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Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer
Football League
NameMajor League Soccer
CountriesUnited States (16 teams)
Canada (2 teams)
FoundedDecember 13, 1993
ConferencesEastern Conference
Western Conference
Number of teams18
Levels1 (US), 1 (CA)
Relegation toNone
Domestic cupU.S. Open Cup
Canadian Championship
International cupCONCACAF Champions League
Current MLS CupColorado Rapids (1st title)
Current Supporters' ShieldLos Angeles Galaxy (3rd shield)
Most MLS CupsD.C. United (4 titles)
Most Supporters' ShieldsD.C. United (4 shields)
TV partnersESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Fox Soccer Channel,
Fox Deportes,
GolTV Canada,
TeleFutura, TSN, TSN2,

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Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer). The league comprises 18 teams, 16 in the U.S. and two in Canada. MLS represents the top tier of the American and Canadian soccer pyramids.

Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 as part of the United States' bid to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The first season took place in 1996 beginning with 10 teams. Seasons typically run from March to November, with each team scheduled to play 34 games in the 2011 regular season. Ten teams will compete in the 2011 postseason MLS Cup Playoffs culminating in the championship game, MLS Cup.

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