MLS Overall Positions Table
|Everybody can remember whether or not their MLS team had a good or bad season in any given year. Although, with the MLS system set up the way it is, it's hard to know exactly how good sometimes. That's because of the playoffs, first of all, but also because of the conference set up that's been around since the league started. So while people may remember the seed their team had in the playoffs, it's harder to remember exactly where in the overall stand they finished. That's where this table comes in handy. Oh, and there's also the fact that MLS changes draft positions based on playoff performance.|
This is a table of where every MLS team finished in the overall league standings in each season. Ties were broken by the league's current rules, in which head to head is the first tiebreaker and goal differential is the second. As always, from 1996-9 shootouts are counted as draws.
Top Half/Bottom Half Breakdown
Most years in a row in the top half:
7 years, LA 1996-2002
Most years in a row in the bottom half:
6 years, NE 1996-2001
Hypothetical Superliga Qualifications
The new Superliga competition will be filled with the top four MLS teams starting next year with the second edition. If it had been around since MLS started, how many times would each team have qualified?
Hypothetical First Relegation
If finishing in the bottom three resulted in relegation, when would each team have suffered it for the first time?
MLS Cup Ranking Breakdown
Lists the overall rankings of the finalists with winners on the left. To see a ranking of the MLS Cup champions by PPG, click here. Despite being a 4 seed, the 2004 DC United team was the worst champion in league history in PPG.
I know somebody will probably ask me this. Why is LA listed as the 7th best team for the 2005 season, when the standings clearly show 7 teams ahead of them? For the MLS seeding, LA loses the tiebreaker on goal differential to Colorado making them the 4th seed in the West, and the 8th best playoff team out of 8. However, in the overall standings there was a three-way tie for 7th place between COL, KC, and LA. The Galaxy win that three-way tiebreaker, although they would've (and did) lose the tiebreaker just with the Rapids.
Here's a table of the head to head results:
So the Galaxy win that. COL and KC must then be separated (once a three-way tie is broken, you go back to the first tiebreaker with the two remaining teams). KC then wins the second tiebreaker vs COL, goal differential, which means that the Rapids were 9th in the overall table despite being the 7th best playoff team. Got it?