Forbes released its annual list of values for MLS teams and franchises. It has some surprising results, as it takes a look at each franchise's value and also takes into account how much revenue each team has made over the course of the year.

The average value of an MLS franchise is around $185 million, which represents an increase of around 18 percent compared to last year.


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:

RankFranchiseTotal Value2016 Revenue
1Seattle Sounders$285 M$52 M
2Los Angeles Galaxy$265 M$58 M
3New York City FC$255 M$36 M
4Toronto FC$245 M$38 M
5Orlando City SC$240 M$36 M
6Houston Dynamo$215 M$26 M
7Portland Timbers$210 M$39 M
8Sporting Kansas City$195 M$33 M
9New England Revolution$185 M$27 M
10San 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.

RankPlayerAgeTeamSalaryAdvertisementTotal
1Kaká34Orlando City SC$7.4M$2M$9.4M
2Steven Gerrard36Los Angeles Galaxy$6.1M$2.5M$8.6M
3Sebastian Giovinco29Toronto FC$7.3M$1.0M$8.4M
4Clint Dempsey33Seattle Sounders$4.7M$3.5M$8.2M
5Tim Howard37Colorado Rapids$5.5M$2,5M$8M
6Frank Lampard38New York City FC$6M$2M$8M
7David Villa34New York City FC$5.9M$2M$7.9M
8Michael Bradley29Toronto FC$6.6M$1M$7.6M
9Andrea Pirlo37New York City FC$5.9M$1.5M$7.4M
10Jozy Altidore26Toronto 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.