Western Conference (MLS)
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Western Conference MLS

Western Conference
League
SportSoccer
Founded1996
Teams
No. of teams12
Championships
Most recent Western Conference champion(s)
(3rd title)
Most Western Conference titlesLA Galaxy
(8 titles)
Current MLS team locations; Western Conference teams are marked brown

The Western Conference is one of Major League Soccer's two conferences.

2019 standings

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.

Members

Current

Conference Lineups

1996

Changes from 1995

  • Creation of Major League Soccer

1997

Changes from 1996

  • Kansas City changed their name from the Wiz to the Wizards

1998-99

Changes from 1997

  • The Chicago Fire were added in the 1998 expansion

2000-01 (as Western Division)

Changes from 1999

2002-04

Changes from 2001

  • The Western Division changed back to the Western Conference following the contraction of the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny, resulting in the disbanding of the Central Division
  • The Dallas Burn moved in from the Central Division

2005

Changes from 2004

2006-07

Changes from 2005

2008

Changes from 2007

  • The San Jose Earthquakes return to MLS from their hiatus

2009-10

Changes from 2008

  • Seattle Sounders FC were added in the 2009 expansion

2011-14

Changes from 2010

  • The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC were added in the 2011 expansion. Houston moved to the Eastern Conference.

2015-16

Changes from 2014

2017

Changes from 2016

2018-19

Changes from 2017

Western Conference playoff champions by year

Note: The Conference finals were a best-of-three series through 2001 (including the MLS semifinals in 2000 and 2001, when a conference playoff format was not used). Matches tied after regulation were decided by a shootout. In 2002, a similar format was used except that draws were allowed and the team earning the most points advanced. From 2003 through 2011, the finals were a single match. Matches tied after regulation moved to extra time (Golden goal extra time was implemented for 2003 only), then a shootout if necessary. Beginning in 2012, the finals were a two-match aggregate series. The away goals rule for series that finished even on aggregate was first implemented in 2014. Extra time and shootouts were used if necessary. In 2019, the playoffs returned to a single match, single elimination format, including the conference finals which were hosted by the highest placed teams in the regular season.

Bold MLS Cup Champions

E - Eastern Conference team.

Western Conference regular season champions by year

Bold Supporters' Shield Champions

^ - MLS did not have draws until the 2000 season.
+ - The LA Galaxy were declared winners of the Western Division in 2001 after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks forced the cancellation of the rest of the regular season. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on September 20.

MLS Cup Champions produced

See also

References

  1. ^ "MLS announces new strategy for Los Angeles market, 2015 conference alignment". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Atlanta to join Eastern Conference in 2017, Minnesota to compete in West". Major League Soccer. August 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016.

External links


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