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League on the Rise

“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.”

Don Garber, Commissioner

Did you know?

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.

MLS launched in 1996 with 10 teams and now has 27 clubs across major U.S. and Canadian markets. MLS has become a “League of Choice” for elite soccer players in the prime of their careers, while new attendance records have been established year after year.


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.

MLS has expanded more than any major global sports league during the last decade. Several dynamic new MLS ownership groups and expansion teams will join MLS in the next few years including Charlotte and St. Louis. World-class soccer stadiums have also been a key focus for the league. Austin FC, FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew SC open this season, becoming the league’s next three stadiums built or transformed for soccer.

Soccer United Marketing (SUM)

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.

SUM holds the exclusive rights to Major League Soccer, the United States Soccer Federation, the Mexican National Team (for the U.S. market), and CONCACAF Properties.


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