Which Teams Have the Most MLS Cup Titles?

Major League Soccer is on the brink of naming its 27th league champion with MLS Cup right around the corner.

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The MLS season will conclude right before the kick-off of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, so there’s a lot at stake.

Over the years, original teams like the LA Galaxy and DC United have had insane league prowess for years.

Meanwhile, more recently, clubs introduced to the MLS landscape like the Seattle Sounders, have built sustained success.

Today, ONE37pm takes a closer look at which teams have the MLS Cup titles in league history.

History of MLS

Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 and first launched its first season three years later with 1o clubs across the league.

The league now consists of 28 teams across the United States and Canada and aims at expanding into over 30 markets by the time the 2026 World Cup reaches North America.

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Every year, MLS has a Supporters’ Shield champion – which goes to the team with the most points during the regular season.

That’s in addition to the league champion being named at the conclusion of the season when MLS Cup is held in November.

How Are MLS Conferences Broken Up?

Eastern Conference

Atlanta United

Charlotte FC

Chicago Fire

FC Cincinnati

Columbus Crew

DC United

Inter Miami

CF Montreal

New England Revolution

New York City FC

New York Red Bulls

Orlando City SC

Philadelphia Union

Toronto FC

Western Conference

Austin FC

Colorado Rapids

FC Dallas

Houston Dynamo

Sporting KC

LA Galaxy

Los Angeles FC

Minnesota United

Nashville SC

Portland Timbers

Real Salt Lake

San Jose Earthquakes

Seattle Sounders

Vancouver Whitecaps

Most MLS Cups
LA Galaxy (5)
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The Galaxy have been around since MLS started in the 1990s, and their success has been unmatched.

Over the years, the Los Angeles-based club has been able to bring in elite stars like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and more.

The Galaxy are also one of the highest-valued clubs in the world, which has increased its brand awareness globally.

DC United (4)
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DC United had the earliest success in MLS history after winning four of the first nine MLS Cup titles.

Jaime Moreno and Alecko Eskandarian are some of the club’s biggest stars from the early years.

More recently, Wayne Rooney has become both a player and a manager after playing in the Premier League for years.

Houston Dynamo (2)
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The Dynamo moved from San Jose when they were founded and had immediate success in Texas.

The club won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 and has since reached a few more finals.

Seattle Sounders (2)
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The Sounders are one of the best-run clubs in MLS since their inception in 2007.

Manager Brian Schmetzer has continually put the Sounders in positions to win, equating to MLS Cup wins in 2016 and 2017.

Sporting KC (2)
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Sporting KC is one of the original MLS clubs that has since changed names after playing under the Wizards moniker.

Peter Vermes has been the club manager for years and remains the longest-tenured coach in the league.

Columbus Crew SC (2)
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The Columbus Crew battled to keep the club in Ohio during the ‘Save the Crew’ movement, and it’s worked out great for the team.

The Eastern Conference side has two MLS Cups to its name, and over the years, the Black and Yellow have seen huge success with stars.

Brian McBride and Gyasi Zardes are some of the club’s strikers that have racked up goals with the Crew.

San Jose Earthquakes (2)
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The Earthquakes built a legacy early on with Landon Donovan, Brian Ching, and Chris Wondolowski.

San Jose has been around since 1996 when the league was founded, and has since developed a huge rivalry with the Galaxy.

MLS Cup Champions By Year

1996 – DC United

1997 – DC United

1998 – Chicago Fire

1999 – DC United

2000 – Kansas City Wizards (Sporting KC)

2001 – San Jose Earthquakes

2002 – LA Galaxy

2003 – San Jose Earthquakes

2004 – DC United

2005 – LA Galaxy

2006 – Houston Dynamo

2007 – Houston Dynamo

2008 – Columbus Crew

2009 – Real Salt Lake

2010 – Colorado Rapids

2011 – LA Galaxy

2012 – LA Galaxy

2013 – Sporting KC

2014 – LA Galaxy

2015 – Portland Timbers

2016 – Seattle Sounders

2017 – Toronto FC

2018 – Atlanta United

2019 – Seattle Sounders

2020 – Columbus Crew

2021 – New York City FC


John Tolkin Is Living Out His Red Bulls Dream

It’s not every day an athlete gets to call their local team theirs once they hit the professional level, but in John Tolkin’s case that’s exactly what happened when he joined the New York Red Bulls.

Tolkin – affectionately known as JMi by his family and teammates – grew up less than 15 miles from the club’s stunning home venue in Harrison.

The club have been based in New Jersey since their inception as the MetroStars back in the mid 1990s.

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It’s where he spent essentially his entire life, falling in love with proper football and quickly developing into one of the Red Bulls’ most promising academy talents.

The young left back joined the Red Bulls at the age of 12, a common theme with many of the club’s most promising talents over the years.

The Red Bulls have become one of the standards in Major League Soccer by producing Homegrown players over the years.

For Tolkin, he never took his opportunity for granted.

“When I first joined the academy I didn’t really think much of it,” Tolkin told ONE37pm. “Eventually I made my way up to the USL team and that gave me the confidence to think I could actually succeed.

“When I was younger I’d always go to games and dream of getting the chance, but you just never know if it’s going to come true.

“In a lot of ways it still doesn’t feel real, but it’s an honor to be here. It feels really special.”

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As a New Jersey local, Tolkin was able to immediately immerse himself in all things Red Bulls at a young age.

That includes embracing the club’s budding rivalry with New York City FC that began back in 2015.

On Sunday, he’ll take part in his third New York Derby with significant stakes on the line for both clubs that sit close to the top of the Eastern Conference.

“We have the confidence after what we did in the Open Cup game,” Tolkin said. “Obviously things are slightly different than last game but you can see the standings and how close things are.

“It’s really a huge opportunity for us to push forward with where we’re trying to go this season.”

At 19, Tolkin is the youngest Red Bulls starter currently in Gerhard Struber’s squad.

In fact, the Red Bulls have the youngest team in MLS this season, with its core age roughly 22.3 years old.

At a club where youth is celebrated and often rewarded though, the young American is thrilled to share his journey with other budding stars like Caden Clark and Daniel Edelman.

“It’s nice to be able to relate to a lot of these guys,” Tolkin said. “We can talk to each other about things outside of football as well.

“Sometimes it’s not always easy going to an older guy or the coaches so there’s definitely more comfort in this team with other people my age.”

Tolkin may just be the latest reason why the New York Red Bulls continue to push their youth movement on the rest of MLS.

And with the success he and other youngsters are having at the club, it only makes sense to double down on players like him.


Best Players That Became MLS Managers

Proper football’s growth in the United States continues to reach new heights and that’s why some of the best MLS managers are now coming from overseas.

Major League Soccer has received tremendous reach with top players like David Beckham, David Villa and Thierry Henry gracing the pitch over the years.

But more recently, the league has also been able to attract Gareth Bale, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Hector Herrera.

On the managerial front, many top names have used MLS as a platform to kickstart their coaching careers as well.

Henry is one of the biggest figures on that list, after spending time with CF Montreal.

Today, ONE37pm takes a look at the best players that became MLS managers.

1. Thierry Henry
CF Montreal

Henry’s Premier League career speaks for itself as a member of one of the greatest teams of all time.

His Invincibles season with Arsenal will forever be one of the greatest team efforts ever in England.

Henry was also able to play for various top clubs, including Barcelona.

He finished his playing career with the New York Red Bulls before eventually coaching in MLS with CF Montreal.

2. Ruud Gullit
LA Galaxy
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Ruud Gullit’s time with the Galaxy wasn’t wildly successful, but he’s one of the great midfielders in football history.

The Dutchman starred with clubs like Chelsea and AC Milan.

Gullit coached in Los Angeles for just one year.

3. Wayne Rooney
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Rooney played in DC for a few seasons and had some incredible moments.

The former Manchester United legend spent recent years coaching Derby County but has since set his sights on a new job.

He’s set to be revealed as DC United’s next manager, which will surely create buzz around the MLS side.

4. Patrick Vieira
New York City FC
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Vieira was another Arsenal legend and France international during his playing days.

The former midfielder coached New York City FC for a few seasons and had great success.

He has since moved on to coach Nice and currently is in charge of Crystal Palace.

5. Gabriel Heinze
Atlanta United
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Heinze lasted just one season in Atlanta, but his name holds serious value in the football world.

The Argentine played at multiple World Cups and was one of the greatest South American defenders of his time.

He played alongside Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and other Argentina legends.


Meet Gabriel Slonina, Next Great American Goalkeeper

Gabriel ‘Gaga’ Slonina is quickly becoming one of the top young American talents to keep an eye on and his progression continues to raise him to new levels.

At 17, Slonina is already an MLS starter for the Chicago Fire and it seems like the keeper’s making astounding saves on a weekly basis.

The U.S. always has a long line of great goalkeepers, and Slonina appears to be the next American up that will have the opportunity to establish himself as one of the country’s elite players.

ONE37pm takes a closer look at Slonina and what his future might look like for club and country.

Slonina’s Background

Slonina was born in the U.S. and eligible to play for the USMNT, which seems inevitable given his quick rise as a teenager.

The Fire keeper was born just west of Chicago and has been involved with the club since 2016.

Slonina became one of the youngest professional signings in MLS history when he officially joined the Fire at the age of 14.

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Since making his debut in 2021, he’s locked down the starting position in net and shot up the ranks with the USMNT.

This season, Slonina has three clean sheets thus far for the Eastern Conference side and the 6-foot 4-inch shot stopper became the youngest MLS keeper to ever post a clean sheet back in 2021 against league champions New York City FC.

Slonina’s Future

In a limited amount of time, Slonina has already proven to be one of the top-end goalkeepers in MLS, which says a lot about the 17 year old’s potential.

It’s highly likely that Slonina makes a move to Europe in the next year or two, especially as he looks to gain a European visa through his Polish heritage.

He’s already been linked to several top sides, including Juventus, and the American could be one of the next exports to complete a move to one of Europe’s top leagues.

Slonina has already shot up the U.S. youth international ranks, representing the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-20 national teams.

It’s becoming more and more clear that Slonina is the latest in a long line of top American goalkeepers to make a strong impression, and he could soon follow the likes of Tim Howard, Brad Friedel and many others.


Charlotte FC’s Historic Home MLS Debut

Football in Charlotte has officially arrived.

Before walking into Bank of America Stadium last Saturday, I had the opportunity to walk the streets of the community and take in sights and scenes before Charlotte FC’s first-ever home MLS match.

Wandering through local bars and restaurants, as well as the tailgates that manned almost every local parking lot, it was evident that this expansion side had taken over the Queen City.

I stumbled upon a group of young players kicking the ball around outside the stadium and asked each of them who their favorite player was.

It’s a new club. There aren’t a ton of recognizable names, and yet, each kid named a different player.

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That’s when it sunk in. MLS has a super destination and Charlotte is going to play a big role in the league’s growth for years to come.

The club’s match against the LA Galaxy wasn’t the Eastern Conference side’s first in MLS but it certainly had the feel of a debut.

There were stars in the crowd from various sports, including Carolina Panthers receivers Steve Smith Jr. and DJ Moore. Former USMNT legend Clint Dempsey was in attendance with his family as well.

But the night wasn’t just about the celebrities, it was the Charlotte supporters that arrived five, six, some seven or more hours prior to kickoff to show that they were ready to have a professional team in MLS.

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They were vocal all night, and when the stadium sound system went out during the national anthem the supporters picked up the slack and delivered a resounding rendition.

The match itself was physical and daunting for both sides, and even though the Galaxy came out with the win, Charlotte certainly rallied around its crowd and fought until the final whistle.

This team and city might not be able to keep up with 74,000-plus fans every matchday, but one thing is for certain; football in Charlotte is here to stay.


Five Charlotte FC Players to Watch This Weekend

Charlotte FC is about to embark upon one of the biggest sporting debuts in American history this weekend.

The expansion MLS side is expecting a crowd of over 73,500 supporters in the heart of North Carolina’s biggest city and that bodes well for a community that has been seeking proper football attention in the country’s top flight.

Charlotte debuted in a 3-0 defeat against DC United a week ago, but the true test for the new club will be how they rally behind their home faithful on Saturday night when the city and country are all watching.

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If the club’s aspirations come to fruition, Charlotte’s home match against the LA Galaxy will be the most-attended single game in MLS history, breaking a spell set by Atlanta United on several occasions.

Today, we’re taking a look at five Charlotte FC players that you should be watching coming into the weekend.

Jaylin Lindsey

Lindsey is a promising defender that previously spent time at Sporting KC. The Charlotte native returns home to help the expansion side build out its initial squad and the former U.S. Under-20 right back will have to be consistent for this team to surprise the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Christian Fuchs

Fuchs is the veteran in the squad that everyone turns to given his vast European experience. The former Leicester City defender is tasked with serving as the heart and soul of the team and leading by example for a team that features plenty of youth.

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Fuchs will have a variety of defensive roles with this Charlotte side, especially after the team lined up with five at the back in Week 1.

Ben Bender

The top pick in this year’s MLS SuperDraft comes to Charlotte as a young player with an opportunity to make an instant impact in the midfield. Bender was very sought after coming into the league after starring at the University of Maryland.

Last year, Bender was a key figure for NPSL side FC Baltimore Christos, where he scored six goals and won the league’s Young Player of the Year award.

Christian Ortiz

Ortiz brings a strong presence after playing for some of South America’s elite sides like Huracan, Racing and Independiente.

Ortiz will be relied upon heavily up front as one of the side’s main sources of goals. He’s got great pace and versatility to be utilized in various positions on the front line which gives Charlotte flexibility with how it aligns.

McKinze Gaines

Gaines actually spent the first few seasons of his career in Germany before coming to MLS in 2021 where he spent time with Austin FC during their debut season.

Now, the Texas native is looking to bring a spark to Charlotte in their inaugural campaign


Meet Caleb Wiley, Atlanta’s Homegrown Hero

Major League Soccer’s youth presence continues to soar with the league putting more emphasis on developing talent in the United States.

On Sunday, yet another bright young talent made his MLS debut and it was quite a memorable one for Atlanta United defender Caleb Wiley.

Yesterday marked a truly historic day for the teenager as he helped guide the Eastern Conference side to a 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Wiley capped the game off with a late goal and the Five Stripes have another quality defender following in the footsteps of Miles Robinson and George Bello, who was recently sold to German side Arminia Bielefeld.

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” Wiley said postgame. “I don’t score many goals that often, so when I do it’s definitely a speechless moment.

“When I saw it go into the back of the net, it was a huge moment for me. To do it in front of this huge crowd, in front of friends and family is something special.”

History of Wiley

The 17-year-old left back came up through Atlanta’s system and has been involved with the club since 2016.

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For the past two seasons, Wiley has spent significant time with Atlanta United 2, the club’s USL affiliate, and he became an important part of their side before making the leap to the senior team.

Wiley primarily plays left back but can also advance higher on the wing, as shown by his willingness to get forward in Atlanta’s first win of 2022.

The Georgia native has already represented the U.S. at various youth levels, including the Under 17 and Under 20 national teams.

Wiley’s Future

With Bello now playing in Germany, Wiley has a huge opportunity to stamp his presence on Atlanta’s squad in 2022 and beyond.

Wiley played just 15 minutes in his MLS debut and it was evident that he’s capable of not only being a solid defensive option but also provides a lot going forward to help Josef Martinez and the Atlanta attack.

United manager Gonzalo Pineda praised the young defender after Sunday’s win and made it sound like there were be a lot more coming with the 17 year old.

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“He has all the ingredients needed to have a very good career,” Pineda said in Spanish. “But obviously we’re going to take it step by step, so he can build a good base that allows him to have a long career.

“It’s very easy to give players a chance to debut, but it’s more difficult to turn them into great players, and that’s my mission with him.”


Best MLS Kits 2022

It’s MLS season once again and that means kit drops for all 28 clubs across the league.

Charlotte FC will debut this season, and the Eastern Conference side is one of several teams going bold in 2022 with mint as part of their jersey strategy.

Meanwhile, the overall theme of this campaign is that MLS teams have gone more bold with their kits.

Last season, the Seattle Sounders put out their amazing tribute kits to honor Jimi Hendrix.

Clubs like Sporting KC typically have very elegant kits that make other team’s supporters envious, but this year the playing field is a bit more level.

ONE37pm takes a look at the 10 best kits ahead of the 2022 MLS season.

Montreal Impact

The marble concept is extremely cool, especially because it fits the Montreal color scheme so perfectly. Many clubs opt for very simple white kits, but the Canadian side definitely made the most of their opportunity.

Orlando City

Orlando got everything right with this kit and fully embraced its ode to the Sunshine State. The subtleties of the colors fading into the club’s primary color of purple are very well done and this kit is going to look even better on the pitch.

New York Red Bulls

Many clubs have tried to emulate what Croatia has built with its renowned checkerboard pattern, but the red on red design with the Red Bulls’ 2022 kit goes quite well.

Chicago Fire

This Fire kit is very well done with the subtle Chicago skyline featured as the center piece throughout.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle’s legacy kit uses a simple pattern but it’s execution is very top class. The green meshes well with the blue squares and the Sounders have once again done a fine job with its kit.

New York City FC

Last season’s MLS Cup winners went very bold with its alternate kit, but the ‘Volt’ does grow on you after the initial shock of the amount of orange used.

Atlanta United

Although the pattern itself is a bit confusing, Atlanta uses the mint quite well and it blends in with the white perfectly.

Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo might have one of the best kits of the year with their camo design. It’s the perfect ode to the ‘Bayou’ and gives Houston an awesome blending with its new badge.

Los Angeles FC

In a lot of ways, this LAFC kit feels like some of the Liga MX jerseys of the past. And it’s perfect with the gradient throughout the kit which allows the gold to really pop.

Portland Timbers

The Rose City aspect of Portland finally shines through with this kit and the Timbers are going to be looking so fresh when they step out onto the Providence Park pitch all season.


Meet Luquinhas, Red Bulls’ Promising Playmaker

The New York Red Bulls may have gotten away from their days of signing high-profile talents like Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, but the club continues to produce an immense amount of youth talent.

With a group of strong young players led by Caden Clark and Cristian Casseres Jr. the Red Bulls have reason for optimism in 2022, and now that they’ve brought in another young face perhaps they can build off of last season’s playoff push.

The Red Bulls recently acquired Brazilian attacker Luquinhas from Polish giants Legia Warsaw and now the team has yet another promising threat that can add another layer to their front group.

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Luquinhas will join Clark, as well as strikers Tom Barlow and Patrik Klimala as the Eastern Conference side’s main source of attacking options this year.

ONE37pm takes a deeper look at the 25 year old and how he can help impact the club.

History of Luquinhas

Luquinhas came up playing in his native Brazil and started out at local club Atlético Ceilandense before making a move to Portugal in 2014.

The attacker landed at Vilafranquense before getting introduced to Portuguese giants Benfica. Although Luquinhas never had the chance to make an impression with the first team, he was able to shine with Vilafranquense over a few seasons.

He found a home at Legia Warsaw for several seasons starting in 2019 and won back-to-back Ekstraklasa titles in 2020 and 2021.

Style of Play

Luquinhas is extremely impressive on the ball and despite his diminutive size the Brazilian can find clever ways to get away from pressure.

Although he’s primarily used as an attacking midfielder, Luquinhas also has experience on the wing, which will afford the Red Bulls different opportunities to use his creativity.

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While at Legia Warsaw, the Brazilian made it a habit of putting defenses into dangerous positions by getting forward often and finding every way possible to get the ball at his feet.

Luquinhas’ Future

The Brazilian will have a huge opportunity to help become a mainstay in the Red Bulls attack for future seasons, especially if he can build instant chemistry with Klimala.

Clark is expected to leave the Red Bulls once his loan from RB Leipzig expires, so that will give Luquinhas an even larger role with the MLS side.

The Red Bulls are gaining a much-needed talent in the midfield that will surely help their attack this season and beyond, and Luquinhas could follow in the footsteps of some talented short kings that have played great in MLS over previous years like Sebastian Giovinco and Luciano Acosta.


2022 Charlotte FC Season Preview

The 2022 Major League Soccer season kicks off later this month and the Charlotte FC are the fourth team that ONE37pm will be taking a closer look at.

Charlotte will make its MLS debut this season after years of planning its arrival as the league’s 28th club.

The North Carolina-based side made an initial splash in 2021 when they revealed Christian Fuchs would be signing with the club after being part of the historic Leicester City side that won the Premier League in 2015/16.

Charlotte continues to build its squad on the fly, but with promising youngsters in the fold like No. 1 overall pick Ben Bender and Adam Armour perhaps they’ll make some noise in Year 1.

Here’s a closer look at the Charlotte FC heading into the 2022 season.

2021 Performance

2022 marks the first season Charlotte will compete in MLS. Charlotte will compete in the Eastern Conference.


Miguel Angel Ramirez became the first coach in Charlotte history in 2022 beginning his managerial career in Europe and South America. Ramirez most recently coached in Brazil with Internacional, where they reached the Copa Libertadores Round of 16 a year ago.

Key Players

Karol Swiderski (Poland) is Charlotte’s Designated Player striker who has 14 appearances for the Poland national team. The 25 year old will likely play a role in the Polish squad that will aim to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar this year.

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Sergio Ruiz (Spain) is a veteran midfielder that brings in a lot of quality for Charlotte after playing for years at Racing Santander. Ruiz played for Las Palmas recently and hopes to bring some of that tenacity and creativity into the Charlotte midfield.

Ben Bender (USA) will be getting a lot of time as a rookie after being highly respected from his time in college. He’ll anchor that midfield and hope to be a strong two-way player that can help Charlotte control possession in the center of the pitch.

Key Matches in 2022

March 5 vs. LA Galaxy

April 9 vs. Atlanta United

April 16 at New England Revolution

August 17 at New York City FC


Charlotte has an underrated squad heading into Year 1 and despite only having one Designated Player to this point there’s a very good chance they add players during the season.

The club has been ambitious with its marketing and will have a strong fanbase from the opening whistle that kicks off the MLS season.

Charlotte is reportedly expecting over 65,000 fans for their inaugural home opener against the LA Galaxy, which would be massive for the city and the club.

With veteran presences around the club, including Fuchs and Harrison Afful, don’t be surprised if Charlotte is in the playoff mix throughout much of the season.