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Toronto FC is having one of the crucial biggest seasons within the 22-year historical past of Main League Football. TFC has already gained the Canadian Championship and Supporters’ Shield. On Saturday, Toronto FC is making an attempt to do one thing no MLS group has ever completed … entire the home treble.
If Toronto FC wins, they are able to stake declare to being one of the crucial easiest groups in league historical past. That being stated, if the Seattle Sounders can pull off back-to-back MLS Cup wins, a powerful case may well be made they belong in that dialog as neatly.
Going into the 2017 championship sport, listed here are the most productive groups in MLS historical past. So as to be regarded as, a group will have to have prevailed within the league’s maximum necessary sport: MLS Cup.
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five. 2008 Columbus Group
That includes league MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto, trainer of the 12 months Sigi Schmid and defender of the 12 months Chad Marshall, Columbus posted the most productive file within the league to assert the Supporters’ Defend. The Group capped an outstanding playoff run with a very simple Three-1 win over the New York Pink Bulls (who have been coached by way of present Mexico nationwide group supervisor Juan Carlos Osorio) in MLS Cup.
four. 1998 Chicago Fireplace
Coached by way of long run U.S. nationwide group supervisor Bob Bradley, the Fireplace become — and stay — the one growth group in league historical past to win MLS Cup (handiest two growth groups up to now 10 years — Seattle and Atlanta — have even reached the playoffs). The Fireplace additionally pulled off a home double by way of successful the U.S. Open Cup. This season kicked off a run of 3 MLS Cup appearances in six seasons for Chicago, who could not recapture that championship magic of its inaugural season.
Three. 2007 Houston Dynamo
Houston defeated the New England Revolution in consecutive MLS Cups (2006-07), and are certainly one of 3 groups to win consecutive MLS Cups. The 2007 championship capped an outstanding run for a bunch of avid gamers who gained 4 MLS Cups in seven years (together with two in San Jose ahead of a relocation to Houston).
2. 1999 D.C. United
This was once D.C. United at its apex, successful the 3rd MLS Cup name within the first 4 seasons of the league’s life. So as to declare that 3rd championship trophy, D.C. United needed to pass throughout the Los Angeles Galaxy, who have been additionally a league powerhouse that had the misfortune of being at the unsuitable finish of 2 of the ones D.C. United MLS Cup wins.
1. 2011 Los Angeles Galaxy
The Galaxy groups that gained back-to-back MLS Cups in 2011-12 possessed arguably probably the most loaded rosters in league historical past. Coached by way of Bruce Enviornment, the Galaxy featured avid gamers comparable to Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Mike Magee. The Galaxy’s 2011 season was once extra spectacular, because it additionally accrued the Supporters’ Defend. In 2012, the Galaxy began slowly (they have been Three-Eight-2 heading into June), completed fourth within the Western Convention, however peaked in time for some other championship run.
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