2017 Major League Soccer Season
Major League Soccer
Season 2017
Matches played 315
Goals scored 920 (2.92 per match)
Top goalscorer David Villa
(19 goals)
Best goalkeeper Stefan Frei
Tim Melia
(10 shutouts)
Biggest home win 7 goals:
ATL 7-0 NE
(Sep 13)
Biggest away win 5 goals:
MIN 1-6 ATL
(Mar 12)
Highest scoring 8 goals:
DAL 6-2 RSL
(Jun 3)
LA 2-6 RSL
(Jul 4)
Longest winning run 6 games:
Toronto FC
(Apr 21 - May 13)
Longest unbeaten run 13 games:
Seattle Sounders
(June 17 - )
Longest winless run 10 games:
LA Galaxy
(Jun 24 - Aug 27)
Longest losing run 6 games:
D.C. United
(Jun 24 - Jul 29)
Highest attendance 70,425
ATL 3-3 ORL
(Sep 16)
Lowest attendance 10,318
CLB 1-2 TOR
(May 10)
Total attendance 6,838,126
Average attendance 21,708
2016
2018 ->
All statistics correct as of September 17, 2017.

The 2017 Major League Soccer season is the 22nd season of Major League Soccer, top division of soccer in the United States and Canada. The regular season began on March 3, 2017 and will conclude on October 22, 2017. The MLS Cup Playoffs will begin on October 25, 2017 and conclude with MLS Cup 2017 on December 9, 2017.

Two new clubs have joined the league as expansion franchises: Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United. The two franchises are the 21st and 22nd teams in the league.[1]

Seattle Sounders FC are the defending MLS Cup champions, while FC Dallas are the defending Supporters' Shield champions.

Teams

Stadiums and locations

  1. ^ Non-soccer specific stadium and artificially reduced capacity. ([1])
  2. ^ Due to construction delays to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta United FC played its home matches at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium during the first half of the season.[2]
  3. ^ Although the stadium has a capacity of 42,500 for most MLS games, the upper tier of the stadium is opened for a least two regular season matches against Orlando City and Toronto FC where all 71,000 seats are used.
  4. ^ Although the stadium has a listed capacity of 42,500 for most MLS games, it doesn't take into account standing areas which can be added to the stadium.

Personnel and Sponsorship

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC Argentina Martino, GerardoGerardo Martino United States Parkhurst, MichaelMichael Parkhurst American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire Serbia Paunovi?, VeljkoVeljko Paunovi? Brazil Juninho, Juninho Valspar
Colorado Rapids England Steve Cooke (interim) United States Howard, TimTim Howard Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC United States Berhalter, GreggGregg Berhalter United States Trapp, WilWil Trapp Acura
D.C. United United States Olsen, BenBen Olsen United States Birnbaum, SteveSteve Birnbaum Leidos
FC Dallas Colombia Pareja, OscarOscar Pareja United States Hedges, MattMatt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo Colombia Cabrera, WilmerWilmer Cabrera United States Beasley, DaMarcusDaMarcus Beasley BHP Billiton
LA Galaxy Germany Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid England Cole, AshleyAshley Cole Herbalife
Minnesota United FC England Heath, AdrianAdrian Heath Costa Rica Calvo, FranciscoFrancisco Calvo Target[3]
Montreal Impact Canada Biello, MauroMauro Biello Canada Bernier, PatricePatrice Bernier Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution United States Soehn, TomTom Soehn (interim) United States Nguyen, LeeLee Nguyen UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC France Vieira, PatrickPatrick Vieira Spain Villa, DavidDavid Villa Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls United States Marsch, JesseJesse Marsch United States Kljestan, SachaSacha Kljestan Red Bull
Orlando City SC United States Kreis, JasonJason Kreis Brazil Kaká, Kaká Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union United States Curtin, JimJim Curtin United States Bedoya, AlejandroAlejandro Bedoya Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers United States Porter, CalebCaleb Porter England Ridgewell, LiamLiam Ridgewell Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake United States Mike Petke United States Beckerman, KyleKyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes United States Leitch, ChrisChris Leitch United States Wondolowski, ChrisChris Wondolowski Sutter Health
Seattle Sounders FC United States Schmetzer, BrianBrian Schmetzer Cuba Alonso, OsvaldoOsvaldo Alonso Xbox
Sporting Kansas City United States Vermes, PeterPeter Vermes United States Besler, MattMatt Besler Ivy Funds
Toronto FC United States Vanney, GregGreg Vanney United States Bradley, MichaelMichael Bradley Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Wales Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson Costa Rica Waston, KendallKendall Waston Bell Canada

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Houston Dynamo End of interim period October 28, 2016 Pre-season Colombia Cabrera, WilmerWilmer Cabrera October 28, 2016
LA Galaxy United States Arena, BruceBruce Arena November 22, 2016 United States Onalfo, CurtCurt Onalfo December 13, 2016
Real Salt Lake United States Cassar, JeffJeff Cassar Mutual consent March 20, 2017 United States Shore, DarylDaryl Shore (interim) March 20, 2017
United States Shore, DarylDaryl Shore (interim) End of interim period March 29, 2017 9th in West, 19th overall United States Petke, MikeMike Petke March 29, 2017
San Jose Earthquakes United States Kinnear, DominicDominic Kinnear Fired June 25, 2017 5th in West, 12th overall United States Leitch, ChrisChris Leitch June 25, 2017
LA Galaxy United States Onalfo, CurtCurt Onalfo Fired July 27, 2017 9th in West, 19th overall Germany Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid July 27, 2017
Colorado Rapids United States Pablo Mastroeni Fired August 15, 2017 10th in West, 20th overall August 15, 2017
United States Jay Heaps Fired 8th in East, 16th overall United States Tom Soehn (interim)

Regular season

Format

Each team, except Atlanta United and Minnesota United, plays 17 home and 17 away games for a total of 34 games:[4]

  • 2 games (home and away) against 10 teams in its conference;
  • 1 extra game against 3 of its conference rivals; and
  • 1 game against 11 teams in the other conference.

Each of Atlanta United and Minnesota United plays 17 home and 17 away games for a total of 34 games:

  • 2 games (home and away) against 10 teams in its conference;
  • 1 extra game against 2 of its conference rivals;
  • 1 game against 10 teams in the other conference; and
  • 2 games (home and away) against each other.

Conference standings

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Toronto FC (T) 29 18 3 8 63 26 +37 62 Conference Semi-finals[a]
2 New York City FC 29 15 8 6 50 37 +13 51
3 Chicago Fire 29 14 9 6 52 37 +15 48 Knockout round
4 Columbus Crew SC 30 13 12 5 45 45 0 44
5 Atlanta United 27 12 8 7 57 35 +22 43
6 New York Red Bulls 28 12 10 6 41 36 +5 42
7 Montreal Impact 28 10 12 6 44 46 -2 36
8 New England Revolution 29 10 14 5 45 51 -6 35
9 Orlando City 29 9 12 8 32 47 -15 35
10 Philadelphia Union 29 8 12 9 37 39 -2 33
11 D.C. United 29 8 17 4 23 49 -26 28
Updated to match(es) played on September 17, 2017. 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.
(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.[5]

Western Conference

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 13 9 6 45 39 +6 45 Conference Semi-finals[a]
2 Portland Timbers 30 12 10 8 50 47 +3 44
3 Sporting Kansas City 28 11 6 11 35 22 +13 44 Knockout round
4 Seattle Sounders FC 29 11 7 11 42 35 +7 44
5 San Jose Earthquakes 29 11 12 6 32 48 -16 39
6 Real Salt Lake 30 11 14 5 44 52 -8 38
7 Houston Dynamo 28 10 10 8 46 39 +7 38
8 FC Dallas 28 9 8 11 39 38 +1 38
9 Minnesota United 28 8 15 5 36 58 -22 29
10 LA Galaxy 28 7 15 6 36 52 -16 27
11 Colorado Rapids 28 7 16 5 26 42 -16 26
Updated to match(es) played on September 16, 2017. 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. ^ 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.[5]

Overall table

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
1 Toronto FC 29 18 3 8 63 26 +37 62 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2 New York City FC 29 15 8 6 50 37 +13 51
3 Chicago Fire 29 14 9 6 52 37 +15 48
4 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 13 9 6 45 39 +6 45
5 Columbus Crew SC 30 13 12 5 45 45 0 44
6 Portland Timbers 30 12 10 8 50 47 +3 44
7 Sporting Kansas City 28 11 6 11 35 22 +13 44
8 Seattle Sounders FC 29 11 7 11 42 35 +7 44
9 Atlanta United 27 12 8 7 57 35 +22 43
10 New York Red Bulls 28 12 10 6 41 36 +5 42
11 San Jose Earthquakes 29 11 12 6 32 48 -16 39
12 Real Salt Lake 30 11 14 5 44 52 -8 38
13 Houston Dynamo 28 10 10 8 46 39 +7 38
14 FC Dallas 28 9 8 11 39 38 +1 38
15 Montreal Impact 28 10 12 6 44 46 -2 36
16 New England Revolution 29 10 14 5 45 51 -6 35
17 Orlando City 29 9 12 8 32 47 -15 35
18 Philadelphia Union 28 8 11 9 37 39 -2 33
19 Minnesota United 28 8 15 5 36 58 -22 29
20 D.C. United 29 8 17 4 23 49 -26 28
21 LA Galaxy 28 7 15 6 36 52 -16 27
22 Colorado Rapids 28 7 16 5 26 42 -16 26
Updated to match(es) played on September 17, 2017. 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) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:
  1. ^

Attendance

Average home attendances

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

Pos. Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Atlanta United FC 12 575,114 70,425 42,511 47,926
2 Seattle Sounders FC 14 607,598 51,796 40,182 43,400
3 Toronto FC 14 384,262 29,203 25,200 27,447
4 Orlando City SC 14 353,286 25,527 24,112 25,235
5 New York City FC 15 349,177 33,679 18,515 23,278
6 LA Galaxy 15 334,517 25,667 17,404 22,301
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 15 319,833 25,083 17,368 21,322
8 Portland Timbers 14 296,016 21,144 21,144 21,144
9 New York Red Bulls 14 293,001 25,219 16,213 20,929
10 San Jose Earthquakes 14 284,617 50,617 18,000 20,330
11 Montreal Impact 15 304,098 34,373 16,660 20,273
12 Minnesota United FC 15 304,023 35,043 17,491 20,268
13 Sporting Kansas City 14 275,020 20,933 18,648 19,644
14 Real Salt Lake 15 280,396 20,348 16,434 18,693
15 New England Revolution 14 254,238 27,441 10,487 18,160
16 Houston Dynamo 13 229,132 22,115 14,148 17,626
17 Chicago Fire 15 257,700 21,891 11,244 17,180
18 Philadelphia Union 14 231,152 18,399 15,107 16,511
19 D.C. United 15 237,722 20,618 11,972 15,848
20 Colorado Rapids 14 214,985 17,648 13,496 15,356
21 FC Dallas 15 227,128 16,291 14,016 15,142
22 Columbus Crew SC 15 225,111 20,391 10,318 15,007
 - Total 315 6,838,125 70,425 10,318 21,708

Highest attendances

Regular season

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Atlanta United FC 3-3 Orlando City SC 70,425 September 16, 2017 (2017-09-16) 28 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
2 Atlanta United FC 1-2 New York Red Bulls 55,297 March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05) 1 Bobby Dodd Stadium
3 Seattle Sounders FC 1-1 Portland Timbers 51,796 August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27) 25 CenturyLink Field
4 San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 LA Galaxy 50,617 July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) 18 Stanford Stadium
5 Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 Portland Timbers 47,362 May 27, 2017 (2017-05-27) 13 CenturyLink Field
6 Atlanta United FC 1-3 D.C. United 46,011 April 30, 2017 (2017-04-30) 9 Bobby Dodd Stadium
7 Atlanta United FC 4-0 Chicago Fire 45,922 March 18, 2017 (2017-03-18) 3 Bobby Dodd Stadium
8 Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 New York Red Bulls 45,600 March 19, 2017 (2017-03-19) 3 CenturyLink Field
9 Atlanta United FC 3-0 FC Dallas 45,314 September 10, 2017 (2017-09-10) 27 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
10 Atlanta United FC 1-1 Orlando City SC 45,006 July 29, 2017 (2017-07-29) 21 Bobby Dodd Stadium

Player statistics

Awards

Player of the Month

Month Player Club Stats Ref
March Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United 5G, 0A [9]
April United States Joe Bendik Orlando City SC 2SO [10]
May Hungary Nemanja Nikoli? Chicago Fire 6G, 1A [11]
June Spain David Villa New York City FC 3G, 0A [12]
July Austria Daniel Royer New York Red Bulls 6G, 1A [13]
August Argentina Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact 7G, 1A [14]

Team of the Week

Team of the week
Week Goalkeeper Defender Midfielder Forward
1[15] United States Bendik (ORL) Sweden Sjöberg (COL)
United States Spector (ORL)
Germany Jungwirth (SJ)
United States Lima (SJ)
United States Acosta (DAL)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
Panama Godoy (SJ)
Ghana Accam (CHI)
Nigeria Adi (POR)
Honduras Quioto (HOU)
2[16] United States Howard (COL) United States Garza (ATL)
Netherlands Kappelhof (CHI)
United States Hedges (DAL)
Argentina Piatti (MON)
United States McCarty (CHI)
Panama Godoy (SJ)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
Mexico Torres (HOU)
Venezuela Martínez (ATL)
Spain Villa (NYC)
3[17] United States Steffen (CLB) United States Garza (ATL)
United States Crognale (CLB)
United States Spector (ORL)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
Canada Bernier (MON)
Costa Rica Guzmán (POR)
United States Feilhaber (SKC)
Argentina Urruti (DAL)
Venezuela Martínez (ATL)
Canada Larin (ORL)
4[18] United States Van Oekel (RSL) United States Tierney (NE)
United States Long (NYR)
Ghana Afful (CLB)
Uruguay Fagúndez (NE)
United States Nguyen (NE)
Argentina Higuaín (CLB)
Brazil Artur (CLB)
Argentina Blanco (POR)
United States Agudelo (NE)
Sierra Leone Kamara (NE)
5[19] United States Hamid (DC) United States Farfan (POR)
Slovenia Delamea (NE)
Sweden Svensson (SEA)
Iraq Meram (CLB)
United States Roldan (SEA)
Argentina Laba (VAN)
Germany Schweinsteiger (CHI)
Uruguay Techera (VAN)
Mexico Torres (HOU)
United States Ramirez (MIN)
6[20] United States González (DAL) United States Boswell (DC)
United States Opara (SKC)
Slovenia Delamea (NE)
France Alessandrini (LA)
United States McCarty (CHI)
Honduras Espinoza (SKC)
Slovakia Rusnák (RSL)
Colombia Barrios (DAL)
Armenia Movsisyan (RSL)
Argentina Villalba (ATL)
7[21] United States Melia (SKC) Costa Rica Matarrita (NYC)
United States Spector (ORL)
Norway Næss (CLB)
United States Opara (SKC)
Iraq Meram (CLB)
Spain Ilie (SKC)
Canada Johnson (ORL)
Colombia Montero (VAN)
Hungary Nikoli? (CHI)
Argentina Solignac (CHI)
8[22] United States Bendik (ORL) United States Long (NYR)
United States Toia (ORL)
United States Zavaleta (TOR)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
United States Bradley (TOR)
Ecuador Gruezo (DAL)
Uruguay Lodeiro (SEA)
United States Dempsey (SEA)
Italy Giovinco (TOR)
Canada Larin (ORL)
9[23] United States Hamid (DC) Canada Edwards (TOR)
Germany Jungwirth (SJ)
United States Zusi (SKC)
Guinea-Bissau Gerso (SKC)
United States Jacobson (VAN)
Argentina Acosta (DC)
England Harrison (NYC)
United States Agudelo (NE)
United States Altidore (TOR)
Argentina Urruti (DAL)
10[24] Jamaica Blake (PHI) United States Hedges (DAL)
Germany Jungwirth (SJ)
United States Morrow (TOR)
Brazil Alex (HOU)
Argentina Higuaín (CLB)
United States Ibarra (MIN)
Finland Ring (NYC)
United States Sapong (PHI)
Costa Rica Wallace (NYC)
United States Wondolowski (SJ)
11[25] United States Johnson (NYC) United States Onyewu (PHI)
Belgium Van Damme (LA)
United States Hairston (COL)
Uruguay Fagúndez (NE)
Iraq Meram (CLB)
Brazil Alex (HOU)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Medunjanin (PHI)
Ghana Accam (CHI)
Canada Ricketts (TOR)
Hungary Nikoli? (CHI)
12[26] United States Melia (SKC) United States Vincent (CHI)
Honduras Bernárdez (SJ)
United States Parker (VAN)
Uruguay Fagúndez (NE)
Argentina Piatti (MON)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Medunjanin (PHI)
Guinea-Bissau Gerso (SKC)
Spain Villa (NYC)
Hungary Nikoli? (CHI)
13[27] United States Hamid (DC) United States Vincent (CHI)
Costa Rica Calvo (MIN)
United States Marshall (SEA)
United States Ford (COL)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
Spain Vázquez (TOR)
Nigeria Sunny (RSL)
Portugal João Pedro (LA)
France Alessandrini (LA)
Mexico G. dos Santos (LA)
14[28] United States Bendik (ORL) United States Rowe (NE)
United States Opara (SKC)
Costa Rica Waston (VAN)
United States Spector (ORL)
Belgium Lamah (DAL)
Argentina Higuaín (CLB)
Cuba Alonso (SEA)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
United States Nguyen (NE)
Argentina Urruti (DAL)
15[29] New Zealand Gleeson (POR) Portugal Meira (CHI)
Kenya Olum (POR)
United States Abdul-Salaam (SKC)
Colombia Asprilla (POR)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
Germany Schweinsteiger (CHI)
Ghana Accam (CHI)
Nigeria Adi (POR)
Hungary Nikoli? (CHI)
Guinea-Bissau Gerso (SKC)
16[30] United States Robles (NYR) United States Harvey (VAN)
Honduras Figueroa (DAL)
United States Opara (SKC)
Ecuador Plata (RSL)
France Alessandrini (LA)
United States Bradley (TOR)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
Argentina Piatti (MON)
Spain Villa (NYC)
England Wright-Phillips (NYR)
17[31] Jamaica Blake (PHI) United States Sweat (NYC)
United States Opara (SKC)
United States Moor (TOR)
United States Polster (CHI)
Ghana Accam (CHI)
Venezuela Herrera (NYC)
Argentina Higuaín (CLB)
United States Bedoya (PHI)
Netherlands Hoesen (SJ)
United States McBean (LA)
18[32] United States Howard (COL) United States Onyewu (PHI)
United States Parkhurst (ATL)
United States Polster (CHI)
Canada Johnson (ORL)
Switzerland D?emaili (MON)
Finland Ring (NYC)
United States Hairston (COL)
Hungary Nikoli? (CHI)
Spain Villa (NYC)
Senegal Badji (COL)
19[33] United States McCarthy (PHI) United States Hollingshead (DAL)
United States Palmer-Brown (SKC)
United States Nerwinski (VAN)
Uruguay Fagúndez (NE)
Slovakia Rusnák (RSL)
Colombia Barrios (DAL)
Venezuela Savarino (RSL)
United States Dempsey (SEA)
Venezuela Martínez (ATL)
Italy Giovinco (TOR)
20[34] United States Guzan (ATL) United States Acosta (RSL)
France Brillant (NYC)
United States Crognale (CLB)
Austria Royer (NYR)
United States Kljestan (NYR)
United States Roldan (SEA)
Brazil Alex (HOU)
Ecuador Plata (RSL)
Paraguay Colmán (DAL)
Spain Villa (NYC)
21[35] United States Cropper (NE) United States Toia (ORL)
United States Moor (TOR)
United States Parker (VAN)
Austria Royer (NYR)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
United States Bradley (TOR)
Trinidad and Tobago Molino (MIN)
Norway O. Kamara (CLB)
Sierra Leone K. Kamara (NE)
Italy Giovinco (TOR)
22[36] United States McCarthy (PHI) United States Doody (CHI)
Ghana Opare (DC)
Guam DeLaGarza (HOU)
Uruguay Lodeiro (SEA)
Switzerland D?emaili (MON)
Brazil Ilsinho (PHI)
United States Thompson (SJ)
Spain Villa (NYC)
United States Sapong (PHI)
United States Dempsey (SEA)
23[37] United States Johnson (NYC) United States Morrow (TOR)
United States Marshall (SEA)
Ghana Abubakar (CLB)
Panama Murillo (NYR)
Canada Piette (MON)
Switzerland D?emaili (MON)
United States Beckerman (COL)
United States Delgado (TOR)
Honduras Elis (HOU)
Spain Villa (NYC)
24[38] United States Hamid (DC) United States Besler (SKC)
United States Marshall (SEA)
United States Zusi (SKC)
Argentina Piatti (MON)
Switzerland D?emaili (MON)
United States Delgado (TOR)
Peru Reyna (VAN)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
United States Lewis (NYC)
Canada Jackson-Hamel (MON)
25[39] United States Hamid (DC) Costa Rica Waston (VAN)
Ghana Mensah (CLB)
United States Glad (RSL)
Spain Vázquez (TOR)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
United States Canouse (DC)
Slovakia Rusnák (RSL)
Ghana Danladi (MIN)
Italy Giovinco (TOR)
Mexico Silva (RSL)
26[40] United States Robles (NYR) United States Long (NYR)
United States Steres (LA)
United States Polster (CHI)
United States Kljestan (NYR)
United States Nguyen (NE)
United States Jones (LA)
Mexico Ulloa (DAL)
France Alessandrini (LA)
Sierra Leone Kamara (NE)
United States Zardes (LA)
27[41] United States Johnson (NYC) Iran Beitashour (TOR)
Argentina González Pírez (ATL)
United States Moor (TOR)
United States Nerwinski (VAN)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
Mexico J. dos Santos (LA)
Spain Vázquez (TOR)
France Alessandrini (LA)
United States Sapong (PHI)
United States Altidore (TOR)
28[42] Jamaica Blake (PHI) United States Vincent (CHI)
United States Glad (RSL)
Costa Rica Waston (VAN)
The Gambia Manneh (CLB)
Slovakia Rusnák (RSL)
Spain Vázquez (TOR)
United States Bradley (TOR)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
United States Dwyer (ORL)
Venezuela Martínez (ATL)

Player contracts

Highest paid players

Rank Player Team Salary (US)[43]
1 Brazil Kaká Orlando City SC $7.2m
2 Italy Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC $7.1m
3 United States Michael Bradley Toronto FC $6.5m
4 Italy Andrea Pirlo New York City FC $5.9m
5 Spain David Villa New York City FC $5.6m

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 will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2016 season, taking playoff performance into account.[44] Two expansion teams will take the top spots.[45]

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
5 1 New England Revolution[D] [46]
2 2 Minnesota United FC[A][B] [47][48]
8 3 Orlando City SC
6 4 San Jose Earthquakes[D] [46]
11 5 Philadelphia Union
4 6 Houston Dynamo[C] [49]
13 7 Real Salt Lake
14 8 Sporting Kansas City
15 9 LA Galaxy
16 10 New York City FC
17 11 New York Red Bulls
18 12 FC Dallas
19 13 Montreal Impact
20 14 Colorado Rapids
21 15 Toronto FC
22 16 Seattle Sounders FC
10 17 Portland Timbers[E] [50]
1 18 Atlanta United FC January 26, 2017 (1) United States Brad Guzan England Middlesbrough [51]
7 19 Vancouver Whitecaps FC[B] February 15, 2017 (1) Colombia Fredy Montero (loan) China Tianjin TEDA [48]
12 20 D.C. United[C] June 20, 2017 (1) Jamaica Deshorn Brown United States Tampa Bay Rowdies [49]
3 21 Chicago Fire[A][E] December 23, 2016 (2) Brazil Juninho (loan) Mexico Tijuana [47]
August 10, 2017 (6) Mexico Richard Sánchez Mexico Tigres UANL [50]
9 22 Columbus Crew SC August 10, 2017 (1) Hungary Krisztián Németh Qatar Al-Gharafa [52]
  1. ^ On December 23, 2016, Chicago Fire acquired the number 2 allocation ranking from Minnesota United in exchange for the number 3 allocation ranking, a second-round selection (25th overall) in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, and general allocation money.
  2. ^ On February 15, 2017, Vancouver Whitecaps acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from Minnesota United in exchange for the number 5 allocation ranking, $100,000 in 2018 general allocation money, $125,000 in 2018 targeted allocation money, and a 2017 international roster spot.
  3. ^ On June 20, 2017, D.C. United acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from Houston Dynamo in exchange for the number 9 allocation ranking, $100,000 in general allocation money, $75,000 in targeted allocation money, and a 2018 international roster spot.
  4. ^ On July 3, 2017, New England Revolution acquired the number 2 allocation ranking and either $175,000 in 2018 targeted allocation money or $100,000 in 2018 general allocation money and $75,000 in 2018 targeted allocation money from San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for the number 5 allocation ranking and $175,000 in general allocation money.
  5. ^ On August 10, 2017, Chicago Fire acquired the number 6 allocation ranking from Portland Timbers in exchange for the number 19 allocation ranking and Chicago's natural third-round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft which will be upgraded to Chicago's natural second-round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft should Richard Sánchez appear in five or more games for the remainder of 2017 season.

References

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  3. ^ Greder, Andy. "Target sets major partnership with United, MLS, U.S. Youth Soccer". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ "New Teams and New Stadiums Highlight 2017 MLS Regular Season Schedule". MLS. January 12, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
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  7. ^ "Major League Soccer - Statistics - Assists". 
  8. ^ "Major League Soccer - Statistics - Shutouts". 
  9. ^ Atlanta United FC's Josef Martinez named MLS Player of the Month for March, MLS, April 5, 2017
  10. ^ Orlando GK Joe Bendik voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Month for April, MLS, May 3, 2017
  11. ^ Chicago FW Nemanja Nikolic voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Month for May, MLS, June 5, 2017
  12. ^ NYCFC's David Villa voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Month for June, MLS, July 5, 2017
  13. ^ Red Bulls' Daniel Royer voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Month for July, MLS, August 4, 2017
  14. ^ Montreal's Ignacio Piatti voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Month for August, MLS, August 31, 2017
  15. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 1): Lions and Quakes and Timbers, oh my". 
  16. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 2): Atlanta, Chicago represented after big wins". 
  17. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 3): Strikers step up in Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando". 
  18. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 4): Crew SC, Revs rewarded for strong displays". 
  19. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 5): Schweinsteiger makes immediate impact". 
  20. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 6): RSL, Revs, Sporting recognized after big wins". 
  21. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 7): Sporting KC recognized after another big win". 
  22. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 8): Orlando, Toronto earn plaudits for big wins". 
  23. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 9): Sporting KC, DC recognized after big wins". 
  24. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 10): Quakes, Union, NYCFC lead the way after wins". 
  25. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 11): Fire, Union feature after statement wins". 
  26. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 12): Superstars, and Men in Red, shine". 
  27. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 13): LA Galaxy show dominance in Cali Clasico". 
  28. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 14): Lions' defense shows big". 
  29. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 15): Portland Timbers impress in shutout win". 
  30. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 16): Brace-bagging star trio lead the line". 
  31. ^ "Team of the Week (Wk 17): Rivalry Week heroes and hot scorers headline". 
  32. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 18): Colorado Rapids trio lead the way". 
  33. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 19): Slick RSL duo headline star-laden front line". 
  34. ^ "2017 Team of the Week (Wk 20): Guzan shines in return, NY clubs show big". 
  35. ^ "2017 Team of the week (Wk 21): Reds, Revs lead the way as East dominates". 
  36. ^ "2017 MLS Team of the Week (Wk 22): David Villa, Union trio head the list". 
  37. ^ "2017 MLS Team of the Week (Wk 23) | Samuel Piette shines in MTL debut". 
  38. ^ "Team of the Week (Wk 24): Impact attack, SKC defense dominate". 
  39. ^ "MLS Team of the Week (Wk. 25): Dominating wins lead to three spots for RSL". 
  40. ^ "MLS Team of the Week (Wk. 26): Galaxy stars align for second home win". 
  41. ^ "MLS Team of the Week (Week 27): Toronto FC dominate with four picks". 
  42. ^ "MLS Team of the Week (Wk 28): Atlanta land two in top XI after 10-goal week". 
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  46. ^ a b "NEWS: Earthquakes Acquire General Allocation Money from New England". San Jose Earthquakes. July 3, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  47. ^ a b "Chicago Fire Soccer Club Acquire Club Tijuana Midfielder Juninho Through Allocation Process". Chicago Fire. December 23, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  48. ^ a b "Whitecaps FC acquire three-time MLS All-Star striker Fredy Montero". Vancouver Whitecaps. February 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  49. ^ a b "United acquire Jamaican forward Deshorn Brown following Allocation Ranking trade with Houston Dynamo". D.C. United. June 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  50. ^ a b "Chicago Fire Sign Goalkeeper Richard Sanchez". Chicago Fire. August 11, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  51. ^ "Atlanta United Sign U.S. International Brad Guzan". Atlanta United. January 26, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  52. ^ "New England Revolution land forward Krisztian Nemeth in trade with Crew SC". Major League Soccer. August 10, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 

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