2020 Major League Soccer season

The 2020 Major League Soccer season will be the 25th season of Major League Soccer. The regular season will begin on February 29, 2020 (making it the first year the season will begin in February)[1][2], and will end in October 2020. The MLS Cup Playoffs will begin in October or November 2020, and conclude with MLS Cup 2020 in November 2020.

Major League Soccer
Season2020
2019
2021
All statistics correct as of July 17, 2019.

The 2020 season will mark the arrival of two expansion clubs, Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, bringing the total number of franchises to 26.[1][3]

Seattle Sounders FC are the defending MLS Cup champions, while Los Angeles FC are the defending Supporters' Shield winners.

Teams

Stadiums and locations

  1. ^ Non-soccer specific stadium and artificially reduced capacity.
  2. ^ Temporary stadium.

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC Frank de Boer American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire FC Motorola
FC Cincinnati Ron Jans Mercy Health[4]
Colorado Rapids Robin Fraser Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC Caleb Porter Acura
D.C. United Ben Olsen Leidos
FC Dallas Luchi Gonzalez AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo Tabaré Ramos MD Anderson
Inter Miami CF
LA Galaxy Guillermo Barros Schelotto Herbalife
Los Angeles FC Bob Bradley YouTube TV
Minnesota United FC Adrian Heath Target
Montreal Impact Thierry Henry Bank of Montreal
Nashville SC Gary Smith Renasant Bank
New England Revolution Bruce Arena UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls Chris Armas Red Bull
Orlando City SC Óscar Pareja Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union Jim Curtin Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers Giovanni Savarese Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake Freddy Juarez LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes Matías Almeyda
Seattle Sounders FC Brian Schmetzer Zulily
Sporting Kansas City Peter Vermes Ivy Funds
Toronto FC Greg Vanney Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Marc Dos Santos Bell Canada

Coaching changes

Team Outgoing coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Orlando City SC James O'Connor Fired October 7, 2019 Pre-season Óscar Pareja[5] December 4, 2019
Houston Dynamo Davy Arnaud End of interim period October 24, 2019 Tabaré Ramos[6] October 25, 2019
Montreal Impact Wilmer Cabrera End of contract October 24, 2019 Thierry Henry[7] November 14, 2019
New York City FC Domènec Torrent Mutual consent November 8, 2019 TBD TBD
Chicago Fire FC Veljko Paunović Fired November 13, 2019 TBD TBD

Regular season

Format

The league is divided into two conferences of 13 teams, with each playing a 34-game regular season with 17 home matches and 17 away matches. Every team will play their intra-conference opponents twice—once home and once away for a total of 24 matches—while the other 10 regular season matches are played against the opposite conference.[8] The 2020 season will be the first in MLS season in which a full single round-robin format is used, with some teams not playing each other.[9]

Conference standings

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Atlanta United FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Conference Semifinals & 2021 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Chicago Fire FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First round & 2021 Leagues Cup
3 FC Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Columbus Crew SC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 D.C. United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Inter Miami CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First round
7 Montreal Impact[lower-alpha 1] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 New York City FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 New York Red Bulls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Orlando City SC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Philadelphia Union 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Toronto FC[lower-alpha 1] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on February 29, 2020. 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. Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League through MLS play.

Western Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Colorado Rapids 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Conference Semifinals & 2021 CONCACAF Champions League
2 FC Dallas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First round & 2021 Leagues Cup
3 Houston Dynamo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 LA Galaxy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Los Angeles FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Minnesota United FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 First round
7 Nashville SC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Portland Timbers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 San Jose Earthquakes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Seattle Sounders FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Sporting Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Vancouver Whitecaps FC[lower-alpha 1] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on February 29, 2020. 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. Canadian clubs cannot qualify for the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League through MLS play.

Overall table

The leading team in this table wins the Supporters Shield.

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Atlanta United FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2021 CONCACAF Champions League[lower-alpha 1]
2 Chicago Fire FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 FC Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Colorado Rapids 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Columbus Crew SC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 FC Dallas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 D.C. United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Houston Dynamo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Inter Miami CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 LA Galaxy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Los Angeles FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Minnesota United FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Montreal Impact 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Nashville SC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 New York City FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 New York Red Bulls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Orlando City SC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Philadelphia Union 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Portland Timbers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Real Salt Lake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 San Jose Earthquakes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Seattle Sounders FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Sporting Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Toronto FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on February 29, 2020. 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. As Supporters' Shield champions (USA2)

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 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be held in January in Baltimore. Rounds three and four of the 2020 SuperDraft were held via a conference call.

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 2019 season, taking playoff performance into account.[10]

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.[lower-alpha 1]

Original
ranking
Current
ranking
Club Date allocation used
(Rank on that date)
Player signed Previous club Ref
11 Nashville SC
22 Inter Miami CF
33 FC Cincinnati
44 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
55 Orlando City SC
66 Sporting Kansas City
77 Columbus Crew SC
88 Houston Dynamo
99 Montreal Impact
1010 Chicago Fire FC
1111 Colorado Rapids
1212 San Jose Earthquakes
1313 New England Revolution
1414 FC Dallas
1515 New York Red Bulls
1616 Portland Timbers
1717 DC United
1818 Minnesota United
1919 LA Galaxy
2020 Real Salt Lake
2121 Philadelphia Union
2222 NYCFC
2323 Atlanta United
2424 LAFC
2525 Toronto FC
2626 Seattle Sounders FC

References

  1. Sources for this section:[11]
  1. Deas, Tommy (January 31, 2019). "Nashville MLS team to open play in 2020 and play home games at Nissan Stadium". The Tennessean. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  2. Poe, Julia. "MLS Players Association hopes to avoid strike as it settles in for CBA negotiations". Pro Soccer USA. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  3. Goff, Steven (July 31, 2019). "Wayne Rooney, midfielder? With MLS all-stars, DCU star orchestrates attack in loss". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 2, 2019. MLS early start: The 2020 season will begin in late February, about two weeks earlier than this year, Foose said.
  4. "FC Cincinnati break ground on Mercy Health Training Center". Major League Soccer. September 19, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  5. "Oscar Pareja announced as Orlando City SC's new head coach". Major League Soccer. December 4, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  6. Liljenwall, Ari (October 25, 2019). "Houston Dynamo name Tab Ramos as Head Coach". Major League Soccer. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  7. "Thierry Henry named head coach of the Montreal Impact". Montreal Impact. November 14, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  8. Boehm, Charles (December 2, 2019). "MLS 2020 conference alignment: Inter Miami in East, Nashville in West". MLSsoccer.com. MLS Digital. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  9. Goff, Steven (December 2, 2019). "MLS breaks with tradition, will no longer have every team face every other team". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  10. "MLS Allocation Ranking". Major League Soccer. December 27, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  11. "MLS Allocation Process". November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.

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