record for goals scored in a season, and Chris Wondolowski has set a new, all-time record for MLS goals.
Seattle Sounders FC won their second MLS Cup before more than 69,000 fans, LAFC won the Supporters’ Shield, their first trophy, Atlanta United won the Campeones Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and the Montreal Impact captured the Canadian Championship.
In Minnesota, Allianz Field — MLS’ 20th soccer-specific stadium kicked off and sold out every match. We also introduced MLS expansion clubs in Austin, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Charlotte.
This 25th season will see two more expansion teams take the field, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC and the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target will feature the best of MLS against the best of LIGA MX in Los Angeles.
And, as Garber says, “we know the best is still to come.”
It is time to get your tickets!