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Pages: 153. Not illustrated. Chapters: Major League Soccer.
Excerpt: Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league
based in the United States and Canada and sanctioned by the United
States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer). The league comprises 16
teams, 15 in the U.S. and one in Canada, which is scheduled to
become 18 teams by the beginning of the 2011 season and 20 by 2012.
MLS represents the top tier of the American and Canadian soccer
pyramids. Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 as part of the
United States' bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The first
season took place in 1996 beginning with 10 teams. Seasons run from
late March or early April to November, with teams playing 30
regular season games each. Eight teams compete in the postseason
MLS Cup Playoffs culminating in the championship game, MLS Cup. The
2010 Major League Soccer season runs from March 25 through November
21. The 16 teams in the league are evenly divided into the Eastern
and Western Conferences. Each club competes against every other
club twice, home and away, for a total of 30 games. The team with
the most total points at the end of the regular season is awarded
the Supporters' Shield. Eight teams then proceed to the MLS Cup
Playoffs ending with the MLS Cup championship final. MLS has three
automatic berths in the CONCACAF Champions League with extra berths
possible via the U.S. Open Cup and the Canadian Championship. For
the 201011 CONCACAF Champions League, qualifying club are MLS Cup
2009 champion Real Salt Lake, Supporters' Shield winner the
Columbus Crew, MLS Cup runner-up the Los Angeles Galaxy, and 2009
U.S. Open Cup winner Seattle Sounders FC. MLS also has four berths
in SuperLiga, a competition jointly organized by MLS and Mexico's
national football governing body, the FMF. The top four overall
teams from the 2009 season, excluding tho...
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