Make sure you have a pen, a piece of paper, a calculator and maybe some fingers and toes ready for all this, there are about to be some serious numbers thrown around.
Luckily for us, the chaps over at Forbes have been busy doing all the hard work and collecting data on Major League Soccer’s 19 franchises. They’ve found out which side take the mantle as “MLS’ Most Valuable Team” and have ranked all of the leagues franchises.
Forbes’ study calculates the teams value, while also noting each franchises revenue and operating income.
Surprised by some of these results? I am just going to throw out the overall value of each franchise in ascending order from the most valuable team.
Rave Green is all the rage these days, as Seattle lead the way with their incredible attendances and deep pockets to bring in big name DPs. Not far behind them in second place are the LA Galaxy and then the Portland Timbers are in a clear third spot ahead of Houston and surprisingly Toronto FC wedged closely in fourth and fifth.
There’s no surprise with some of MLS’ bottom-feeders in terms of value, but anyway, enough from me… enjoy breaking down the list below of Major League Soccer’s most valuable sides.
Most Valuable Teams in Major League Soccer
1. Seattle Sounders ($175 million)
2. LA Galaxy ($170 million)
3. Portland Timbers ($141 million)
4. Houston Dynamo ($125 million)
5. Toronto FC ($121 million)
6. New York Red Bulls ($114 million)
7. Sporting Kansas City ($108 million)
8. Chicago Fire ($102 million)
9. FC Dallas ($97 million)
10. Montreal Impact ($96 million)
11. Philadelphia Union ($90 million)
12. New England Revolution ($89 million)
13. Vancouver Whitecaps ($86 million)
14. Real Salt Lake ($85 million)
15. Colorado Rapids ($76 million)
16. San Jose Earthquakes ($75 million)
17. Columbus Crew ($73 million)
18. D.C. United ($71 million)
19. Chivas USA ($64 million)
The United States takes on Costa Rica in a friendly tonight at Red Bull Arena, as the USMNT must put the Mexico match behind them and focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
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The biggest inclusion in tonight’s starting XI is that of Tim Howard in goal, marking his return to the national side after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. It will be Howard’s first appearance for the USMNT since his legendary performance against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.
Klinsmann has chosen to go with a 4-4-2 tonight, and Geoff Cameron remains the only starter in the back-line from the Mexico match. He’ll partner with Michael Orozco in the center of defense, with Brad Evans and Tim Ream on the outsides.
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In the midfield, Klinsmann has put some speed on the wings through the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and recent call-up Brek Shea. Danny Williams joins Jermaine Jones as the central midfielders.
Up top, Jozy Altidore will play alongside Gyasi Zardes, who returns to his more comfortable position as forward.
Cristiano Ronaldo has added another trophy to the collection, winning his fourth Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer for the 2014-15 season.
The award accounts for goals in league play only, which means the Champions League and domestic tournaments are not included. In La Liga, Ronaldo scored 48 goals in 35 appearances.
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Ronaldo first won the award after the 2007-08 season with Manchester United, and has now added three more with Real Madrid in 2010-11, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
With his fourth win, Ronaldo moves ahead of Lionel Messi as the only player to win the award four times. Messi has won three, while eight players have won two.
Below is a post from Ronaldo’s Facebook page reflecting on the award:
What a special moment in my professional life!
Winning four Golden Boots is a privilege for me and I’ll keep challenging myself because I want to do better every time and I want to keep chasing for more records.
I have to thank everyone in Real Madrid that made this possible and we want to keep winning more titles and more trophies. Thank you everyone.
Ronaldo alone scored more goals in La Liga play last season than 14 clubs did, which shows how prolific his season was. The only player to score more than 48 league goals in a European season was Messi, who scored 50 in 2011-12.
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While it was a successful year for Ronaldo personally, it was a very disappointing campaign for Real Madrid, who fired manager Carlo Ancelotti after finishing the season without a trophy.