Major League Soccer’s presence as a major financial force in world soccer is improving, according to Soccerex’s second annual Football Finance 100 (FF100) report.
The report compiles the top 100 clubs in the world based off an analysis of five key factors: playing assets (players), tangible assets (stadium, training centers, etc.), cash in the bank, owner potential investment (an index created by Soccerex index to define the potential to be invested in a football club by the owner or ownership group) and net debt.
Those five factors are combined to create a score, and the top 100 were ranked based off the score.
MLS has 14 clubs in this year’s top 100, compared to 13 last year. The LA Galaxy (18) is the highest-ranked MLS club in the top 100, with the Seattle Sounders (21) and the New England Revolution (30) also in the top 30.
The Seattle Sounders’ tangible assets are valued at $295,117,170, the highest among MLS clubs.
Orlando City is ranked 51st on the list. It’s 11th out of the 14 MLS clubs that are represented in the top 100, but among those clubs, its tangible assets are valued fourth-highest ($240,232,650). Atlanta United, which is one spot ahead of Orlando City, has the highest-valued player assets among MLS clubs in the top 100 (roughly $49.2 million), though the score provided by its tangible assets was the lowest among MLS clubs in the top 100.
The Revolution’s player assets are valued at $17,159,100, the lowest among MLS clubs in the top 100.
English Premier League champion Manchester City is the No. 1 overall team in the rankings for the second season in a row. Paris Saint-Germain is No. 2, while Bayern Munch rounds out the top three.
U.S.-based individual owners and organizations own 18 percent of the clubs in the top 100, according to Soccerex’s report. As a nation, China’s owners have 13 percent of the top 100.
“I am delighted that we can again bring the market this unique global perspective of soccer clubs’ financial strength; one that is in tune with the modern reality of the game showing the impact of owner investment and financial prudence at the top end of the global game,” Soccerex marketing director David Wright said in a statement.
“The Soccerex Football Finance 100 also provides an indicator of where the ownership of the game might be going. The influence of the US will surely only continue to grow, fueled by both the expansion of MLS and the prospect of co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”
Here is the full list of ranked MLS teams:
- No. 18 LA Galaxy
- No. 21 Seattle Sounders
- No. 30 New England Revolution
- No. 31 Colorado Rapids
- No. 32 New York Red Bulls
- No. 38 New York City FC
- No. 40 Toronto FC
- No. 46 Sporting Kansas City
- No. 47 San Jose Earthquakes
- No. 50 Atlanta United
- No. 51 Orlando City
- No. 54 Houston Dynamo
- No. 56 Portland Timbers
- No. 57 Chicago Fire
The full 100 Soccerex rankings can be downloaded here.
Soccerex serves soccer clubs throughout the world, providing insight on various marketing and business aspects of the sport. The group’s annual conference typically draws a mix of technical staff and front office leaders to discuss best practices within the industry.