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Atlanta United sits atop Forbes’ list of most valuable MLS franchises


Atlanta United came up just short of the Supporters’ Shield, but it’s off-the-field success is No. 1 with a bullet.

Giving high marks to attendance and merchandise sales, Forbes places the Five Stripes atop its list of the most valuable franchises in Major League Soccer.

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United sits first, with a valuation of $330 million. Both Atlanta and the second place Galaxy have valuations ahead of the two-least valuable teams combined (Columbus and Colorado). And the Five Stripes are worth twice the individual values of those teams and Vancouver. Full list here, from

“Last season, average home-game attendance was 48,200, and this year the team is drawing over 50,000 fans per game. In just two seasons Atlanta has already laid claim to the league’s eight best-attended games ever, and nine of the top eleven.”

The margins are fine, relatively speaking, with Atlanta’s advantage over second place LA Galaxy by $10 million. Seattle is third at $310m, with newcomers LAFC at $305m, and Toronto FC at $290m.

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Forbes claims the shared honor will give two Cascadia Cup rivals one less thing to argue about, but we completely disagree.

The celebrated magazine says their metrics show the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders tied for the honor of who has the best fans in Major League Soccer.

The post says the determination was made through four factors: attendance, local TV ratings, merchandise sales, and social media followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Attendance was weighted heaviest, which certainly gives Atlanta United hope to go charging up the rankings in the future. For now, the “Five Stripes” are not included in the list.

The Galaxy finish third in the rankings, while the sixth-place New York Red Bulls edge New York City FC by one spot.

For the report and full explanation, head here.

Ronaldo edges LeBron, Messi for top-earning honor

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s staying on top in just about everything.

The Portuguese superstar is the highest-earning athlete for the second-successive season, holding off LeBron James for the honor.

According to, Ronaldo made $93 million this year, edging out NBA star LeBron James and Lionel Messi (who swapped places).

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Neymar is the next soccer player on the list, slotting 19th, while Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the Top 30.

Wayne Rooney is next, placing 70th with $23.6 million, with Luis Suarez one slot behind. Also in the Top 100: Sergio Aguero and James Rodriguez.

Forbes releases MLS value list: Seattle leads pack, NYC, Orlando high up

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As MLS expansion fees creep toward $200 million, Forbes Magazine claims that seven of the 20 Major League Soccer franchises are worth more than that figure.

Seattle leads the way with a $285 million figure, $20 million more than the LA Galaxy.

Also worth more than $200 mil? NYC (255), Toronto (245), Orlando City (240), Houston (215) and Portland (210).

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Kudos to the Galaxy, who are the only team on the list that was in MLS before 2006.

The bottom three are Real Salt Lake, Columbus, and Colorado, with the Rapids worth $110m.

The intriguing digits come in the final column, where low player costs and other factors make all operating incomes in the single digits (The players’ association will surely highlight and circle this).

Full list here.

Ronaldo, Messi top Forbes list of best-earning athletes

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi made the most money in the sports world in 2015, and no other soccer player comes close to La Liga’s duo.

Ronaldo made about $128 million, while Messi hauled in more than $118 million. In both of their cases, salary is significantly higher than endorsements (See the list from

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Neymar comes next, tied for 21st with Rafael Nadal just in front of No. 23 Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Also in the Top 100: Gareth Bale (25), Wayne Rooney (t-49), Sergio Aguero (60), Luis Suarez (t-65), Bastian Schweinsteiger (81), Angel Di Maria and James Rodriguez (t-83) and Eden Hazard (85).

The second-youngest name on the list is Neymar, behind only Jordan Spieth in age.