Forbes releases MLS value list: Seattle leads pack, NYC, Orlando https://t.co/XrngMPTUDc— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 8, 2016
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The Seattle Sounders remain at the top of the list, and it's also interesting to see that the two newest teams in the league - New York City FC and Orlando City SC - already cracked the Top 5:
Here are the Top 10 MLS franchises in terms of total value and revenue this season:
|Rank||Franchise||Total Value||2016 Revenue|
|1||Seattle Sounders||$285 M||$52 M|
|2||Los Angeles Galaxy||$265 M||$58 M|
|3||New York City FC||$255 M||$36 M|
|4||Toronto FC||$245 M||$38 M|
|5||Orlando City SC||$240 M||$36 M|
|6||Houston Dynamo||$215 M||$26 M|
|7||Portland Timbers||$210 M||$39 M|
|8||Sporting Kansas City||$195 M||$33 M|
|9||New England Revolution||$185 M||$27 M|
|10||San Jose Earthquakes||$180 M||$31 M|
The gap between Seattle and Los Angeles Galaxy compared to the rest of the league is quite big, and it seems no other team will be a threat to take them out of the first two spots. What's even more surprising is that some of the best teams this year like FC Dallas, the Colorado Rapids and the New York Red Bulls aren't in the Top 10.
Forbes also published a list with the Top 10 highest-earning players. Instead of solely looking at each player's salary, it also adds how much money each player earns in terms of advertising deals. In a non-surprising turn of events, all 10 players listed have previously played in Europe before landing stateside.
|1||Kaká||34||Orlando City SC||$7.4M||$2M||$9.4M|
|2||Steven Gerrard||36||Los Angeles Galaxy||$6.1M||$2.5M||$8.6M|
|3||Sebastian Giovinco||29||Toronto FC||$7.3M||$1.0M||$8.4M|
|4||Clint Dempsey||33||Seattle Sounders||$4.7M||$3.5M||$8.2M|
|5||Tim Howard||37||Colorado Rapids||$5.5M||$2,5M||$8M|
|6||Frank Lampard||38||New York City FC||$6M||$2M||$8M|
|7||David Villa||34||New York City FC||$5.9M||$2M||$7.9M|
|8||Michael Bradley||29||Toronto FC||$6.6M||$1M||$7.6M|
|9||Andrea Pirlo||37||New York City FC||$5.9M||$1.5M||$7.4M|
|10||Jozy Altidore||26||Toronto FC||$4.9M||$1.5M||$6.4M|
Aside from Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore all the highest-earning players in the league are over 30 years old. Could this be a sign of MLS playing way too much for players past their primes?
The only thing that's clear is that the league continues to grow at a rapid rate. With the amount of resources available, it wouldn't be surprising if MLS becomes a worldwide powerhouse in the next 10 years or so.