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2019 Major League Soccer season

The 2019 Major League Soccer season was the 24th season of Major League Soccer. The regular season began on March 2, 2019, and ended on October 6. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 19, and concluded with MLS Cup 2019 on November 10, under a new format that differs from previous seasons. The playoffs used single-match rounds and include 14 teams.[1]

Major League Soccer
Season2019
MLS CupSeattle Sounders FC (2nd title)
Supporters' ShieldLos Angeles FC (1st shield)
Champions League
(United States)
Atlanta United FC
Los Angeles FC
New York City FC
Seattle Sounders FC
Champions League
(Canada)
Montreal Impact
Leagues CupD.C. United
LA Galaxy
Minnesota United FC
New York Red Bulls
Philadelphia Union
Portland Timbers
Real Salt Lake
Toronto FC
Matches played408
Goals scored1,241 (3.04 per match)
Top goalscorerCarlos Vela
(34 goals)
Best goalkeeperBrad Guzan
Bill Hamid
(14 shutouts each)
Biggest home win6 goals:
SKC 7–1 MTL
(March 30)
MIN 7–1 CIN
(June 29)
DAL 6–0 SKC
(October 6)
Biggest away win5 goals:
SJ 0–5 LAFC
(March 30)
Highest scoring9 goals:
COL 6–3 MTL
(August 3)
LA 7–2 SKC
(September 15)
Longest winning run6 games:
Seattle Sounders FC
(September 29 – November 10)
Longest unbeaten run13 games:
Toronto FC
(August 10 – November 10)
Longest winless run11 games:
Colorado Rapids
(March 2 – May 19)
Longest losing run8 games:
Colorado Rapids
(March 23 – May 19)
Highest attendance72,548
ATL 3–0 LA
(August 3)
Lowest attendance6,074
CHI 5–0 NE
(May 8)
Total attendance8,676,109
Average attendance21,265
2018
2020

FC Cincinnati joined the league as an expansion franchise, bringing the total number of clubs to 24.[2] Minnesota United FC opened their first soccer-specific stadium, Allianz Field, on April 13.[3]

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

Los Angeles FC won their first Supporters' Shield with an MLS-record 72 points, while Seattle Sounders FC won their second MLS Cup title.

TeamsEdit

Stadiums and locationsEdit

  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 would play the first 12 games of the 2019 season on the road. The construction, which added about 4000 seats (bringing the total capacity to just over 25,000), also included 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 was expected to be ready to host MLS games in May or June 2019.[6] The first home game for Portland in their renovated stadium was held on June 1, 2019, against Los Angeles FC.[7]

Two stadiums were renamed during the season. First, on June 4, Exploria Resorts acquired the naming rights to Orlando City Stadium, which was accordingly renamed Exploria Stadium.[8] Then, on June 13, the U.S. arm of the Spanish multinational bank BBVA announced a rebranding of the U.S. operations from "BBVA Compass" to "BBVA". As part of the rebranding, BBVA Compass Stadium became simply BBVA Stadium.[9]

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC   Frank de Boer   Michael Parkhurst American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire   Veljko Paunović   Dax McCarty Motorola
FC Cincinnati   Ron Jans[a]   Kendall Waston Mercy Health[10]
Colorado Rapids   Robin Fraser[b]   Tim Howard Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC   Caleb Porter   Wil Trapp Acura
D.C. United   Ben Olsen   Wayne Rooney Leidos
FC Dallas   Luchi Gonzalez   Reto Ziegler AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo   Davy Arnaud[c]   DaMarcus Beasley MD Anderson
LA Galaxy   Guillermo Barros Schelotto   Zlatan Ibrahimović Herbalife
Los Angeles FC   Bob Bradley   Carlos Vela YouTube TV
Minnesota United FC   Adrian Heath   Osvaldo Alonso Target
Montreal Impact   Wílmer Cabrera[d]   Ignacio Piatti Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution   Bruce Arena[e]   Carles Gil UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC   Domènec Torrent   Alexander Ring Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls   Chris Armas   Luis Robles Red Bull
Orlando City SC   James O'Connor   Nani Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union   Jim Curtin   Alejandro Bedoya Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers   Giovanni Savarese   Diego Valeri Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake   Freddy Juarez[f]   Kyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes   Matías Almeyda   Chris Wondolowski
Seattle Sounders FC   Brian Schmetzer   Nicolás Lodeiro Zulily
Sporting Kansas City   Peter Vermes   Matt Besler Ivy Funds
Toronto FC   Greg Vanney   Michael Bradley Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC   Marc Dos Santos   Jon Erice Bell Canada
  1. ^ Jans was named head coach on August 4, replacing interim head coach Yoann Damet, who took over after FC Cincinnati relieved Alan Koch of his duties on May 7.
  2. ^ Fraser was named head coach on August 25, replacing interim head coach Conor Casey, who took over after the Rapids relieved Anthony Hudson of his duties as head coach on May 1.
  3. ^ Arnaud was named interim head coach on August 13 following the Dynamo's announcement that the club had relieved Wílmer Cabrera of his duties as head coach.
  4. ^ Cabrera was named head coach on August 21 following the Impact's announcement that the club had relieved Rémi Garde of his duties as head coach.
  5. ^ Arena was named head coach on May 14, replacing interim head coach Mike Lapper, who took over after the Revolution relieved Brad Friedel of his duties on May 9.
  6. ^ Juarez was named interim head coach on August 11, after the announcement that RSL would relieve Mike Petke of his duties as head coach.

Coaching changesEdit

Team Outgoing coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Vancouver Whitecaps FC   Craig Dalrymple End of interim period November 7, 2018 Pre-season   Marc Dos Santos November 7, 2018
FC Dallas   Óscar Pareja Resigned November 16, 2018   Luchi Gonzalez December 16, 2018
Columbus Crew SC   Gregg Berhalter Signed by United States November 29, 2018   Caleb Porter January 4, 2019
Atlanta United FC   Tata Martino End of contract December 18, 2018   Frank de Boer December 23, 2018
LA Galaxy   Dominic Kinnear End of interim period January 2, 2019   Guillermo Barros Schelotto January 2, 2019
Colorado Rapids   Anthony Hudson Fired May 1, 2019 12th in West, 24th overall   Conor Casey May 1, 2019
FC Cincinnati   Alan Koch May 7, 2019 11th in East, 22nd overall   Yoann Damet May 7, 2019
New England Revolution   Brad Friedel May 9, 2019 12th in East, 23rd overall   Mike Lapper May 9, 2019
  Mike Lapper End of interim period May 14, 2019 12th in East, 21st overall   Bruce Arena May 14, 2019
FC Cincinnati   Yoann Damet August 4, 2019 12th in East, 24th overall   Ron Jans August 4, 2019
Real Salt Lake   Mike Petke Fired August 10, 2019 6th in West, 10th overall   Freddy Juarez August 11, 2019
Houston Dynamo   Wílmer Cabrera August 13, 2019 9th in West, 17th overall   Davy Arnaud August 13, 2019
Montreal Impact   Rémi Garde August 21, 2019 7th in East, 15th overall   Wílmer Cabrera August 21, 2019
Colorado Rapids   Conor Casey End of interim period August 25, 2019 11th in West, 22nd overall   Robin Fraser August 25, 2019

Regular seasonEdit

FormatEdit

Each club played 34 games, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams faced each of their conference opponents twice during the season and non-conference opponents once. Half of the non-conference games were played at home, and half of the non-conference games were played away from home.[11]

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York City FC 34 18 6 10 63 42 +21 64 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Atlanta United FC 34 18 12 4 58 43 +15 58 First round & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[a]
3 Philadelphia Union 34 16 11 7 58 50 +8 55 First round & 2020 Leagues Cup
4 Toronto FC[b] 34 13 10 11 57 52 +5 50
5 D.C. United 34 13 10 11 42 38 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 14 14 6 53 51 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 11 11 12 50 57 −7 45 First round
8 Chicago Fire 34 10 12 12 55 47 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact[b] 34 12 17 5 47 60 −13 41 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[c]
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 10 16 8 39 47 −8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 9 15 10 44 52 −8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 6 22 6 31 75 −44 24
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. ^ as 2019 U.S. Open Cup champions
  2. ^ a b Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League through MLS play.
  3. ^ as 2019 Canadian Championship winners

Western ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Los Angeles FC 34 21 4 9 85 37 +48 72 Conference Semifinals & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Seattle Sounders FC (C) 34 16 10 8 51 49 +2 56 First round & 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[a]
3 Real Salt Lake 34 16 13 5 45 41 +4 53 First round & 2020 Leagues Cup
4 Minnesota United FC 34 15 11 8 52 42 +10 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 16 15 3 56 55 +1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 14 13 7 49 48 +1 49
7 FC Dallas 34 13 12 9 48 46 +2 48 First round
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 16 5 51 52 −1 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 12 16 6 57 60 −3 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 12 18 4 45 57 −12 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 10 16 8 49 61 −12 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps FC[b] 34 8 16 10 37 58 −21 34
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
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ As MLS Cup 2019 champions
  2. ^ Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League through MLS play.

Overall tableEdit

The leading team in this table wins the Supporters Shield.

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Los Angeles FC (X) 34 21 4 9 85 37 +48 72 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[a]
2 New York City FC 34 18 6 10 63 42 +21 64 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[b]
3 Atlanta United FC 34 18 12 4 58 43 +15 58 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[c]
4 Seattle Sounders FC (C) 34 16 10 8 52 49 +3 56 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[d]
5 Philadelphia Union 34 16 11 7 58 50 +8 55
6 Real Salt Lake 34 16 13 5 46 41 +5 53
7 Minnesota United FC 34 15 11 8 52 43 +9 53
8 LA Galaxy 34 16 15 3 58 59 −1 51
9 Toronto FC 34 13 10 11 57 52 +5 50
10 D.C. United 34 13 10 11 42 38 +4 50
11 Portland Timbers 34 14 13 7 52 49 +3 49
12 New York Red Bulls 34 14 14 6 53 51 +2 48
13 FC Dallas 34 13 12 9 54 46 +8 48
14 New England Revolution 34 11 11 12 50 57 −7 45
15 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 16 5 52 55 −3 44
16 Colorado Rapids 34 12 16 6 58 63 −5 42
17 Chicago Fire 34 10 12 12 55 47 +8 42
18 Montreal Impact 34 12 17 5 47 59 −12 41 2020 CONCACAF Champions League[e]
19 Houston Dynamo 34 12 18 4 49 59 −10 40
20 Columbus Crew SC 34 10 16 8 39 47 −8 38
21 Sporting Kansas City 34 10 16 8 49 67 −18 38
22 Orlando City SC 34 9 15 10 44 52 −8 37
23 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 8 16 10 37 59 −22 34
24 FC Cincinnati 34 6 22 6 31 75 −44 24
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
(C) Champion; (X) Supporters' Shield winner.
Notes:
  1. ^ As Supporters' Shield champions (USA2)
  2. ^ As Eastern Conference regular season champions (USA3)
  3. ^ As 2019 U.S. Open Cup champions (USA4)
  4. ^ As MLS Cup 2019 champions (USA1)
  5. ^ As 2019 Canadian Championship champions (CAN1)

Fixtures and resultsEdit

Home \ Away ATL CHI CIN COL CLB DAL DC HOU LA LFC MIN MTL NE NYC NY ORL PHI POR RSL SEA SJ SKC TOR VAN
Atlanta United FC 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 2–0 5–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–0
Chicago Fire 5–1 1–2 4–1 2–2 4–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 5–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–2 1–1
FC Cincinnati 0–2 0–0 1–3 1–4 3–2 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–0 0–3 1–1 1–5 1–2
Colorado Rapids 3–1 3–2 3–0 2–3 1–4 2–1 1–0 1–0 6–3 1–2 1–2 3–3 2–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–3
Columbus Crew SC 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–2
FC Dallas 3–1 2–1 2–0 5–1 2–0 1–1 5–3 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 6–0 3–0 2–2
D.C. United 2–0 3–3 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–4 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–5 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
Houston Dynamo 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 4–2 1–3 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–2
LA Galaxy 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 3–2 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–3 7–2 2–0 3–4
Los Angeles FC 4–3 0–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–3 0–2 4–2 4–2 4–1 2–1 4–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 6–1
Minnesota United FC 7–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–3 1–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–0
Montreal Impact 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 3–3 0–3 2–3 0–0 0–2 3–0 0–3 4–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–1
New England Revolution 0–2 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–3 2–0 1–0 4–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 4–0
New York City FC 4–1 1–0 5–2 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 4–2 0–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–1
New York Red Bulls 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–3 0–0 3–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 4–0 4–1 2–0 2–2
Orlando City SC 0–1 2–5 5–1 4–3 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–3 3–3 2–2 0–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–0
Philadelphia Union 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 6–1 1–2 3–2 2–2 1–3 0–0 1–3
Portland Timbers 0–2 3–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 4–0 4–0 2–3 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–1
Real Salt Lake 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–4 2–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 4–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0
Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 4–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 4–3 1–1 1–0 3–3 4–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–3 3–2 1–0
San Jose Earthquakes 4–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 0–5 0–3 1–2 3–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 3–1
Sporting Kansas City 0–3 1–0 2–3 0–2 1–0 0–2 1–5 1–0 7–1 4–4 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–1
Toronto FC 3–2 2–2 2–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–3 4–3 2–1 3–2 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–2
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 2–3 1–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–3 1–1
Source: MLS
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

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 top seven teams in each conference advanced to a single elimination bracket, with the top team in each conference earning a first round bye. The MLS Cup Final took place on November 10, 2019.[1]

BracketEdit

  First round
October 19–20
Conference Semifinals
October 23–24
Conference Finals
October 29–30
MLS Cup
November 10
                                     
       
  E1 New York City FC 1  
    E4 Toronto FC 2  
E4 Toronto FC (a.e.t.) 5
E5 D.C. United 1  
  E4 Toronto FC 2  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Atlanta United FC 1  
E2 Atlanta United FC 1  
E7 New England Revolution 0  
  E2 Atlanta United FC 2
    E3 Philadelphia Union 0  
E3 Philadelphia Union (a.e.t.) 4
E6 New York Red Bulls 3  
  E4 Toronto FC 1
  W2 Seattle Sounders FC 3
       
       
  W1 Los Angeles FC 5
    W5 LA Galaxy 3  
W4 Minnesota United FC 1
W5 LA Galaxy 2  
  W1 Los Angeles FC 1
Western Conference
  W2 Seattle Sounders FC 3  
W2 Seattle Sounders FC (a.e.t.) 4  
W7 FC Dallas 3  
  W2 Seattle Sounders FC 2
    W3 Real Salt Lake 0  
W3 Real Salt Lake 2
W6 Portland Timbers 1  

Note: The higher seeded team hosted matches, with the MLS Cup host determined by overall points.
Source: 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Bracket

AttendanceEdit

Average home attendancesEdit

As of October 6, 2019[citation needed]
Pos. Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Atlanta United FC 17 892,663 72,548 42,537 52,510
2 Seattle Sounders FC 17 684,192 50,072 37,722 40,247
3 FC Cincinnati 17 464,720 32,250 25,095 27,336
4 Portland Timbers 17 428,706 25,218 25,218 25,218
5 Toronto FC 17 425,816 28,989 22,651 25,048
6 LA Galaxy 17 394,477 27,088 19,015 23,205
7 Orlando City SC 17 386,940 25,527 22,341 22,761
8 Los Angeles FC 17 378,265 22,757 22,001 22,251
9 New York City FC 17 358,820 28,895 18,113 21,107
10 Minnesota United FC 17 335,291 19,906 19,600 19,723
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 17 331,745 27,837 16,138 19,514
12 San Jose Earthquakes 17 319,272 50,850 15,232 18,781
13 Sporting Kansas City 17 316,211 19,979 17,083 18,601
14 Real Salt Lake 17 308,050 20,838 15,949 18,121
15 D.C. United 17 301,644 20,600 12,521 17,744
16 New York Red Bulls 17 293,769 20,128 11,115 17,281
17 Philadelphia Union 17 290,883 19,145 12,890 17,111
18 New England Revolution 17 284,535 28,602 9,422 16,737
19 Montreal Impact 17 258,560 19,619 11,996 16,171
20 Houston Dynamo 17 266,464 21,777 12,601 15,674
21 Columbus Crew SC 17 250,424 20,865 9,687 14,856
22 FC Dallas 17 252,313 19,096 11,911 14,842
23 Colorado Rapids 17 242,833 16,998 10,794 14,284
24 Chicago Fire 17 209,516 18,232 6,074 12,324
 – Total 408 8,676,109 72,548 6,074 21,265

Highest attendancesEdit

Regular season[citation needed]

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Atlanta United 3–0 LA Galaxy 72,548 August 3, 2019 22 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
2 Atlanta United 1–1 FC Cincinnati 70,382 March 10, 2019 2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
3 Atlanta United 1–0 Orlando City SC 68,152 May 12, 2019 11 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
4 Atlanta United 3–3 New York Red Bulls 68,077 July 7, 2019 18 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
5 Atlanta United 1–3 Columbus Crew SC 68,046 September 14, 2019 28 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
6 Atlanta United 2–0 Chicago Fire 67,502 June 1, 2019 14 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
7 San Jose Earthquakes 3–0 LA Galaxy 50,850 June 29, 2019 17 Stanford Stadium
8 Seattle Sounders 1–2 Portland Timbers 50,072 July 21, 2019 20 CenturyLink Field
9 Seattle Sounders 1–0 Minnesota United 47,297 October 6, 2019 31 CenturyLink Field
10 Seattle Sounders 4–3 LA Galaxy 46,673 September 1, 2019 26 CenturyLink Field

Player statisticsEdit

ShutoutsEdit

Rank Player Club Shutouts[14]
1   Brad Guzan Atlanta United FC 14
  Bill Hamid D.C. United
3   Vito Mannone Minnesota United FC 11
4   Stefan Frei Seattle Sounders FC 10
  Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake
6   Tyler Miller Los Angeles FC 9
  Luis Robles New York Red Bulls
8   David Bingham LA Galaxy 8
  Jesse González FC Dallas
10   Evan Bush Montreal Impact 7
  Sean Johnson New York City FC
  Brian Rowe Orlando City SC
  Daniel Vega San Jose Earthquakes

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Score Date
  Wayne Rooney D.C. United Real Salt Lake 5−0 March 16
  Krisztián Németh Sporting Kansas City Montreal Impact 7−1 March 30
  Carlos Vela Los Angeles FC San Jose Earthquakes 5−0 March 30
  Diego Rossi Los Angeles FC D.C. United 4−0 April 6
  Chris Wondolowski4 San Jose Earthquakes Chicago Fire 4−1 May 18
  Johnny Russell Sporting Kansas City Seattle Sounders FC 3−2 May 26
  Zlatan Ibrahimović LA Galaxy Los Angeles FC 3−2 July 19
  Kei Kamara Colorado Rapids Montreal Impact 6−3 August 3
  Zlatan Ibrahimović LA Galaxy Sporting Kansas City 7−2 September 15
  Alexandru Mitriță New York City FC Atlanta United FC 4−1 September 25
  Carlos Vela Los Angeles FC Colorado Rapids 3−1 October 6

4 Scored 4 goals

AwardsEdit

Player of the MonthEdit

Month Player Club Stats Ref
March   Carlos Vela Los Angeles FC 5 GP, 6 G, 3 A [15]
April   Carlos Vela Los Angeles FC 5 GP, 5 G, 2 A [16]
May   Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 2 GP, 6 G [17]
June   Maximiliano Moralez New York City FC 3 GP, 3 G, 6 A [18]
July   Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC 5 GP, 7 G [19]
August   Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC 5 GP, 6 G [20]
September   Carlos Vela Los Angeles FC 5 GP, 7 G [21]

Player / Team of the WeekEdit

  • Bold denotes League Player of the Week.
  • Italics denotes Audi Player Performance of the Week.

Goal of the WeekEdit

End of season awardsEdit

Award Player/Club Ref
Most Valuable Player Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC) [115]
Defender of the Year Ike Opara (Minnesota United FC) [116]
Goalkeeper of the Year Vito Mannone (Minnesota United FC) [117]
Coach of the Year Bob Bradley (Los Angeles FC) [118]
Rookie of the Year Andre Shinyashiki (Colorado Rapids) [119]
Newcomer of the Year Carles Gil (New England Revolution) [120]
Comeback Player of the Year Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC) [121]
Golden Boot Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC) [122]
Fair Play Player Award TBA
Fair Play Team Award TBA
Humanitarian of the Year Matt Lampson (LA Galaxy) [123]
Referee of the Year Allen Chapman [124]
Assistant Referee of the Year Brian Dunn [124]
Goal of the Year Josef Martínez (Atlanta United FC) [125]
Save of the Year Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) [126]

MLS Best XIEdit

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards Ref
  Vito Mannone, Minnesota   Ike Opara, Minnesota
  Miles Robinson, Atlanta
  Walker Zimmerman, LAFC
  Eduard Atuesta, LAFC
  Carles Gil, New England
  Maxi Moralez, New York City
  Alejandro Pozuelo, Toronto
  Zlatan Ibrahimović, LA Galaxy
  Josef Martínez, Atlanta
  Carlos Vela, LAFC
[127]

Player transfersEdit

SuperDraftEdit

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 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 are ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2018 season, taking playoff performance into account.[128] 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
2 1 San Jose Earthquakes[A] [129]
7 2 Minnesota United
8 3 Houston Dynamo
9 4 New England Revolution
5 5 Chicago Fire[G] [130]
11 6 Vancouver Whitecaps
3 7 Orlando City[D] [131]
13 8 Philadelphia Union
4 9 Colorado Rapids[F] [132]
15 10 FC Dallas
16 11 Los Angeles FC
17 12 Real Salt Lake
18 13 Columbus Crew
19 14 New York City FC
20 15 Seattle Sounders
21 16 Sporting Kansas City
22 17 New York Red Bulls
23 18 Portland Timbers
24 19 Atlanta United
1 20 FC Cincinnati[B][C] [133][134]
12 21 LA Galaxy[D][E] April 11, 2019 (1)   Giancarlo González   Bologna [131]
6 22 Toronto FC[A][B][C][E] December 27, 2018 (1)   Laurent Ciman   Dijon [129][133]
6 22 Toronto FC[A][B][C][E] July 9, 2019 (1)   Omar Gonzalez   Pachuca [134]
14 23 D.C. United[F] August 7, 2019 (1)   Ola Kamara   Shenzhen F.C. [132]
10 24 Montreal Impact[G] August 7, 2019 (1)   Ballou Tabla   Barcelona B [130]
  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.
  4. ^ On April 11, 2019, LA Galaxy acquired the number 2 allocation ranking from Orlando City in exchange for the number 11 allocation ranking, $300,000 in 2019 targeted allocation money, and $100,000 in 2020 targeted allocation money.
  5. ^ On April 11, 2019, LA Galaxy acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from Toronto FC in exchange for the number 2 allocation ranking and a natural first-round selection in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
  6. ^ On August 7, 2019, D.C. United acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from Colorado Rapids in exchange for the number 11 allocation ranking, $100,000 in 2019 general allocation money, and $100,000 in 2020 general allocation money.
  7. ^ On August 7, 2019, Montreal Impact acquired the number 1 allocation ranking and defender Jorge Corrales from Chicago Fire in exchange for the number 6 allocation ranking, midfielder Michael Azira, and a second-round selection in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

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