As another exciting Major League Soccer season comes to an end, I’d like to recap the season of every team in the league. From the Atlanta United’s all the way down to the San Jose Earthquakes of the league. Let’s jump right into it.
The list will be alphabetical, but it also starts with the best team in MLS. Despite choking a trophy in the regular season, Atlanta picked up the MLS Cup which is the ultimate prize. The team continued to break attendance record. Their players also decided to break records.
They will now say goodbye to one of their star players in Miguel Almiron as well as head coach Tata Martino. They send the South Americans off with a trophy for their efforts.
Not great. After a phenomenal 2017 campaign, fans finally had something to look forward to heading into 2018 and the Fire disappointed. Bastian Schweinsteiger, a World Cup winner was played out of position and opposite to Atlanta, everything that could have went wrong did.
You thought Chicago was bad? The Rapids finished below the Fire, somehow and didn’t really have any positives to take from the season. Fans grew frustrated and by the end of the season, Colorado barely had enough players to field a full XI. Seriously. Hopefully things will change next season… probably not.
Not a bad season. With Ola Kamara leaving in the offseason some fans had worry that the team may fail in front of goal but they didn’t. Federico Higuain did his thing as per usual and Gyasi Zardes’ first season was way more successful than anybody could imagine.
Zack Steffen became a mainstay for the U.S. Men’s National Team and had another successful season with Columbus. The team made the playoffs but fell to a strong Red Bulls team after defeating D.C. With head coach Gregg Berhalter leaving to coach the USMNT, CLB will likely experience a heavily changed side in 2019.
A team that was one of the worst the league had seen at the beginning of the season to fourth place in the Eastern Conference come Decision Day, this was a good year. Led by Wayne Rooney in the second half of the year, D.C. finished the season out wonderfully and earned a place in the playoffs most fans didn’t expect back in March.
On top of that, D.C. opened a new soccer stadium in Audi Field and has a new home for years to come. For the first time in a while, things are looking up for the United fans.
A hard team to predict, FCD had an alright season. Finishing fourth out in the West isn’t poor, but they were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round which frustrated some. One of the more average teams around the league this season.
After opening up the season with a 4-0 win over Atlanta United, Houston had reason to be excited. Unfortunately, that was their high point as far as MLS play goes. They did, however, manage to win the U.S. Open Cup. Poor MLS season but they won silverware which is more than most teams can say.
For a team in its first season who had plenty of counters, LAFC had a great season. Finishing third out West was quite the accomplishment for Bob Bradley’s men. They opened one of the best soccer-specific stadiums in the country but ulimately disappointed come playoff time.
Any time the most historic club in MLS doesn’t make the playoffs it’s pretty much viewed as a failed season. They brought in Zlatan Ibrahimovic which was good for pretty much everything other than winning games. Unfortunately, winning games is kind of important in sports.
Another bad season for the Loons. Kevin Molino went down with a season-ending injury in week two and the team was devastated. Darwin Quintero was a legitimate top player in the league for a period though, and will likely do the same next season. Small glimpses of good things to come from MNUFC.
Montreal just missed out on the playoffs despite being under a new head coach this season. When I called FC Dallas an average team earlier, I think they share that with Montreal. Montreal narrowly missed out on the playoffs but weren’t necessarily bad. Middle of the pack for MTL this season.
New England Revolution
Okay, the Revs weren’t great, but they also gave fans hope for the first time in a few years. They introduced some fun young players that would get the few in attendance off their seat every so often but overall never really threatened the best teams in the league.
New York City FC
Disappointing. I know it’s weird because they were amongst the best teams in the league, but with head coach Patrick Vieira leaving at about the midway point in the season, things took a turn for the worst. NYCFC had a roster that could have competed with Atlanta, but was mismanaged by Domènec Torrent who came into the season late.
New York Red Bulls
The usual. A top regular season team but more playoff disappointment. It should be noted that while NYCFC struggled with a coaching change, RBNY did not. Hiring within the club allowed them to carry on like no change occurred at all and they were able to lift the Supporter’s Shield. Despite that, fans are getting frustrated with the same story.
Orlando City SC
I don’t have many words. They were bad. Every time something sensational happened for any other team in the league it seemed like OCSC was always on the receiveing end. Oh well.
Jim Curtin got his men to have a successful campaign. A young team and a new designated player in Dockal allowed Philadelphia to reach the playoffs marginally. The young homegrowns were promising and give fans a reason to be excited headed into 2019.
This was a fun team. The Timbers started their season poorly but ended up reaching the MLS Cup. Despite an aging roster, the team rallied together and managed to of 15 games unbeaten in the middle of the season. The team was the best of the west in the playoffs and have some magical players to build around heading into 2019.
Real Salt Lake
Another young team who did well with using homegrowns. Like Philly, RSL squeezed into the playoffs but they were fortunate enough to pull off an upset. Taking out LAFC was more than most fans could ask for as early in the season it was LAFC who put six past RSL in a single game.
San Jose Earthquakes
Jordan Morris’ injury early in the season hurt the team but they didn’t use it as an excuse. Finishing just three points behind SKC in the race for top of the west, the Sounders had a very strong campaign. Losing to their rivals in Portland in the playoffs was tough, but overall Seattle fans will be happy with the campaign.
Sporting Kansas City
As good as it could have been. The team topped the Western Conference despite never really finding a starting striker and nearly made it all the way to the MLS Cup. With players like Felipe Gutierrez in the team, the squad was very strong. Johnny Russell was another new signee who had a terrific opening campaign. SKC fans should be excited for 2019 as they’re just a few peices away from being real contenders.
The opposite of SKC. Highest of expectations and the lowest of reality. Somehow the team finished 19th in the league despite most predicting them to be a top 5 team after back-to-back MLS Cup visits. Not much else to say, TFC fans will be more disappointed than anyone.
If the season was all about young player Alphonso Davies, then it was perfect. If it was all about the entirety of the team, not so much. Narrowly missing out on a playoff spot isn’t the worst place to be but nobody other than Davies was able to keep fans excited. With him gone, fans will hope some big offseason money is spent.