American soccer clubs in international competitions

This is a list of American soccer clubs in international competitions. American clubs have participated in competitive international soccer competitions since 1963, when New York Hungaria entered the 1963 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

Unlike other major professional sports leagues in the United States, the winners of Major League Soccer are not universally considered to be world champions in their respective sport. Yearly, MLS teams will compete against other soccer clubs abroad in competitions to determine the champions of North America, the Americas, and the World.

Since 1963, American soccer clubs have won 2 CONCACAF Champions League titles, and finished runners-up twice.

Who qualifies for CONCACAF competitions

For the CONCACAF Champions League, four American soccer clubs are eligible for entry into the competition.

Competition Details Since Eligible clubs Ref.
MLS Cup championMajor League Soccer (Division I) championship199621[1]
Supporters Shield winnerMajor League Soccer regular season winner200621[2]
Conference regular season winnerMLS Conference regular season champion of conference opposite of Shield winner201410 or 11[3][4]
U.S. Open Cup championDomestic cup competition196396[5]

In past competitions, such as the North American SuperLiga, the best teams based on regular season record to not qualify for the Champions League participated.[6] The tournament was held from 2007 to 2010.

Cups and finals

Competitive tournaments

CONCACAF Champions League / Champions Cup

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
D.C. United101998
LA Galaxy102000
New York Pancyprian-Freedoms011984
Real Salt Lake012011

North American SuperLiga (defunct)

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
New England Revolution1120082010
Houston Dynamo012008
LA Galaxy012007
Chicago Fire012009

CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup / Giants Cup (defunct)

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
D.C. United012001

Copa Interamericana (defunct)

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
D.C. United101998

Friendly tournaments

Emirates Cup

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
New York Red Bulls102011

International Champions Cup

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
New York Red Bulls012015

La Manga Cup (defunct)

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
MetroStars102004

Pan-Pacific Championship (defunct)

Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
Houston Dynamo012008
LA Galaxy012009

Full international record

Competitive tournaments only.

FIFA Club World Cup

Year Team Progress Aggregate Opponents Results
2001LA GalaxyGroup stage (cancelled)N/A Hearts of Oak, Júbilo Iwata, Real Madrid

Copa Interamericana (defunct)

Year Team Progress Aggregate Opponents Results
1998D.C. UnitedWinners2–1 Vasco da Gama0–1 at home, 2–0 away

CONCACAF Champions Cup / Champions League

The competition was named CONCACAF Champions' Cup until 2008–09, until it switched its name to CONCACAF Champions League.

Year Team Progress Aggregate Opponents Results
1962None entered
1963New York HungariaSecond round0–2 Guadalajara2–4 at home, 0–4 away
1967Philadelphia UkrainiansSemifinals1–3 Alianza1–2 at home, 0–1 away
1968New York Greek AmericanSecond round3–7 Toluca2–3 at home, 1–4 away
1970New York Greek AmericanFirst round0–6 Cruz Azul0–1 at home, 0–5 away
1971ElizabethFirst round0–2 Cruz Azul0–0 at home, 0–2 away
Rochester LancersFinal round4th Alajuelense, Comunicaciones, Cruz Azul, Estrella, Transvaal
1972None entered
1973
1974Maccabi Los AngelesFirst roundN/A Devonshire Colts, North Village Rams (withdrew)
1975None entered
1976New York Inter-GiulianaFirst round3–5 Toronto Italia1–2 at home, 2–3 away
1977New York Inter-GiulianaFirst roundN/A AméricaWithdrew
1978Maccabi Los AngelesFirst roundN/A UNAMWithdrew
1979Soccer Universidad A.C.First round0–3 UANL0–2 at home, 0–1 away
1980Sacramento GoldFirst round0–3 UNAM0–1 at home, 0–2 away
Brooklyn ItaliansSecond round3–12 UNAM2–3 at home, 0–9 away
1981None entered
1982New York Pancyprian-FreedomsFirst roundN/A UNAMWithdrew
Brooklyn ItaliansFirst roundN/A VidaWithdrew
1983Detroit ExpressFirst roundN/A IndependienteWithdrew
New York Pancyprian-FreedomsSecond round3–4 Atlante1–1 at home, 2–3 away
1984Jacksonville Tea MenFirst roundN/A VidaWithdrew
New York Pancyprian-FreedomsFinalN/A VioletteWithdrew along with Guadalajara
1985Chicago CroatianFirst round0–6 Olimpia0–4 at home, 0–2 away
1986New York Greek AmericanFirst round0–2 PHC Zebras0–1 at home, 0–1 away
1987St. Louis KutisFirst round0–4 Monterrey0–1 at home, 0–3 away
San Pedro YugoslavsFirst round0–4 América0–2 at home, 0–2 away
1988Seattle Mitre EaglesFirst round0–9 Cruz Azul0–0 at home, 0–9 away
Washington DiplomatsFirst round2–4 Morelia1–2 at home, 1–2 away
1989San Francisco Greek-AmericanFirst round2–6 UNAM1–1 at home, 1–5 away
St. Louis BuschFirst round2–9 U de G2–1 at home, 0–8 away
1990New York Greek AmericanFirst round1–2 St. Petersburg Kickers1–0 at home, 0–2 away
St. Petersburg KickersSecond round0–1 América0–0 at home, 0–1 away
1991A.A.C. EaglesFirst round1–4 PHC Zebras1–2 at home, 0–2 away
Brooklyn ItaliansSecond round1–6 U de G1–3 at home, 0–3 away
1992Dallas RocketsRound of 162–7 América1–2 at home, 1–5 away
San Francisco Bay BlackhawksQuarterfinals3–4 América2–1 at home, 1–3 away
1993HerculesFirst round0–4 Juventus0–2 at home, 0–2 away
1994Los Angeles SalsaFirst round2–3 Alianza2–2 at home, 0–1 away
1995None entered
1996Seattle SoundersFinal round4th Cruz Azul, Comunicaciones, Necaxa
1997D.C. UnitedConsolation match2–2 Guadalajara
LA GalaxyFinal3–5 Cruz Azul
1998Colorado RapidsPlay-in round3–4 Santos Laguna1–0 at home, 2–4 away
D.C. UnitedWinners1–0 Toluca
1999Chicago FireConsolation match2–2 D.C. United
D.C. UnitedConsolation match2–2 Chicago Fire
LA GalaxyPlay-in round1–1 (4–5 p) Necaxa
2000D.C. UnitedConsolation match1–2 Pachuca
LA GalaxyWinners3–2 Olimpia
2002Chicago FireQuarterfinals2–3 Morelia2–1 at home, 0–2 away
D.C. UnitedRound of 162–5 Comunicaciones2–1 at home, 0–4 away
Kansas City WizardsSemifinals2–7 Morelia1–1 at home, 1–6 away
San Jose EarthquakesQuarterfinals1–3 Pachuca1–0 at home, 0–3 away
2003Columbus CrewQuarterfinals2–6 Morelia2–0 at home, 0–6 away
LA GalaxyQuarterfinals2–6 Necaxa1–2 at home, 1–4 away
New England RevolutionRound of 163–5 Alajuelense3–1 at home, 0–4 away
San Jose EarthquakesRound of 164–5 Municipal2–1 at home, 2–4 away
2004Chicago FireSemifinals2–3 Saprissa2–1 at home, 0–2 away
San Jose EarthquakesQuarterfinals1–3 Alajuelense1–0 at home, 0–3 away
2005D.C. UnitedSemifinals1–6 UNAM1–1 at home, 0–5 away
Kansas City WizardsQuarterfinals1–2 Saprissa0–0 at home, 1–2 away
2006LA GalaxyQuarterfinals2–3 Saprissa0–0 at home, 2–3 away
New England RevolutionQuarterfinals0–1 Alajuelense0–0 at home, 0–1 away
2007D.C. UnitedSemifinals2–3 Guadalajara1–1 at home, 1–2 away
Houston DynamoSemifinals4–5 Pachuca2–0 at home, 2–5 away
2008D.C. UnitedSemifinals1–6 Pachuca1–1 at home, 0–5 away
Houston DynamoSemifinals0–3 Saprissa0–0 at home, 0–3 away
2008–09Chivas USAPreliminary round1–3 Tauro1–1 at home, 0–2 away
D.C. United4th in group stageN/A Cruz Azul, Marathón, Saprissa
Houston DynamoQuarterfinals1–4 Atlante1–1 at home, 0–3 away
New England RevolutionPreliminary round1–6 Joe Public0–4 at home, 1–2 away
2009–10Columbus CrewQuarterfinals4–5 Toluca2–2 at home, 2–3 away
D.C. United3rd in group stageN/A Marathón, San Juan Jabloteh, Toluca
Houston Dynamo3rd in group stageN/A Árabe Unido, Isidro Metapán, Pachuca
New York Red BullsPreliminary round3–4 W Connection1–2 at home, 2–2 away
2010–11Columbus CrewQuarterfinals1–4 Real Salt Lake0–0 at home, 1–4 away
LA GalaxyPreliminary round3–5 Puerto Rico Islanders1–4 at home, 2–1 away
Real Salt LakeFinal2–3 Monterrey0–1 at home, 2–2 away
Seattle Sounders4th in group stageN/A Marathón, Monterrey, Saprissa
2011–12Colorado Rapids3rd in group stageN/A Isidro Metapán, Real España, Santos Laguna
LA GalaxyQuarterfinals3–4 Toronto FC1–2 at home, 2–2 away
FC Dallas3rd in group stageN/A Tauro, Toronto FC, UNAM
Seattle SoundersQuarterfinals3–7 Santos Laguna2–1 at home, 1–6 away
2012–13LA GalaxySemifinals1–3 Monterrey0–1 at home, 1–2 away
Houston DynamoQuarterfinals1–3 Santos Laguna1–0 at home, 0–3 away
Real Salt Lake2nd in group stageN/A Herediano, Tauro
Seattle SoundersSemifinals1–2 Santos Laguna0–1 at home, 1–1 away
2013–14Houston Dynamo2nd in group stageN/A Árabe Unido, W Connection
LA GalaxyQuarterfinals3–4 Tijuana1–0 at home, 2–4 away
San Jose EarthquakesQuarterfinals2–2 (4–5 p) Toluca1–1 at home, 1–1 away
Sporting Kansas CityQuarterfinals2–5 Cruz Azul1–0 at home, 1–5 away
2014–15D.C. UnitedQuarterfinals4–6 Alajuelense2–1 at home, 2–5 away
New York Red Bulls2nd in group stageN/A Montreal Impact, FAS
Portland Timbers2nd in group stageN/A Alpha United, Olimpia
Sporting Kansas City2nd in group stageN/A Real Estelí, Saprissa
2015–16D.C. UnitedQuarterfinals1–3 Querétaro1–1 at home, 0–2 away
LA GalaxyQuarterfinals0–4 Santos Laguna0–0 at home, 0–4 away
Real Salt LakeQuarterfinals1–3 UANL1–1 at home, 0–2 away
Seattle SoundersQuarterfinals3–5 América2–2 at home, 1–3 away
2016–17FC DallasSemifinals3–4 Pachuca2–1 at home, 1–3 away
New York Red BullsQuarterfinals1–3 Vancouver Whitecaps1–1 at home, 0–2 away
Portland Timbers2nd in group stageN/A Dragón, Saprissa
Sporting Kansas City2nd in group stageN/A Central, Vancouver Whitecaps
2018Colorado RapidsRound of 160–2 Toronto FC0–2 at home, 0–0 away
FC DallasRound of 163–3 (a) Tauro3–2 at home, 0–1 away
New York Red BullsSemifinals0–1 Guadalajara0–0 at home, 0–1 away
Seattle SoundersQuarterfinals1–3 Guadalajara1–0 at home, 0–3 away
2019Atlanta UnitedQuarterfinals1–3 Monterrey1–0 at home, 0–3 away
Houston DynamoQuarterfinals0–3 UANL0–2 at home, 0–1 away
New York Red BullsQuarterfinals2–6 Santos Laguna0–2 at home, 2–4 away
Sporting Kansas CitySemifinals2–10 Monterrey2–5 at home, 0–5 away
2020Atlanta UnitedTBD
Los Angeles FCTBD
New York City FCTBD
Seattle Sounders FCTBD

North American SuperLiga (defunct)

Year Team Progress Result Opponent(s)
2007D.C. UnitedSemifinals0–2 LA Galaxy
FC Dallas4th in group stageN/A Guadalajara, LA Galaxy, Pachuca
Houston DynamoSemifinals2–2 (3–4 p) Pachuca
LA GalaxyFinal1–1 (3–4 p) Pachuca
2008Chivas USA3rd in group stageN/A New England Revolution, Pachuca, Santos Laguna
D.C. United4th in group stageN/A Atlante, Guadalajara, Houston Dynamo
Houston DynamoFinal2–2 (5–6 p) New England Revolution
New England RevolutionWinners2–2 (6–5 p) Houston Dynamo
2009Chicago FireFinal1–1 (3–4 p) UANL
Chivas USA4th in group stageN/A Chicago Fire, San Luis, UANL
Kansas City Wizards4th in group stageN/A Atlas, New England Revolution, Santos Laguna
New England RevolutionSemifinals1–2 Chicago Fire
2010Chicago Fire3rd in group stageN/A Morelia, New England Revolution, UNAM
Chivas USA3rd in group stageN/A Houston Dynamo, Pachuca, Puebla
Houston DynamoSemifinals0–1 Morelia
New England RevolutionFinal1–2 Morelia

CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup / Giants Cup

Year Team Progress Aggregate Opponents Results
1991Brooklyn ItaliansFirst round1–6 U de G0–3 at home, 1–3 away
1994El FarolitoQuarterfinals1–5 Necaxa0–0 at home, 1–5 away
1995New York Greek AmericanFirst roundN/A TecosWithdrew
1996Richmond KickersSecond roundN/A SirocoCancelled
1997Dallas Burn3rd in group stageN/A Cruz Azul, Necaxa
2001Columbus CrewQuarterfinals1–3 Saprissa1–1 at home, 0–2 away
D.C. UnitedFinal0–2 América

Campeones Cup

Year Team Score Opponents
2019 Atlanta United 3–2 América

Leagues Cup

Year Team Progress Result Opponent(s)
2019Chicago FireQuarterfinals0–2 Cruz Azul
Houston DynamoQuarterfinals1–1 (5–6 p) América
LA GalaxySemifinals1–2 Cruz Azul
Real Salt LakeQuarterfinals0–1 UANL
2020 D.C. United TBD
LA Galaxy TBD
Minnesota United TBD
New York Red Bulls TBD
Philadelphia Union TBD
Portland Timbers TBD
Real Salt Lake TBD

Copa Sudamericana

Year Team Progress Aggregate Opponents Results
2005D.C. UnitedRound of 163–4 Universidad Católica1–1 at home, 2–3 away
2007D.C. UnitedRound of 162–2 (a) Guadalajara2–1 at home, 0–1 away

Copa Merconorte

Year Team Progress Aggregate Opponents Results
2001Kansas City Wizards3rd in group stageN/A Barcelona, Santos Laguna, Sporting Cristal
MetroStars3rd in group stageN/A Deportivo Italchacao, Guadalajara, Millonarios

Appearances in CONCACAF competitions

Club Total[A] CL SL GC CWC Other First Appearance Last Appearance
Apps Pld W D L Win%
A.A.C. Eagles12002.000100001991 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1991 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Atlanta United FC25302.600100012019 CONCACAF Champions League2019 Campeones Cup
Brooklyn Italians410217.250301001980 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1991 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup
Chicago Croatian12002.000100001985 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1985 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Chicago Fire6201037.575320011999 CONCACAF Champions' Cup2019 Leagues Cup
Chivas USA411245.364130002008 North American SuperLiga2010 North American SuperLiga
Colorado Rapids310325.400300001998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup2018 CONCACAF Champions League
Columbus Crew422859.477301002001 CONCACAF Giants Cup2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League
Dallas Rockets18512.688100001992 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1992 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
D.C. United1762261323.5241221021997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League
Detroit Express12002.000100001983 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1983 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
El Farolito11001.000001001994 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup1994 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup
Elizabeth12011.250100001971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
FC Dallas[B]523959.500311001997 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup2018 CONCACAF Champions League
Hercules12002.000100001993 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1993 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Houston Dynamo1141161213.537730012007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup2019 Leagues Cup
Jacksonville Tea Men12002.000100001984 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1984 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
LA Galaxy1352241414.5961010111997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup2019 Leagues Cup
Los Angeles Salsa12011.250100001994 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1994 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Maccabi Los Angeles24022.250200001974 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1978 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
New England Revolution618956.575330002003 CONCACAF Champions' Cup2010 North American SuperLiga
New York Greek American5133010.231401001968 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1995 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup
New York Hungaria14121.500100001963 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1963 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
New York Inter-Giuliana24004.000200001976 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1977 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
New York Pancyprian-Freedoms316475.469300001982 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1984 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
New York Red Bulls[C]6281179.537500012001 Copa Merconorte2019 CONCACAF Champions League
Philadelphia Ukrainians12002.000100001967 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1967 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Portland Timbers28512.688200002014–15 CONCACAF Champions League2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
Real Salt Lake4231166.609300012010–11 CONCACAF Champions League2019 Leagues Cup
Richmond Kickers14220.750001001996 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup1996 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup
Rochester Lancers17322.571100001971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1971 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Sacramento Gold12002.000100001980 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1980 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
San Francisco Bay Blackhawks16501.833100001992 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1992 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
San Francisco Greek-American12011.250100001989 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1989 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
San Jose Earthquakes414725.571400002002 CONCACAF Champions' Cup2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League
San Pedro Yugoslavs12002.000100001987 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1987 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Seattle Mitre Eagles12011.250100001988 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1988 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Seattle Sounders[D]63517515.527600001996 CONCACAF Champions' Cup2018 CONCACAF Champions League
Soccer Universidad12002.000100001979 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1979 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
St. Louis Busch12101.500100001989 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1989 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
St. Louis Kutis12002.000100001987 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1987 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
St. Petersburg Kickers13102.333100001990 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1990 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Sporting Kansas City[E]83714816.474610012001 Copa Merconorte2019 CONCACAF Champions League
Washington Diplomats12002.000100001988 CONCACAF Champions' Cup1988 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
Total139520201113210.49110716718

Notes

  1. ^ For statistical purposes if a team withdrew or forfeited a match, each match that was withdrawn or forfeited is counted as a loss. Double forfeits are counted as a draw. Finally, matches where a team advanced because their opponent with draw are counted as a win for each match their opponent withdrew.
  2. ^ FC Dallas were branded as Dallas Burn from 1996–2004.[7]
  3. ^ New York Red Bulls were branded as MetroStars from 1994–2006.[8]
  4. ^ This includes CONCACAF and international records collectively held by the NASL Sounders, USL Sounders, and the MLS Sounders.
  5. ^ Sporting Kansas City were branded as Kansas City Wiz from 1995–1996, and Kansas City Wizards from 1996–2011.[9]

See also

References

  1. "2011–12 Champions League Qualification". CONCACAF. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
  2. "Colorado clinch spot in 2017 CONCACAF Champions League, joining Dallas, TFC". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  3. "Portland Timbers headed to 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League after USSF rule change approved". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  4. "CONCACAF Approves U.S. Soccer's/MLS Request to Amend Their Qualification Process to CONCACAF Champions League". CONCACAF.com. December 13, 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  5. "Qualifying Format Unveiled for 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League" (Press release). New York City: Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. May 14, 2008. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  6. "'MLS announces competition changes for 2009'". 21 November 2008. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2008.
  7. Hall, Cheryl (July 13, 2013). "Lamar Hunt's soccer vision a pipe dream no more, sons say". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  8. Jensen, Ric; Wang, Yawei. "How Do Fans React When Sports Teams Are Named After Corporations?". The Sport Journal. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  9. "Pro Lax in Kansas City?!". Central Iowa Lacrosse & Sports Ramblings. November 22, 2010. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013.
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