2018 Major League Soccer season

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Major League Soccer
Season 2018
Matches played 270
Goals scored 867 (3.21 per match)
Top goalscorer Josef Martínez
(26 goals)
Best goalkeeper Sean Johnson
Tim Melia
(9 shutouts)
Biggest home win 6 goals:
SKC 6–0 VAN
(April 20)
Biggest away win 4 goals:
RSL 1–5 LAFC
(March 10)
Highest scoring 8 goals:
MTL 3–5 LAFC
(April 21)
TOR 4–4 DC
(June 13)
Longest winning run 6 games
Orlando City SC
(March 31 – May 6)
Portland Timbers
(April 14 – June 2)
Longest unbeaten run 15 games
Portland Timbers
(April 14 – August 11)
Longest winless run 12 games
San Jose Earthquakes
(May 17 – August 4)
Longest losing run 9 games
Orlando City SC
(May 13 – July 7)
Highest attendance 72,243
ATL 1–1 SEA
(July 15)
Lowest attendance 5,158
DC 2–2 HOU
(March 17)
Total attendance 5,822,761
Average attendance 21,486
2017
2019
All statistics correct as of August 15, 2018.

The 2018 Major League Soccer season is the 23rd season of Major League Soccer, top division of soccer in the United States and Canada. The regular season began on March 3, 2018 and will conclude on October 28, 2018. The MLS Cup Playoffs will begin on October 31, 2018 and conclude with the MLS Cup 2018 on December 8, 2018. The league took a nine-day hiatus in early June for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reduced from previous breaks.[1]

One new club, Los Angeles FC, joined the league as an expansion franchise; and it is D.C. United's first season in their new soccer-specific stadium, Audi Field.

Toronto FC are the defending Supporters' Shield champions and defending MLS Cup champions.

Teams

Stadiums and locations

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

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC Argentina Gerardo Martino United States Michael Parkhurst American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire Serbia Veljko Paunović United States Dax McCarty Valspar
Colorado Rapids England Anthony Hudson United States Tim Howard Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC United States Gregg Berhalter United States Wil Trapp Acura
D.C. United United States Ben Olsen England Wayne Rooney Leidos
FC Dallas Colombia Oscar Pareja United States Matt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo Colombia Wilmer Cabrera United States DaMarcus Beasley None
LA Galaxy Germany Sigi Schmid England Ashley Cole Herbalife
Los Angeles FC United States Bob Bradley Belgium Laurent Ciman 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 France Claude Dielna UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC Spain Domènec Torrent[a] Spain David Villa Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls United States Chris Armas[b] United States Luis Robles Red Bull
Orlando City SC Republic of Ireland James O'Connor[c] United States Jonathan Spector 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 Sweden Mikael Stahre United States Chris Wondolowski Sutter Health
Seattle Sounders FC United States Brian Schmetzer Cuba Osvaldo Alonso Xbox
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 Wales Carl Robinson Costa Rica Kendall Waston Bell Canada
  1. ^ Torrent was named head coach of New York City FC on June 11 following Patrick Vieira's departure on that day to manage OGC Nice.
  2. ^ Armas was named head coach of the Red Bulls on July 6 following Jesse Marsch's departure on that day to join the coaching staff of RB Leipzig.
  3. ^ O'Connor was named head coach on June 29, but did not join Orlando City until July 1. Bobby Murphy, who had been named interim head coach on June 15 after Orlando City and Jason Kreis agreed to part ways, coached the team's June 30 match.

Coaching changes

Team Outgoing coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Montreal Impact Canada Mauro Biello Fired October 23, 2017 Pre-season France Rémi Garde November 8, 2017
New England Revolution United States Tom Soehn (interim) End of interim period November 9, 2017 United States Brad Friedel November 9, 2017
Portland Timbers United States Caleb Porter Resigned November 17, 2017 Venezuela Giovanni Savarese December 18, 2017
San Jose Earthquakes United States Chris Leitch Returned to technical director role November 24, 2017 Sweden Mikael Stahre November 24, 2017
Colorado Rapids England Steve Cooke (interim) End of interim period November 29, 2017 England Anthony Hudson November 29, 2017
New York City FC France Patrick Vieira Signed by France Nice June 11, 2018 2nd in East, 4th overall Spain Domènec Torrent June 11, 2018
Orlando City SC United States Jason Kreis Mutual decision June 15, 2018 6th in East, 14th overall United States Bobby Murphy (interim) June 15, 2018
Orlando City SC United States Bobby Murphy (interim) End of interim period June 29, 2018 8th in East, 17th overall Republic of Ireland James O'Connor June 29, 2018
New York Red Bulls United States Jesse Marsch Signed as assistant coach by Germany RB Leipzig July 6, 2018 2nd in East, 3rd overall United States Chris Armas July 6, 2018

Regular season

Format

During the 2018 MLS regular season, each team will play 34 games, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams will face each of their conference opponents (10 in the East, 11 in the West) twice during the season with one game at home and one game away. Western Conference teams will play one additional intra-conference game and Eastern Conference teams will play two. All teams will face each non-conference opponent once.

Conference standings

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Atlanta United 24 14 4 6 50 28 +22 48 Conference Semi-finals[a]
2 New York Red Bulls 23 15 6 2 45 23 +22 47
3 New York City FC 24 14 5 5 48 31 +17 47 Knockout round
4 Columbus Crew 24 11 7 6 31 29 +2 39
5 Philadelphia Union 23 9 11 3 32 39 −7 30
6 Montreal Impact 25 9 13 3 31 41 −10 30
7 New England Revolution 23 7 8 8 38 38 0 29
8 D.C. United 21 6 9 6 37 39 −2 24
9 Orlando City 24 7 15 2 37 57 −20 23
10 Toronto FC 23 6 12 5 39 44 −5 23
11 Chicago Fire 25 6 14 5 35 49 −14 23
Updated to match(es) played on August 15, 2018. Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differences; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goal differences; 7) away goals scored; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differences; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to a change in format for the CONCACAF Champions League, the regular season conference champions will not automatically earn a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.[2]

Western Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Dallas 23 12 5 6 37 30 +7 42 Conference Semi-finals[a]
2 Sporting Kansas City 23 11 6 6 42 30 +12 39
3 Los Angeles FC 24 11 7 6 47 39 +8 39 Knockout round
4 LA Galaxy 25 10 8 7 48 42 +6 37
5 Portland Timbers 22 10 5 7 35 31 +4 37
6 Real Salt Lake 25 10 10 5 34 43 −9 35
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 24 9 9 6 38 47 −9 33
8 Seattle Sounders 23 9 9 5 26 26 0 32
9 Minnesota United 24 9 13 2 38 48 −10 29
10 Houston Dynamo 23 7 10 6 39 34 +5 27
11 Colorado Rapids 24 6 12 6 30 40 −10 24
12 San Jose Earthquakes 23 3 13 7 33 43 −10 16
Updated to match(es) played on August 15, 2018. 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. ^ Due to a change in format for the CONCACAF Champions League, the regular season conference champions will not automatically earn a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.[3]

Overall table

Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League by winning their respective domestic championships, not through MLS.

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
1 Atlanta United 24 14 4 6 50 28 +22 48
2 New York Red Bulls 23 15 6 2 45 23 +22 47
3 New York City FC 24 14 5 5 48 31 +17 47
4 FC Dallas 23 12 5 6 37 30 +7 42
5 Sporting Kansas City 23 11 6 6 42 30 +12 39 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
6 Los Angeles FC 24 11 7 6 47 39 +8 39
7 Columbus Crew 24 11 7 6 31 29 +2 39
8 LA Galaxy 25 10 8 7 48 42 +6 37
9 Portland Timbers 22 10 5 7 35 31 +4 37
10 Real Salt Lake 25 10 10 5 34 43 −9 35
11 Vancouver Whitecaps 24 9 9 6 38 47 −9 33
12 Seattle Sounders 23 9 9 5 26 26 0 32
13 Philadelphia Union 23 9 11 3 32 39 −7 30
14 Montreal Impact 25 9 13 3 31 41 −10 30
15 Minnesota United 24 9 13 2 38 48 −10 29
16 New England Revolution 23 7 8 8 38 38 0 29
17 Houston Dynamo 23 7 10 6 39 34 +5 27
18 D.C. United 21 6 9 6 37 39 −2 24
19 Colorado Rapids 24 6 12 6 30 40 −10 24
20 Orlando City 24 7 15 2 37 57 −20 23
21 Toronto FC 23 6 12 5 39 44 −5 23 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
22 Chicago Fire 25 6 14 5 35 49 −14 23
23 San Jose Earthquakes 23 3 13 7 33 43 −10 16
Updated to match(es) played on August 15, 2018. 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
Notes:
  1. ^

Aggregate 2017 and 2018 table

As Toronto FC won MLS Cup 2017, at least one of the U.S. berths for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League will be reallocated to the U.S.-based team with the best aggregate record over the 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons that has not yet qualified. An additional berth will be allocated based on this method if a Canada-based team wins MLS Cup 2018, or a U.S.-based team qualifies for multiple CONCACAF Champions League berths (by winning a combination of MLS Cup 2018, 2017 U.S. Open Cup, and/or 2018 U.S. Open Cup).[5]

Note: Only U.S.-based teams are listed in this table.

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York City FC 58 30 14 14 104 74 +30 104 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Atlanta United 58 29 13 16 120 68 +52 103 Potential 2019 CONCACAF Champions League[a]
3 New York Red Bulls 57 29 18 10 98 70 +28 97
4 Columbus Crew 57 27 18 12 84 78 +6 93
5 Portland Timbers 56 25 16 15 95 81 +14 90
6 Sporting Kansas City (Q) 56 23 14 19 82 59 +23 88 2019 CONCACAF Champions League[b]
7 FC Dallas 57 23 15 19 85 78 +7 88
8 Seattle Sounders 57 23 18 16 78 65 +13 85
9 Real Salt Lake 59 23 25 11 83 98 −15 80
10 Chicago Fire 59 22 25 12 91 93 −2 78
11 Houston Dynamo 57 20 20 17 96 79 +17 77
12 New England Revolution 57 20 23 14 91 99 −8 74
13 Philadelphia Union 57 20 25 12 82 86 −4 72
14 LA Galaxy 59 18 26 15 93 109 −16 69
15 Minnesota United 58 19 31 8 85 118 −33 65
16 Orlando City 58 17 30 11 76 115 −39 62
17 San Jose Earthquakes 57 16 27 14 68 99 −31 62
18 Colorado Rapids 58 15 31 12 62 91 −29 57
19 D.C. United 55 15 29 11 68 99 −31 56
20 Los Angeles FC 24 11 7 6 47 39 +8 39
Updated to match(es) played on August 15, 2018. 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
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Potential berth if a Canadian team wins MLS Cup 2018, or if an American team qualifies via multiple methods.
  2. ^ As 2017 U.S. Open Cup champions

Attendance

Average home attendances

As of August 15, 2018

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

Pos. Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Atlanta United FC 13 666,779 72,243 44,696 51,291
2 Seattle Sounders FC 11 445,437 47,521 39,465 40,494
3 Toronto FC 11 293,844 29,190 23,011 26,713
4 Orlando City SC 12 288,051 25,527 22,337 24,004
5 LA Galaxy 13 310,245 27,068 16,231 23,865
6 New York City FC 12 269,298 30,027 18,584 22,442
7 Minnesota United FC 13 287,916 27,544 18,057 22,147
8 Los Angeles FC 12 264,716 22,716 22,000 22,060
9 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 11 235,759 27,837 17,357 21,433
10 Portland Timbers 11 232,584 21,144 21,144 21,144
11 San Jose Earthquakes 10 206,772 50,743 16,234 20,677
12 Sporting Kansas City 11 220,096 21,064 18,508 20,009
13 New York Red Bulls 11 216,779 25,219 14,768 19,707
14 Montreal Impact 12 218,876 26,005 15,485 18,240
15 Real Salt Lake 13 235,568 20,706 16,015 18,121
16 New England Revolution 13 222,862 36,573 10,547 17,143
17 Houston Dynamo 12 204,273 22,320 13,094 17,023
18 Philadelphia Union 11 177,700 19,013 14,795 16,155
19 D.C. United 7 107,853 20,504 5,128 15,408
20 Colorado Rapids 13 198,662 17,837 10,790 15,282
21 FC Dallas 12 180,120 18,355 13,147 15,010
22 Chicago Fire 13 188,940 21,915 10,067 14,534
23 Columbus Crew SC 13 150,373 16,680 7,683 11,567
 – Total 270 5,822,761 72,243 5,128 21,486

Highest attendances

As of August 12, 2018

Regular season

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Atlanta United FC 1–1 Seattle Sounders FC 72,243 July 15, 2018 20 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
2 Atlanta United FC 3–1 D.C. United 72,035 March 11, 2018 2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
3 Atlanta United FC 4–0 Orlando City 71,932 June 30, 2018 18 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
4 San Jose Earthquakes 3–3 LA Galaxy 50,743 June 30, 2018 18 Stanford Stadium
5 Seattle Sounders FC 2–3 Portland Timbers 47,521 June 30, 2018 18 CenturyLink Field
6 Atlanta United FC 5–0 Los Angeles FC 45,207 April 7, 2018 6 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
7 Atlanta United FC 2–2 Toronto FC 45,191 August 4, 2018 24 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
8 Atlanta United FC 3–1 Philadelphia Union 45,140 June 2, 2018 14 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
9 Atlanta United FC 1–1 Portland Timbers 45,116 June 24, 2018 17 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
10 Atlanta United FC 1–3 New York Red Bulls 45,089 May 20, 2018 12 Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Player statistics

Awards

Player of the month

Month Player Club Stats Ref
March Chile Felipe Gutiérrez Sporting Kansas City 5 GP, 5 G [9]
April Paraguay Miguel Almirón Atlanta United 4 GP, 5 G, 2 A [10]
May United States Zack Steffen Columbus Crew 5 GP, 0 GA [11]
June Norway Adama Diomande Los Angeles FC 5 GP, 7 G [12]
July Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United 5 GP, 9 G, 1 A [13]

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 2018 MLS SuperDraft were held on January 19 in Philadelphia. Rounds three and four of the 2018 SuperDraft were held via conference call on January 21. Los Angeles FC selected João Moutinho 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 2017 season, taking playoff performance into account.[86] As an expansion team, Los Angeles FC 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
2 1 LA Galaxy
3 2 D.C. United
4 3 Colorado Rapids
5 4 Minnesota United FC
11 5 FC Dallas[A][B] [87][88]
7 6 Montreal Impact
8 7 Philadelphia Union
9 8 New England Revolution
10 9 Real Salt Lake
1 10 Los Angeles FC[A] [87]
12 11 San Jose Earthquakes
13 12 Sporting Kansas City
14 13 Atlanta United FC
15 14 Chicago Fire
16 15 New York Red Bulls
18 16 Portland Timbers
19 17 New York City FC
20 18 Houston Dynamo
21 19 Columbus Crew SC
22 20 Seattle Sounders FC
23 21 Toronto FC
17 22 Vancouver Whitecaps FC December 22, 2017 (17) Canada Doneil Henry England West Ham United [89]
6 23 Orlando City SC[B] January 30, 2018 (1) Spain Oriol Rosell Portugal Sporting CP [90][88]
  1. ^ On December 10, 2017, FC Dallas acquired the number 1 allocation ranking, $250,000 in general allocation money (GAM), and $250,000 in targeted allocation money (TAM) from Los Angeles FC in exchange for the number 11 allocation ranking and Walker Zimmerman.
  2. ^ On January 30, 2018, Orlando City acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from FC Dallas in exchange for the number 6 allocation ranking and $400,000 in targeted allocation money (TAM).

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