2018 Major League Soccer season

Major League Soccer
Season 2018
Matches played 325
Goals scored 1,054 (3.24 per match)
Top goalscorer Josef Martínez
(30 goals)
(single season record)
Best goalkeeper Tim Melia
(12 shutouts)
Biggest home win 6 goals:
SKC 6–0 VAN
(April 20)
Biggest away win 6 goals:
COL 0–6 RSL
(August 25)
Highest scoring 8 goals:
MTL 3–5 LAFC
(April 21)
TOR 4–4 DC
(June 13)
RSL 6–2 LAG
(September 1)
TOR 5–3 LAG
(September 15)
Longest winning run 9 games
Seattle Sounders
(July 21 – September 19)
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
(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 7,084,988
Average attendance 21,600
2017
2019
All statistics correct as of September 19, 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 United States Dominic Kinnear[a] England Ashley Cole Herbalife
Los Angeles FC United States Bob Bradley United States Benny Feilhaber 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[b] Spain David Villa Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls United States Chris Armas[c] United States Luis Robles Red Bull
Orlando City SC Republic of Ireland James O'Connor[d] 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 United States Steve Ralston[e] 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. ^ Kinnear was named interim head coach of the Galaxy on September 10 following Sigi Schmid's departure on that day.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Ralston was named interim head coach after the Earthquakes parted ways with Mikael Stahre on September 17.

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
LA Galaxy Germany Sigi Schmid Resigned September 10, 2018 8th in West, 13th overall United States Dominic Kinnear (interim) September 10, 2018
San Jose Earthquakes Sweden Mikael Stahre Fired September 17, 2018 12th in West, 23rd overall United States Steve Ralston (interim) September 17, 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 (T) 29 18 5 6 63 36 +27 60 Conference Semi-finals[a]
2 New York Red Bulls (T) 29 17 7 5 53 32 +21 56
3 New York City FC 29 14 8 7 51 38 +13 49 Knockout round
4 Columbus Crew 29 12 9 8 37 37 0 44
5 Philadelphia Union 29 13 12 4 41 45 −4 43
6 Montreal Impact 29 12 14 3 41 46 −5 39
7 D.C. United 28 9 11 8 48 48 0 35
8 New England Revolution 28 8 10 10 41 43 −2 34
9 Toronto FC 28 8 14 6 50 55 −5 30
10 Chicago Fire 28 7 15 6 41 52 −11 27
11 Orlando City 28 7 18 3 40 66 −26 24
Updated to match(es) played on September 19, 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 goal differential; 9) home goals scored; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.
(T) Qualified, but not yet to the particular phase indicated.
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 Sporting Kansas City 28 15 7 6 54 34 +20 51 Conference Semi-finals[a]
2 FC Dallas 28 14 6 8 47 37 +10 50
3 Los Angeles FC 28 13 7 8 55 43 +12 47 Knockout round
4 Portland Timbers 29 13 8 8 44 42 +2 47
5 Real Salt Lake 29 13 10 6 49 47 +2 45
6 Seattle Sounders 28 13 10 5 37 29 +8 44
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 28 11 10 7 46 54 −8 40
8 LA Galaxy 29 10 11 8 54 59 −5 38
9 Houston Dynamo 28 8 13 7 47 43 +4 31
10 Minnesota United 28 9 16 3 40 55 −15 30
11 Colorado Rapids (E) 28 6 16 6 31 53 −22 24
12 San Jose Earthquakes (E) 29 4 17 8 45 61 −16 20
Updated to match(es) played on September 19, 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 goal differential; 9) home goals scored; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
(E) Eliminated.
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 29 18 5 6 63 36 +27 60
2 New York Red Bulls 29 17 7 5 53 32 +21 56
3 Sporting Kansas City 28 15 7 6 54 34 +20 51 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
4 FC Dallas 28 14 6 8 47 37 +10 50
5 New York City FC 29 14 8 7 51 38 +13 49
6 Los Angeles FC 28 13 7 8 55 43 +12 47
7 Portland Timbers 29 13 8 8 44 42 +2 47
8 Real Salt Lake 29 13 10 6 49 47 +2 45
9 Seattle Sounders 28 13 10 5 37 29 +8 44
10 Columbus Crew 29 12 9 8 37 37 0 44
11 Philadelphia Union 29 13 12 4 41 45 −4 43
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 28 11 10 7 46 54 −8 40
13 Montreal Impact 29 12 14 3 41 46 −5 39
14 LA Galaxy 29 10 11 8 54 59 −5 38
15 D.C. United 28 9 11 8 48 48 0 35
16 New England Revolution 28 8 10 10 41 43 −2 34
17 Houston Dynamo 28 8 13 7 47 43 +4 31
18 Minnesota United 28 9 16 3 40 55 −15 30
19 Toronto FC 28 8 14 6 50 55 −5 30 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
20 Chicago Fire 28 7 15 6 41 52 −11 27
21 Orlando City 28 7 18 3 40 66 −26 24
22 Colorado Rapids 28 6 16 6 30 53 −23 24
23 San Jose Earthquakes 29 4 17 8 45 61 −16 20
Updated to match(es) played on September 19, 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 Atlanta United 63 33 14 16 133 76 +57 115 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
2 New York Red Bulls 63 31 19 13 106 79 +27 106 Potential 2019 CONCACAF Champions League[a]
3 New York City FC 63 30 17 16 107 81 +26 106
4 Sporting Kansas City (Q) 61 27 15 19 94 63 +31 100 2019 CONCACAF Champions League[b]
5 Portland Timbers 63 28 19 16 104 92 +12 100
6 Columbus Crew 62 28 20 14 90 86 +4 98
7 Seattle Sounders 62 27 19 16 89 68 +21 97
8 FC Dallas 62 25 16 21 95 85 +10 96
9 Real Salt Lake 63 26 25 12 98 102 −4 90
10 Philadelphia Union 63 24 26 13 91 92 −1 85
11 Chicago Fire 62 23 26 13 99 96 +3 82
12 Houston Dynamo 62 21 23 18 104 88 +16 81
13 New England Revolution 62 21 25 16 94 104 −10 79
14 LA Galaxy 63 18 29 16 99 126 −27 70
15 D.C. United 62 18 31 13 79 108 −29 67
16 Minnesota United 62 19 34 9 87 125 −38 66
17 San Jose Earthquakes 63 17 31 15 80 116 −36 66
18 Orlando City 62 17 33 12 79 124 −45 63
19 Colorado Rapids 62 15 35 12 62 104 −42 57
20 Los Angeles FC 28 13 7 8 55 43 +12 47
Updated to match(es) played on September 19, 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 September 19, 2018

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

Pos. Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Atlanta United FC 14 712,082 72,243 44,696 50,863
2 Seattle Sounders FC 14 568,716 47,521 39,465 40,623
3 Toronto FC 14 380,184 30,799 23,011 27,156
4 LA Galaxy 14 337,313 27,068 16,231 24,094
5 Orlando City SC 14 336,021 25,527 22,337 24,002
6 New York City FC 15 346,560 30,139 18,584 23,104
7 Minnesota United FC 13 287,916 27,544 18,057 22,147
8 Los Angeles FC 14 308,716 22,716 22,000 22,051
9 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 14 307,862 27,863 17,357 21,990
10 Portland Timbers 15 317,160 21,144 21,144 21,144
11 Sporting Kansas City 14 278,510 21,064 18,508 19,894
12 San Jose Earthquakes 15 288,832 50,743 15,648 19,255
13 New York Red Bulls 14 254,145 25,219 14,768 18,153
14 Real Salt Lake 15 276,716 21,363 16,015 18,448
15 Montreal Impact 14 256,165 26,005 15,485 18,298
16 New England Revolution 14 238,902 36,573 10,547 17,064
17 Houston Dynamo 15 251,145 22,320 13,094 16,743
18 D.C. United 12 200,745 20,504 5,128 16,729
19 Philadelphia Union 14 231,370 19,013 14,795 16,526
20 Colorado Rapids 15 230,119 17,837 10,790 15,341
21 FC Dallas 15 228,092 18,355 13,147 15,206
22 Chicago Fire 15 213,778 21,915 8,551 14,252
23 Columbus Crew SC 14 162,364 16,680 7,683 11,597
 – Total 325 7,084,988 72,243 5,128 21,600

Highest attendances[]

As of August 27, 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 3–1 Columbus Crew SC 45,303 August 19, 2018 25 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
7 Atlanta United FC 5–0 Los Angeles FC 45,207 April 7, 2018 6 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
8 Atlanta United FC 2–2 Toronto FC 45,191 August 4, 2018 24 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
9 Atlanta United FC 3–1 Philadelphia Union 45,140 June 2, 2018 14 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
10 Atlanta United FC 1–1 Portland Timbers 45,116 June 24, 2018 17 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]
August Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United 4 GP, 4 G, 1 A [14]

Player / team 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.[102] 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
3 1 D.C. United
4 2 Colorado Rapids
5 3 Minnesota United
11 4 FC Dallas[A][C] [103][104]
7 5 Montreal Impact
8 6 Philadelphia Union
9 7 New England Revolution
10 8 Real Salt Lake
1 9 Los Angeles FC[A] [103]
12 10 San Jose Earthquakes
13 11 Sporting Kansas City
14 12 Atlanta United
15 13 Chicago Fire
16 14 New York Red Bulls
2 15 LA Galaxy[B] [105]
19 16 New York City FC
20 17 Houston Dynamo
21 18 Columbus Crew
22 19 Seattle Sounders
23 20 Toronto FC
17 21 Vancouver Whitecaps December 22, 2017 (17) Canada Doneil Henry England West Ham United [106]
6 22 Orlando City[C] January 30, 2018 (1) Spain Oriol Rosell Portugal Sporting CP [107][104]
18 23 Portland Timbers[B] August 8, 2018 (1) United States Jorge Villafaña Mexico Santos Laguna [105]
  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 August 8, 2018, Portland acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from LA Galaxy in exchange for the number 16 allocation ranking, $75,000 in general allocation money (GAM), and $100,000 in 2019 targeted allocation money (TAM).
  3. ^ 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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