The Five Stripes retained their top spot with a value of $500 million, up from $330 million this time last season. The LA Galaxy remain second at $480 million while LAFC jump into the top three at $475 million.
Behind that trio come the 2019 MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders, valued at $405 million. Their MLS Cup opponents Toronto FC came in fifth at $395 million, narrowly edging out sixth-place Portland Timbers at $390 million.
Per Forbes, the average MLS club is now worth $313 million, which represents 30% growth from last season. The year-over-year growth outpaces rising team values in the NBA (13%), NFL (11%), MLB (8%) and NHL (6%).
Growth continues to be on the horizon, as two more clubs will join the league in 2020, one in 2021, two in 2022 as well as a 30th expansion franchise to be awarded in the near future.
Top 5 - 2018 Forbes list of Most Valuable MLS Teams:
- Atlanta United, $500 million
- LA Galaxy, $480 million
- LAFC, $475 million
- Seattle Sounders, $405 million
- Toronto FC, $395 million
Forbes’ full list of valuations can be found here.