With the addition of the expansion Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps to the Western Conference, Major League Soccer have moved the Houston Dynamo to the Eastern Conference in 2011. Both conferences now have nine teams, Sporting Kansas City remains in the Eastern Conference.
Upon joining MLS in 2006, Houston became the easternmost club in the Western Conference. The two-time MLS Cup Champions are now the westernmost team in the Eastern Conference. Houston’s average distance from its Eastern Conference foes is 194.6 miles shorter than its average distance to the nine Western Conference clubs. This year, every team will play each of the other 17 clubs once at home, once away, for a balanced, 34-game regular season.
The League’s 16th season begins Tuesday, March 15 with Seattle Sounders FC hosting the LA Galaxy at 8:30 p.m. CT (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3.com). Sporting Kansas City opens their season on the road against Chivas USA on March 19.
The clubs in each conference for 2011 are as follows, in alphabetical order:
|EASTERN CONFERENCE||WESTERN CONFERENCE|
|Chicago Fire||Chivas USA|
|Columbus Crew||Colorado Rapids|
|D.C. United||FC Dallas|
|Houston Dynamo||LA Galaxy|
|Sporting Kansas City||Portland Timbers|
|New England Revolution||Real Salt Lake|
|New York Red Bulls||San Jose Earthquakes|
|Philadelphia Union||Seattle Sounders FC|
|Toronto FC||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|