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The 2016 Major League Soccer season featured 20 total clubs (17 based in the United States, 3 based in Canada). The regular season began on March 6 and ended on October 23. The playoffs began on October 26 and ended on December 10. The defending MLS Cup champions were the Portland Timbers, while the New York Red Bulls were the defending Supporters' Shield winners. FC Dallas won the Supporter's Shield for the first time, and the Seattle Sounders FC won their first MLS Cup in their history after defeating Toronto FC 5–4 in a penalty kick shootout, after playing to a 0–0 result after regulation and added extra time.

Major League Soccer
Season2016
MLS CupSeattle Sounders FC (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldFC Dallas (1st shield)
Champions League
(United States)
Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas
New York Red Bulls
Seattle Sounders FC
Champions League
(Canada)
Toronto FC
Matches played340
Goals scored956 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorerBradley Wright-Phillips
(24 goals)
Best goalkeeperLuis Robles
(11 shutouts)
Biggest home win5 goals:
HOU 5–0 DAL
(Mar 12)
SEA 5–0 DAL
(Jul 13)
Biggest away win7 goals:
NYC 0–7 NY
(May 21)
Highest scoring8 goals:
CLB 4–4 MTL
(May 7)
DC 6–2 CHI
(Aug 27)
Longest winning run4 games:
New York Red Bulls
(May 18 – Jun 19)
New York City FC
(Jun 18 – Jul 6)
LA Galaxy
(Jul 4 – Jul 23)
Toronto FC
(Jul 23 – Aug 6)
Seattle Sounders FC
(Sep 17 – Oct 2)
D.C. United
(Sep 24 – Oct 16)
New York Red Bulls
(Sep 24 – Oct 23)
Toronto FC
(Oct 23 – Nov 6)
Montreal Impact
(Oct 27 – Nov 22)
Longest unbeaten run16 games:
New York Red Bulls
(Jul 10 – Oct 23)
Longest winless run10 games:
Columbus Crew SC
(Jun 1 – Aug 13)
Longest losing run4 games:
New York Red Bulls
(Apr 1 – Apr 16)
New England Revolution
(Jul 31 – Aug 20)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
(Jul 31 – Aug 20)
Philadelphia Union
(Oct 1 – Oct 26)
Highest attendance60,147
ORL 2–2 RSL
(Mar 6)
Lowest attendance10,144
NE 1–1 POR
(Apr 27)
Total attendance7,345,265
Average attendance21,692
2015
2017

Contents

TeamsEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Non-soccer specific stadium and artificially reduced capacity.

Personnel and SponsorshipEdit

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Chicago Fire   Veljko Paunović   Răzvan Cociș Valspar
Colorado Rapids   Pablo Mastroeni   Sam Cronin Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC   Gregg Berhalter   Michael Parkhurst Barbasol
D.C. United   Ben Olsen   Bobby Boswell Leidos
FC Dallas   Óscar Pareja   Matt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo   Wilmer Cabrera   DaMarcus Beasley BHP Billiton
LA Galaxy   Bruce Arena   Robbie Keane Herbalife
Montreal Impact   Mauro Biello   Patrice Bernier Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution   Jay Heaps   Lee Nguyen UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC   Patrick Vieira   David Villa Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls   Jesse Marsch   Dax McCarty Red Bull
Orlando City SC   Jason Kreis   Kaká Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union   Jim Curtin   Brian Carroll Bimbo
Portland Timbers   Caleb Porter   Liam Ridgewell Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake   Jeff Cassar   Kyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes   Dominic Kinnear   Chris Wondolowski Sutter Health
Seattle Sounders FC   Brian Schmetzer   Brad Evans Xbox
Sporting Kansas City   Peter Vermes   Matt Besler Ivy Funds
Toronto FC   Greg Vanney   Michael Bradley Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC   Carl Robinson   Pedro Morales Bell Canada

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Houston Dynamo   Owen Coyle Mutual consent May 25, 2016 10th in West, 18th overall   Wade Barrett (interim) June 7, 2016
Orlando City SC   Adrian Heath Mutual consent July 6, 2016[1] 7th in East, 15th overall   Bobby Murphy (interim) July 7, 2016
  Bobby Murphy (interim) End of interim period July 19, 2016 8th in East, 16th overall   Jason Kreis July 19, 2016[2]
Seattle Sounders FC   Sigi Schmid Mutual consent July 26, 2016 9th in West, 17th overall   Brian Schmetzer (interim) July 26, 2016[3]
Houston Dynamo   Wade Barrett (interim) End of interim period October 28, 2016 10th in West, 18th overall   Wilmer Cabrera October 28, 2016[4]

Regular seasonEdit

Conference tablesEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Red Bulls 34 16 9 9 61 44 +17 57 Conference Semi-finals & 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2 New York City FC 34 15 10 9 62 57 +5 54 Conference Semi-finals
3 Toronto FC 34 14 9 11 51 39 +12 53 Knockout round
4 D.C. United 34 11 10 13 53 47 +6 46
5 Montreal Impact 34 11 11 12 49 53 −4 45
6 Philadelphia Union 34 11 14 9 52 55 −3 42
7 New England Revolution 34 11 14 9 44 54 −10 42
8 Orlando City SC 34 9 11 14 55 60 −5 41
9 Columbus Crew SC 34 8 14 12 50 58 −8 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 7 17 10 42 58 −16 31
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) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.

Western ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Dallas 34 17 8 9 50 40 +10 60 Conference Semi-finals & 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Colorado Rapids 34 15 6 13 39 32 +7 58 Conference Semi-finals
3 LA Galaxy 34 12 6 16 54 39 +15 52 Knockout round
4 Seattle Sounders FC 34 14 14 6 44 43 +1 48
5 Sporting Kansas City 34 13 13 8 42 41 +1 47
6 Real Salt Lake 34 12 12 10 44 46 −2 46
7 Portland Timbers 34 12 14 8 48 53 −5 44
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 10 15 9 45 52 −7 39
9 San Jose Earthquakes 34 8 12 14 32 40 −8 38
10 Houston Dynamo 34 7 14 13 39 45 −6 34
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) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.

Overall tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
1 FC Dallas (X) 34 17 8 9 50 40 +10 60 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Colorado Rapids 34 15 6 13 39 32 +7 58
3 New York Red Bulls 34 16 9 9 61 44 +17 57
4 New York City FC 34 15 10 9 62 57 +5 54
5 Toronto FC 34 14 9 11 51 39 +12 53 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
6 LA Galaxy 34 12 6 16 54 39 +15 52
7 Seattle Sounders FC (C) 34 14 14 6 44 43 +1 48 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
8 Sporting Kansas City 34 13 13 8 42 41 +1 47
9 Real Salt Lake 34 12 12 10 44 46 −2 46
10 D.C. United 34 11 10 13 53 47 +6 46
11 Montreal Impact 34 11 11 12 49 53 −4 45
12 Portland Timbers 34 12 14 8 48 53 −5 44
13 Philadelphia Union 34 11 14 9 52 55 −3 42
14 New England Revolution 34 11 14 9 44 54 −10 42
15 Orlando City SC 34 9 11 14 55 60 −5 41
16 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 10 15 9 45 52 −7 39
17 San Jose Earthquakes 34 8 12 14 32 40 −8 38
18 Columbus Crew SC 34 8 14 12 50 58 −8 36
19 Houston Dynamo 34 7 14 13 39 45 −6 34
20 Chicago Fire 34 7 17 10 42 58 −16 31
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) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
(C) Champion; (X) Supporters' Shield winner.
Notes:
  1. ^

MLS Cup PlayoffsEdit

BracketEdit

                                           
Knockout Round  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup
October 27 – Washington, D.C.              
E4  D.C. United  2
E5  Montreal Impact  1  2  3
E5  Montreal Impact  4      
E1  New York Red Bulls  0  1  1  
Eastern Conference
October 26 – Toronto, Ontario E5  Montreal Impact  3  2  5
 
  E3  Toronto FC (a.e.t.)  2  5  7  
E3  Toronto FC  3
E3  Toronto FC  2  5  7
E6  Philadelphia Union  1   December 10 – Toronto, Ontario
E2  New York City FC  0  0  0  
 
October 27 – Seattle, Washington E3  Toronto FC  0 (4)
 
  W4  Seattle Sounders FC (p)  0 (5)
W4  Seattle Sounders FC  1
W4  Seattle Sounders FC  3  1  4
W5  Sporting Kansas City  0      
W1  FC Dallas  0  2  2  
Western Conference
October 26 – Carson, California W4  Seattle Sounders FC  2  1  3
 
  W2  Colorado Rapids  1  0  1  
W3  LA Galaxy  3
W3  LA Galaxy  1  0  1 (1)
W6  Real Salt Lake  1  
W2  Colorado Rapids (p)  0  1  1 (3)  


Knockout RoundEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Eastern Conference
Toronto FC 3–1 Philadelphia Union
D.C. United 2–4 Montreal Impact
Western Conference
LA Galaxy 3–1 Real Salt Lake
Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Sporting Kansas City

Conference SemifinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Toronto FC 7–0 New York City FC 2–0 5–0
Montreal Impact 3–1 New York Red Bulls 1–0 2–1
Western Conference
LA Galaxy 1–1 (1–3 p) Colorado Rapids 1–0 0–1 (a.e.t.)
Seattle Sounders FC 4–2 FC Dallas 3–0 1–2

Conference FinalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Montreal Impact 5–7 Toronto FC 3–2 2–5 (a.e.t.)
Western Conference
Seattle Sounders FC 3–1 Colorado Rapids 2–1 1–0

MLS CupEdit

Toronto FC0–0 (a.e.t.)Seattle Sounders FC
Report
Penalties
4–5
Attendance: 36,045
Referee: Alan Kelly

AttendanceEdit

Average home attendancesEdit

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

As of October 24, 2016[5]
Pos. Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Seattle Sounders FC 17 724,809 53,302 39,269 42,636
2 Orlando City SC 17 502,478 60,147 23,802 31,324
3 New York City FC 17 462,336 37,858 22,736 27,196
4 Toronto FC 17 451,917 30,262 22,212 26,583
5 LA Galaxy 17 427,492 27,167 19,651 25,147
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 17 379,603 27,038 18,836 22,330
7 Portland Timbers 17 359,448 21,144 21,144 21,144
8 Montreal Impact 17 351,366 27,545 16,318 20,669
9 New York Red Bulls 17 350,535 25,218 15,167 20,620
10 New England Revolution 17 343,150 39,587 10,144 20,185
11 San Jose Earthquakes 17 338,816 50,816 18,000 19,930
12 Real Salt Lake 17 335,909 20,389 18,036 19,759
13 Sporting Kansas City 17 333,155 20,618 18,563 19,549
14 Houston Dynamo 17 323,361 21,601 15,045 19,597
15 Philadelphia Union 17 297,825 18,681 15,011 17,519
16 Columbus Crew SC 17 291,128 20,389 13,114 17,125
17 D.C. United 17 290,381 30,943 12,094 17,081
18 Colorado Rapids 17 276,721 18,759 10,670 16,278
19 Chicago Fire 17 265,234 18,976 12,073 15,602
20 FC Dallas 17 239,601 16,215 10,381 14,094
 – Total 340 7,375,144 60,147 10,144 21,692
  1. ^ a b c d e f Non-soccer specific stadium and artificially reduced capacity.

Highest attendancesEdit

Regular season

As of October 24, 2016[6]
Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Orlando City SC 2–2 Real Salt Lake 60,147 March 6, 2016 (2016-03-06) 1 Orlando Citrus Bowl
2 Seattle Sounders FC 3–1 Portland Timbers 53,302 August 21, 2016 25 CenturyLink Field
3 San Jose Earthquakes 1–1 Los Angeles Galaxy 50,816 June 25, 2016 (2016-06-25) 15 Stanford Stadium
4 Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 Real Salt Lake 50,022 October 23, 2016 34 CenturyLink Field
5 Seattle Sounders FC 1–1 Los Angeles Galaxy 48,458 July 31, 2016 22 CenturyLink Field
6 Seattle Sounders FC 0–2 New York City FC 47,537 June 25, 2016 15 CenturyLink Field
7 Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 47,111 September 17, 2016 30 CenturyLink Field
8 Seattle Sounders FC 0–1 Colorado Rapids 41,028 May 21, 2016 (2016-05-21) 11 CenturyLink Field
9 Seattle Sounders FC 0–1 Los Angeles Galaxy 40,813 July 9, 2016 18 CenturyLink Field
10 Seattle Sounders FC 5–0 FC Dallas 40,101 July 13, 2016 19 CenturyLink Field

Player statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

DisciplineEdit

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

MLS Player of the Month
Month Player Club Stats Ref
March   Joao Plata Real Salt Lake 3G, 2A [14]
April   Fanendo Adi Portland Timbers 3G, 1A [15]
May   Bradley Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls 6G, 2A [16]
June   Yura Movsisyan Real Salt Lake 3G [17]
July   Frank Lampard New York City FC 6G, 1A [18]
August   Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders FC 2G, 6A [19]
September   Chad Marshall Seattle Sounders FC 1G [20]
October   Justin Meram Columbus Crew SC 1G, 4A [21]

Weekly awardsEdit

Week MLS Player of the Week MLS Goal of the Week MLS Save of the Week
Player Club Player Club Player Club
1   Mike Magee[22] LA Galaxy   Ignacio Piatti[23] Montreal Impact   Evan Bush[24] Montreal Impact
2   Andrew Wenger[25] Houston Dynamo   Cyle Larin[26] Orlando City SC   Brian Rowe[27] LA Galaxy
3   Felipe[28] New York Red Bulls   Felipe[29] New York Red Bulls   Tim Melia[30] Sporting Kansas City
4   Michael Barrios[31] FC Dallas   Thomas McNamara[32] New York City FC   Bobby Shuttleworth[33] New England Revolution
5   Kaká[34] Orlando City SC   Adam Jahn[35] San Jose Earthquakes   Joe Bendik[36] Orlando City SC
6   Fabián Espíndola[37] D.C. United   Alberto Quintero[38] San Jose Earthquakes   David Bingham[39] San Jose Earthquakes
7   Giovani dos Santos[40] LA Galaxy   Ignacio Piatti[41] Montreal Impact   Nick Rimando[42] Real Salt Lake
8   Emmanuel Boateng[43] LA Galaxy   Luciano Acosta[44] D.C. United   David Bingham[45] San Jose Earthquakes
9   Jake Gleeson[46] Portland Timbers   Maxim Tissot[47] Montreal Impact   Joe Bendik[48] Orlando City SC
10   Ignacio Piatti[49] Montreal Impact   Ignacio Piatti[50] Montreal Impact   Tim Melia[51] Sporting Kansas City
11   Kekuta Manneh[52] Vancouver Whitecaps   Blas Perez[53] Vancouver Whitecaps   Joe Bendik[54] Orlando City SC
12   Bradley Wright-Phillips[55] New York Red Bulls   Cyle Larin[56] Orlando City SC   Joe Bendik[54] Orlando City SC
13   Ola Kamara[57] Columbus Crew SC   Kevin Molino[58] Orlando City SC   Luis Robles[59] New York Red Bulls
14   Chris Pontius[60] Philadelphia Union   Chris Pontius[61] Philadelphia Union   Nick Rimando[62] Real Salt Lake
15   Mike Grella[63] New York Red Bulls   Júlio Baptista [64] Orlando City SC   Jake Gleeson[65] Portland Timbers
16   Roland Alberg[66] Philadelphia Union   Lamar Neagle[67] D.C. United   Andre Blake[68] Philadelphia Union
17   Jack Harrison[69] New York City FC   Cristian Maidana[70] Houston Dynamo   Joe Bendik[71] Orlando City SC
18   Ilsinho[72] Philadelphia Union   Lee Nguyen[73] New England Revolution   Brian Rowe[74] LA Galaxy
19   Diego Valeri[75] Portland Timbers   Jack Harrison[76] New York City FC   Joe Bendik[77] Orlando City SC
20   Sebastian Giovinco[78] Toronto FC   Ignacio Piatti[79] Montreal Impact   Joe Bendik[80] Orlando City SC
21   Frank Lampard[81] New York City FC   Cyle Larin[82] Orlando City SC   Joe Bendik[83] Orlando City SC
22   Sebastian Giovinco[84] Toronto FC   Javier Morales[85] Real Salt Lake   Joe Bendik[86] Orlando City SC
23   Bradley Wright-Phillips[87] New York Red Bulls   Shkelzen Gashi[88] Colorado Rapids   Bill Hamid[89] D.C. United
24   Clint Dempsey[90] Seattle Sounders FC   Luis Solignac[91] Chicago Fire SC   Joe Willis[92] Houston Dynamo
25   Patrick Mullins[93] D.C. United   Yura Movsisyan[94] Real Salt Lake   Joe Bendik[95] Orlando City SC
26   Frank Lampard[96] New York City FC   Giovani dos Santos[97] LA Galaxy   Brad Knighton[98] New England Revolution
27   Giovani dos Santos[99] LA Galaxy   Joao Plata[100] Real Salt Lake   Joe Bendik[101] Orlando City SC
28   Kelyn Rowe[102] New England Revolution   Cyle Larin[103] Orlando City SC   David Ousted[104] Vancouver Whitecaps FC
29   Mauro Manotas[105] Houston Dynamo   Shkelzen Gashi[106] Colorado Rapids   Brad Knighton[107] New England Revolution

Team of the WeekEdit

Team of the week
Week Goalkeeper Defender Midfielder Forward
1[108]   Bingham (SJ)   Cole (LA)
  Moor (TOR)
  Zimmerman (DAL)
  Chara (POR)
  Fagundez (NE)
  Martinez (RSL)
  McNamara (NYC)
  Larin (ORL)
  Magee (LA)
  Piatti (MTL)
2[109]   Blake (PHI)   Beasley (HOU)
  Ciman (MTL)
  Williams (COL)
  Mustivar (SKC)
  Pontius (PHI)
  Sunday (RSL)
  Wenger (HOU)
  Dwyer (SKC)
  Piatti (MTL)
  Villa (NYC)
3 [110]   Shuttleworth (NE)   Hollingshead (DAL)
  Rosenberry (PHI)
  Waston (VAN)
  Díaz (DAL)
  Felipe (NYR)
  Higuita (ORL)
  Zardes (LA)
  Adi (POR)
  Bruin (HOU)
  Sapong (PHI)
4 [111]   Ousted (VAN)   Bravo (NYC)
  Jacobson (VAN)
  Tierney (NE)
  Bunbury (NE)
  Díaz (DAL)
  McNamara (NYC)
  Morales (VAN)
  Barrios (DAL)
  Castillo (DAL)
  Urruti (DAL)
5 [112]   Ousted (VAN)   Kappelhof (CHI)
  Maund (RSL)
  Rogers (LA)
  Shea (ORL)
  Alonso (SEA)
  Higuita (ORL)
  Neagle (DC)
  Plata (RSL)
  Gashi (COL)
  Kaká (ORL)
6 [113]   Melia (SKC)   Ciman (MTL)
  Marshall (SEA)
  Matarrita (NYC)
  Barnes (HOU)
  Chara (POR)
  Koffie (NE)
  Piatti (MTL)
  Amarikwa (SJ)
  Espíndola (DC)
  Saborío (DC)
7 [114]   Rimando (RSL)   Beitashour (TOR)
  Ciman (MTL)
  Phillips (RSL)
  Ivanschitz (SEA)
  Jones (COL)
  Meram (CLB)
  Piatti (MTL)
  Adi (POR)
  Castillo (DAL)
  Dos Santos (LA)
8[115]   Ousted (VAN)   Boswell (DC)
  Harvey (VAN)
  Moor (TOR)
  Barnetta (PHI)
  Boateng (LA)
  Bradley (TOR)
  Kljestan (NYR)
  Dos Santos (LA)
  Giovinco (TOR)
  Wright-Phillips (NYR)
9[116]   Gleeson (POR)   Scott (SEA)
  Wynne (SJ)
  Zusi (SKC)
  Allen (RSL)
  Felipe (NYR)
  Gashi (COL)
  Kljestan (NYR)
  Valeri (POR)
  Drogba (MTL)
  Villa (NYC)
10[117]   Irwin (TOR)   Horst (HOU)
  Matarrita (NYC)
  Perquis (TOR)
  Jones (COL)
  Kljestan (NYR)
  Nagbe (POR)
  Piatti (MTL)
  Kudo (VAN)
  Morris (SEA)
  Zardes (LA)
11[118]   Worra (DC)   Hernandez (NYC)
  Williams (COL)
  Zimmerman (DAL)
  Espinoza (SKC)
  Manneh (VAN)
  Nyarko (DC)
  Quintero (SJ)
  Giovinco (TOR)
  Pérez (VAN)
  Villa (NYC)
12[119]   Bendik (ORL)   Glad (RSL)
  Marquez (PHI)
  Sjöberg (COL)
  Acosta (DAL)
  Grella (NYR)
  Kaká (ORL)
  McCarty (NYR)
  Nagbe (POR)
  Akindele (DAL)
  Wright-Phillips (NYR)
13[120]   Robles (NYR)   Allen (NYC)
  Beasley (HOU)
  Opare (DC)
  Kljestan (NYR)
  Molino (ORL)
  Nguyen (NE)
  Piatti (MTL)
  Drogba (MTL)
  Kamara (CLB)
  Wright-Phillips (NYR)
14[121]   Gleeson (POR)   Medranda (SKC)
  Opara (SKC)
  Ridgewell (POR)
  Rosenberry (PHI)
  Chara (POR)
  Nogueira (PHI)
  Pontius (PHI)
  Roldan (SEA)
  Kamara (CLB)
  Movsisyan (RSL)
15[122]   Hamid (DC)   Burch (COL)
  Moor (TOR)
  Abdul-Salaam (SKC)
  Salinas (SJ)
  Felipe (NYR)
  Feilhaber (SKC)
  Harrison (NYC)
  Grella (NYR)
  Villa (NYC)
  Martínez (RSL)
16[123]   Irwin (TOR)   Matarrita (NYC)
  Wynne (SJ)
  Robinson (DC)
  Kaká (ORL)
  Valeri (POR)
  Alberg (PHI)
  Díaz (DAL)
  Neagle (DC)
  Manneh (VAN)
  Dwyer (SKC)
17[124]   Hamid (DC)   Beasley (HOU)
  Zimmerman (DAL)
  Ramos (CHI)
  Zusi (SKC)
  Gerrard (LA)
  Díaz (DAL)
  Harrison (NYC)
  Kamara (NE)
  Kamara (CLB)
  Salazar (MTL)
18[125]   Gleeson (POR)   Phillips (RSL)
  Van Damme (LA)
  Hedges (DAL)
  Morrow (TOR)
  Alberg (PHI)
  Larentowicz (LA)
  Feilhaber (SKC)
  Ilsinho (PHI)
  Doyle (COL)
  Kamara (NE)
19[126]   Robles (NYR)   Sjöberg (COL)
  Bernárdez (SJ)
  Maund (RSL)
  Castillo (DAL)
  Kljestan (NYR)
  Valeri (POR)
  Díaz (DAL)
  Ivanschitz (SEA)
  Villa (NYC)
  Dos Santos (LA)
20[127]   Ousted (VAN)   Oyongo (MTL)
  Van Damme (LA)
  Woodberry (NE)
  Muyl (NYR)
  Kljestan (NYR)
  Cronin (COL)
  Piatti (MTL)
  Dwyer (SKC)
  Giovinco (TOR)
  Drogba (MTL)
21[128]   Bingham (SJ)   Opara (SKC)
  Van Damme (LA)
  Moor (TOR)
  Molino (ORL)
  Lodeiro (SEA)
  Lampard (NYC)
  McNamara (NYC)
  Urruti (DAL)
  Giovinco (TOR)
  Plata (RSL)
22[129]   Bush (MTL)   Burch (COL)
  Chanot (NYC)
  Moor (TOR)
  Valeri (POR)
  Lodeiro (SEA)
  Morales (RSL)
  Hairston (COL)
  Morris (SEA)
  Giovinco (TOR)
  Dempsey (SEA)
23[130]   Bingham (SJ)   Birnbaum (DC)
  Agus (HOU)
  Marshall (SEA)
  Pontius (PHI)
  Barnetta (PHI)
  Davis (NYR)
  Finlay (CLB)
  Villa (NYC)
  Wright-Phillips (NYR)
  Dwyer (SKC)
24[131]   Willis (HOU)   Parkhurst (CLB)
  Olave (RSL)
  Horst (HOU)
  Matarrita (NYC)
  Roldan (SEA)
  Feilhaber (SKC)
  Accam (CHI)
  Dempsey (SEA)
  Wright-Phillips (NYR)
  Altidore (TOR)
25[132]   Howard (COL)   Camara (MTL)
  Næss (CLB)
  Rosenberry (PHI)
  Beckerman (RSL)
  Kaká (ORL)
  Felipe (NYR)
  Valeri (POR)
  Barrios (DAL)
  Mullins (DC)
  Movsisyan (RSL)
26[133]   Johnson (CHI)   Farrell (NE)
  Zimmerman (DAL)
  Collin (NYR)
  Meira (CHI)
  Lletget (LA)
  Díaz (DAL)
  Lampard (NYC)
  Rowe (NE)
  Wright-Phillips (NYR)
  de Leeuw (CHI)
27[134]   Howard (COL)   Vytas (POR)
  Waston (VAN)
  Stewart (SJ)
  Garcia (HOU)
  Kaká (ORL)
  Azira (COL)
  Koffie (NE)
  Fagundez (NE)
  Altidore (TOR)
  Dos Santos (LA)

End of season awardsEdit

Award Player/Club
Most Valuable Player David Villa[135]
Defender of the Year Matt Hedges[136]
Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake[137]
Coach of the Year Óscar Pareja[138]
Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris[139]
Newcomer of the Year Nicolás Lodeiro[140]
Comeback Player of the Year Chris Pontius[141]
Golden Boot Bradley Wright-Phillips[142]
Fair Play Player Award Keegan Rosenberry[143]
Fair Play Team Award Columbus Crew SC[143]
Humanitarian of the Year Matt Lampson[144]
Referee of the Year Alan Kelly[145]
Assistant Referee of the Year Frank Anderson[145]
Goal of the Year Shkëlzen Gashi[146]
Save of the Year Joe Bendik[147]

MLS Best XIEdit

Year Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2016   Andre Blake, Philadelphia   Axel Sjöberg, Colorado
  Matt Hedges, Dallas
  Jelle Van Damme, Los Angeles
  Mauro Diaz, Dallas
  Giovani dos Santos, Los Angeles
  Sacha Kljestan, New York Red Bulls
  Ignacio Piatti, Montreal
  Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC
  Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
  David Villa, New York City FC

Source:[148]

Player transfersEdit

Allocation rankingEdit

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 will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2015 season, taking playoff performance into account.[149]

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
1 1 Chicago Fire[A][B] [150][151]
4 2 New York City FC
5 3 Real Salt Lake
6 4 Houston Dynamo
7 5 Orlando City SC
8 6 San Jose Earthquakes
9 7 Toronto FC
10 8 New England Revolution
11 9 Sporting Kansas City
12 10 LA Galaxy
13 11 D.C. United
14 12 Montreal Impact
15 13 Seattle Sounders FC
16 14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
17 15 FC Dallas
18 16 New York Red Bulls
19 17 Columbus Crew SC
20 18 Portland Timbers
2 19 Colorado Rapids[A] March 20, 2016 (1)   Tim Howard   Everton [150]
3 20 Philadelphia Union[B] August 3, 2016 (1)   Alejandro Bedoya   Nantes [151]
  1. ^ On January 14, 2016, Colorado Rapids acquired the number 1 allocation ranking (original ranking number 1), a first-round selection (15th overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, and a second-round selection (33rd overall) in the 2016 SuperDraft from Chicago Fire in exchange for the number 2 allocation ranking (original ranking number 2), a first-round selection (12th overall) in the 2016 SuperDraft, and a second-round selection (22nd overall) in the 2016 SuperDraft.
  2. ^ On August 3, 2016, Philadelphia Union acquired the number 1 allocation ranking (original ranking number 2) from Chicago Fire in exchange for the number 2 allocation ranking (original ranking number 3), a first-round selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, and the Discovery Priority on a player to be named later.

TelevisionEdit

United StatesEdit

In the 2016 MLS season, 96 games aired in the United States on national television. English-language broadcasts once again included Soccer Sunday doubleheaders — 29 games on ESPN and 5 on ESPN2 (mainly on Sunday afternoons), 4 on Fox, and 30 on Fox Sports 1 (mainly on Sunday evenings). The 2016 season marked MLS's debut on the Fox network channel.[152] Spanish-language broadcasts included 28 games on UniMás (mainly on Friday evenings).[152]

U.S. TV viewership ('000)
Wkd Date(s) ESPN FS1 UDN Ref Notes
1 March 6 362 267 148 [153] The UDN match aired from 10:00pm to 12:08am, outside its usual window.
2 March 11–13 197 175 84 [154]
3 March 18–20 179 184 98 [155] MLS matches went head-to-head against the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
4 March 25–27 No Games on TV (international window).
5 April 1–3 261 185 No Games on ESPN (MLB opening day).
6 April 8–10 386 183
270
192 Two Games on FS1, 183k NYCFC-CHI, 270k LAG-POR
7 April 15–17 229 138 109 [156][157]
8 April 22–24 180 176 [158] No Games on Unimas.
9 April 29–May 1 302 199 51 [159][160]
10 May 6–8 225 199 93 [161]
May 20–22 463 636*
210
190 [162] *New York derby was broadcast on FOX instead of FS1.
July 1–3 439 136 [163]
July 8–10 223 171 84 [164]
July 15–17 322 118 [165]
AVG 2016 262.1 205.8 120 2016 Average

Notes:

  • All viewership numbers are in thousands.
  • Average viewership for the previous 2015 season was 245,000 (ESPN2), 197,000 (FS1), and 244,000 (Univ).

Other countriesEdit

TSN, RDS and Sportsnet aired matches in Canada of primarily the three Canadian-based teams.

MLS aired on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, Eurosport in Continental Europe, Abu Dhabi Media in the Middle East and North Africa, Letv Sports in China, beIN Sports in Asia-Pacific, ESPN and Fox Sports in Latin America, SporTV in Brazil and Fox Sports in Africa.

2016 attendancesEdit

The following is a list of the average attendance for each of the twenty MLS teams at their regular-season games. It includes the team, the average attendance for the 2016 regular season and the 2015 regular season, the percentage change in attendance from season-to-season, the home venue, the home venue's capacity, and the percent of capacity.[166]

Team 2016
Attendance
2015
Attendance
Change Stadium Capacity
(Unrestricted)
Percent
(2016)
Seattle Sounders FC 42,636 44,247 -4% CenturyLink Field 39,115
(69,000)
109%
(62%)
Orlando City SC 31,324 32,847 -5% Camping World Stadium 19,500
(65,000)
161%
(48%)
New York City FC 27,196 29,016 -6% Yankee Stadium 27,470
(49,638)
99%
(55%)
Toronto FC 26,583 23,451 +13% BMO Field 30,226 88%
LA Galaxy 25,138 23,392 +7% StubHub Center 27,167 93%
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 22,330 20,507 +9% BC Place 22,120
(54,500)
101%
(41%)
Portland Timbers 21,144 21,144 0% Providence Park 21,144 100%
Montreal Impact 20,669 17,750 +16% Saputo Stadium 20,801 99%
New York Red Bulls 20,620 19,657 +5% Red Bull Arena 25,219 82%
New England Revolution 20,185 19,627 +3% Gillette Stadium 20,000
(66,829)
101%
(30%)
San Jose Earthquakes 19,930 20,979 -5% Avaya Stadium 18,000 111%
Real Salt Lake 19,759 20,160 -2% Rio Tinto Stadium 20,213 98%
Sporting Kansas City 19,597 19,687 -0.5% Children's Mercy Park 18,467 106%
Houston Dynamo 19,021 20,658 -8% BBVA Compass Stadium 22,039 86%
Philadelphia Union 17,519 17,451 0% PPL Park 18,500 95%
Columbus Crew SC 17,125 16,513 +4% Mapfre Stadium 20,145 85%
D.C. United 17,081 16,244 +5% RFK Stadium 20,000
(45,596)
85%
(37%)
Colorado Rapids 16,278 15,657 +4% Dick's Sporting Goods Park 18,061 90%
Chicago Fire 15,602 16,003 -3% Toyota Park 20,000 78%
FC Dallas 14,094 16,015 -12% Toyota Stadium 20,500 67%

Note: Vancouver's and Seattle's attendances are both over 100% capacity because, for select games, they open up additional sections above the regular limited capacity. Orlando's and New England's attendances are over 100% because their capacities are artificial; both teams regularly sell more tickets than the limit. San Jose's attendance is over 100% capacity because they played one game at Levi's Stadium (68,000 capacity).

CoachesEdit

See alsoEdit

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