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Western Conference
Founded 1996
No. of teams 13
Country(ies) United States
Canada
Most recent champion(s) Seattle Sounders FC (2020)
(4th title)
Most championships LA Galaxy
(8 titles)
Major League Soccer club locations 2020
Current MLS team locations.
Western Conference in brown, Eastern Conference in blue.

The Western Conference is one of Major League Soccer's two conferences. The other conference is the Eastern Conference.

Members

Current

Team City Stadium Joined Notes
Colorado Rapids Commerce City, CO Dick's Sporting Goods Park 1996
FC Dallas Frisco, TX Toyota Stadium 1996
2002
Joined Central Division in 2000. Rejoined Eastern Conference in 2002
Joined as Dallas Burn. Renamed in 2005
Houston Dynamo Houston, TX BBVA Compass Stadium 2006
2015
Moved to Eastern Conference in 2011. Rejoined in 2015
LA Galaxy Carson, CA StubHub Center 1996
Los Angeles FC Los Angeles, CA Banc of California Stadium 2018
Minnesota United FC Saint Paul, MN Allianz Field 2017
Portland Timbers Portland, OR Providence Park 2011
Real Salt Lake Sandy, UT Rio Tinto Stadium 2005
San Jose Earthquakes San Jose, CA Earthquakes Stadium 1996 Joined as San Jose Clash. Renamed in 2000
Seattle Sounders FC Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field 2009
Sporting Kansas City Kansas City, KS Children's Mercy Park 1996
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver, BC BC Place 2011

Western Conference winner by season

Bold Supporters' Shield Champions
Year Team Record (W–L–T) (GD) Playoffs result
1996 LA Galaxy 19–13–0^ (+10) Lost MLS Cup
1997 Kansas City Wizards 21–11–0^ (+6) Lost Conference Semifinals
1998 LA Galaxy 24–8–0^ (+41) Lost Conference Finals
1999 LA Galaxy 20–12–0^ (+20) Lost MLS Cup
2000 Kansas City Wizards 16–7–9 (+18) Won MLS Cup
2001 LA Galaxy 14–7–5 (+16) Lost Semifinals
2002 LA Galaxy 16–9–3 (+11) Won MLS Cup
2003 San Jose Earthquakes 14–7–9 (+10) Won MLS Cup
2004 Kansas City Wizards 14–9–7 (+8) Lost MLS Cup
2005 San Jose Earthquakes 18–4–10 (+22) Lost Conference Semifinals
2006 FC Dallas 16–12–4 (+4) Lost Conference Semifinals
2007 Chivas USA 15–7–8 (+18) Lost Conference Semifinals
2008 Houston Dynamo 13–5–12 (+13) Lost Conference Semifinals
2009 LA Galaxy 12–6–12 (+5) Lost MLS Cup
2010 LA Galaxy 18–7–5 (+18) Lost Conference Finals
2011 LA Galaxy 19–5–10 (+20) Won MLS Cup
2012 San Jose Earthquakes 19–6–9 (+29) Lost Conference Semifinals
2013 Portland Timbers 14–5–15 (+21) Lost Conference Finals
2014 Seattle Sounders FC 20–10–4 (+15) Lost Conference Finals
2015 FC Dallas 18–10–6 (+13) Lost Conference Finals
2016 FC Dallas 17–8–9 (+10) Lost Conference Semifinals
2017 Portland Timbers 15–11–8 (+10) Lost Conference Semifinals
2018 Sporting Kansas City 18–8–8 (+25) Lost Conference Finals
2019 Los Angeles FC 21–4–9 (+48) Lost Conference Finals
2020 Sporting Kansas City 12–6–3 (+13) Lost Conference Semifinals

^ – MLS did not have draws until the 2000 season.
† – The LA Galaxy were declared winners of the Western Division in 2001 after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks forced the cancellation of the rest of the regular season. The MLS Cup Playoffs began on September 20.

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