Western Conference (MLS)


Western Conference (MLS)

The Western Conference is one of Major League Soccer's two conferences.

Current members

*Chivas USA
*Colorado Rapids
*FC Dallas
*Houston Dynamo
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*Real Salt Lake
*San Jose Earthquakes

Changes from 1995

*Creation of Major League Soccer

Conference Lineups

1996

Lineup for 1996

*Colorado Rapids
*Dallas Burn
*Kansas City Wiz
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*San Jose Clash

1997

Lineup for 1997

*Colorado Rapids
*Dallas Burn
*Kansas City Wizards
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*San Jose Clash

Changes from 1996

*Kansas City changed their name from the Wiz to the Wizards

1998–1999

Lineup for 1998–1999

*Chicago Fire
*Colorado Rapids
*Dallas Burn
*Kansas City Wizards
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*San Jose Clash

Changes from 1997

*The Chicago Fire were added in the 1998 expansion

2000–2001

Western Division

Lineup for 2000–2001

*Colorado Rapids
*Kansas City Wizards
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*San Jose Earthquakes

Changes from 1999

*The Western Conference changed to the Western Division with the creation of the new Central Division
*The Chicago Fire and Dallas Burn moved into the new Central Division
*San Jose changed their nickname from the Clash to the Earthquakes

2002–2004

Western Conference

Lineup for 2002–2004

*Colorado Rapids
*Dallas Burn
*Kansas City Wizards
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*San Jose Earthquakes

Changes from 2001

*The Western Division changed back to the Western Conference following the contraction of the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny, resulting in the disbanding of the Central Division
*The Dallas Burn moved in from the Central Division

2005

Lineup for 2005

*Chivas USA
*Colorado Rapids
*FC Dallas
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*Real Salt Lake
*San Jose Earthquakes

Changes from 2004

*Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake were added in the 2005 expansion
*The Kansas City Wizards moved to the Eastern Conference
*Dallas changed their name from the Dallas Burn to FC Dallas

2006–2007

Lineup for 2006–2007

*Chivas USA
*Colorado Rapids
*FC Dallas
*Houston Dynamo^
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*Real Salt Lake

Changes from 2005

*The San Jose Earthquakes moved to Houston, Texas to become Houston 1836
*^Houston 1836 changed their nickname to the Dynamo on March 6, 2006—after protest from Mexican American groups referencing the year of Texan independence

2008

Current Lineup

*Chivas USA
*Colorado Rapids
*FC Dallas
*Houston Dynamo
*Los Angeles Galaxy
*Real Salt Lake
*San Jose Earthquakes

Changes from 2007

*The San Jose Earthquakes return to MLS as an ressurected team

Changes for 2009

*The Seattle Sounders FC are scheduled to begin play

Western Conference regular season champions by year

*1996: Los Angeles Galaxy
*1997: Kansas City Wizards
*1998: Los Angeles Galaxy~
*1999: Los Angeles Galaxy
*2000: Kansas City Wizards*~
*2001: Los Angeles Galaxy
*2002: Los Angeles Galaxy*~
*2003: San Jose Earthquakes*
*2004: Kansas City Wizards
*2005: San Jose Earthquakes~
*2006: FC Dallas
*2007: Chivas USA

* - Won the MLS Cup

~ - Won the MLS Supporters' Shield

† - The Los Angeles Galaxy were declared winners of the Western Division in 2001 after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania forced the cancellation of the rest of the regular season. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on September 20.

MLS Cup Champions produced

*1998: Chicago Fire
*2000: Kansas City Wizards
*2001: San Jose Earthquakes
*2002: Los Angeles Galaxy
*2003: San Jose Earthquakes
*2005: Los Angeles Galaxy
*2006: Houston Dynamo
*2007: Houston Dynamo

ee also

*Eastern Conference (MLS)
*MLS Central Division

References

* [http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/mls/history/ Complete MLS History]


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