Major League Soccer
FIFA Region
CONCACAF
Season
2021
Location
United States
Abbreviation
USA1

Summary

Major League Soccer (USA1) is currently comprised of 27 clubs, 24 from the United States and 3 from Canada (Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver). USA1 expanded to 27 teams for the 2021 season with the addition of Austin FC and is currently split into the Eastern (14 teams) and Western (13 teams) Conferences. Major League Soccer plans to grow to 30 teams with the addition Charlotte FC in 2022, St. Louis City SC in 2023, and Sacramento Republic FC in a season to be determined. At the end of the 2021 regular season, the USA1 teams listed below qualify for the following non-league play:

  • 2022 CONCACAF Champions League (CNCFCL):
    • 2021 USA1 MLS Cup champion
    • 2021 USA1 Supporter's Shield champion (non-champion with the most points)
    • 2021 USA1 MLS Eastern/Western Conference champion with the most points
  • 2022 Leagues Cup:
    • 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place 2021 USA1 Eastern Conference teams
    • 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place 2021 USA1 Western Conference teams

If one of the USA1 teams listed above wins the 2021 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (USACUP1), the next best USA1 team without a 2021 CNCFCL berth will receive a 2021 CNCFCL berth. If one or more of the teams listed above are Canadian teams, then the the next best 2021 USA1 United States-based team(s) without a berth will receive a 2022 CNCFCL berth.

Leagues Pyramid - United States

Abbrev League # of Teams
USA1 Major League Soccer 27
USA2 USL Championship 31
USA3 USL League One -

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

Regular
16 Apr 2021 - 7 Nov 2021
Playoffs
19 Nov 2021 - 11 Dec 2021
 27: United States (24), Canada (3)

Season Format

Each team currently plays an "unbalanced" schedule of 34 regular season matches, with 32 Conference matches and 2 Nonconference matches. With the United States and Canada being very large countries, the current USA1 schedule cuts down on travel time and puts a premium on building regional rivalries. Conference standings and play-offs also nullifies any advantages/disadvantages that teams in one conference might have over another. Table ranking ties are broken by (1) total wins, (2) goal difference, (3) total goals scored, (4) disciplinary points, (5) away goals difference, (6) away goals scored, (7) home goals scored, (8) home goals difference, then (9) coin toss or a draw.

Playoffs

The 2021 USA1 Playoffs start immediately after the 2021 USA1 Regular season. The Top 7 teams in each conference qualify for the Playoffs. In the 1st Round, from each conference the 2nd place team hosts the 7th place team, the 3rd place team hosts the 6th place team, and the 4th place team hosts the 5th place team in "Knockout" matches. In the 2nd round, the Conference Semifinals, 1st place hosts the lowest seed Knockout match winner and the highest seeded 1st Round winner hosts the remaining 1st Round winner. In each match, if it is still tied after regular time, two 15 minute overtime periods are played. If still tied after the overtime periods, penalty kicks are taken. The 2021 USA1 Cup Final is a single Championship match played at the Home field of the championship finalist with the most points acquired during the 2021 USA1 Regular season.

Relegation

There is no Promotion/Relegation between the USA1 and the USA2.


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 LeagueHomeRoad
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EASTERN
1New England 32 -1-07-53222 -0-0631210 -1-01220
2New York City 32 -0-16-82611 -0-0350521 -0-13321
3Orlando City SC 31 -2-05-41321 -1-0430310 -1-01110
4Montreal Impact 31 -2-05-64221 -1-0442210 -1-01220
5Atlanta United 31 -1-14-43111 -0-0331220 -1-1112-1
6Inter Miami CF 31 -1-14-44010 -0-1023-121 -1-04211
7New York Red Bull 31 -0-23-55021 -0-1332110 -0-1023-1
8Nashville SC 30 -3-03-44030 -3-0344000 -0-00000
9DC United 31 -0-23-36-311 -0-0321120 -0-2015-4
10Columbus Crew 20 -2-02-00010 -1-0100010 -1-01000
11Toronto 20 -1-11-46-210 -1-0122010 -0-1024-2
12Philadelphia Union 30 -1-21-14-320 -0-2014-310 -1-01000
13Chicago Fire 30 -1-21-37-410 -1-0122020 -0-2015-4
14FC Cincinnati 30 -1-21-210-800 -0-0000030 -1-21210-8
WESTERN
1Seattle Sounders 32 -1-07-81722 -0-0670710 -1-01110
2San Jose Earthquakes 32 -0-16-84422 -0-0672510 -0-1012-1
3Real Salt Lake 22 -0-06-52311 -0-0331211 -0-03211
4Austin FC FC 32 -0-16-43100 -0-0000032 -0-16431
5LA Galaxy 32 -0-16-67-111 -0-0332121 -0-1335-2
6Los Angeles FC 31 -2-05-42221 -1-0431210 -1-01110
7FC Dallas 31 -1-14-54121 -1-0441310 -0-1013-2
8Houston Dynamo 31 -1-14-44021 -1-0432110 -0-1012-1
9Vancouver Whitecaps 31 -1-14-33021 -0-1311010 -1-01220
10Sporting KC 31 -1-14-45-110 -1-0111021 -0-1334-1
11Colorado Rapids 31 -1-14-23-110 -0-1013-221 -1-04101
12Portland Timbers 31 -0-23-36-311 -0-0321120 -0-2015-4
13Minnesota United 30 -0-30-17-620 -0-2013-210 -0-1004-4
Playoffs - 1st Round
Playoffs - Play-in Round

Fixtures

Fri - 7 May 2021
Sat - 8 May 2021
 New York Red Bull   TorontoRed Bull Arena (Harrison)
 Nashville SC   New EnglandNissan Stadium
 Columbus Crew   DC UnitedHistoric Crew Stadium
 FC Dallas   Houston DynamoToyota Stadium (Frisco)
 Orlando City SC   New York CityExploria Stadium
 LA Galaxy   Los Angeles FCDignity Health Sports Park
 Colorado Rapids   Minnesota UnitedDick's Sporting Goods Park
Sun - 9 May 2021
 Inter Miami CF   Atlanta UnitedDRV PNK Stadium
 Sporting KC   Austin FCChildren's Mercy Park
Wed - 12 May 2021
 Toronto   Columbus CrewExploria Stadium
 Inter Miami CF   Montreal ImpactDRV PNK Stadium
 Houston Dynamo   Sporting KCBBVA Stadium
 Minnesota United   Vancouver WhitecapsAlliannz Field (MN)
Thu - 13 May 2021
 DC United   Chicago FireAudi Field (DC)

Results

Sun - 2 May 2021
 Seattle Sounders 30 LA Galaxy Lumen Field
 Nashville SC 00 Inter Miami CFNissan Stadium
Sat - 1 May 2021
 Minnesota United 01 Austin FCAlliannz Field (MN)
 FC Dallas 41 Portland TimbersToyota Stadium (Frisco)
 Orlando City SC 30 FC CincinnatiExploria Stadium
 New England 21 Atlanta UnitedGillette Stadium
 Montreal Impact 00 Columbus CrewDRV PNK Stadium
 Real Salt Lake 31 Sporting KCRio Tinto Stadium
 New York Red Bull 20 Chicago FireRed Bull Arena (Harrison)
Sun - 25 Apr 2021
 LA Galaxy 32 New York Red BullDignity Health Sports Park
Sat - 24 Apr 2021
 Colorado Rapids 13 Austin FCDick's Sporting Goods Park
 New England 10 DC UnitedGillette Stadium
 Minnesota United 12 Real Salt LakeAlliannz Field (MN)
 Atlanta United 31 Chicago FireMercedes-Benz Stadium