2018 Major League Soccer season

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Major League Soccer
Season2018
Dates
  • March 3 – October 28
    (regular season)
  • October 31 – December 8
    (Playoffs)
MLS CupAtlanta United FC (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldNew York Red Bulls (3rd shield)
Champions League
(United States)
Atlanta United FC
Houston Dynamo
New York Red Bulls
Champions League
(Canada)
Toronto FC
Matches played391
Goals scored1,249 (3.19 per match)
Top goalscorerJosef Martínez
(31 goals)
Best goalkeeperLuis Robles
(14 shutouts)
Biggest home win6 goals:
SKC 6–0 VAN
(April 20)
Biggest away win6 goals:
COL 0–6 RSL
(August 25)
Highest scoring8 goals:
MTL 3–5 LAFC
(April 21)
TOR 4–4 DC
(June 13)
RSL 6–2 LAG
(September 1)
TOR 5–3 LAG
(September 15)
Longest winning run9 games
Seattle Sounders FC
(July 21 – September 19)
Longest unbeaten run15 games
Portland Timbers
(April 14 – August 11)
Longest winless run13 games
Orlando City
(July 21 – October 21)
Longest losing run9 games
Orlando City
(May 13 – July 7)
Highest attendance72,243
ATL 1–1 SEA
(July 15)
Lowest attendance5,158
DC 2–2 HOU
(March 17)
Total attendance8,553,245
Average attendance21,875
2017
2019

The 2018 Major League Soccer season was the 23rd season of Major League Soccer, top division of soccer in the United States and Canada. The regular season began on March 3, 2018 and concluded on October 28, 2018. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 31, 2018 and concluded with MLS Cup 2018 on December 8, 2018. The league took a nine-day hiatus in early June for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reduced from previous breaks.[1]

Los Angeles FC joined the league as an expansion franchise, while D.C. United debuted their new soccer-specific stadium, Audi Field.

Toronto FC were the defending Supporters' Shield champions and defending MLS Cup champions.

New York Red Bulls won their third Supporters' Shield, with a league record 71 points, while Atlanta United FC won their first MLS Cup in their second year in the league.

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

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

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Atlanta United FC Argentina Tata Martino United States Michael Parkhurst American Family Insurance
Chicago Fire Serbia Veljko Paunović United States Dax McCarty Valspar
Colorado Rapids England Anthony Hudson United States Tim Howard Transamerica
Columbus Crew SC United States Gregg Berhalter United States Wil Trapp Acura
D.C. United United States Ben Olsen England Wayne Rooney Leidos
FC Dallas Colombia Óscar Pareja United States Matt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo Colombia Wílmer Cabrera United States DaMarcus Beasley
LA Galaxy United States Dominic Kinnear[a] England Ashley Cole Herbalife
Los Angeles FC United States Bob Bradley Mexico Carlos Vela YouTube TV
Minnesota United FC England Adrian Heath Costa Rica Francisco Calvo Target
Montreal Impact France Rémi Garde Argentina Ignacio Piatti Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution United States Brad Friedel France Claude Dielna UnitedHealthcare
New York City FC Spain Domènec Torrent[b] Spain David Villa Etihad Airways
New York Red Bulls United States Chris Armas[c] United States Luis Robles Red Bull
Orlando City SC Republic of Ireland James O'Connor[d] United States Jonathan Spector Orlando Health
Philadelphia Union United States Jim Curtin United States Alejandro Bedoya Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers Venezuela Giovanni Savarese Argentina Diego Valeri Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake United States Mike Petke United States Kyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes Argentina Matias Almeyda[e] 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 England Craig Dalrymple[f] Costa Rica Kendall Waston Bell Canada
  1. ^ Kinnear was named interim head coach of the Galaxy on September 10 following Sigi Schmid's departure on that day.
  2. ^ Torrent was named head coach of New York City FC on June 11 following Patrick Vieira's departure on that day to manage OGC Nice.
  3. ^ Armas was named head coach of the Red Bulls on July 6 following Jesse Marsch's departure on that day to join the coaching staff of RB Leipzig.
  4. ^ O'Connor was named head coach on June 29, but did not join Orlando City until July 1. Bobby Murphy, who had been named interim head coach on June 15 after Orlando City and Jason Kreis agreed to part ways, coached the team's June 30 match.
  5. ^ Almeyda was named head coach on October 8, replacing interim head coach Steve Ralston, who took over after the Earthquakes fired Mikael Stahre on September 17.
  6. ^ Dalrymple was named interim head coach after the Whitecaps parted ways with Carl Robinson on September 25.

Coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position in table Incoming coach Date of
appointment
Montreal Impact Canada Mauro Biello Fired October 23, 2017 Pre-season France Rémi Garde November 8, 2017
New England Revolution United States Tom Soehn (interim) End of interim period November 9, 2017 United States Brad Friedel November 9, 2017
Portland Timbers United States Caleb Porter Resigned November 17, 2017 Venezuela Giovanni Savarese December 18, 2017
San Jose Earthquakes United States Chris Leitch Returned to technical director role November 24, 2017 Sweden Mikael Stahre November 24, 2017
Colorado Rapids England Steve Cooke (interim) End of interim period November 29, 2017 England Anthony Hudson November 29, 2017
New York City FC France Patrick Vieira Signed by France Nice June 11, 2018 2nd in East, 4th overall Spain Domènec Torrent June 11, 2018
Orlando City SC United States Jason Kreis Mutual decision June 15, 2018 6th in East, 14th overall United States Bobby Murphy (interim) June 15, 2018
Orlando City SC United States Bobby Murphy (interim) End of interim period June 29, 2018 8th in East, 17th overall Republic of Ireland James O'Connor June 29, 2018
New York Red Bulls United States Jesse Marsch Signed by Germany RB Leipzig July 6, 2018 2nd in East, 3rd overall United States Chris Armas July 6, 2018
LA Galaxy Germany Sigi Schmid Resigned September 10, 2018 8th in West, 13th overall United States Dominic Kinnear (interim) September 10, 2018
San Jose Earthquakes Sweden Mikael Stahre Fired September 17, 2018 12th in West, 23rd overall United States Steve Ralston (interim) September 17, 2018
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Wales Carl Robinson Fired September 25, 2018 8th in West, 14th overall England Craig Dalrymple (interim) September 25, 2018
San Jose Earthquakes United States Steve Ralston (interim) End of interim period October 8, 2018 12th in West, 23rd overall Argentina Matías Almeyda October 8, 2018

Regular season[edit]

Format[edit]

During the 2018 MLS regular season, each team played 34 games, including 17 home games and 17 away games. Teams faced each of their conference opponents (10 in the East, 11 in the West) twice during the season with one game at home and one game away. Western Conference teams played one additional intra-conference game and Eastern Conference teams played two. All teams faced each non-conference opponent once.

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 New York Red Bulls 34 22 7 5 62 33 +29 71 Conference semifinals[a]
2 Atlanta United FC 34 21 7 6 70 44 +26 69
3 New York City FC 34 16 10 8 59 45 +14 56 Knockout round
4 D.C. United 34 14 11 9 60 50 +10 51
5 Columbus Crew 34 14 11 9 43 45 −2 51
6 Philadelphia Union 34 15 14 5 49 50 −1 50
7 Montreal Impact 34 14 16 4 47 53 −6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 10 13 11 49 55 −6 41
9 Toronto FC 34 10 18 6 59 64 −5 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 8 18 8 48 61 −13 32
11 Orlando City SC 34 8 22 4 43 74 −31 28
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 goal differential; 9) home goals scored; 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.[2]

Western Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sporting Kansas City 34 18 8 8 65 40 +25 62 Conference semifinals[a]
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 18 11 5 52 37 +15 59
3 Los Angeles FC 34 16 9 9 68 52 +16 57 Knockout round
4 FC Dallas 34 16 9 9 52 44 +8 57
5 Portland Timbers 34 15 10 9 54 48 +6 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 14 13 7 55 58 −3 49
7 LA Galaxy 34 13 12 9 66 64 +2 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 13 13 8 54 67 −13 47
9 Houston Dynamo 34 10 16 8 58 58 0 38
10 Minnesota United FC 34 11 20 3 49 71 −22 36
11 Colorado Rapids 34 8 19 7 36 63 −27 31
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 4 21 9 49 71 −22 21
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 goal differential; 9) home goals scored; 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.[3]

Overall table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
1 New York Red Bulls (X) 34 22 7 5 62 33 +29 71 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Atlanta United FC (C) 34 21 7 6 70 44 +26 69
3 Sporting Kansas City 34 18 8 8 65 40 +25 62
4 Seattle Sounders FC 34 18 11 5 52 37 +15 59
5 Los Angeles FC 34 16 9 9 68 52 +16 57
6 FC Dallas 34 16 9 9 52 44 +8 57
7 New York City FC 34 16 10 8 59 45 +14 56
8 Portland Timbers 34 15 10 9 54 48 +6 54
9 D.C. United 34 14 11 9 60 50 +10 51
10 Columbus Crew 34 14 11 9 43 45 −2 51
11 Philadelphia Union 34 15 14 5 49 50 −1 50
12 Real Salt Lake 34 14 13 7 55 58 −3 49
13 LA Galaxy 34 13 12 9 66 64 +2 48
14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 13 13 8 54 67 −13 47
15 Montreal Impact 34 14 16 4 47 53 −6 46
16 New England Revolution 34 10 13 11 49 55 −6 41
17 Houston Dynamo 34 10 16 8 58 58 0 38 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
18 Minnesota United FC 34 11 20 3 49 71 −22 36
19 Toronto FC 34 10 18 6 59 64 −5 36 2019 CONCACAF Champions League
20 Chicago Fire 34 8 18 8 48 61 −13 32
21 Colorado Rapids 34 8 19 7 36 63 −27 31
22 Orlando City SC 34 8 22 4 43 74 −31 28
23 San Jose Earthquakes 34 4 21 9 49 71 −22 21
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.[4] This combined qualification method was used for the 2019 tournament only. For the 2018 season, the following teams qualified:
      1. The winner of MLS Cup 2018 (Atlanta United FC);
      2. The winner of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup (Houston Dynamo)
      Thus unlike previous seasons, the Supporters' Shield winner and the regular season conference champion that did not win the Supporters' Shield werw not guaranteed a berth. Each qualifier entered at the second phase of the tournament.
      One Canada-based team qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, also entering at the second phase (NOTE: Canadian teams could not qualify through MLS):
      1. The winner of the 2018 Canadian Championship (Toronto FC)

Aggregate 2017 and 2018 table[edit]

As Toronto FC won MLS Cup 2017, one of the U.S. berths for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League had to be reallocated, to the U.S. non-champions with the best aggregate record over the 2017 and 2018 MLS regular seasons. As the top ranked team in the table, Atlanta United FC, also qualified for the Champions League by winning MLS Cup 2018, the Champions League spot via the aggregate table was instead awarded to the second-placed team, the New York Red Bulls.[5][6]

Note: Only U.S. teams are listed in this table.

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Atlanta United FC 68 36 16 16 140 84 +56 124 2019 CONCACAF Champions League[a]
2 New York Red Bulls 68 36 19 13 115 80 +35 121 2019 CONCACAF Champions League[b]
3 New York City FC 68 32 19 17 115 88 +27 113
4 Seattle Sounders FC 68 32 20 16 104 76 +28 112
5 Sporting Kansas City 68 30 17 21 105 69 +36 111 2019 CONCACAF Champions League[c]
6 Portland Timbers 68 30 21 17 114 98 +16 107
7 Columbus Crew 68 30 23 15 96 94 +2 105
8 FC Dallas 68 27 19 22 100 92 +8 103
9 Real Salt Lake 68 27 28 13 104 113 −9 94
10 Philadelphia Union 68 26 28 14 99 97 +2 92
11 Houston Dynamo 68 23 26 19 115 103 +12 88 2019 CONCACAF Champions League[d]
12 Chicago Fire 68 24 29 15 106 105 +1 87
13 New England Revolution 68 23 28 17 102 116 −14 86
14 D.C. United 68 23 31 14 91 110 −19 83
15 LA Galaxy 68 21 30 17 111 131 −20 80
16 Minnesota United 68 21 38 9 97 141 −44 72
17 Orlando City 68 18 37 13 82 132 −50 67
18 San Jose Earthquakes 68 17 35 16 84 126 −42 67
19 Colorado Rapids 68 17 38 13 67 114 −47 64
20 Los Angeles FC 34 16 9 9 68 52 +16 57
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
Notes:
  1. ^ As MLS Cup 2018 champions (USA1)
  2. ^ As best aggregate 2017 and 2018 record (USA4)
  3. ^ As 2017 U.S. Open Cup champions (USA2)
  4. ^ As 2018 U.S. Open Cup champions (USA3)

Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Knockout round Conference semifinals Conference finals MLS Cup
December 8 – Atlanta, Georgia
                
E3 New York City FC 0 1 1
10/31 – Bronx, New York
E2 Atlanta United FC 1 3 4
E3 New York City FC 3
E6 Philadelphia Union 1
E2 Atlanta United FC 3 0 3
Eastern Conference
E1 New York Red Bulls 0 1 1
E5 Columbus Crew 1 0 1
11/1 – Washington, D.C.
E1 New York Red Bulls 0 3 3
E4 D.C. United 2 (2)
E5 Columbus Crew (p) 2 (3)
E2 Atlanta United FC 2
W5 Portland Timbers 0
W5 Portland Timbers (p) 2 2 (4)
10/31 – Frisco, Texas
W2 Seattle Sounders FC 1 3 (2)
W4 FC Dallas 1
W5 Portland Timbers 2
W5 Portland Timbers 0 3 3
Western Conference
W1 Sporting Kansas City 0 2 2
W6 Real Salt Lake 1 2 3
11/1 – Los Angeles, California
W1 Sporting Kansas City 1 4 5
W3 Los Angeles FC 2
W6 Real Salt Lake 3

Knockout round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Eastern Conference
New York City FC (E3) 3–1 Philadelphia Union (E6)
D.C. United (E4) 2–2
(2–3 p)
Columbus Crew SC (E5)
Western Conference
Los Angeles FC (W3) 2–3 Real Salt Lake (W6)
FC Dallas (W4) 1–2 Portland Timbers (W5)

Conference semifinals[edit]

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Columbus Crew SC (E5) 1–3 New York Red Bulls (E1) 1–0 0–3
New York City FC (E3) 1–4 Atlanta United FC (E2) 0–1 1–3
Western Conference
Real Salt Lake (W6) 3–5 Sporting Kansas City (W1) 1–1 2–4
Portland Timbers (W5) 4–4
(4–2 p)
Seattle Sounders FC (W2) 2–1 2–3 (a.e.t.)

Conference finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Eastern Conference
Atlanta United FC (E2) 3–1 New York Red Bulls (E1) 3–0 0–1
Western Conference
Portland Timbers (W5) 3–2 Sporting Kansas City (W1) 0–0 3–2

MLS Cup[edit]

Atlanta United FC2–0Portland Timbers
Report
Attendance: 73,019
Referee: Alan Kelly

Attendance[edit]

Average home attendances[edit]

As of October 29, 2018

Ranked from highest to lowest average attendance.

Pos. Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Atlanta United FC 17 901,033 72,243 44,696 53,002
2 Seattle Sounders FC 17 690,893 47,521 39,465 40,641
3 Toronto FC 17 452,675 30,799 23,011 26,628
4 LA Galaxy 17 415,543 27,068 16,231 24,444
5 Minnesota United FC 17 406,342 52,242 18,057 23,902
6 Orlando City SC 17 405,730 25,527 22,337 23,866
7 New York City FC 17 394,583 30,139 18,584 23,211
8 Los Angeles FC 17 374,716 22,716 22,000 22,042
9 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 17 373,089 27,863 17,357 21,946
10 Portland Timbers 17 359,448 21,144 21,144 21,144
11 Sporting Kansas City 17 339,148 21,064 18,508 19,950
12 San Jose Earthquakes 17 323,547 50,743 15,648 19,032
13 New York Red Bulls 17 316,956 25,219 14,768 18,644
14 Real Salt Lake 17 316,286 21,363 16,015 18,605
15 Montreal Impact 17 315,665 26,005 15,485 18,569
16 New England Revolution 17 311,897 36,573 10,547 18,347
17 D.C. United 17 299,803 20,573 5,128 17,635
18 Houston Dynamo 17 287,408 22,320 13,094 16,906
19 Philadelphia Union 17 280,805 19,013 14,795 16,518
20 FC Dallas 17 263,707 19,096 13,147 15,512
21 Colorado Rapids 17 260,660 17,837 10,790 15,333
22 Chicago Fire 17 251,708 21,915 8,551 14,806
23 Columbus Crew 17 211,603 19,121 7,683 12,447
 – Total 391 8,553,245 72,243 5,128 21,875

Highest attendances[edit]

As of October 22, 2018

Regular season

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Week Stadium
1 Atlanta United FC 1–1 Seattle Sounders FC 72,243 July 15, 2018 20 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
2 Atlanta United FC 3–1 D.C. United 72,035 March 11, 2018 2 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
3 Atlanta United FC 2–0 Real Salt Lake 72,017 September 22, 2018 30 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
4 Atlanta United FC 4–0 Orlando City SC 71,932 June 30, 2018 18 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
5 Atlanta United FC 2–1 Chicago Fire 71,812 October 22, 2018 34 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
6 Minnesota United FC 1–3 LA Galaxy 52,242 October 21, 2018 33 TCF Bank Stadium
7 San Jose Earthquakes 3–3 LA Galaxy 50,743 June 30, 2018 18 Stanford Stadium
8 Seattle Sounders FC 2–3 Portland Timbers 47,521 June 30, 2018 18 CenturyLink Field
9 Atlanta United FC 3–1 Columbus Crew 45,303 August 19, 2018 25 Mercedes-Benz Stadium
10 Atlanta United FC 5–0 Los Angeles FC 45,207 April 7, 2018 6 Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Player statistics[edit]

Shutouts[edit]

Rank Player Club Shutouts[9]
1 United States Luis Robles New York Red Bulls 14
2 United States Tim Melia Sporting Kansas City 13
3 Jamaica Andre Blake Philadelphia Union 10
United States Evan Bush Montreal Impact
United States Sean Johnson New York City FC
United States Tyler Miller Los Angeles FC
United States Zack Steffen Columbus Crew
8 United States David Bingham LA Galaxy 8
United States Brad Guzan Atlanta United FC
10 United States Jeff Attinella Portland Timbers 7
Switzerland Stefan Frei Seattle Sounders FC
United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4–1 March 17
Senegal Dominique Badji Colorado Rapids Philadelphia Union 3–0 March 31
Scotland Johnny Russell Sporting Kansas City Vancouver Whitecaps FC 6–0 April 20
Argentina Ignacio Piatti Montreal Impact Los Angeles FC 3–5 April 21
Uruguay Cristian Techera Vancouver Whitecaps FC New England Revolution 3–3 May 26
Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC Philadelphia Union 3–1 June 2
Norway Adama Diomande Los Angeles FC Philadelphia Union 4–1 June 30
Colombia Darwin Quintero Minnesota United FC Toronto FC 4–3 July 14
Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC D.C. United 3–1 July 21
Colombia Michael Barrios FC Dallas Sporting Kansas City 3–2 July 28
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović LA Galaxy Orlando City SC 4–3 July 29
Argentina Luciano Acosta D.C. United Orlando City SC 3–2 August 12
Croatia Damir Kreilach Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy 6–2 September 1
England Bradley Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls D.C. United 3–3 September 16
United States Gyasi Zardes Columbus Crew SC Minnesota United FC 3–2 October 28

Awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Club Stats Ref
March Chile Felipe Gutiérrez Sporting Kansas City 5 GP, 5 G [10]
April Paraguay Miguel Almirón Atlanta United FC 4 GP, 5 G, 2 A [11]
May United States Zack Steffen Columbus Crew 5 GP, 0 GA [12]
June Norway Adama Diomande Los Angeles FC 5 GP, 7 G [13]
July Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC 5 GP, 9 G, 1 A [14]
August Venezuela Josef Martínez Atlanta United FC 4 GP, 4 G, 1 A [15]
September Argentina Luciano Acosta D.C. United 5 GP, 4 G, 6 A [16]
October England Wayne Rooney D.C. United 5 GP, 5 G [17]

Player and team of the week[edit]

  • Bold denotes league player of the week.
  • Italics denotes Audi player performance of the week.

Goal of the Week[edit]

End-of-season awards[edit]

Award Winner (club) Ref
Most Valuable Player Josef Martínez (Atlanta United FC) [121]
Defender of the Year Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls) [122]
Goalkeeper of the Year Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC) [123]
Coach of the Year Gerardo Martino (Atlanta United FC) [124]
Rookie of the Year Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake) [125]
Newcomer of the Year Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy) [126]
Comeback Player of the Year Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC) [127]
Golden Boot Josef Martínez (Atlanta United FC) [128]
Fair Play Player Award Valeri Qazaishvili (San Jose Earthquakes) [129]
Fair Play Team Award Los Angeles FC [129]
Humanitarian of the Year Matt Lampson (Minnesota United FC) [130]
Referee of the Year Alan Kelly [131]
Assistant Referee of the Year Joe Fletcher [131]
Goal of the Year Zlatan Ibrahimović (LA Galaxy) [132]
Save of the Year Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC) [133]

MLS Best XI[edit]

Year Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2018
[134]
United States Zack Steffen, Columbus Jamaica Kemar Lawrence, Red Bulls
United States Aaron Long, Red Bulls
United States Chad Marshall, Seattle
Argentina Luciano Acosta, D.C. United
Paraguay Miguel Almirón, Atlanta
Argentina Ignacio Piatti, Montreal
Mexico Carlos Vela, LAFC
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović, LA Galaxy
Venezuela Josef Martínez, Atlanta
England Wayne Rooney, D.C. United

Player transfers[edit]

SuperDraft[edit]

The MLS SuperDraft is an annual event, taking place in January of each year, in which the teams of Major League Soccer select players who have graduated from college or otherwise been signed by the league. The first two rounds of 2018 MLS SuperDraft were held on January 19 in Philadelphia. Rounds three and four of the 2018 SuperDraft were held via conference call on January 21. Los Angeles FC selected João Moutinho with the first overall pick.

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 are ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2017 season, taking playoff performance into account.[135] As an expansion team, Los Angeles FC took the top spot.

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
3 1 D.C. United
4 2 Colorado Rapids
5 3 Minnesota United FC
11 4 FC Dallas[A][B] [136][137]
7 5 Montreal Impact
8 6 Philadelphia Union
9 7 New England Revolution
10 8 Real Salt Lake
1 9 Los Angeles FC[A] [136]
12 10 San Jose Earthquakes
13 11 Sporting Kansas City
14 12 Atlanta United FC
15 13 Chicago Fire
16 14 New York Red Bulls
2 15 LA Galaxy[C] [138]
19 16 New York City FC
20 17 Houston Dynamo
21 18 Columbus Crew
22 19 Seattle Sounders FC
23 20 Toronto FC
17 21 Vancouver Whitecaps FC December 22, 2017 (17) Canada Doneil Henry England West Ham United [139]
6 22 Orlando City[B] January 30, 2018 (1) Spain Oriol Rosell Portugal Sporting CP [140][137]
18 23 Portland Timbers[C] August 8, 2018 (1) United States Jorge Villafaña Mexico Santos Laguna [138]
  1. ^
    On December 10, 2017, FC Dallas acquired the number 1 allocation ranking, $250,000 in general allocation money (GAM), and $250,000 in targeted allocation money (TAM) from Los Angeles FC in exchange for the number 11 allocation ranking and Walker Zimmerman.
  2. ^
    On January 30, 2018, Orlando City acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from FC Dallas in exchange for the number 6 allocation ranking and $400,000 in targeted allocation money (TAM).
  3. ^
    On August 8, 2018, Portland acquired the number 1 allocation ranking from LA Galaxy in exchange for the number 16 allocation ranking, $75,000 in general allocation money (GAM), and $100,000 in 2019 targeted allocation money (TAM).

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