2023 Major League Soccer season

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Major League Soccer
Season2023
Dates
  • February 25 – October 21
    (regular season)
  • October 25 – December 9
    (playoffs)
MLS CupColumbus Crew
(3rd title)
Supporters' ShieldFC Cincinnati
(1st shield)
Champions Cup
(United States)
Champions Cup
(Canada)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Matches played493
Goals scored1,359 (2.76 per match)
Top goalscorerDenis Bouanga
(20 goals)
Best goalkeeperStefan Frei
(14 clean sheets)
Biggest home winColumbus 6–1 Atlanta (March 25)
Vancouver 5–0 Montréal (April 1)
Biggest away winSalt Lake 0–4 St. Louis (March 25)
Highest scoring9 goals:
St. Louis 6–3 Austin (August 20)
Longest winning run6 matches: Cincinnati
Longest unbeaten run10 matches:
  • Cincinnati
  • Nashville
Longest winless run11 matches:
Longest losing run8 matches: Toronto
Highest attendance82,110
LAG 2–1 LAFC (July 4)[1]
Lowest attendance7,417
NYCFC 3–0 TOR (September 24)
Total attendance10,900,804[2]
Average attendance22,111[2]
2022
2024

The 2023 Major League Soccer season was the 28th season of Major League Soccer (MLS), the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and the 45th season overall of a national first-division league in the United States. The league expanded to 29 clubs following the addition of St. Louis City SC to the Western Conference, with Nashville SC moving back to the Eastern Conference.

The regular season began on February 25 and concluded on October 21; it was followed by the playoffs which commenced on October 25. The regular schedule was released on December 20, 2022.[3] The regular season was paused from July 20 to August 19 for the month-long Leagues Cup, during which time MLS teams played Liga MX opponents.[4]

In June 2022, Apple Inc. and MLS announced a ten-year partnership for the broadcast and streaming rights to all MLS and Leagues Cup games, as well as select MLS Next and MLS Next Pro games, on the MLS Season Pass service within the Apple TV app.[5] Fox Sports retained linear MLS TV rights, while for the first time in league history, ESPN no longer aired matches. Univision opted to only air Leagues Cup games, thus also not broadcasting MLS regular season contests after a combined nineteen years.[6]

For the first time since its founding, MLS qualification berths for the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup were not exclusively allocated to American clubs, allowing expatriated Canadian clubs an opportunity to qualify for the tournament without necessarily winning the Canadian Championship.[7][8][9]

Los Angeles FC were the reigning MLS Cup champions and were the Supporters' Shield holders; Philadelphia Union were the reigning Eastern Conference champions. In their fifth season in the league, FC Cincinnati won the Supporters' Shield for the first time.[10] The Columbus Crew won MLS Cup 2023 by defeating Los Angeles FC 2–1 at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio.[11]

Teams[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Atlanta United FC Mercedes-Benz Stadium[A] 42,500
Austin FC Q2 Stadium 20,738
Charlotte FC Bank of America Stadium[A] 40,000
Chicago Fire FC Soldier Field[A] 24,955
FC Cincinnati TQL Stadium 26,000
Colorado Rapids Dick's Sporting Goods Park 18,061
Columbus Crew Lower.com Field 20,371
FC Dallas Toyota Stadium 20,500
D.C. United Audi Field 20,000
Houston Dynamo FC Shell Energy Stadium 22,039
LA Galaxy Dignity Health Sports Park 27,000
Los Angeles FC BMO Stadium 22,000
Minnesota United FC Allianz Field 19,400
Inter Miami CF DRV PNK Stadium[B] 21,000
CF Montréal Saputo Stadium 19,619
Nashville SC Geodis Park 30,000
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium[A] 20,000
New York City FC Yankee Stadium[A] 30,321
New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena 25,000
Orlando City SC Exploria Stadium 25,500
Philadelphia Union Subaru Park 18,500
Portland Timbers Providence Park 25,218
Real Salt Lake America First Field 20,213
San Jose Earthquakes PayPal Park 18,000
Seattle Sounders FC Lumen Field[A] 37,722
Sporting Kansas City Children's Mercy Park 18,467
St. Louis City SC CityPark 22,500
Toronto FC BMO Field 28,351
Vancouver Whitecaps FC BC Place[A] 22,120
  1. ^
    Non-soccer specific stadium and artificially reduced capacity. Capacity may be increased to full capacity if demand requires.
  2. ^
    Temporary stadium.

Personnel and sponsorships[edit]

Note: All teams use Adidas as universal kit manufacturer. As part of Apple's broadcast contract, all MLS kits included Apple TV+ as a sleeve sponsor.[12]

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor Sleeve sponsor
Atlanta United FC Mexico Gonzalo Pineda United States Brad Guzan American Family Insurance Piedmont Hospital
Austin FC United States Josh Wolff Argentina Sebastián Driussi Yeti Netspend
Charlotte FC Italy Christian Lattanzio England Ashley Westwood Ally Centene
Chicago Fire FC United States Frank Klopas (interim) Germany Rafael Czichos Hyundai
FC Cincinnati United States Pat Noonan Argentina Luciano Acosta Mercy Health Kroger
Colorado Rapids Scotland Chris Little (interim) England Jack Price UCHealth
Columbus Crew France Wilfried Nancy United States Darlington Nagbe Nationwide Tipico
D.C. United France Frédéric Brillant (interim) United States Steve Birnbaum XDC Network
FC Dallas Spain Nico Estévez United States Paul Arriola Children's Health (home)
UT Southwestern (away)
AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo FC United States Ben Olsen Mexico Héctor Herrera MD Anderson
Inter Miami CF Argentina Gerardo Martino Argentina Lionel Messi XBTO Fracht Group
LA Galaxy United States Greg Vanney Mexico Javier Hernández Herbalife Honey
Los Angeles FC United States Steve Cherundolo Mexico Carlos Vela Flex Ford
Minnesota United FC England Sean McAuley (interim) United States Wil Trapp Target Allianz
CF Montréal Argentina Hernán Losada Canada Samuel Piette Bank of Montreal Telus
Nashville SC England Gary Smith United States Walker Zimmerman Renasant Bank Hyundai
New England Revolution United States Clint Peay (interim) Spain Carles Gil UnitedHealth Santander
New York City FC England Nick Cushing Brazil Thiago Martins Etihad Airways Dude Wipes
New York Red Bulls United States Troy Lesesne United States Sean Nealis Red Bull OANDA
Orlando City SC Colombia Óscar Pareja Uruguay Mauricio Pereyra Orlando Health Exploria
Philadelphia Union United States Jim Curtin United States Alejandro Bedoya Bimbo Bakeries USA
Portland Timbers United States Miles Joseph (interim) Colombia Diego Chará Alaska Airlines TikTok
Real Salt Lake United States Pablo Mastroeni Croatia Damir Kreilach LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes United States Luchi Gonzalez United States Jackson Yueill Intermedia PayPal
Seattle Sounders FC United States Brian Schmetzer Switzerland Stefan Frei Providence Emerald Queen Casino
Sporting Kansas City United States Peter Vermes Scotland Johnny Russell Compass Minerals
St. Louis City SC South Africa Bradley Carnell Switzerland Roman Bürki Purina BJC HealthCare
Toronto FC England John Herdman United States Michael Bradley Bank of Montreal GE Appliances
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Italy Vanni Sartini Canada Russell Teibert Telus

Coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming coach Date of appointment
Columbus Crew United States Caleb Porter[13] Fired October 10, 2022 Pre-season France Wilfried Nancy December 6, 2022
Houston Dynamo FC United States Kenny Bundy (interim) End of interim period November 8, 2022 United States Ben Olsen November 8, 2022[14]
San Jose Earthquakes Spain Alex Covelo (interim) January 3, 2023 United States Luchi Gonzalez January 3, 2023[15]
CF Montréal France Wilfried Nancy[16] Signed by Columbus Crew December 6, 2022 Argentina Hernán Losada December 21, 2022[17]
New York Red Bulls Austria Gerhard Struber Mutual consent May 8, 2023 15th in East, 27th overall United States Troy Lesesne May 8, 2023[18]
Chicago Fire FC Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ezra Hendrickson 14th in East, 25th overall United States Frank Klopas (interim) May 8, 2023[19]
Inter Miami CF England Phil Neville Fired June 1, 2023 15th in East, 27th overall Argentina Javier Morales (interim) June 1, 2023[20]
Toronto FC United States Bob Bradley June 26, 2023 14th in East, 26th overall Canada Terry Dunfield (interim) June 26, 2023[21]
Inter Miami CF Argentina Javier Morales (interim) End of interim period June 28, 2023 15th in East, 27th overall Argentina Gerardo Martino June 28, 2023[22]
Portland Timbers Venezuela Giovanni Savarese Fired August 21, 2023 12th in West, 24th overall United States Miles Joseph (interim) August 21, 2023[23]
Colorado Rapids United States Robin Fraser September 5, 2023 14th in West, 29th overall Scotland Chris Little (interim) September 5, 2023[24]
New England Revolution United States Bruce Arena Resigned September 9, 2023 2nd in East, 3rd Overall United States Richie Williams (interim) September 9, 2023[25]
United States Richie Williams (interim) Mutual consent September 12, 2023 United States Clint Peay (interim) September 12, 2023[26]
Toronto FC Canada Terry Dunfield (interim) End of interim period September 30, 2023 15th in East, 29th overall England John Herdman October 1, 2023[27]
Minnesota United FC England Adrian Heath Fired October 6, 2023 12th in West, 21st overall England Sean McAuley (interim) October 6, 2023[28]
D.C. United England Wayne Rooney Mutual consent[29] October 7, 2023 9th in East, 23rd overall France Frédéric Brillant (interim) October 7, 2023

Regular season[edit]

Format[edit]

Each of the league's 29 teams played 34 matches—17 at home and 17 away games; the frequency of opponents was different for each conference due to the unequal number of teams. The 15 Eastern Conference teams played two matches against every other team in the same conference and one match each against six Western Conference teams. The 14 Western Conference teams faced each other twice as well as an additional one or two matches against an intra-conference team; they had one match each against either six or seven Eastern Conference teams.[3][30]

The regular season began on February 25 and culminated with Decision Day on October 21, where all teams (except D.C.) played each other in simultaneous intra-conference matches. The season was paused for the 2023 Leagues Cup from July 21 to August 19 as well as FIFA international windows in October and November; the June and September international windows had a partial pause, with 13 clubs electing to continue playing during them.[3][31] The majority of matches were played on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. local time as part of the Apple TV+ streaming contract.[31] The 2023 MLS All-Star Game took place on July 19, 2023, at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. between the MLS All-Stars and Arsenal.[32]

The MLS Cup Playoffs expanded to nine teams per conference and a total of 24 matches. Round One in late October consisted of a best-of-three series between the top seven teams per conference as well as the winner of a wild card match played by the eighth and ninth placed teams. The Conference Semifinals, Conference Final, and MLS Cup final remained single-elimination matches hosted by the higher-seeded team in late November and early December.[33]

The 2023 season was the first to implement a "sustenance break" for iftar for Muslim players during Ramadan in April. The break was indicated by the referee as a stoppage in play after sundown and treated as a hydration break.[34]

Conference standings[edit]

MLS Eastern Conference table (2023)
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Cincinnati 34 20 5 9 57 39 +18 69 Qualification for Round One and the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One
2 Orlando City SC 34 18 7 9 55 39 +16 63 Qualification for Round One
3 Columbus Crew 34 16 9 9 67 46 +21 57
4 Philadelphia Union 34 15 9 10 57 41 +16 55
5 New England Revolution 34 15 9 10 58 46 +12 55
6 Atlanta United FC 34 13 9 12 66 53 +13 51
7 Nashville SC 34 13 11 10 39 32 +7 49
8 New York Red Bulls 34 11 13 10 36 39 −3 43 Qualification for the Wild card round
9 Charlotte FC 34 10 11 13 45 52 −7 43
10 CF Montréal 34 12 17 5 36 52 −16 41
11 New York City FC 34 9 11 14 35 39 −4 41
12 D.C. United 34 10 14 10 45 49 −4 40
13 Chicago Fire FC 34 10 14 10 39 51 −12 40
14 Inter Miami CF 34 9 18 7 41 54 −13 34
15 Toronto FC 34 4 20 10 26 59 −33 22
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) fewer disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored; 8) home goals differential; 9) home goals scored; 10) coin toss (2 clubs tied) or drawing of lots (≥3 clubs tied)
MLS Western Conference table (2023)
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 St. Louis City SC 34 17 12 5 62 45 +17 56 Qualification for Round One and the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 14 9 11 41 32 +9 53 Qualification for Round One
3 Los Angeles FC 34 14 10 10 54 39 +15 52
4 Houston Dynamo FC 34 14 11 9 51 38 +13 51
5 Real Salt Lake 34 14 12 8 48 50 −2 50
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 12 10 12 55 48 +7 48
7 FC Dallas 34 11 10 13 41 37 +4 46
8 Sporting Kansas City 34 12 14 8 48 51 −3 44 Qualification for the Wild card round
9 San Jose Earthquakes 34 10 10 14 39 43 −4 44
10 Portland Timbers 34 11 13 10 46 58 −12 43
11 Minnesota United FC 34 10 13 11 46 51 −5 41
12 Austin FC 34 10 15 9 49 55 −6 39
13 LA Galaxy 34 8 14 12 51 67 −16 36
14 Colorado Rapids 34 5 17 12 26 54 −28 27
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) fewer disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored; 8) home goals differential; 9) home goals scored; 10) coin toss (2 clubs tied) or drawing of lots (≥3 clubs tied)

Overall table[edit]

The leading team in this table won the Supporters' Shield.

Overall MLS standings table
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Cincinnati (S) 34 20 5 9 57 39 +18 69 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One[a]
2 Orlando City SC 34 18 7 9 55 39 +16 63 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One[b]
3 Columbus Crew (C) 34 16 9 9 67 46 +21 57 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round of 16[c]
4 St. Louis City SC 34 17 12 5 62 45 +17 56 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One[d]
5 Philadelphia Union 34 15 9 10 57 41 +16 55 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One[e]
6 New England Revolution 34 15 9 10 58 46 +12 55 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One[f]
7 Seattle Sounders FC 34 14 9 11 41 32 +9 53
8 Los Angeles FC 34 14 10 10 54 39 +15 52
9 Houston Dynamo FC (U) 34 14 11 9 51 38 +13 51 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One[g]
10 Atlanta United FC 34 13 9 12 66 53 +13 51
11 Real Salt Lake 34 14 12 8 48 50 −2 50
12 Nashville SC 34 13 11 10 39 32 +7 49 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One[h]
13 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (V) 34 12 10 12 55 48 +7 48 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round One[i]
14 FC Dallas 34 11 10 13 41 37 +4 46
15 Sporting Kansas City 34 12 14 8 48 51 −3 44
16 San Jose Earthquakes 34 10 10 14 39 43 −4 44
17 New York Red Bulls 34 11 13 10 36 39 −3 43
18 Portland Timbers 34 11 13 10 46 58 −12 43
19 Charlotte FC 34 10 11 13 45 52 −7 43
20 CF Montréal 34 12 17 5 36 52 −16 41
21 Minnesota United FC 34 10 13 11 46 51 −5 41
22 New York City FC 34 9 11 14 35 39 −4 41
23 D.C. United 34 10 14 10 45 49 −4 40
24 Chicago Fire FC 34 10 14 10 39 51 −12 40
25 Austin FC 34 10 15 9 49 55 −6 39
26 LA Galaxy 34 8 14 12 51 67 −16 36
27 Inter Miami CF (L) 34 9 18 7 41 54 −13 34 Qualification for the CONCACAF Champions Cup Round of 16[j]
28 Colorado Rapids 34 5 17 12 26 54 −28 27
29 Toronto FC 34 4 20 10 26 59 −33 22
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) fewer disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored; 8) home goals differential; 9) home goals scored; 10) coin toss (2 clubs tied) or drawing of lots (≥3 clubs tied)
(C) MLS Cup champion; (L) Leagues Cup winner; (S) Supporters' Shield winner; (U) U.S. Open Cup winner; (V) Canadian Championship winner
Notes:
  1. ^ As 2023 MLS Supporters' Shield champions
  2. ^ As highest-ranked club in 2023 MLS Supporters' Shield not already qualified
  3. ^ As 2023 MLS Cup champions
  4. ^ As 2023 Western Conference regular season champions
  5. ^ As 2023 Leagues Cup third place
  6. ^ As second highest-ranked club in 2023 MLS Supporters' Shield not already qualified
  7. ^ As 2023 U.S. Open Cup champions
  8. ^ As 2023 Leagues Cup runner-up
  9. ^ As 2023 Canadian Championship winners
  10. ^ As 2023 Leagues Cup champion

Results[edit]

Color Key: Home  • Away  • Win  • Loss  • Draw
Club Match[3]
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Atlanta United
(ATL)
SJE TOR CLT POR CLB NYRB NYC TOR CHI NSH MIA CLT COL CHI ORL NER LAFC DCU NYC NYRB PHI MTL NER ORL SEA NSH CIN DAL MIA DCU MTL PHI CLB CIN
2–1 1–1 0–3 5–1 6–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 4–0 3–3 1–1 3–3 0–0 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–2 4–0 1–2 2–2 5–2 1–1 4–1 3–2 1–1 2–2
Austin
(ATX)
STL MTL RSL HOU COL LAFC VAN LAG SJE POR DAL SEA TOR HOU MIN RSL SKC DAL HOU MIA MIN VAN SKC STL DAL SEA NER POR NYRB LAG COL DCU LAFC SJE
2–3 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–4 2–1 2–1 6–3 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 3–3 1–0 3–0 2–4 1–1
Charlotte
(CLT)
NER STL ATL ORL NYRB TOR RSL COL CLB DCU NYC ATL CHI NSH LAG PHI CLB SEA NYRB MTL NYC CIN MTL MIA LAFC ORL NSH DCU PHI CIN NER TOR CHI MIA
0–1 3–1 0–3 1–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 4–2 3–3 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 1–0
Chicago Fire
(CHI)
NYC PHI CIN MIA DCU MIN PHI ATL NYRB NSH STL CLT ATL NER TOR CIN CLB POR SKC ORL NSH MTL TOR ORL LAG VAN DCU MTL CLB NER NYRB MIA CLT NYC
1–1 1–0 3–3 2–3 0–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 3–3 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 0–1 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 0–1 4–1 0–2 1–0
Cincinnati
(CIN)
HOU ORL SEA CHI NSH MIA PHI STL POR NER DCU MTL CLB COL NYC CHI VAN TOR DCU NER CLT NYRB NSH CLB NYC ATL ORL PHI MTL CLT TOR NYRB MIA ATL
2–1 0–0 1–0 3–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 5–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 1–2 3–1 3–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–3 1–2 0–1 2–2
Colorado Rapids
(COL)
SEA SKC SJE MIN ATX LAFC SKC CLT STL VAN LAG PHI ATL RSL CIN CLB SJE ORL VAN LAG STL POR DAL HOU LAFC MIN RSL NER SEA POR ATX DAL HOU RSL
4–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 4–0 2–3 0–1 3–2 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 5–1 0–1
Columbus Crew
(CLB)
PHI DCU TOR NYRB ATL RSL DCU NER CLT MIA ORL LAG CIN NSH COL CLT CHI NYC NSH NYRB MIA NYC POR CIN TOR HOU MTL ORL CHI DAL PHI NER ATL MTL
4–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 6–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–2 3–1 3–2 4–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–4 4–3 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–1
Dallas
(DAL)
MIN LAG VAN SKC LAFC POR MIA RSL NYC MIN STL ATX VAN HOU SJE SKC NSH POR ATX LAFC DCU COL SEA PHI ATX STL ATL SEA RSL CLB HOU COL SJE LAG
0–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–4
D.C. United
(DCU)
TOR CLB ORL NYC NER CHI CLB MTL ORL CLT CIN NSH PHI LAG TOR MTL MIA ATL RSL CIN NSH DAL MIA NER NYRB PHI CHI SJE CLT ATL NYRB VAN ATX NYC
3–2 2–0 1–1 3–2 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–3 3–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 4–0 1–0 1–3 4–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–5 2–2 3–0 2–0
Houston Dynamo
(HOU)
CIN NER ATX NYC SJE LAG NYRB MIA LAFC RSL SEA MIN DAL ATX VAN STL LAFC SJE ATX SEA SKC MIN COL POR RSL CLB LAG STL VAN SKC DAL MTL COL POR
2–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 6–2 3–0 4–0 4–1 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–3 0–0 5–0 0–3 2–0 0–0 1–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 5–1 1–3
LAFC
(LAFC)
POR NER SEA DAL COL ATX LAG NSH HOU SJE RSL SKC SJE STL ATL HOU SKC SEA VAN DAL LAG SJE MIN COL CLT MIA POR LAG STL PHI RSL MIN ATX VAN
3–2 4–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 4–0 1–2 1–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–3 2–0 4–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 5–1 2–4 1–1
LA Galaxy
(LAG)
DAL SKC VAN POR SEA HOU LAFC ATX ORL COL SJE CLB DCU CLT RSL STL SKC COL SJE LAFC PHI VAN RSL CHI SJE HOU STL LAFC MIN ATX POR SEA MIN DAL
3–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–0 2–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–3 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 4–2 2–2 3–0 2–3 0–0 2–2 4–2 4–3 3–3 3–3 2–1 5–2 1–4
Inter Miami
(MIA)
MTL PHI NYC TOR CHI CIN DAL HOU CLB ATL NER NSH ORL MTL NYRB DCU NER PHI ATX CLB DCU STL CLT NYRB NSH LAFC SKC ATL TOR ORL NYC CHI CIN CLT
2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 1–2 3–1 4–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–3 3–2 5–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 0–1 1–0
Minnesota United
(MIN)
DAL NYRB COL VAN STL CHI ORL SEA DAL VAN SKC HOU POR RSL ATX TOR MTL RSL POR ATX HOU LAFC NYC SEA COL SJE NER SKC LAG STL SJE LAFC LAG SKC
0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 3–2 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 4–1 1–4 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–3 1–2 1–1 5–1 5–2 3–1
Montréal
(MTL)
MIA ATX NSH PHI VAN NER DCU NYRB SKC ORL TOR CIN NYRB MIA DCU PHI MIN NSH CLT NYC ATL CHI CLT TOR NER NYC CLB CHI CIN ATL ORL HOU POR CLB
2–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 5–0 4–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 4–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 2–3 1–0 2–0 2–4 0–0 1–1 4–1 3–0 1–1 4–1 2–1
Nashville
(NSH)
NYC NYRB MTL NER CIN ORL TOR NYC LAFC ATL CHI DCU MIA CLT CLB DAL TOR STL MTL CLB DCU CHI PHI CIN NER ATL MIA CLT SKC SJE SEA ORL PHI NYRB
2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 3–2 4–0 0–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1
New England Revolution
(NER)
CLT HOU LAFC NSH DCU NYC MTL CLB SKC CIN TOR MIA PHI CHI ATL NYC MIA ORL TOR CIN NYRB ATL DCU NSH MTL NYRB ATX MIN COL CHI CLT CLB ORL PHI
0–1 3–0 4–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 3–3 3–3 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 4–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 3–2 2–1
NYCFC
(NYC)
NSH CHI MIA DCU HOU NER ATL NSH DAL TOR CLT NYRB ORL PHI CIN NER RSL CLB ATL POR MTL CLT CLB PHI MIN CIN MTL VAN NYRB ORL TOR MIA DCU CHI
2–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0
New York Red Bulls
(NYRB)
ORL NSH MIN CLB CLT ATL SJE HOU MTL CHI PHI NYC TOR MTL SEA MIA ORL CLT ATL CLB NER CIN RSL DCU MIA NER PHI NYC ATX DCU CHI CIN TOR NSH
1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–2 4–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 4–1 0–0 1–1 3–5 0–1 1–2 3–0 0–1
Orlando City
(ORL)
NYRB CIN DCU CLT PHI NSH MIN DCU LAG MTL CLB NYC MIA ATL NYRB COL NER PHI SEA CHI TOR RSL ATL CHI STL CLT CIN CLB NYC MIA MTL NSH NER TOR
1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–3 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–0 3–1 4–0 4–0 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–1 4–3 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–2
Philadelphia Union
(PHI)
CLB MIA CHI MTL ORL SKC CIN CHI TOR NYRB COL DCU NER NYC CLT MTL SJE ORL MIA ATL LAG NSH NYC DAL DCU TOR NYRB CIN CLT LAFC CLB ATL NSH NER
4–1 2–0 1–0 3–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 1–3 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 4–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–1
Portland Timbers
(POR)
SKC LAFC STL ATL LAG DAL VAN SEA CIN STL ATX VAN RSL MIN SKC SEA DAL SJE CHI NYC MIN COL CLB HOU VAN RSL SEA LAFC ATX SJE COL LAG MTL HOU
1–0 3–2 1–2 5–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 4–1 0–0 3–2 5–0 2–3 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 3–3 4–1 1–3
Real Salt Lake
(RSL)
VAN SEA ATX STL CLB CLT DAL SJE SEA HOU LAFC POR COL MIN LAG ATX NYC DCU STL MIN TOR ORL SKC NYRB LAG HOU POR COL SJE DAL VAN LAFC SKC COL
1–2 2–0 1–2 0–4 4–0 3–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–0 2–3 1–1 2–3 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–1 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 2–3 0–1
San Jose Earthquakes
(SJE)
ATL VAN COL STL TOR HOU NYRB SKC RSL ATX LAFC LAG LAFC DAL SEA COL PHI POR HOU STL LAG LAFC SEA VAN SKC LAG MIN DCU RSL POR NSH MIN DAL ATX
2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 3–0 2–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1
Seattle Sounders
(SEA)
COL RSL CIN LAFC SKC LAG STL POR MIN RSL SKC HOU ATX VAN NYRB SJE POR CLT LAFC ORL HOU VAN SJE DAL ATL MIN ATX POR DAL COL NSH LAG VAN STL
4–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–4 1–2 3–0 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 3–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–2
Sporting Kansas City
(SKC)
POR COL LAG DAL SEA PHI COL SJE NER MTL SEA MIN LAFC STL POR DAL VAN ATX LAFC LAG CHI VAN HOU RSL ATX SJE STL MIA MIN NSH HOU STL RSL MIN
1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–4 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–1 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–1 1–1 4–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 3–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 4–1 2–3 3–1
St. Louis City
(STL)
ATX CLT POR SJE RSL MIN SEA CIN COL POR DAL CHI SKC VAN LAFC HOU LAG NSH RSL SJE COL TOR MIA ATX ORL DAL SKC LAG HOU LAFC MIN SKC VAN SEA
2–3 3–1 1–2 3–0 0–4 0–1 3–0 5–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 4–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–2 2–0 0–1 3–0 6–3 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 4–1 3–0 0–2
Toronto
(TOR)
DCU ATL CLB MIA SJE CLT NSH ATL PHI NYC NER MTL NYRB ATX DCU CHI MIN NSH CIN NER RSL ORL STL CHI MTL CLB PHI VAN MIA NYC CIN CLT NYRB ORL
3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 4–2 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 4–0 0–1 1–0 2–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 4–0 3–0 2–3 3–0 3–0 0–2
Vancouver Whitecaps
(VAN)
RSL SJE DAL LAG MIN MTL POR ATX COL MIN POR DAL SEA STL HOU SKC CIN COL LAFC SKC SEA ATX LAG SJE POR CHI NYC TOR HOU RSL DCU STL SEA LAFC
1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 6–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 3–0 2–3 2–1 4–2 0–1 2–3 0–1 1–1 1–2 4–1 2–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 1–1

MLS All-Star Game[edit]

MLS All-Stars United States Canada0–5England Arsenal
Report
Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,621
Referee: Ted Unkel

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

The higher seeded teams hosted single-elimination matches, with the MLS Cup host determined by overall points in the Supporters' Shield table. During the best-of-three round, the team with higher seed hosted the first match, and the third match if necessary.

Wild Card
single match
Round one
best-of-three series
Conference semifinals
single match
Conference finals
single match
MLS Cup
single match
E1 FC Cincinnati 3 1 (8)
E8 New York Red Bulls 5 E8 New York Red Bulls 0 1 (7)
E9 Charlotte FC 2 E1 FC Cincinnati 1
E4 Philadelphia Union 0
E4 Philadelphia Union 3 1 Eastern Conference
E5 New England Revolution 1 0
E1 FC Cincinnati 2
E3 Columbus Crew (a.e.t.) 3
E3 Columbus Crew 2 2 4
E6 Atlanta United FC 0 4 2
E3 Columbus Crew (a.e.t.) 2
E2 Orlando City SC 0
E2 Orlando City SC 1 1
E7 Nashville SC 0 0
E3 Columbus Crew 2
W3 Los Angeles FC 1
W1 St. Louis City SC 1 1
W8 Sporting Kansas City (p) 0 (4) W8 Sporting Kansas City 4 2
W9 San Jose Earthquakes 0 (2) W8 Sporting Kansas City 0
W4 Houston Dynamo FC 1
W4 Houston Dynamo FC 2 1 (4) 1 (4) Western Conference
W5 Real Salt Lake 1 1 (5) 1 (3)
W4 Houston Dynamo FC 0
W3 Los Angeles FC 2
W3 Los Angeles FC 5 1
W6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 0
W3 Los Angeles FC 1
W2 Seattle Sounders FC 0
W2 Seattle Sounders FC 2 1 1
W7 FC Dallas 0 3 0

Attendance[edit]

Average home attendances[edit]

Rank Team GP Cumulative High Low Mean
1 Atlanta United FC 17 807,947 71,635 42,539 47,526
2 Charlotte FC 17 617,729 69,345 27,236 36,337
3 Seattle Sounders FC 17 546,744 42,054 30,011 32,161
4 Nashville SC 17 480,370 31,840 25,839 28,257
5 FC Cincinnati 17 431,238 25,513 25,082 25,367
6 Toronto FC 17 430,263 27,892 20,701 25,310
7 LA Galaxy 17 409,794 82,110 16,035 24,106
8 New England Revolution 17 406,981 41,355 13,176 23,940
9 Portland Timbers 17 392,744 25,218 21,320 23,103
10 St. Louis City SC 17 381,191 22,423 22,423 22,423
11 Los Angeles FC 17 376,643 22,921 22,007 22,155
12 Austin FC 17 352,546 20,738 20,738 20,738
13 Orlando City SC 17 350,023 24,440 17,012 20,590
14 Columbus Crew 17 345,338 20,730 19,249 20,314
15 New York City FC 17 334,443 30,615 7,417 19,673
16 Minnesota United FC 17 332,659 19,913 18,410 19,568
17 Real Salt Lake 17 330,290 21,471 16,666 19,429
18 Philadelphia Union 17 321,425 19,535 18,533 18,907
19 Sporting Kansas City 17 316,474 20,479 17,178 18,616
20 San Jose Earthquakes 17 313,003 45,112 12,434 18,412
21 New York Red Bulls 17 310,190 26,276 12,932 18,246
22 FC Dallas 17 310,065 19,906 15,890 18,239
23 Chicago Fire FC 17 308,885 62,124 7,815 18,170
24 CF Montréal 17 298,376 23,352 13,509 17,552
25 D.C. United 17 298,185 19,215 12,591 17,540
26 Inter Miami CF 17 295,149 20,452 13,892 17,362
27 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 17 284,661 25,146 13,232 16,745
28 Colorado Rapids 17 261,953 18,171 12,064 15,409
29 Houston Dynamo FC 17 255,495 19,128 10,873 15,029
Total 493 10,900,804 82,110 7,417 22,111

Highest attendances[edit]

Regular season

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Matchday Stadium Ref.
1 LA Galaxy 2–1 Los Angeles FC 82,110 July 4, 2023 23 Rose Bowl [35]
2 Atlanta United FC 5–2 Inter Miami CF 71,635 September 16, 2023 32 Mercedes-Benz Stadium [36]
3 Charlotte FC 0–1 New England Revolution 69,345 February 25, 2023 1 Bank of America Stadium [37]
4 Atlanta United FC 2–1 San Jose Earthquakes 67,538 February 25, 2023 1 Mercedes-Benz Stadium [38]
5 Atlanta United FC 4–0 Nashville SC 67,514 August 26, 2023 28 Mercedes-Benz Stadium [39]
6 Charlotte FC 1–0 Inter Miami CF 66,101 October 21, 2023 38 Bank of America Stadium [40]
7 Chicago Fire FC 4–1 Inter Miami CF 62,124 October 4, 2023 36 Soldier Field [41]
8 San Jose Earthquakes 2–1 Los Angeles FC 45,112 May 6, 2023 11 Levi's Stadium [42]
9 Charlotte FC 2–2 FC Cincinnati 43,613 July 8, 2023 24 Bank of America Stadium [43]
10 Atlanta United FC 1–2 Orlando City SC 43,576 July 15, 2023 26 Mercedes-Benz Stadium [44]

2023 MLS Cup Playoffs

Rank Home team Score Away team Attendance Date Stadium Ref.
1 Atlanta United FC 4–2 Columbus Crew 41,850 November 7, 2023 Mercedes-Benz Stadium [45]
2 Seattle Sounders FC 0–1 Los Angeles FC 33,649 November 26, 2023 Lumen Field [46]
3 Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 FC Dallas 33,048 November 10, 2023 Lumen Field [47]
4 Seattle Sounders FC 2–0 FC Dallas 30,741 October 30, 2023 Lumen Field [48]
5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0–1 Los Angeles FC 30,204 November 5, 2023 BC Place [49]
6 Orlando City SC 0–2
(a.e.t.)
Columbus Crew 25,527 November 25, 2023 Exploria Stadium [50]
7 FC Cincinnati 1–0 Philadelphia Union 25,513 November 25, 2023 TQL Stadium [51]
8 FC Cincinnati 2–3
(a.e.t.)
Columbus Crew 25,513 December 2, 2023 TQL Stadium [52]
9 Nashville SC 0–1 Orlando City SC 25,315 November 7, 2023 Geodis Park [53]
10 FC Cincinnati 3–0 New York Red Bulls 24,022 October 29, 2023 TQL Stadium [54]

Player statistics[edit]

Source:[55]

Goals[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[56]
1 Gabon Denis Bouanga Los Angeles FC 20
2 Argentina Luciano Acosta FC Cincinnati 17
Greece Giorgos Giakoumakis Atlanta United FC
4 Colombia Cucho Hernández Columbus Crew 16
5 Germany Hany Mukhtar Nashville SC 15
United States Brian White Vancouver Whitecaps FC
7 Belgium Christian Benteke D.C. United 14
Argentina Julián Carranza Philadelphia Union
Hungary Dániel Gazdag
Mexico Alan Pulido Sporting Kansas City
Uruguay Facundo Torres Orlando City SC

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Score Date
United States Jordan Morris4 Seattle Sounders FC Sporting Kansas City 4–1 (A) March 25, 2023
Gabon Denis Bouanga Los Angeles FC Austin FC 3–0 (H) April 8, 2023
Denmark Mikael Uhre Philadelphia Union Toronto FC 4–2 (H) April 22, 2023
Germany Hany Mukhtar Nashville SC Chicago Fire FC 3–0 (H) May 6, 2023
Germany Hany Mukhtar Nashville SC St. Louis City SC 3–1 (H) June 17, 2023
Colombia Cucho Hernández Columbus Crew CF Montréal 4–2 (A) September 2, 2023
Colombia Cucho Hernández Columbus Crew Chicago Fire FC 3–0 (H) September 20, 2023
England Billy Sharp LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC 4–3 (H)
Belgium Christian Benteke D.C. United New York Red Bulls 3–5 (H) September 23, 2023
Gabon Denis Bouanga Los Angeles FC Minnesota United FC 5–1 (H) October 4, 2023
Finland Teemu Pukki4 Minnesota United FC LA Galaxy 5–2 (H) October 7, 2023
Notes

(H) – Home team
(A) – Away team
4 Scored 4 goals

Assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists[57]
1 Argentina Thiago Almada Atlanta United FC 19
2 Mexico Héctor Herrera Houston Dynamo FC 17
3 Spain Carles Gil New England Revolution 15
4 Argentina Luciano Acosta FC Cincinnati 14
Germany Eduard Löwen St. Louis City SC
6 Argentina Cristian Espinoza San Jose Earthquakes 13
7 Scotland Ryan Gauld Vancouver Whitecaps FC 12
Uruguay Mauricio Pereyra Orlando City SC
Mexico Carlos Vela Los Angeles FC
10 Hungary Dániel Gazdag Philadelphia Union 11
Colombia Cucho Hernández Columbus Crew
Romania Alexandru Mățan
Germany Hany Mukhtar Nashville SC
Republic of Ireland Connor Ronan Colorado Rapids
Germany Erik Thommy Sporting Kansas City

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets[58]
1 Switzerland Stefan Frei Seattle Sounders FC 14
2 United States Roman Celentano FC Cincinnati 12
United States Steve Clark Houston Dynamo FC
4 Canada Jonathan Sirois CF Montréal 11
5 Peru Pedro Gallese Orlando City SC 10
United States Joe Willis Nashville SC
7 Paraguay Carlos Coronel New York Red Bulls 9
United States Zac MacMath Real Salt Lake
9 Jamaica Andre Blake Philadelphia Union 8
United States Chris Brady Chicago Fire FC
Switzerland Roman Bürki St. Louis City SC
United States John McCarthy Los Angeles FC
Canada Dayne St. Clair Minnesota United FC
Japan Yohei Takaoka Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Awards[edit]

Team/Player of the matchday[edit]

  • Bold denotes league player of the matchday.