“At Major League Soccer, our vision is to be one of the top leagues in the world. We come to work every day focused on building our sport in the United States and Canada and place teamwork at the front and center of everything we do. We believe that the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our employees make us stronger, more creative and innovative, and ultimately more successful. We are always looking for individuals who share our passion for the beautiful game. There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of Major League Soccer.”
During the last two decades, no major professional sports league in North America has grown as successfully or at the astounding rate as Major League Soccer.
Officially launched in 1996, MLS has developed into one of North America’s five major leagues and has become one of the top soccer leagues in the world.
Since Don Garber was named Commissioner of MLS in 1999, the League has experienced extraordinary growth on and off the field.
In 2004, MLS had 10 clubs. Since that time MLS has nearly tripled the number of teams, gone from two soccer-specific stadiums to 26 – with more to come. MLS is the largest top-flight soccer league in the world, and soccer fandom is growing faster than any major sports league in North America. The league’s ascension will continue in the important period leading into the 2026 FIFA World Cup. For a league born out of World Cup ’94, the 2026 World Cup in North America will serve as “rocket fuel” for the popularity of soccer. Thirty years after MLS played its first season, the World Cup will be here, providing incredible momentum for MLS, and creating new fans and inspiring future generations of players at all levels of the game in North America.
It is a strong statement about the ascension of MLS that some of the world’s leading business people and entrepreneurs have bid to own an MLS expansion club.
Following a year that saw a new expansion team in Austin make an immediate impact and several innovative and highly-respected entrepreneurs join the ranks of club ownership, the 2022 season features the debut of our 28thclub (Charlotte FC) and the opening of two more soccer-specific stadiums. In May, Nashville SC will welcome fans to its spectacular, state-of-the-art 30,000-seat stadium – the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States. Later in the year, St. Louis City’s downtown soccer complex will open, ahead of the club’s inaugural season in 2023. With the addition of these two new venues, the League will have 26 stadiums built or reimagined for MLS clubs.
Since 2002, Soccer United Marketing has become the preeminent commercial soccer enterprise in North America, overseeing the commercialization, marketing, promotion and operational execution of the region’s most successful soccer entities.
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