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 1711 -3-336-33211276 -0-1181486105 -3-21819136
2Orlando City SC 168 -4-428-2621585 -2-1171661083 -2-3111015-5
3Nashville SC 166 -9-127-251510116 -5-02322101250 -4-1435-2
4New York City 158 -2-526-30161496 -1-2192281462 -1-37880
5Philadelphia Union 176 -7-425-2117484 -2-214107392 -5-21111101
6Columbus Crew 166 -6-424-1716174 -3-015115692 -3-49611-5
7Montreal Impact 166 -4-622-2120174 -2-114139492 -2-58811-3
8DC United 166 -3-721-2118375 -0-215124891 -3-56914-5
9New York Red Bull 155 -3-718-2020074 -1-213127581 -2-55813-5
10Atlanta United 162 -8-614-1621-572 -3-2987190 -5-45814-6
11Toronto 163 -5-814-2133-1271 -4-27910-192 -1-671223-11
12FC Cincinnati 153 -5-714-1729-1260 -3-3359-493 -2-4111220-8
13Chicago Fire 163 -4-913-1828-10103 -3-4121514160 -1-51314-11
14Inter Miami CF 143 -3-812-1224-1281 -2-55718-1162 -1-3756-1
WESTERN
1Seattle Sounders 179 -5-332-251312105 -3-218178974 -2-114853
2Sporting KC 169 -3-430-29191095 -3-1181710774 -0-3121293
3LA Galaxy 169 -1-628-2727086 -0-218169783 -1-4101118-7
4Colorado Rapids 158 -3-427-2216685 -2-117168873 -1-31068-2
5Los Angeles FC 166 -5-523-2219394 -4-1161510572 -1-4779-2
6Minnesota United 166 -5-523-1921-285 -1-216106481 -4-37915-6
7Real Salt Lake 155 -6-421-2416893 -4-213149562 -2-281073
8Portland Timbers 156 -1-819-1926-775 -0-215116581 -1-64820-12
9Houston Dynamo 163 -9-418-1720-373 -4-01396390 -5-45814-6
10FC Dallas 164 -5-717-2024-483 -5-014168881 -0-73416-12
11San Jose Earthquakes 164 -5-717-1825-772 -1-471012-292 -4-310813-5
12Vancouver Whitecaps 163 -6-715-1827-983 -2-311810-280 -4-441017-7
13Austin FC FC 153 -4-813-1016-661 -2-3545-192 -2-58611-5
Playoffs - 1st Round
Playoffs - Play-in Round

Results

Sun - 1 Aug 2021
 Toronto 11 Nashville SCBMO Field
Sat - 31 Jul 2021
Fri - 30 Jul 2021
 LA Galaxy 41 Portland TimbersDignity Health Sports Park
 Orlando City SC 32 Atlanta UnitedExploria Stadium
 New York City 41 Columbus CrewYankee Stadium
Wed - 28 Jul 2021
 Los Angeles FC 22 Minnesota UnitedBanc of California Stadium
Sun - 25 Jul 2021
 DC United 10 New York Red BullAudi Field (DC)
 New England 21 Montreal ImpactGillette Stadium
 New York City 50 Orlando City SCYankee Stadium
Sat - 24 Jul 2021
 Los Angeles FC 22 Vancouver WhitecapsBanc of California Stadium