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Average MLS Club Worth $582 Billion With LAFC At No. 1

Sep 29, 2022 2:39 PM

The average MLS franchise is worth $582 million, according to data compiled by Sportico.

Los Angeles FC ranks first at $900 million, while CF Montreal ranks last at $390 million.

Collectively, the 28 franchises are worth $16.3 billion.

1. LAFC: $900 million
2. LA Galaxy: $865 million
3. Atlanta United: $855 million
4. Seattle Sounders FC: $725 million
5. Toronto FC: $705 million
6. D.C. United: $700 million
7. New York City FC: $690 million
8. Portland Timbers: $685 million
9. Austin FC: $630 million
10. Inter Miami CF: $585 million
11. Sporting Kansas City: $575 million
12. Charlotte FC: $570 million
13. Minnesota United FC: $565 million
14. Columbus Crew: $560 million
15. Philadelphia Union: $555 million
16. FC Cincinnati: $550 million
17. Chicago Fire FC: $535 million
18. New York Red Bulls: $525 million
19. Nashville SC: $520 million
20. San Jose Earthquakes: $515 million
21. New England Revolution: $495 million
22. Houston Dynamo FC: $474 million
23. FC Dallas: $470 million
24. Real Salt Lake: $430 million
25. Orlando City SC: $420 million
26. Vancouver Whitecaps FC: $415 million
27. Colorado Rapids: $400 million
28. CF Montreal: $390 million

 

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MLS To Restart Season In Home Markets On August 12th

Aug 9, 2020 1:45 PM

MLS will restart its season in home markets on August 12th.

The league also announced that 18 teams will make the playoffs this season.

The MLS Cup final will take place on December 12th.

Each side will play 18 more matches for a 23-game regular season.

A "majority" of matches will be held without fans, though the league is working with local governments to have limited capacity for certain games.

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MLS Extends Training Ban Through March 27th

Mar 21, 2020 2:15 PM

MLS extended their ban on first-team training through March 27th.

"During this time, MLS players are expected to remain in each club's respective market and have been advised to exercise safe social distancing measures. At this time, team training facilities may only be accessed for physical therapy purposes at the direction of club medical staff to ensure adherence to safety protocols," released the league in a statement.

The MLS season has been suspended until at least May 10th.

The league is unsure of exactly when their moratorium for training will be lifted.

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Tags: Atlanta United, Austin FC, Chicago Fire, Cincinnati, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, Inter Miami, Minnesota United, CF Montreal, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, New York City FC, Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Injury

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MLS Suspends Season Through May 10th

Mar 19, 2020 1:00 PM

MLS announced that they will extend their league suspension through May 10th.

The league said they were focused on finishing the season.

"MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates," released the league in a statement.

The league could extend the MLS Cup into December to make extra room for matches.

Players are allowed to return to training on March 20th.

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Tags: Atlanta United, Austin FC, Chicago Fire, Cincinnati, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, Inter Miami, Minnesota United, CF Montreal, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, New York City FC, Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, IQ

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MLS, Players Association Reach Agreement On New CBA

Feb 6, 2020 12:23 PM

Major League Soccer and MLS Players Association have come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The new deal will last 5 years.

"As we prepare to celebrate our 25th season, we are very pleased to finalize a new five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with our players. This agreement addresses key strategic priorities for the league and our players while also retaining the basic player compensation structure that has been the foundation for the growth and stability of Major League Soccer," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Some new agreements include an increase in average salary, a decrease in Targeted Allocation Money, a share of the league's new media starts in 2023 and 2024, and charter flights. 

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Michael Bradley Re-Signs With Toronto FC

Dec 12, 2019 2:03 PM

Michael Bradley, who was out of contract this offseason, has re-signed with Toronto FC.

The deal would reportedly see Bradley out until the end of his career.

"I feel so attached to the city of Toronto, the club, the team. I love it here and I am really proud of what we've been able to do over the past six years. Beyond the success, I am equally as proud of the mentality and identity this club has taken on. The relationship between the club and the city, the club and the fans are both very special and I'm proud to have played a part in that," said Bradley.

Bradley has made 200 league and cup appearances for the club.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Still Highest Paid Player In MLS

Sep 27, 2019 7:16 PM

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the highest paid player in MLS with a guaranteed compensation of $7.2 million, released the MLS Players Association after adjusting for the summer transfer window.

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Carlos Vela, and Bastian Schweinsteiger round out the top 5.

The average base salary is $371,538, while the median base salary is $163,750.

Toronto FC leads the league in payroll at $24.3 million. 

The Vancouver Whitecaps have the lowest payroll at $8.1 million. 

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Toronto FC Held 'Exploratory' Talks With Arjen Robben

Apr 9, 2019 12:05 PM

Toronto FC held "exploratory" talks with Arjen Robben, but is not actively pursuing a move.

Robben's contract with Bayern expires at the end of the current season.

Robben has also received interest from Inter Milan.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Internazionale, Toronto FC, Misc Rumor, Transfer Rumor

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Toronto FC Signs Alejando Pozuelo As Third Designated Player

Mar 4, 2019 12:00 PM

Toronto FC has signed Alejandro Pozuelo as their third Designated Player.

Pozuelo will join Toronto once KRC Genk's season ends in Belgium. 

Reports have put the transfer fee as high as $11 million (£9 million) with Pozuelo.

“Alejandro is an excellent player that has the ability to both create and score goals,” Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis said in a statement. “He is the best player on the best team in Belgium’s top division.

“Obviously, and for so many reasons, we would like him to join us now, but we look forward to his arrival on March 18. We are very excited for the 2019 season and adding another important piece to a group that already has a lot of quality only makes us stronger.”


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Jozy Altidore To Sign Extension With Toronto FC Through 2022

Feb 27, 2019 8:34 AM

Jozy Altidore is finalizing a contract extension with Toronto FC through 2022.

His current deal is set to expire at the end of this season.

With Toronto losing the likes of Sebastian Giovinco and Victor Vasquez to overseas clubs this offseason, the Reds were keen to secure the services of Altidore.

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Giovinco Leaves Toronto FC For Al-Hilal
Giovinco said he would have taken less money to stay at Toronto FC.

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Columbus Crew Hire Caleb Porter, Tim Bezbatchenko
Porter and Bezbatchenko have each won an MLS Cup.

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Jozy Altidore Receiving Interest From Ligue 1, Serie A Clubs
Jozy Altidore, 28, joined Toronto before the 2015 season.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Toronto FC Wins Canadian Championship
Jozy Altidore had a hat-trick in the match.

Sebastian Giovinco Wasn't Interested In Being 'Ball Boy' At Barcelona
Sebastian Giovinco is open to playing in China.

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Michael Bradley To Discuss Future With Toronto FC After Season
Michael Bradley has been linked with a return back to Serie A.

ESPN

Toronto Receives $5M Transfer Offer For Michael Bradley
The offer for Michael Bradley came from a club in one of Europe's top four leagues.

Ives Galarcep/Goal.com

Jozy Altidore To Miss Copa America With Hamstring Injury
Jozy Altidore, who has yet to score for Toronto FC in this season, was hurt while taking a penalty that was saved.

ESPN

Giovinco Wants To Remain With Toronto Despite Approach From Barcelona
Sebastian Giovinco moved from Juve to Toronto last year and has scored 22 goals in 34 appearances for the club.

ESPN

Sebastian Giovinco Named MLS MVP
Sebastian Giovinco led the league in goals (22), assists (16) and shots (181).

ESPN

Giovinco, Kamara, Feilhaber Named Finalists For MLS MVP
Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco, the Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara and Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber are finalists for the MLS Most Valuable Player award.

ESPN

Jozy Altidore Calls Past Two Years 'Hardest Of Life'
Jozy Altidore revealed the past two years have been difficult as he struggled at Sunderland before signing with Toronto FC, along with suffering a hamstring injury in the opening match of the World Cu

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Jozy Altidore Again Injures Hamstring, Out 4-5 Weeks
Jozy Altidore injured his left hamstring while playing in the American's first game in the World Cup last summer and missed the rest of the tournament.

ESPN

Michael Bradley Named Captain Of Toronto FC
Michael Bradley has been named the new captain of Toronto FC, replacing Steven Caldwell.

ESPN

Toronto FC Gives Giovinco Richest Contract For Italian Footballer
Sebastian Giovinco's salary will be worth approximately 8.5 million, which includes bonuses and images rights.

Gazzetta

Toronto FC To Sign Sebastian Giovinco Of Juventus
Sebastian Gionvinco is a 27-year-old playmaker for Juventus nicknamed the "Atomic Ant."

Reuters

Jozy Altidore Signs Five-Year, $30M Deal With Toronto FC
Jozy Altidore struggled with Sunderland, but there's hope he can revive his career in the MLS.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Toronto FC Acquires Altidore For Jermain Defoe In Swap With Sunderland
Toronto FC has agreed to swap striker Jermain Defoe to Sunderland with Jozy Altidore and cash heading to Toronto.

Gareth Wheeler/TSN

Toronto FC Considered Frontrunners For Jozy Altidore
Toronto FC and the Portland Timbers have strong interest in Jozy Altidore.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Klinsmann Prefers Michael Bradley In Advanced Position
Michael Bradley's Toronto FC manager, Greg Vanney, believes Bradley is best suited as a box-to-box midfielder.

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