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What does Chivas’ exit mean for MLS? East to West shuffle, 20 teams

Graham Zusi, Mike Chabala

Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi, left, grabs Houston Dynamo defender Mike Chabala (6) as he moves the ball up the field during the first half of the MLS Eastern Conference soccer final on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)


Following the announcement that Chivas USA has ceased operations, Major League Soccer will have a new look to it for 2015

With new franchises Orlando City and New York City FC joining the league, North America’s top-flight will be split into two conferences, East and West, with 10 teams in each.

That means there will be some movements among the current clubs for MLS’ 20th season as a league. Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo are the teams who will be impacted most, as they will make the move from the Eastern Conference to the West next season.

Here’s a statement from MLS on the new conference realignment, giving more details on how things will be organized:

For the 2015 season, the 20 teams will each play 34 games during the regular season. Clubs will play each team in the opposing conference once for five home and five away matches. Clubs will play each of their nine conference opponents at least twice (one home, one away), plus six additional intra-conference games -- three home and three away.

There you have it, simple as that. What all that means is that the Western Conference looks absolutely stacked, as the last 10 MLS Cup finalists from 2009-2013 are in the Western Conference for the 2015 season. Wowza.

Below are the two new 10-team East and West Conferences for 2015


Chicago Fire
Columbus Crew
D.C. United
Montreal Impact
New England Revolution
New York City FC
New York Red Bulls
Orlando City SC
Philadelphia Union
Toronto FC


Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo
Sporting Kansas City
LA Galaxy
Portland Timbers
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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