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Major League Soccer Facts

David Beckham has signed to the MLS! Check out these kickin' Major League Soccer facts and records.

Major League Soccer - Famous Firsts

  • Major League Soccer started in 1996 with ten teams split into the Eastern Conference and Western Conference. The first MLS Cup was won by D.C. United. The league now has 12 teams with a 13th team in Toronto to be added in 2007.
  • The first player seleced in the Major League Soccer player draft was Brian McBride, who was selected by the Columbus Crew. McBride would go on to become a star for the US National Team at the 2002 World Cup.
  • The first MVP of Major League soccer was Colombian soccer star, Carlos Valderrama, who played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny. He also holds the distinction of having the coolest hair of any player in MLS history - as you can see by the picture above.
  • Major League Soccer - Star Players

  • Freddy Adu - Freddy Adu became the youngest pro athlete in recent American sports history, when he joined D.C. United of the MLS when he was just 14. Although Adu didn't play much his first season, he has blossomed into one of the most exciting young soccer players in the world and the star attraction for MLS.
  • Landon Donovan - Since joining the San Jose Earthquakes in 2001, Landon Donovan has become one of the league's most popular and recognizable players. Donovan is the league's all-time leading playoff scorer and won MLS Cups in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
  • Taylor Twellman - A dangerous goal scorer who can change a game in a split second, Twellman was the league and all-star game MVP in 2005. The New England Revolution striker should be a star in MLS for many years to come.
  • Major League Soccer - Scoring Records

  • Clint Mathis holds the MLS record for most goals scored in a single game. Mathis scored five goals while playing for the New York MetroStars during a 6-4 victory over Dallas in 2000.
  • Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake is the all-time leading goal scorer in Major League Soccer history. Kreis has found the back of the net 107 times during his ten year MLS career.
  • Landon Donovan, of the LA Galaxy, holds the record for most career MLS playoff goals with 14.
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    LUCYQWERTY123
    well in my opinion i think its a sport cause its more of gymnastic and gymnastics is a sport so yeah :D :punk :nerd :nerd :nerd :punk :punk :punk
    reply 5 days
    1PhanTrash
    It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
    reply 5 days
    1PhanTrash
    "Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
    reply 5 days
    Wolf74
    Wolf74 posted in Dance:
    use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
    reply 6 days
    Enki
    Enki posted in Xtreme Sports:
    Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
    reply 8 days