A new study finds that, while there is a need for more expansion, MLS is far from dead.
Here’s a look at the top eight MLS teams with the potential to join the Champions League next year.
The league’s first expansion team, the New York Red Bulls, will join the competition in 2020.
Los Angeles Galaxy and Orlando City SC are set to join in 2021 and 2022.
The top five MLS clubs, Montreal Impact, Chicago Fire, Vancouver Whitecaps and New York City FC, are scheduled to join by 2019.
The expansion teams in 2019 and 2020 are likely to be joined by the San Jose Earthquakes, New England Revolution and Columbus Crew SC, but not by Columbus Crew or New York Cosmos.
The study was done by ESPN’s soccer expert Bob Ley and ESPN’s Nick Cafardo.
It looks at each team’s MLS record in the league and its chance of making the knockout rounds.
The four expansion teams have not had to meet the standards of the domestic league since their teams joined the league in 2014.
A year ago, the San Diego Galaxy won the domestic title and the expansion teams were seeded at home in the knockout stages.
The teams that have qualified for the Champions league will likely face off against teams from the other three domestic leagues.
The teams that qualify for CONCACaf Champions League play each other in the first round, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout round.
The top three teams from each of the four domestic leagues will advance to the final round of the tournament, where a group stage matches take place.
In the first knockout round, the top four teams advance to face the two clubs that are left in the group stage, and the final four teams are seeded in the quarterfinals.
The six teams from Europe, the Middle East and Africa will play each others in the final two rounds, with a group-stage match taking place.
The group stage includes a quarterfinal match and a final four match.