2017 Major League Soccer season

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Major League Soccer
Season2017
Dates
  • March 3 – October 22
    (regular season)
  • October 25 – December 9
    (Playoffs)
MLS CupToronto FC (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldToronto FC (1st shield)
2019 Champions League
(United States)
Sporting Kansas City[a]
2018 Champions League
(Canada)
Toronto FC[b]
Matches played374
Goals scored1,110 (2.97 per match)
Top goalscorerNemanja Nikolić
(24 goals)
Best goalkeeperStefan Frei
(13 shutouts)
Biggest home win7 goals:
ATL 7–0 NE
(Sep 13)
Biggest away win5 goals:
MIN 1–6 ATL
(Mar 12)
Highest scoring8 goals:
DAL 6–2 RSL
(Jun 3)
LA 2–6 RSL
(Jul 4)
TOR 3–5 MTL
(Sep 20)
Longest winning run6 games:
Toronto FC
(Apr 21 – May 13)
Longest unbeaten run13 games:
Seattle Sounders FC
(Jun 17 – Sep 23)
Longest winless run10 games:
LA Galaxy
(Jun 24 – Aug 27)
Longest losing run6 games:
D.C. United
(Jun 24 – Jul 29)
Highest attendance71,874
ATL 2–2 TOR
(Oct 22)
Lowest attendance10,165
NYC 1–1 HOU
(Sep 23 at East Hartford)
Total attendance8,269,919
Average attendance22,112
2016
2018
  1. ^ As 2017 U.S. Open Cup winner
    (see note for detail)
  2. ^ As 2016 and 2017 Canadian Championship winner
    (see note for detail)

The 2017 Major League Soccer season was 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 concluded on October 22, 2017. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 25, 2017 and concluded with MLS Cup 2017 on December 9, 2017.

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

Seattle Sounders FC were the defending MLS Cup champions, while FC Dallas were the defending Supporters' Shield champions. Toronto FC became the first Canadian team to win the Cup and Shield. Toronto's win of the Canadian Championship in the same year earned them the first domestic treble by an MLS side.

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

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

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC Argentina Gerardo Martino United States Michael Parkhurst American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire Serbia Veljko Paunović Brazil Juninho Valspar
Colorado Rapids England Steve Cooke (interim) United States Tim Howard Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC United States Gregg Berhalter United States Wil Trapp Acura
D.C. United United States Ben Olsen United States Steve Birnbaum Leidos
FC Dallas Colombia Oscar Pareja United States Matt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo Colombia Wílmer Cabrera United States Ricardo Clark BHP Billiton
LA Galaxy Germany Sigi Schmid United States Jermaine Jones Herbalife
Minnesota United FC England Adrian Heath Costa Rica Francisco Calvo Target[3]
Montreal Impact Canada Mauro Biello Canada Patrice Bernier Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution United States Tom Soehn (interim) United States Chris Tierney UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC France Patrick Vieira Spain David Villa Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls United States Jesse Marsch United States Sacha Kljestan Red Bull
Orlando City SC United States Jason Kreis Brazil Kaká Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union United States Jim Curtin United States Alejandro Bedoya Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers United States Caleb Porter England Liam Ridgewell Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake United States Mike Petke United States Kyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes United States Chris Leitch United States Chris Wondolowski Sutter Health
Seattle Sounders FC United States Brian Schmetzer Cuba Osvaldo Alonso Xbox
Sporting Kansas City United States Peter Vermes United States Matt Besler Ivy Funds
Toronto FC United States Greg Vanney United States Michael Bradley Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Wales Carl Robinson Costa Rica Kendall Waston Bell Canada

Coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Houston Dynamo United States Wade Barrett (interim) End of interim period October 28, 2016 Pre-season Colombia Wílmer Cabrera October 28, 2016
LA Galaxy United States Bruce Arena Signed by United States November 22, 2016 United States Curt Onalfo December 13, 2016
Real Salt Lake United States Jeff Cassar Mutual consent March 20, 2017 10th in West, 19th overall United States Daryl Shore (interim) March 20, 2017
United States Daryl Shore (interim) End of interim period March 29, 2017 9th in West, 19th overall United States Mike Petke March 29, 2017
San Jose Earthquakes United States Dominic Kinnear Fired June 25, 2017 5th in West, 12th overall United States Chris Leitch June 25, 2017
LA Galaxy United States Curt Onalfo Fired July 27, 2017 9th in West, 19th overall Germany Sigi Schmid July 27, 2017
Colorado Rapids United States Pablo Mastroeni Fired August 15, 2017 10th in West, 20th overall England Steve Cooke (interim) August 15, 2017
New England Revolution United States Jay Heaps Fired September 18, 2017 8th in East, 16th overall United States Tom Soehn (interim) September 18, 2017

Regular season[edit]

Format[edit]

Current teams: Each team in the league (except for expansion teams Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC) played 17 home and 17 away games (for a total of 34 games) using the following format:[4]

  • 2 games (home and away) against 10 teams in its conference (20 games).
  • 1 extra game against 3 of its conference rivals (3 games).
  • 1 game against 11 teams in the other conference (11 games).

Expansion teams: As expansion teams to the league in 2017, Atlanta United and Minnesota United played 17 home and 17 away games (for a total of 34 games) in a secondary format:

  • 2 games (home and away) against 10 teams in its conference (20 games).
  • 1 extra game against 2 of its conference rivals (2 games).
  • 1 game against 10 teams in the other conference (10 games).
  • 2 games (1 home and 1 away) against each other (2 games).

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Toronto FC 34 20 5 9 74 37 +37 69 Conference semifinals[a]
2 New York City FC 34 16 9 9 56 43 +13 57
3 Chicago Fire 34 16 11 7 62 48 +14 55 Knockout round
4 Atlanta United FC 34 15 9 10 70 40 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew 34 16 12 6 53 49 +4 54
6 New York Red Bulls 34 14 12 8 53 47 +6 50
7 New England Revolution 34 13 15 6 53 61 −8 45
8 Philadelphia Union 34 11 14 9 50 47 +3 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 11 17 6 52 58 −6 39
10 Orlando City SC 34 10 15 9 39 58 −19 39
11 D.C. United 34 9 20 5 31 60 −29 32
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 did not automatically earn a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.[5]

Western Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Portland Timbers 34 15 11 8 60 50 +10 53 Conference semifinals[a]
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 14 9 11 52 39 +13 53
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 15 12 7 50 49 +1 52 Knockout round
4 Houston Dynamo 34 13 10 11 57 45 +12 50
5 Sporting Kansas City 34 12 9 13 40 29 +11 49
6 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 14 7 39 60 −21 46
7 FC Dallas 34 11 10 13 48 48 0 46
8 Real Salt Lake 34 13 15 6 48 56 −8 45
9 Minnesota United FC 34 10 18 6 47 70 −23 36
10 Colorado Rapids 34 9 19 6 31 51 −20 33
11 LA Galaxy 34 8 18 8 45 67 −22 32
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 did not automatically earn a berth in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.[6]

Overall table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
1 Toronto FC (C, X) 34 20 5 9 74 37 +37 69 2018 CONCACAF Champions League
2 New York City FC 34 16 9 9 56 43 +13 57
3 Chicago Fire 34 16 11 7 61 47 +14 55
4 Atlanta United FC 34 15 9 10 70 40 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew 34 16 12 6 53 49 +4 54
6 Portland Timbers 34 15 11 8 60 50 +10 53
7 Seattle Sounders FC 34 14 9 11 52 39 +13 53
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 15 12 7 50 49 +1 52
9 New York Red Bulls 34 14 12 8 53 47 +6 50
10 Houston Dynamo 34 13 10 11 57 45 +12 50
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 12 9 13 40 29 +11 49 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 14 7 39 60 −21 46
13 FC Dallas 34 11 10 13 48 48 0 46
14 Real Salt Lake 34 13 15 6 49 55 −6 45
15 New England Revolution 34 13 15 6 53 61 −8 45
16 Philadelphia Union 34 11 14 9 50 47 +3 42
17 Montreal Impact 34 11 17 6 52 58 −6 39
18 Orlando City SC 34 10 15 9 39 58 −19 39
19 Minnesota United FC 34 10 18 6 47 70 −23 36
20 Colorado Rapids 34 9 19 6 31 51 −20 33
21 D.C. United 34 9 20 5 31 60 −29 32
22 LA Galaxy 34 8 18 8 45 67 −22 32
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
(C) Champions; (X) Supporters' Shield winner
Notes:
  1. ^
    CONCACAF Champions League
    Selection Procedure
    • Four US-based teams qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. Due to a change in format to the tournament, two qualifiers came from each of the 2017 and 2018 MLS seasons.[7] This combined qualification method was used for the 2019 tournament only. For the 2017 season, the following teams qualified:
      1. The winner of MLS Cup 2017; this berth was reallocated to the best US team in aggregate points in both 2017 and 2018 MLS seasons (New York Red Bulls) as Toronto FC won the Cup.
      2. The winner of the 2017 U.S. Open Cup (Sporting Kansas City).
      Thus unlike previous seasons, the Supporters' Shield winner and the regular season conference champion that did not win the Supporters Shield were not guaranteed a berth. Each qualifier entered at the second phase of the tournament.
      One Canada-based team qualified for the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League, also entering at the second phase (NOTE: Canadian teams could not qualify through MLS):
      1. The winner of both the 2016 and 2017 Canadian Championship (Toronto FC)

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Knockout round Conference semifinals Conference finals MLS Cup
December 9 – Toronto, Ontario
                
E5 Columbus Crew 4 0 4
October 26 – Atlanta, Georgia
E2 New York City FC 1 2 3
E4 Atlanta United FC 0 (1)
E5 Columbus Crew (p) 0 (3)
E5 Columbus Crew 0 0 0
Eastern Conference
E1 Toronto FC 0 1 1
E6 New York Red Bulls 1 1 2
October 25 – Bridgeview, Illinois
E1 Toronto FC 2 0 2 (a)
E3 Chicago Fire 0
E6 New York Red Bulls 4
E1 Toronto FC 2
W2 Seattle Sounders FC 0
W4 Houston Dynamo 0 2 2
October 26 – Houston, Texas
W1 Portland Timbers 0 1 1
W4 Houston Dynamo (a.e.t.) 1
W5 Sporting Kansas City 0
W4 Houston Dynamo 0 0 0
Western Conference
W2 Seattle Sounders FC 2 3 5
W3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 0 0
October 25 – Vancouver, British Columbia
W2 Seattle Sounders FC 0 2 2
W3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5
W6 San Jose Earthquakes 0

Knockout round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Eastern Conference
Chicago Fire (E3) 0–4 New York Red Bulls (E6)
Atlanta United FC (E4) 0–0
(1–3 p)
Columbus Crew SC (E5)
Western Conference
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W3) 5–0 San Jose Earthquakes (W6)
Houston Dynamo (W4) 1–0 (a.e.t.) Sporting Kansas City (W5)

Conference semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
New York Red Bulls (E6) 2–2 (a) Toronto FC (E1) 1–2 1–0
Columbus Crew SC (E5) 4–3 New York City FC (E2) 4–1 0–2
Western Conference
Houston Dynamo (W4) 2–1 Portland Timbers (W1) 0–0 2–1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (W3) 0–2 Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 0–0 0–2

Conference finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Columbus Crew SC (E5) 0–1 Toronto FC (E1) 0–0 0–1
Western Conference
Houston Dynamo (W4) 0–5 Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 0–2 0–3

MLS Cup[edit]

Toronto FC2–0Seattle Sounders FC
Report
Attendance: 30,584

Attendance[edit]

Average home attendances[edit]

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

Pos. Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Atlanta United FC 17 819,404 71,874 42,511 48,200
2 Seattle Sounders FC 17 742,314 51,796 40,182 43,666
3 Toronto FC 17 470,005 29,203 25,200 27,647
4 Orlando City SC 17 425,477 25,527 23,018 25,028
5 New York City FC 17 379,455 33,679 10,165* 22,321
6 LA Galaxy 17 378,128 25,667 17,404 22,243
7 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 17 364,073 25,083 17,368 21,416
8 New York Red Bulls 17 359,977 25,219 16,213 21,175
9 Portland Timbers 17 359,448 21,144 21,144 21,144
10 Minnesota United FC 17 349,138 35,043 17,491 20,538
11 Montreal Impact 17 340,783 34,373 16,005 20,046
12 San Jose Earthquakes 17 337,873 50,617 17,256 19,875
13 Sporting Kansas City 17 332,121 20,933 18,648 19,537
14 New England Revolution 17 329,233 33,767 10,487 19,367
15 Real Salt Lake 17 319,284 20,348 16,434 18,781
16 D.C. United 17 304,369 41,418 11,972 17,904
17 Houston Dynamo 17 297,507 22,115 14,148 17,500
18 Chicago Fire 17 295,511 21,891 11,244 17,383
19 Philadelphia Union 17 285,797 18,619 15,107 16,812
20 Columbus Crew SC 17 262,469 20,391 10,318 15,439
21 Colorado Rapids 17 260,476 17,648 13,102 15,322
22 FC Dallas 17 257,077 16,291 14,016 15,122
 – Total 374 8,269,919 71,874 10,165 22,112
  • game played at East Hartford

Highest attendances[edit]

Regular season

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Atlanta United FC 2–2 Toronto FC 71,874 October 22, 2017 (2017-10-22) 33 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
2 Atlanta United FC 3–3 Orlando City SC 70,425 September 16, 2017 (2017-09-16) 28 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
3 Atlanta United FC 1–2 New York Red Bulls 55,297 March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05) 1 Bobby Dodd Stadium
4 Seattle Sounders FC 1–1 Portland Timbers 51,796 August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27) 25 CenturyLink Field
5 San Jose Earthquakes 2–1 LA Galaxy 50,617 July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) 18 Stanford Stadium
6 Seattle Sounders FC 4–0 FC Dallas 48,478 October 15, 2017 (2017-10-15) 32 CenturyLink Field
7 Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Portland Timbers 47,362 May 27, 2017 (2017-05-27) 13 CenturyLink Field
8 Atlanta United FC 1–3 D.C. United 46,011 April 30, 2017 (2017-04-30) 9 Bobby Dodd Stadium
9 Atlanta United FC 4–0 Chicago Fire 45,922 March 18, 2017 (2017-03-18) 3 Bobby Dodd Stadium
10 Seattle Sounders FC 3–1 New York Red Bulls 45,600 March 19, 2017 (2017-03-19) 3 CenturyLink Field

Player statistics[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC Minnesota United FC 6–1 March 12
Mexico Erick Torres Houston Dynamo New York Red Bulls 4–1 April 1
United States C. J. Sapong Philadelphia Union New York Red Bulls 3–0 May 6
Iraq Justin Meram Columbus Crew SC Montreal Impact 3–2 May 13
Guinea-Bissau Gerso Sporting Kansas City Seattle Sounders FC 3–0 May 17
Paraguay Miguel Almirón Atlanta United FC Houston Dynamo 4–1 May 20
Belgium Roland Lamah FC Dallas Real Salt Lake 6–2 June 3
Ghana David Accam Chicago Fire Orlando City SC 4–0 June 24
Spain David Villa New York City FC New York Red Bulls 3–2 August 6
Sierra Leone Kei Kamara New England Revolution Orlando City SC 4–0 September 2
Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC New England Revolution 7–0 September 13
Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC Orlando City SC 3–3 September 16
United States Patrick Mullins4 D.C. United San Jose Earthquakes 4–0 September 23
United States Justin Morrow Toronto FC New York Red Bulls 4–2 September 30
Hungary Nemanja Nikolić Chicago Fire Philadelphia Union 3–2 October 15

4 Scored 4 goals

Awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Club Stats Ref
March Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC 5G [11]
April United States Joe Bendik Orlando City SC 2SO [12]
May Hungary Nemanja Nikolić Chicago Fire 6G, 1A [13]
June Spain David Villa New York City FC 3G [14]
July Austria Daniel Royer New York Red Bulls 6G, 1A [15]
August Argentina Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact 7G, 1A [16]
September Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC 9G [17]

Player and Team of the week[edit]

  • Bold denotes player of the week.
Team of the week
Week Goalkeeper Defender Midfielder Forward Bench Coach
1
[18][19]
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)
United States Melia (SKC)
United States Hedges (DAL)
Brazil Felipe (NY)
United States Jones (PHI)
Canada Davies (VAN)
Mexico Torres (HOU)
Canada Larin (ORL)
Colombia Wílmer Cabrera (HOU)
2
[20][21]
United States Howard (COL) United States Garza (ATL)
Netherlands Kappelhof (CHI)
United States Hedges (DAL)
Argentina Piatti (MTL)
United States McCarty (CHI)
Panama Godoy (SJ)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
Mexico Torres (HOU)
Venezuela Martínez (ATL)
Spain Villa (NYC)
New Zealand Gleeson (POR)
United States Lima (SJ)
Brazil Alex (HOU)
Brazil Felipe (NY)
United States Lletget (LA)
Argentina Moralez (NYC)
Honduras Elis (HOU)
Argentina Gerardo Martino (ATL)
3
[22][23]
United States Steffen (CLB) United States Garza (ATL)
United States Crognale (CLB)
United States Spector (ORL)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
Canada Bernier (MTL)
Costa Rica Guzmán (POR)
United States Feilhaber (SKC)
Argentina Urruti (DAL)
Venezuela Martínez (ATL)
Canada Larin (ORL)
United States Bendik (ORL)
United States Kallman (MIN)
United States Burch (COL)
Argentina Grana (DAL)
United States Roldan (SEA)
Costa Rica Wallace (NYC)
United States Altidore (TOR)
United States Gregg Berhalter (CLB)
4
[24][25]
United States Van Oekel (RSL) United States Tierney (NE)
United States Long (NY)
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)
United States Robles (NY)
United States Maund (VAN)
Jamaica Phillips (RSL)
United States Adams (NY)
United States Trapp (CLB)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
Nigeria Adi (POR)
United States Jay Heaps (NE)
5
[26][27]
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)
United States Bono (TOR)
United States Crognale (CLB)
Canada Edwards (TOR)
Brazil Artur (CLB)
Colombia Manotas (HOU)
Canada Tabla (MTL)
Spain Villa (NYC)
England Adrian Heath (MIN)
6
[28][29]
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)
Paraguay Villalba (ATL)
United States Hamid (DC)
United States Redding (ORL)
United States Nagbe (POR)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
Argentina Acosta (DC)
United States Agudelo (NE)
Colombia Óscar Pareja (DAL)
7
[30][31]
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 Nikolić (CHI)
Argentina Solignac (CHI)
United States Bendik (ORL)
United States Parker (VAN)
United States McCarty (CHI)
Germany Schweinsteiger (CHI)
United States Muyl (NY)
Trinidad and Tobago Molino (MIN)
Spain Villa (NYC)
United States Mike Petke (RSL)
8
[32][33]
United States Bendik (ORL) United States Long (NY)
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)
United States Shuttleworth (MIN)
Trinidad and Tobago Jones (SEA)
Canada Johnson (ORL)
United States Muyl (NY)
Spain Vázquez (TOR)
United States Morris (SEA)
Canada Jackson-Hamel (MTL)
United States Jason Kreis (ORL)
9
[34][35]
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)
Jamaica Blake (PHI)
Switzerland Sutter (ORL)
Cuba Alonso (SEA)
Venezuela Herrera (NYC)
United States Delgado (TOR)
Trinidad and Tobago Cato (SJ)
Nigeria Adi (POR)
Not awarded
10
[36][37]
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)
United States Shuttleworth (MIN)
Belgium Ciman (MTL)
Norway Næss (CLB)
Ghana Accam (CHI)
Colombia Manotas (HOU)
Italy Giovinco (TOR)
Spain Villa (NYC)
United States Greg Vanney (TOR)
11
[38][39]
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 Nikolić (CHI)
United States Bono (TOR)
United States Vincent (CHI)
Germany Gressel (ATL)
Albania Gashi (COL)
France Alessandrini (LA)
Senegal Badji (COL)
Ghana Blessing (SKC)
United States Greg Vanney (TOR)
12
[40][41]
United States Melia (SKC) United States Vincent (CHI)
Honduras Bernárdez (SJ)
United States Parker (VAN)
Uruguay Fagúndez (NE)
Argentina Piatti (MTL)
Paraguay Almirón (ATL)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Medunjanin (PHI)
Guinea-Bissau Gerso (SKC)
Spain Villa (NYC)
Hungary Nikolić (CHI)
United States Hamid (DC)
United States Gaddis (PHI)
Slovakia Rusnák (RSL)
Costa Rica Bolaños (VAN)
Ghana Accam (CHI)
Mexico G. dos Santos (LA)
United States Sapong (PHI)
Serbia Veljko Paunovic (CHI)
13
[42][43]
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) United States Deric (HOU)
Argentina González Pírez (ATL)
Jamaica Lawrence (NY)
Germany Gressel (ATL)
Brazil Felipe (NY)
United States Roldan (SEA)
Ecuador Plata (RSL)
United States Curt Onalfo (LA)
14
[44][45]
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) United States Melia (SKC)
United States Ford (COL)
Italy Donadel (MTL)
Uruguay Fagúndez (NE)
Iraq Meram (CLB)
Spain Villa (NYC)
Mexico Torres (HOU)
United States Jay Heaps (NE)
15
[46][47]
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 Nikolić (CHI)
Guinea-Bissau Gerso (SKC)
United States Melia (SKC)
Lithuania Vytas (POR)
Argentina Grana (DAL)
United States Polster (CHI)
Spain Ilie (SKC)
Netherlands de Leeuw (CHI)
Argentina Urruti (DAL)
Serbia Veljko Paunovic (CHI)
16
[48][49]
United States Robles (NY) 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 (MTL)
Spain Villa (NYC)
England Wright-Phillips (NY)
United States Shuttleworth (MIN)
Sweden Saeid (COL
United States McCarty (CHI)
Argentina Pérez García (ORL)
Argentina Verón (NY)
Iraq Meram (CLB)
Italy Giovinco (TOR)
Argentina Gerardo Martino (ATL)
17
[50][51]
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) United States Hamid (DC)
Argentina González Pírez (ATL)
United States Roldan (SEA)
Germany Schweinsteiger (CHI)
The Gambia Manneh (CLB)
Norway Kamara (CLB)
Venezuela Martínez (ATL)
Serbia Veljko Paunovic (CHI)
18
[52][53]
United States Howard (COL) United States Onyewu (PHI)
United States Parkhurst (ATL)
United States Polster (CHI)
Canada Johnson (ORL)
Switzerland Džemaili (MTL)
Finland Ring (NYC)
United States Hairston (COL)
Hungary Nikolić (CHI)
Spain Villa (NYC)
Senegal Badji (COL)
United States Bingham (SJ)
Uruguay Aja (ORL)
England Harrison (NYC)
Republic of Ireland Doyle (COL)
United States Wondolowski (SJ)
Argentina Urruti (DAL)
Colombia Óscar Pareja (DAL)
19
[54][55]
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)
United States Robles (NY)
Panama Machado (HOU)
Mexico Ulloa (DAL)
Colombia Medranda (SKC)
Belgium Lamah (DAL)
Colombia Manotas (HOU)
United States Altidore (TOR)
United States Brian Schmetzer (SEA)
20
[56][57]
United States Guzan (ATL) United States Acosta (RSL)
France Brillant (NYC)
United States Crognale (CLB)
Austria Royer (NY)
United States Kljestan (NY)
United States Roldan (SEA)
Brazil Alex (HOU)
Ecuador Plata (RSL)
Paraguay Colmán (DAL)
Spain Villa (NYC)
New Zealand Gleeson (POR)
Netherlands Leerdam (SEA)
Brazil Felipe (NY)
Belize Salazar (MTL)
United States Bunbury (NE)
Iraq Meram (CLB)
United States Ebobisse (POR)
United States Jesse Marsch (NY)
21
[58][59]
United States Cropper (NE) United States Toia (ORL)
United States Moor (TOR)
United States Parker (VAN)
Austria Royer (NY)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
United States Bradley (TOR)
Trinidad and Tobago Molino (MIN)
Norway O. Kamara (CLB)
Sierra Leone K. Kamara (NE)
Italy Giovinco (TOR)
United States Robles (NY)
Democratic Republic of the Congo Mavinga (TOR)
Switzerland Thiesson (MIN)
United States Rowe (NE)
United States Kljestan (NY)
Paraguay Villalba (ATL)
Colombia Montero (VAN)
Wales Carl Robinson (VAN)
22
[60][61]
United States McCarthy (PHI) United States Doody (CHI)
Ghana Opare (DC)
Guam DeLaGarza (HOU)
Uruguay Lodeiro (SEA)
Switzerland Džemaili (MTL)
Brazil Ilsinho (PHI)
United States Thompson (SJ)
Spain Villa (NYC)
United States Sapong (PHI)
United States Dempsey (SEA)
United States Johnson (NYC)
Jamaica Powell (POR)
United States Marshall (SEA)
United States Roldan (SEA)
United States Kljestan (NY)
England Wright-Phillips (NY)
Costa Rica Ureña (SJ)
United States Jim Curtin (PHI)
23
[62][63]
United States Johnson (NYC) United States Morrow (TOR)
United States Marshall (SEA)
Ghana Abubakar (CLB)
Panama Murillo (NY)
Canada Piette (MTL)
Switzerland Džemaili (MTL)
United States Beckerman (COL)
United States Delgado (TOR)
Honduras Elis (HOU)
Spain Villa (NYC) United States Howard (COL)
Netherlands Leerdam (SEA)
United States Hedges (DAL)
Finland Ring (NYC)
Argentina Piatti (MTL)
Iraq Meram (CLB)
Uruguay Sánchez (HOU)
United States Greg Vanney (TOR)
24
[64][65]
United States Hamid (DC) United States Besler (SKC)
United States Marshall (SEA)
United States Zusi (SKC)
Argentina Piatti (MTL)
Switzerland Džemaili (MTL)
United States Delgado (TOR)
Peru Reyna (VAN)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
United States Lewis (NYC)
Canada Jackson-Hamel (MTL)
United States Steffen (CLB)
United States Franklin (DC)
United States Opara (SKC)
United States Bradley (TOR)
Georgia (country) Vako (SJ)
Spain Villa (NYC)
Colombia Montero (VAN)
Canada Mauro Biello (MTL)
25
[66][67]
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)
United States Bono (TOR)
Lithuania Vytas (POR)
Ghana Abu (CLB)
United States Bradley (TOR)
Ecuador Plata (RSL)
Mexico Torres (HOU)
Norway Kamara (CLB)
United States Mike Petke (RSL)
26
[68][69]
United States Robles (NY) United States Long (NY)
United States Steres (LA)
United States Polster (CHI)
United States Kljestan (NY)
United States Nguyen (NE)
United States Jones (LA)
Mexico Ulloa (DAL)
France Alessandrini (LA)
Sierra Leone Kamara (NE)
United States Zardes (LA)
United States Cropper (NE)
United States Romney (LA)
United States Caldwell (NE)
Brazil Juninho (CHI)
Colombia Barrios (DAL)
United States Muyl (NY)
Argentina Piatti (MTL)
United States Jay Heaps (NE)
27
[70][71]
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)
United States Melia (SKC)
United States Romney (LA)
United States Ford (COL)
United States Adams (NY)
Germany Aigner (COL)
Peru Yotún (ORL)
Peru Reyna (VAN)
United States Greg Vanney (TOR)
28
[72][73]
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)
United States Johnson (NYC)
United States Yueill (SJ)
United States Trapp (CLB)
Argentina Asad (ATL)
Peru Reyna (VAN)
Chile Rubio (SKC)
Canada Ricketts (TOR)
United States Greg Vanney (TOR)
29
[74][75]
United States Rimando (RSL) United States Tierney (NE)
United States Glad (RSL)
United States Williams (CLB)
Argentina Asad (ATL)
Venezuela Savarino (RSL)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
United States Nguyen (NE)
United States Arriola (DC)
United States Mullins (DC)
United States Ramirez (MIN)
United States Shuttleworth (MIN)
Argentina González Pírez (ATL)
Colombia Chará (POR)
United States Larentowicz (ATL)
Argentina Higuaín (CLB)
United States Pontius (PHI)
Peru Reyna (VAN)
United States Mike Petke (RSL)
30
[76][77]
Jamaica Blake (PHI) United States Morrow (TOR)
Costa Rica Waston (VAN)
United States Parkhurst (ATL)
United States Adams (NY)
Iraq Meram (CLB)
Peru Yotún (ORL)
United States Mihailovic (CHI)
Honduras Elis (HOU)
Hungary Nikolić (CHI)
United States Altidore (TOR)
United States González (DAL)
United States Hedges (DAL)
Honduras Bernárdez (SJ)
Brazil Kaká (ORL)
Georgia (country) Vako (SJ)
Uruguay Lodeiro (SEA)
Uruguay Sánchez (HOU)
United States Greg Vanney (TOR)
31
[78][79]
United States González (DAL) Jamaica Lawrence (NY)
United States Kallman (MIN)
United States Hedges (DAL)
United States Adams (NY)
Trinidad and Tobago Molino (MIN)
Germany Aigner (COL)
Spain Ilie (SKC)
United States Kljestan (NY)
Argentina Morales (DAL)
Ghana Danladi (MIN) United States Robles (NY)
United States Opara (SKC)
Brazil Felipe (NY)
Ecuador Gruezo (DAL)
Chile Carmona (ATL)
United States Martin (MIN)
United States Gatt (COL)
United States Jesse Marsch (NY)
32
[80][81]
United States Deric (HOU) United States Adams (NY)
Sweden Sjöberg (COL)
Jamaica Powell (POR)
Argentina Blanco (POR)
Uruguay Fagúndez (NE)
United States Larentowicz (ATL)
Argentina Valeri (POR)
France Alessandrini (LA)
United States Bruin (SEA)
Hungary Nikolić (CHI)
United States Guzan (ATL)
United States Nerwinski (VAN)
United States Long (NY)
United States Trapp (CLB)
United States Mihailovic (CHI)
Mexico J. dos Santos (LA)
Peru Reyna (VAN)
United States Caleb Porter (POR)
33
[82][83]
United States Knighton (NE) Brazil Leonardo (HOU)
Panama Torres (SEA)
Panama Murillo (NY)
United States Picault (PHI)
Brazil Ilsinho (PHI)
Argentina Díaz (DAL)
Uruguay Lodeiro (SEA)
Belgium Lamah (DAL)
United States Wondolowski (SJ)
Spain Villa (NYC)
United States Steffen (CLB)
Germany Jungwirth (SJ)
Brazil Alex (HOU)
Argentina Higuaín (CLB)
United States Arriola (DC)
United States Sapong (PHI)
Netherlands Hoesen (SJ)
United States Chris Leitch (SJ)

Goal of the Week[edit]

End-of-season awards[edit]

Award Winner (club) Ref
Most Valuable Player Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers) [113]
Defender of the Year Ike Opara (Sporting Kansas City) [114]
Goalkeeper of the Year Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City) [115]
Coach of the Year Greg Vanney (Toronto FC) [116]
Rookie of the Year Julian Gressel (Atlanta United FC) [117]
Newcomer of the Year Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United FC) [118]
Comeback Player of the Year Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) [119]
Golden Boot Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire) [120]
Fair Play Player Award DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) [121]
Fair Play Team Award Seattle Sounders FC [121]
Humanitarian of the Year Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas) [122]
Referee of the Year Allen Chapman [123]
Assistant Referee of the Year Corey Parker [123]
Goal of the Year Héctor Villalba (Atlanta United FC) [124]
Save of the Year Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC) [125]

MLS Best XI[edit]

Year Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2017
[126]
United States Tim Melia, Sporting KC United States Justin Morrow, Toronto
United States Ike Opara, Sporting KC
Costa Rica Kendall Waston, Vancouver
Argentina Diego Valeri, Portland
Paraguay Miguel Almirón, Atlanta
Spain Victor Vázquez, Toronto
Italy Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto
Venezuela Josef Martínez, Atlanta
Hungary Nemanja Nikolić, Chicago
Spain David Villa, New York City

Player contracts[edit]

Highest-paid players[edit]

Rank Player Team Salary (US)[127]
1 Brazil Kaká Orlando City $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[edit]

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.[128] Two expansion teams will take the top spots.[129]

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] [130]
2 2 Minnesota United FC[A][B] [131][132]
8 3 Orlando City SC
6 4 San Jose Earthquakes[D] [130]
11 5 Philadelphia Union
4 6 Houston Dynamo[C] [133]
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] [134]
1 18 Atlanta United FC January 26, 2017 (1) United States Brad Guzan England Middlesbrough [135]
7 19 Vancouver Whitecaps FC[B] February 15, 2017 (1) Colombia Fredy Montero (loan) China Tianjin TEDA [132]
12 20 D.C. United[C] June 20, 2017 (1) Jamaica Deshorn Brown United States Tampa Bay Rowdies [133]
3 21 Chicago Fire[A][E] December 23, 2016 (2) Brazil Juninho (loan) Mexico Tijuana [131]
August 10, 2017 (6) Mexico Richard Sánchez Mexico UANL [134]
9 22 Columbus Crew SC August 10, 2017 (1) Hungary Krisztián Németh Qatar Al-Gharafa [136]
  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.

Coaches[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Western Conference[edit]

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